The opinion archive provides access to past opinion stories from Communications of the ACM and other sources by date.
On the evening of October 30, 1938, a seventy-six-year-old millworker in Grover's Mill, New Jersey, named Bill Dock heard something terrifying on the radio.
In late June, I was leaving for a flight from Kiev's Boryspil Airport as news broke that Ukraine was the victim of another massive cyberattack.
Average Americans have never much liked eggheads.
"Are you a hacker?"
In August Google employee James Damore made the news and even Wikipedia by publishing his speculation that female software engineers are underrepresented due to inherent biological differences.
Max Tegmark is a renowned physicist. He is also the irrepressibly optimistic co-founder of the Future of Life Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts (motto: "Technology is giving life the potential to flourish like never before…
On cryptographic backdoors and prosthetic intelligence.
Failures to involve end users or to collect comprehensive data representing user needs are described and solutions to avoid such failures are proposed.
Lessons from operating systems teach how to do multitasking without thrashing.
Considering law and governance in the digital age.
A procedure for reflection and discourse on the behavior of bots in the context of law, deception, and societal norms.