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

Is Computer Science More or Less Suitable for Distance Learning?
Is Computer Science More or Less Suitable for Distance Learning?
11.24.2020

How undergraduate computer science students perceive the discipline based on their distance learning experience during the 2020 Spring semester – …

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The Few, the Tired, the Open Source Coders
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Need a Hypothesis? This A.I. Has One
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Gladys West: the Hidden Figure Who Helped Invent GPS
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Growing up on a farm in Virginia during segregation, West …

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