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July 2021


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Why It's So Hard to Make Tech More Diverse

Why It's So Hard to Make Tech More Diverse

Block Party founder Tracy Chou reflects on the obstacles she's encountered as a tech entrepreneur.


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The Trumpian Roots of the Chip Crisis

The Trumpian Roots of the Chip Crisis

Blame the pandemic for the chip shortage, but the Trump administration's trade policy made the situation much worse.


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If You Say 'Science Is Right,' You're Wrong

If You Say 'Science Is Right,' You're Wrong

It can't supply absolute truths about the world, but it brings us steadily closer.


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What OpenAI and GitHub's AI Pair Programmer Means for the Software Industry

What OpenAI and GitHub's AI Pair Programmer Means for the Software Industry

AI-powered code generator provides some interesting hints about the business of large language models and the future of the software industry.


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Building Artificial Intelligence: Reward Is Not Enough

Building Artificial Intelligence: Reward Is Not Enough

Rewards are not enough to build artificial intelligence, says data scientist Herbert Roitblat, countering claims from a recent paper by DeepMind scientists.


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Non-Relational's Quiet Revolution in Databases

 Non-Relational's Quiet Revolution in Databases

It's no longer exciting to talk about the rise of non-relational databases, but it's happening all the same.


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Robots Were Supposed to Take Our Jobs. Instead, They're Making Them Worse.

Robots Were Supposed to Take Our Jobs. Instead, They're Making Them Worse.

The robot apocalypse is already here, it just looks different than you thought.


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Algorithmic Impact Assessments Should Leverage Diverse Expertise and Complex Histories

Algorithmic Impact Assessments Should Leverage Diverse Expertise and Complex Histories

There is a pressing need to establish algorithmic impact assessment practices from the ground up.


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TinyML: What Is It and How Will It Change Machine Learning Best Practices?

TinyML: What Is It and How Will It Change Machine Learning Best Practices?

TinyML will change machine-learning best practices by encouraging more developers to view it as a viable option.


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Faster Python Programming: How Developers Built Pyston and Where It Goes Next

Faster Python Programming: How Developers Built Pyston and Where It Goes Next

Now in version 2.2, Pyston stakes its claim on the speed and performance of web applications.


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Alondra Nelson Wants to Make Science and Tech More Just

Alondra Nelson Wants to Make Science and Tech More Just

The deputy director of the White House science office plans to tackle algorithmic bias and start candid conversations about the past.


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Tesla AI Chief Says Self-Driving Cars Don't Need Lidar

Tesla AI Chief Says Self-Driving Cars Don't Need Lidar

Andrej Karpathy shares why the company still believes in a purely vision-based autonomous driving solution.


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Reimplementing Software Interfaces Is Fair Use

Reimplementing Software Interfaces Is Fair Use

A multifactored rationale for denying Oracle's claim against Google.


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Lessons From the Loo

Lessons From the Loo

Illustrating privacy concepts with potty talk.


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Responsible Computing During COVID-19 and Beyond

Responsible Computing During COVID-19 and Beyond

Navigating the ethical and societal impacts of technologies.


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Why Computing Students Should Contribute to Open Source Software Projects

Why Computing Students Should Contribute to Open Source Software Projects

Acquiring developer-prized practical skills, knowledge, and experiences.


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The Limits of Differential Privacy (and Its Misuse in Data Release and Machine Learning)

The Limits of Differential Privacy (and Its Misuse in Data Release and Machine Learning)

Differential privacy is not a silver bullet for all privacy problems.


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The 2021 Software Developer Shortage Is Coming

The 2021 Software Developer Shortage Is Coming

Companies must address the difficulty of hiring and retaining high-skilled employees from an increasingly smaller labor supply.

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