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May 2018


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One Space Between Each Sentence, They Said. Science Just Proved Them Wrong.

One Space Between Each Sentence, They Said. Science Just Proved Them Wrong.

In the beginning, the rules of the space bar were simple.  Two spaces after each period.  Every time.  Easy.


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Avengers: Infinity War and the CG Effects Behind Thanos

Avengers: Infinity War and the CG Effects Behind Thanos

Avengers: Infinity War is packed with dozens of beloved characters we've watched and loved over 10 years of Marvel movies. But one character stands—literally—head and shoulders over everyone else: Thanos.


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Chinese-American Elites Lament a Brewing Trade War

Chinese-American Elites Lament a Brewing Trade War

It's not easy to promote closer US-China ties these days.


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Why Silicon Valley Must Go to War

Why Silicon Valley Must Go to War

Should technologists prevent their tools from being used to wage war? This question was answered with a furious yes at Google recently, when more than 3,000 employees signed a memo protesting the use of the company's algorithms…


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AI Can Help Cybersecurity, If It Can Fight Through the Hype

AI Can Help Cybersecurity, If It Can Fight Through the Hype

Walking the enormous exhibition halls at the recent RSA security conference in San Francisco, you could have easily gotten the impression that digital defense was a solved problem.


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Nazis Pressed Ham Radio Hobbyists to Serve the Third Reich, but Surviving Came at a Price

Nazis Pressed Ham Radio Hobbyists to Serve the Third Reich, but Surviving Came at a Price

When people have free and unfettered choices of activities, they both entertain and express themselves through their pastimes—whether stamp or coin collecting, scrapbooking, gardening or tinkering with electronic gadgets.


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Wikipedia Founder Says Internet ­sers Are Adrift in the 'Fake News' Era

Wikipedia Founder Says Internet ­sers Are Adrift in the 'Fake News' Era

At any given moment, volunteers and paid workers are writing fictional narratives that they present online as news stories, and some of those will get picked up and shared—perhaps thousands of times—on social media.


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The March Into the Black Hole of Complexity

The March Into the Black Hole of Complexity

Addressing the root causes of rapidly increasing software complexity.


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Science, Policy, and Service

Science, Policy, and Service

Some thoughts on the way forward.


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Is the Law Ready for Driverless Cars?

Is the Law Ready for Driverless Cars?

Yes, with one big exception.


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Scale or Fail

Scale or Fail

Moving beyond self-selected computer science education in Switzerland.


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Putting Trust in Security Engineering

Putting Trust in Security Engineering

Proposing a stronger foundation for an engineering discipline to support the design of secure systems.

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