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May 2012


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Silicon Valley Needs to End Its Snobbery About Computer Science Degrees

Silicon Valley Needs to End Its Snobbery About Computer Science Degrees

I don't have a computer science degree. There, I said it. At too many companies around Silicon Valley that would make me unemployable.


From ACM Opinion

I (robot) Thee Wed

I (robot) Thee Wed

It's hard to think of a more attention-grabbing title than "Robots, Men, and Sex Tourism"—especially in the academic world.


From ACM Opinion

Is This Data Scientist a Consumer's Best Friend?

Is This Data Scientist a Consumer's Best Friend?

In Oren Etzioni's world, telling you where to buy a product is so 20 years ago.


From ACM Opinion

How a Private Data Market Could Ruin Facebook

How a Private Data Market Could Ruin Facebook

To justify its sky-high valuation, Facebook will have to increase its profit per user at rates that seem unlikely, even by the most generous predictions.


From ACM Opinion

The Flight From Conversation

The Flight From Conversation

We live in a technological universe in which we are always communicating. And yet we have sacrificed conversation for mere connection.


From ACM TechNews

The Distro Interview: Microsoft Principal Researcher Bill Buxton

The Distro Interview: Microsoft Principal Researcher Bill Buxton

"The pursuit of ever more 'natural' ways of interacting with systems" is a key focus at Microsoft, according to Microsoft Research human-computer interaction researcher Bill Buxton.


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Why the Death of DRM Would Be Good News for Readers, Writers, and Publishers

Why the Death of DRM Would Be Good News for Readers, Writers, and Publishers

At the end of April, Tor Books, the world's largest science fiction publisher, and its UK sister company, Tor UK, announced that they would be eliminating digital rights management (DRM) from all of their ebooks by the summer…


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Google's Sebastian Thrun: 3 Visions in the 'age of Disruption'

Google's Sebastian Thrun: 3 Visions in the 'age of Disruption'

Today we drive cars, shell out enormous sums for higher education, and navigate the world with electronics that demand the unwavering attention of our ears, eyes, hands, and feet.


From ACM Opinion

Andrew (bunnie) Huang on The End of Chumby, New Adventures

Andrew (bunnie) Huang on The End of Chumby, New Adventures

One of my heroes and friends happens to be one in the same person, Andrew (bunnie) Huang. Bunnie tirelessly helps makers, businesses, and the world-at-large with his skills and openness.


From ACM Opinion

How and Why You Should Do Data Journalism

How and Why You Should Do Data Journalism

One of the big areas of focus for technology companies over the past year has been "big data"—in other words, the idea that there can be a lot of value in finding patterns in the massive quantities of user data and other information…


From ACM Opinion

When Will This Low-Innovation Internet Era End?

It's an age of unprecedented, staggering technological change. Business models are being transformed, lives are being upended, vast new horizons of possibility opened up.


From ACM Opinion

The Call of the Future

The Call of the Future

In 2009, the United States crossed a digital Rubicon: For the first time, the amount of data sent with mobile devices exceeded the sum of transmitted voice data.


From ACM Opinion

Is It Time To Stop Trusting Google?

Is It Time To Stop Trusting Google?

Was Google's snooping on home Wi-Fi users the work of a rogue software engineer? Was it a deliberate corporate strategy? Was it simply an honest-to-goodness mistake?


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Following the Breadcrumbs on the Data-Sharing Trail

Following the Breadcrumbs on the Data-Sharing Trail

Would you like to donate to the Obama campaign? Sign up for a college course? Or maybe subscribe to Architectural Digest? 


From Communications of the ACM

Programming the Global Brain

Programming the Global Brain

Considering how we can improve our understanding and utilization of the emerging human-computer network constituting the global brain.


From Communications of the ACM

The Future of the Past

The Future of the Past

Reflections on the changing face of the history of computing.


From Communications of the ACM

Programming Goes Back to School

Programming Goes Back to School

Broadening participation by integrating game design into middle school curricula. View a video featuring author Alexander Repenning about using games to introduce teachers and students to programming.


From Communications of the ACM

Digitization and Copyright: Some Recent Evidence from Music

Digitization and Copyright

Examining the effects of stealing on producers and consumers.


From Communications of the ACM

Crossing the Software Education Chasm

Crossing the Software Education Chasm

An Agile approach that exploits cloud computing.


From Communications of the ACM

Design For Symbiosis

Design For Symbiosis

Promoting more harmonious paths for technological innovators and expressive creators in the Internet age.

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