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Quantum computing is the first computing paradigm since Turing expected to change the fundamental scaling behavior of algorithms, making certain tasks feasible that had previously been exponentially hard.
Technology giants like Facebook and Google have transformed the Internet into a corporate monopoly, experts warn, but a growing cottage industry aims to decentralize the Web to ensure free and open information.
At far too many institutions today, students who are not computer science majors encounter severe enrollment caps and watered-down or limited courses, writes Robert Sedgewick.
Since 2017, nearly every time the Facebook CEO has tried to sound thoughtful, he's sounded unprepared, shallow, and full of hubris. Time to zip it.
We did not anticipate that the dark side of the Internet would emerge with such ferocity. Or that we would feel an urgent need to fix it.
California's new law forcing ride-sharing companies to treat their drivers as employees could harm or kill an important new business model.
Samaira Mehta, co-founder of CodeBunnyz and founder of the Yes, 1 Billion Kids Can Code initiative, talks about why age is just a number, her dream of becoming president of the United States, and why she wishes she could clone…
Fedora project leader Matthew Miller discusses popular adoption, competing standards, upcoming changes, and hot-button topics such as systemd.
Google's engineers have succeeded in designing a quantum computer which, for the first time ever, has solved a problem a conventional computer is not able to. Are we witnessing a new Sputnik moment in IT?
Once, when users called Siri a "slut," the service responded: "I'd blush if I could." Such programming missteps could have been avoided altogether if there were more women involved in Siri's design and programming.
The road to routing all Domain Name System lookups through HTTPS is pocked with disagreements over just how much it will help.
MIT Associate Professor Juejun Hu shines a light on the impact machine learning and AI are having on materials science and engineering.
Marc Zao-Sanders, founder and CEO of Filtered, squared off against magpie, the set of algorithms that recommends learning content to people looking to pick up new skills.
Almost no one thinks that Isaac Asimov's Three Laws could work for truly intelligent AI.
How cloud computing became a platform.
Summarizing some of the changes that seem increasingly necessary to address known system and network deficiencies and anticipate currently unknown vulnerabilities.
Security requires more than an off-the-shelf solution.
Increased availability of cloud services and ownership of multiple digital devices create unique opportunities for digital assistants to provide guidance across a range of tasks and scenarios.
Who is Camille Noûs, who has contributed to hundreds of papers on Google Scholar?
By 2019, I generally thought there wasn't much that could surprise me about organizing meetups. Then Covid-19 hit. I was …
Napier's multiplication and division rods, deriving from the basic multiplication table, simplify calculations considerably.