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March 2020


From ACM Opinion

The Coronavirus Crisis Proves The Internet Should Be A Public Utility

The Coronavirus Crisis Proves The Internet Should Be A Public Utility

The spread of the novel coronavirus around the world has proven conclusively that the Internet should be a public utility.


From ACM Opinion

How to (Carefully) Use Tech to Contain the Coronavirus

How to (Carefully) Use Tech to Contain the Coronavirus

The United States can learn from other countries to track the pandemic while still protecting privacy.


From ACM Opinion

The Role of Robotics in Managing Public Health and Infectious Diseases

The Role of Robotics in Managing Public Health and Infectious Diseases

As the COVID-19 epidemic escalates, robots have the potential to be deployed for disinfection, delivering medications and food, measuring vital signs, and assisting border controls.


From ACM Opinion

Ritu Raman on the WISDM Database at MIT

Ritu Raman on the WISDM Database at MIT

Postdoc Ritu Raman speaks about the WISDM platform she developed to highlight female speakers at MIT.


From ACM Opinion

AI is an Ideology, Not a Technology

AI is an Ideology, Not a Technology

At its core, "artificial intelligence" is a perilous belief that fails to recognize the agency of humans.


From ACM Careers

How We Got Our Start In The Tech Industry

How We Got Our Start In The Tech Industry

Six black women discuss how they got started in tech, provide advice to other black women looking to start in the industry, and suggest what tech companies can do to make the industry more inclusive.


From ACM Opinion

Why Being A Programmer Will Make Me A Better Doctor

Why Being A Programmer Will Make Me A Better Doctor

A few years of experience have shown me that some lessons I've learned from being a programmer generalize wonderfully into my life as a medical student.


From ACM News

Let Evolution Design Your Robot

Let Evolution Design Your Robot

A U.K. research project uses evolutionary principles to design robots to help dismantle decommissioned nuclear power plants.


From ACM Opinion

Collaborating With Users to Develop Accessible Designs

Collaborating With Users to Develop Accessible Designs

Co-authors Alan Lundgard, Crystal Lee, and Arvind Satyanarayan discuss "Sociotechnical Considerations for Accessible Visualization Design," published in the journal IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics.


From ACM Opinion

Joe Steinmeyer on Guiding Students Into the World of STEM

Joe Steinmeyer on Guiding Students Into the World of STEM

Joe Steinmeyer, a principal lecturer in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, has taught more than 400 students in various Office of Engineering Outreach Programs since 2009.


From ACM Opinion

Interview with Claire Le Goues

Interview with Claire Le Goues

Claire Le Goues, an associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University, describes the similarities of high school debate and computer science, why it's fun to take the LSAT, women in academia, and more.


From Communications of the ACM

Computing and Community in Formal Education

Computing and Community in Formal Education

Culturally responsive computing repurposes computer science education by making it meaningful to not only students, but also to their families and communities.


From Communications of the ACM

Dilemmas of Artificial Intelligence

Dilemmas of Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence has confronted us with a raft of dilemmas that challenge us to decide what values are important in our designs.


From Communications of the ACM

Four Internets

Four Internets

Considering the merits of several models and approaches to Internet governance.


From Communications of the ACM

Unsafe At Any Level

Unsafe At Any Level

The U.S. NHTSA's levels of automation are a liability for automated vehicles.


From Communications of the ACM

Conferences in an Era of Expensive Carbon

Conferences in an Era of Expensive Carbon

Balancing sustainability and science.


From Communications of the ACM

Through the Lens of a Passionate Theoretician

Through the Lens of a Passionate Theoretician

Considering the far-reaching and fundamental implications of computing beyond digital computers.

Blog at CACM
Tracking Down a Seminal Work on Computer Construction  in Russian
Tracking Down a Seminal Work on Computer Construction in Russian
10.23.2020

A Russian edition of Rutishauser's standard work on computer construction.

Why I Don't Recommend CSRankings .org: Know the Values You are Ranking On
Why I Don't Recommend CSRankings .org: Know the Values You are Ranking On
10.18.2020

 Just because a ranking is computable doesn't mean that it's right.

Measuring Up: How to Properly Measure Your Programmers
Measuring Up: How to Properly Measure Your Programmers
10.16.2020

To measure or to not measure, that is the question. Ask programmers and many will tell you that measurement is …

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AI Can Diagnose COVID-19 Through Cellphone-Recorded Coughs – Even if You Don’t Have Symptoms
AI Can Diagnose COVID-19 Through Cellphone-Recorded Coughs – Even if You Don’t Have Symptoms
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Results might provide a convenient screening tool for people who …

Website Predicts Likelihood of Cyberattacks Between Nations
Website Predicts Likelihood of Cyberattacks Between Nations
10.29.2020

Computer scientists have created a database that aims to predict …

Smarter Models, Smarter Choices
Smarter Models, Smarter Choices
10.29.2020

A new high-confidence approach to artificial intelligence-based models incorporates uncertainty …

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