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August 2017


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Human Vs. Machine Contests (real or Fictional) But Involving Ordinary Humans

Human Vs. Machine Contests (real or Fictional) But Involving Ordinary Humans

I'm looking for a famous (or at least interesting) human vs. machine contest to use as an analogy in an article.


From ACM Opinion

Fear of a Robot Planet

Fear of a Robot Planet

It was in the 12th century that the great brass head built by Albertus Magnus moved its mouth for the first time, breathing steam as it spoke to Magnus' young religious acolyte, Thomas Aquinas.


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The Attack on Global Privacy Leaves Few Places to Turn

The Attack on Global Privacy Leaves Few Places to Turn

Digital privacy has had a very bad summer. As China and Russia move to block virtual private network services, well over a billion people face losing their best chance at circumventing censorship laws.


From ACM Opinion

What Is Ray Kurzweil ­p To at Google? Writing Your Emails

What Is Ray Kurzweil ­p To at Google? Writing Your Emails

Ray Kurzweil has invented a few things in his time.


From ACM Opinion

Editing Human Embryos with Crispr Is Moving Ahead; Now's the Time to Work Out the Ethics

Editing Human Embryos with Crispr Is Moving Ahead; Now's the Time to Work Out the Ethics

The announcement by researchers in Portland, Oregon that they've successfully modified the genetic material of a human embryo took some people by surprise.


From ACM Opinion

Apple Is Pulling Vpns from the Chinese App Store. Here's What that Means. 

Apple Is Pulling Vpns from the Chinese App Store. Here's What that Means. 

China's restrictive Internet policies are known for blocking Web users who want to reach Google, Facebook or other banned apps. But now some of those policies are affecting Apple, one of the few remaining U.S. tech giants with…


From ACM Opinion

Profile of Claude Shannon, Inventor of Information Theory

Profile of Claude Shannon, Inventor of Information Theory

Claude Shannon couldn't sit still.


From Communications of the ACM

The Natural Science of Computing

As unconventional computing comes of age, we believe a revolution is needed in our view of computer science.


From Communications of the ACM

The Observer Effect

The Observer Effect

Finding the balance between zero and maximum.


From Communications of the ACM

Prophets, Seers, and Pioneers

Prophets, Seers, and Pioneers

Reflections on historical prognostications for the future.

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