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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
Fact over Fiction
Fact over Fiction
04.24.2017

Given a choice between the right to mass-disinform and democracy, I choose democracy.

Evaluating Computer Science Undergraduate Teaching: Why Student Evaluations Are Likely Biased
Evaluating Computer Science Undergraduate Teaching: Why Student Evaluations Are Likely Biased
04.23.2017

Unconscious bias is pervasive in computing, and training is our best remedy, how can untrained students evaluate their CS teachers …

Cyber Insecurity and Cyber Libertarianism
Cyber Insecurity and Cyber Libertarianism
04.14.2017

Here we are, 70 years into the computer age and we still do not seem to know how to build …

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Not Stuck on Silicon
Not Stuck on Silicon
04.24.2017

Researchers have developed a new technique they say could reduce …

Why is Russia So Good at Encouraging Women Into Tech?
Why is Russia So Good at Encouraging Women Into Tech?
04.24.2017

Irina Khoroshko, from Zelenograd near Moscow, had learned her times …

A Better Understanding of Brain Health at Our (Bionic) Fingertips
A Better Understanding of Brain Health at Our (Bionic) Fingertips
04.24.2017

The European Union-funded NANOBIOTOUCH and NEBIAS projects examined how touch …

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