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October 2008


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Q&A: A Complex Thinker

Q&A: A Complex Thinker

Daphne Koller discusses probabilistic relational modeling, artificial intelligence, and her new work with biologists.


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Point/Counterpoint: The U.S. Should Ban Paperless Electronic Voting Machines

Point/Counterpoint: The U.S. Should Ban Paperless Electronic Voting Machines

Debating the public policy issues involved in proposed efforts toward improving voting systems while considering the range of technical and societal challenges.


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Historical Reflections: Will the Future of Software Be Open Source?

Historical Reflections: Will the Future of Software Be Open Source?

Tracing the course of influential computing developments and considering possible paths to new paradigms.


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From the Front Lines: DOA with SOA

From the Front Lines: DOA with SOA

Diagnosing the symptoms of failing to accommodate critical software architecture properties that often result in the demise of projects.


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Computer Experts: Guns-For-Hire or Professionals?

Computer Experts: Guns-For-Hire or Professionals?

Considering the responsibilities of those who build systems fundamental to significant social functions, institutions, and values.

Blog at CACM
The Autocracy of Autonomous Systems
The Autocracy of Autonomous Systems
08.19.2019

We, as developers of such systems, need to take some conscious decisions to make sure we do not usher in …

We Should Stop Saying 'Language Independent.' We Don't Know How To Do That
We Should Stop Saying 'Language Independent.' We Don't Know How To Do That
08.13.2019

We know how to make multi-lingual pseudocode-based assessments, not language-independent assessments.

Who Manufactured the Mysterious Chinese Android?
Who Manufactured the Mysterious Chinese Android?
08.01.2019

In the 18th century, there were several famous makers of automatons in Europe; who created the Chinese musical clock automaton …

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Despite Chinese Efforts, U.S. Still Leads in AI
Despite Chinese Efforts, U.S. Still Leads in AI
08.21.2019

The U.S. remains the global leader in artificial intelligence research …

22 Texas Towns Hit with Ransomware Attack in 'New Front' of Cyberassault
22 Texas Towns Hit with Ransomware Attack in 'New Front' of Cyberassault
08.21.2019

Computer systems in 22 Texas municipalities have been hijacked by …

16 Million Americans Will Vote on Hackable Paperless Machines
16 Million Americans Will Vote on Hackable Paperless Machines
08.21.2019

At least 16 million Americans in eight states will vote …

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