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January 2020


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Virtual Reality Has An Accessibility Problem

Virtual Reality Has An Accessibility Problem

Virtual reality has been touted as an "empathy machine" that lets users see what it's like to have a disability—but people with disabilities often can't use it.


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Does Artificial Intelligence Technology Foreshadow a New Arms Race?

Does Artificial Intelligence Technology Foreshadow a New Arms Race?

The possibility of an artificial intelligence arms race poses a threat to international security similar to that of a conventional or nuclear armament race.


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AI Isn't a Solution to All Our Problems

AI Isn't a Solution to All Our Problems

It's simply a tool—and hardly a perfect one


From ACM Opinion

Google and Amazon Make Us Worse People

Google and Amazon Make Us Worse People

The narrowing of choice online all but forces us into decisions driven by impulse and necessity, eroding our values and conscience over time.


From ACM Opinion

We're Banning Facial Recognition. We're Missing the Point.

We're Banning Facial Recognition. We're Missing the Point.

The whole point of modern surveillance is to treat people differently, and facial recognition technologies are only a small part of that.


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Don't Give Your Dot-org Domain Away to a Private Company

Don't Give Your Dot-org Domain Away to a Private Company

One of the Internet's most trusted assets — the dot-org domain used by nonprofits from UNICEF to your local food bank — is being hijacked.


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We're Approaching the Limits of Computer Power – We Need New Programmers Now

We're Approaching the Limits of Computer Power – We Need New Programmers Now

Ever-faster processors led to bloated software, but physical limits may force a return to the concise code of the past.


From ACM Opinion

Sovan Bin, CEO and Founder at Odaseva

Sovan Bin, CEO and Founder at Odaseva

Sovan Bin discusses Odaseva's data governance solutions, the evolution of cloud services, and AI and machine learning's influence in the cloud user experience.


From ACM Opinion

Host of Problems with Facebook Deepfake Ban, Expert Says

Host of Problems with Facebook Deepfake Ban, Expert Says

Facebook's newly announced ban on deepfake videos presents a number of challenges in the fight against the spread of misinformation, says Tim Weninger, associate professor of computer science at the University of Notre Dame.


From Communications of the ACM

Increasing Automation in Policing

Increasing Automation in Policing

Seeking the delicate balance between civil liberties and policing public safety.


From Communications of the ACM

'Platformizing' a Bad Business Does Not Make It a Good Business

'Platformizing' a Bad Business Does Not Make It a Good Business

Transaction platforms link third-party applications and services providers with users.


From Communications of the ACM

Von Neumann Thought Turing's Universal Machine was 'Simple and Neat.': But That Didn't Tell Him How to Design a Computer

Von Neumann Thought Turing's Universal Machine was 'Simple and Neat.'

New discoveries answer an old question.


From Communications of the ACM

A* Search: What's in a Name?

A* Search

A search for algorithmic answers returns unique results.


From Communications of the ACM

Ethics of Technology Needs More Political Philosophy

Ethics of Technology Needs More Political Philosophy

Incorporating considerations of reasonable pluralism, individual agency, and legitimate authority.

Blog at CACM
Dijkstra Was Wrong About 'Radical Novelty': Metaphors in CS Education
Dijkstra Was Wrong About 'Radical Novelty': Metaphors in CS Education
11.30.2020

The most cited CS education paper is, unfortunately, wrong.

Why Great Programmers Pull Back the Curtain While Programming
Why Great Programmers Pull Back the Curtain While Programming
11.24.2020

Want to be a great programmer? If so, you have to pull back the curtain and learn how software really …

Time to Assess National AI Policies
Time to Assess National AI Policies
11.24.2020

The Center for AI and Digital Policy has undertaken the first comparative review of national artificial intelligence policies.

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