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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?: 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 Birthplace of Artificial Intelligence?
The Birthplace of Artificial Intelligence?
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Was the 1951 Paris conference "Les machines à calculer et la pensée humaine" the birthplace of Artificial Intelligence?

Student Liaison Program Debuts at SIGIR 2017
Student Liaison Program Debuts at SIGIR 2017
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The SIGIR Student Liaison Program supports an environment in which all students thrive.

How Much CS Ed Will $1.3B Buy You? Not Enough to Reach Every U.S. School, nor Every Child
How Much CS Ed Will $1.3B Buy You? Not Enough to Reach Every U.S. School, nor Every Child
09.27.2017

The White House promises $200M/year for CS Ed, and the Tech industry promises $300M over 5 years. What can we …

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Martonosi Sketches a Path for a New Type of Computing
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New software searches mainstream websites and the Dark Web to …

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