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December 2017


From ACM Opinion

Connectivity Hacking Back Makes a Comeback—but It's Still a Really Bad Idea

Connectivity Hacking Back Makes a Comeback—but It's Still a Really Bad Idea

In spite of the billions of dollars companies collectively spend each year on cyberdefenses, hackers keep defeating them.


From ACM Careers

Google, Amazon Find Not Everyone Is Ready For AI

Google, Amazon Find Not Everyone Is Ready For AI

Executives at ascendant tech titans like Amazon and Google tend to look down on their predecessor IBM.


From ACM Opinion

Apple Is Sharing Your Face with Apps. That's a New Privacy Worry.

Apple Is Sharing Your Face with Apps. That's a New Privacy Worry.

Poop that mimics your facial expressions was just the beginning.


From ACM TechNews

The AI Guru Behind Amazon, ­ber, and ­nity Explains What AI Really Is

The AI Guru Behind Amazon, ­ber, and ­nity Explains What AI Really Is

In an interview, Danish computer scientist Danny Lange, who has invented machine-learning platforms for technology giants such as Uber and Amazon, addresses the subtleties between true AI and technology that follows human scripts…


From Communications of the ACM

Community Colleges: A Resource For Increasing Equity and Inclusion in Computer Science Education

Community Colleges

Challenging a simplistic pathway metaphor.


From Communications of the ACM

Lousy Advice to the Lovelorn

Lousy Advice to the Lovelorn

The 37% rule is rarely applicable in real-world situations. It is certainly entirely wrong-headed as advice for getting married.


From Communications of the ACM

The Death of Big Software

The Death of Big Software

We are past the tipping point in the transition away from 20th-century big software architectures.


From Communications of the ACM

The Forgotten Engineer

The Forgotten Engineer

Engineering has been marginalized by the unhealthy belief that engineering is the application of science.


From Communications of the ACM

Cold, Hard Cache

Cold, Hard Cache

On the implementation and maintenance of caches.

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