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June 2017


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Privacy in the Cellphone Age

Privacy in the Cellphone Age

Odds are you need to use that phone in your pocket many times a day—and doing so leaves you no choice but to constantly relay data revealing your location and movements to Verizon, AT&T or whatever cellphone company you pay for…


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Robots Will Be More ­seful If They Are Made to Lack Confidence

Robots Will Be More ­seful If They Are Made to Lack Confidence

Confidence in your abilities is usually a good thing—as long as you can recognise when it's time to ask for help.


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The Mysterious Printer Code That Could Have Led the Fbi to Reality Winner

The Mysterious Printer Code That Could Have Led the Fbi to Reality Winner

Across the computer security world yesterday, heads were shaking.


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Enigma: Why the Fight to Break Nazi Encryption Still Matters

Enigma: Why the Fight to Break Nazi Encryption Still Matters

It was night when three British sailors and a 16-year-old canteen assistant boarded a sinking U-boat off the coast of Egypt.


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Why Apple Is Struggling to Become an Artificial-Intelligence Powerhouse

Why Apple Is Struggling to Become an Artificial-Intelligence Powerhouse

In 2011, Apple became the first company to place artificial intelligence in the pockets of millions of consumers when it launched the voice assistant Siri on the iPhone.


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How to Call B.s. on Big Data: A Practical Guide

How to Call B.s. on Big Data: A Practical Guide

"Nothing that you will learn in the course of your studies will be of the slightest possible use to you," the Oxford philosophy professor John Alexander Smith told his students, in 1914, "save only this: if you work hard and …


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Who Will Pay For the Future If Not the Robots?

Who Will Pay For the Future If Not the Robots?

RRobots are taking over the world's workforce—and why shouldn't they?


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20 Years After Deep Blue: How AI Has Advanced Since Conquering Chess

20 Years After Deep Blue: How AI Has Advanced Since Conquering Chess

Twenty years ago IBM's Deep Blue computer stunned the world by becoming the first machine to beat a reigning world chess champion in a six-game match.


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Military-Funded Prosthetic Technologies Benefit More Than Just Veterans

Military-Funded Prosthetic Technologies Benefit More Than Just Veterans

In 1905, an Ohio farmer survived a railroad accident that cost him both of his legs.


From Communications of the ACM

This Is For Everyone

This Is For Everyone

Sir Tim Berners-Lee on the formative years of the world wide web, and the challenges it now faces.


From Communications of the ACM

Forced Exception Handling

Forced Exception Handling

You can never discount the human element in programming.


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Remaining Trouble Spots with Computational Thinking

Remaining Trouble Spots with Computational Thinking

Addressing unresolved questions concerning computational thinking.


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Trustworthiness and Truthfulness Are Essential

Trustworthiness and Truthfulness Are Essential

Their absence can introduce huge risks . . .


From Communications of the ACM

The Influence and Promise of Alliances

The Influence and Promise of Alliances

Evaluating the influence of broadening participation efforts on students, faculty, organizations, and the computing education infrastructure.

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