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February 2022


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Tech Sanctions Won't Sting Russia for a While

Tech Sanctions Won't Sting Russia for a While

Restricting computing equipment sends an important message, but businesses will find ways around the rules


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Deep Learning Is a Bad Idea for Security

Deep Learning Is a Bad Idea for Security

Deep learning must address some major issues before AI can scale more widely into security applications


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Human Autonomy in the Age of AI

Human Autonomy in the Age of AI

Current AI policy recommendations differ on what the risks to human autonomy are


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The Rise of Big Tech May Just Be Starting

The Rise of Big Tech May Just Be Starting

Largest tech companies seem poised to expand their reach and influence over the rest of the economy, rather than relinquish it


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Who Gets to Decide if an AI Is Alive?

Who Gets to Decide if an AI Is Alive?

We need a Turing Test for consciousness that works for modern AI


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China's 5G Soars over America's

China's 5G Soars over America's

In some U.S. cities, 5G is slower than the old 4G system; Washington must make it a priority


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Innovation Is Slowing Down—and Big Tech Is to Blame

Innovation Is Slowing Down—and Big Tech Is to Blame

The great IT revolution is preventing, not promoting, economic dynamism


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Andrew Ng Calls for Smart-Sized, 'Data-Centric' Solutions to Big Issues

Andrew Ng Calls for Smart-Sized, 'Data-Centric' Solutions to Big Issues

AI pioneer says he has identified the next big shift in artificial intelligence


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The Metaverse Will Require Computing Tech No One Knows How to Build

The Metaverse Will Require Computing Tech No One Knows How to Build

Experts believe building the metaverse will require nearly every kind of chip to be an order of magnitude more powerful than it is today


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Humans and AI: Problem Finders and Problem Solvers

Humans and AI: Problem Finders and Problem Solvers

Technologies such as AlphaCode cannot think about and design their own problems, but they are very good problem solvers


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Tracing the Evolution of the Computer, from Unusual to Ubiquitous

Tracing the Evolution of the Computer, from Unusual to Ubiquitous

New book chronicles computer's journey from scientific instrument to general-purpose device


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Why a Safe Metaverse Is a Must

Why a Safe Metaverse Is a Must

Virtual worlds need strong, enforceable rules to avoid the harassment and stalking common on social media platforms


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The Inevitability of Trusted Third Parties

The Inevitability of Trusted Third Parties

The search for a crypto use case continues


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The Race to Save the Internet from Quantum Hackers

The Race to Save the Internet from Quantum Hackers

The quantum computer revolution could break encryption, but more-secure algorithms can safeguard privacy


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Supercomputing to Save the Planet

Supercomputing to Save the Planet

Fujitsu CTO Vivek Mahajan says true power of cloud will come with democratizing HPC and quantum computers for the masses


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DeepMind AlphaCode Does Not Compare to Human Programmers

DeepMind AlphaCode Does Not Compare to Human Programmers

Human programmers are in control but they must learn to harness the power and limits of AI-generated code


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Understanding Software Dynamics

Understanding Software Dynamics

In an interview, computer architect Richard L. Sites discusses his new book


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Why the Prospect of the IRS Using Facial Recognition Is So Alarming

Why the Prospect of the IRS Using Facial Recognition Is So Alarming

The U.S. government should put more care and due diligence into its use and advocacy of facial recognition technology


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Connecting Large Language Models to Human Values

Connecting Large Language Models to Human Values

AI researcher Connor Leahy talks about replicating GPT-2/GPT-3, superhuman AI, AI alignment, AI risk and research norms, and more


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Web3 Is the Future, or a Scam, or Both

 Web3 Is the Future, or a Scam, or Both

So what exactly is Web3, and why is everyone in Silicon Valley obsessed with it?


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Giving an AI Control of Nuclear Weapons: What Could Go Wrong?

Giving an AI Control of Nuclear Weapons: What Could Go Wrong?

The challenge of autonomous nuclear weapons is a serious one that has received little attention


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Peering into the Black Box of Machine-Learning Algorithms

Peering into the Black Box of Machine-Learning Algorithms

NBC correspondent's new book explores long-term dangers of using "behavior design" to hook users


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India's Tech Innovation Engines Must Raise Their Game

India's Tech Innovation Engines Must Raise Their Game

Some Indian Institutes of Technology are struggling to establish themselves and must quickly turn things around


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The Lives of Hidden Figures Matter in Computer Science Education

The Lives of Hidden Figures Matter in Computer Science Education

"I cannot work on what I cannot see . . ." —Katherine Goble, Hidden Figures


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I Unplugged What?

I Unplugged What?

The lessons here are broader than just a simple "Don't do that."


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Becoming Universal

Becoming Universal

A new history of modern computing.


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Data Science Meets Law

Data Science Meets Law

Learning Responsible AI together.


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Is Your Autonomous Vehicle as Smart as You Expected?

Is Your Autonomous Vehicle as Smart as You Expected?

Suggesting a better route to evaluate autonomous vehicles' smartness.


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A Brave New World of Mediated Online Discourse

A Brave New World of Mediated Online Discourse

Is artificial intelligence up to the task of managing online discourse in social networks?

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