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September 2017


From ACM Opinion

The Fake-News Fallacy

The Fake-News Fallacy

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.


From ACM Opinion

The Darkening Web: Misinformation Is the Strongest Cyberweapon

The Darkening Web: Misinformation Is the Strongest Cyberweapon

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.


From ACM Opinion

How We Killed Expertise

How We Killed Expertise

Average Americans have never much liked eggheads.


From ACM Opinion

Stop Cyberattacks. Just Add Robots

Stop Cyberattacks. Just Add Robots

"Are you a hacker?"


From ACM Opinion

What James Damore Got Wrong About Gender Bias in Computer Science

What James Damore Got Wrong About Gender Bias in Computer Science

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.


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Artificial Intelligence: The Future Is Superintelligent

Artificial Intelligence: The Future Is Superintelligent

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…


From Communications of the ACM

When Does Law Enforcement's Demand to Read Your Data Become a Demand to Read Your Mind?

When Does Law Enforcement's Demand to Read Your Data Become a Demand to Read Your Mind?

On cryptographic backdoors and prosthetic intelligence.


From Communications of the ACM

Why Agile Teams Fail Without ­X Research

Why Agile Teams Fail Without ­X Research

Failures to involve end users or to collect comprehensive data representing user needs are described and solutions to avoid such failures are proposed.


From Communications of the ACM

Multitasking Without Thrashing

Multitasking Without Thrashing

Lessons from operating systems teach how to do multitasking without thrashing.


From Communications of the ACM

Digitocracy

Digitocracy

Considering law and governance in the digital age.


From Communications of the ACM

Is That Social Bot Behaving ­Unethically?

Is That Social Bot Behaving ­Unethically?

A procedure for reflection and discourse on the behavior of bots in the context of law, deception, and societal norms.

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