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March 2021


From ACM Opinion

Automation and the 'Winner Take Most' Effect

Automation and the 'Winner Take Most' Effect

The threat that automation poses to humans has been greatly exaggerated, says Erik Brynjolfsson, director of the Stanford Digital Economy Lab and a senior fellow at Stanford HAI.


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Undermining Mathematics In the Land of Zero

Undermining Mathematics In the Land of Zero

Making mathematics and physics optional for an engineering degree runs counter to the spirit of the multi-disciplinary approach and reduces the talk of India's past achievements, like the discovery of zero, to empty rhetoric.


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Let's Teach Computer Science Majors to Be Good Citizens

Let's Teach Computer Science Majors to Be Good Citizens

Students in computer science are graduating college with less preparation than students in all other majors to become agents of responsible change in an increasingly global citizenry.


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We Need a Global Push to Connect the World's Young People

We Need a Global Push to Connect the World's Young People

As the World Wide Web turns 32, web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Web Foundation Co-founder Rosemary Leith reflect on its power to catalyze change and advocate for delivering Internet access to all young people.


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Bridging The Gap Between AI Policymakers and AI Developers

Bridging The Gap Between AI Policymakers and AI Developers

The current gap in policymakers' tech knowledge and technologists' ethics knowledge needs to be bridged to ensure AI's sustainable development.


From Communications of the ACM

The Push for Stricter Rules for Internet Platforms

The Push for Stricter Rules for Internet Platforms

Considering the origins, interpretations, and possible changes to Communications Decency Act §230 amid an evolving online environment.


From Communications of the ACM

Informing California Privacy Regulations with Evidence from Research

Informing California Privacy Regulations with Evidence from Research

Designing and testing 'Do Not Sell My Personal Information' icons.


From Communications of the ACM

What To Do About Deepfakes

What To Do About Deepfakes

Seeking to reap the positive uses of synthetic media while minimizing or preventing negative societal impact.


From Communications of the ACM

Science Is Not Another Opinion

Science Is Not Another Opinion

The issue is not who has the "truth," but whose claims deserve more credence.


From Communications of the ACM

What Can the Maker Movement Teach Us About the Digitization of Creativity?

What Can the Maker Movement Teach Us About the Digitization of Creativity?

Experimenting with the creative process.


From Communications of the ACM

The Transformation of Patient-Clinician Relationships with AI-based Medical Advice

The Transformation of Patient-Clinician Relationships with AI-based Medical Advice

A "bring your own algorithm" era in healthcare.


From Communications of the ACM

50 Years of Pascal

50 Years of Pascal

The Pascal programming language creator Niklaus Wirth reflects on its origin, spread, and further development.

Blog at CACM
Software Learning: The Art Of Design Regret
Software Learning: The Art Of Design Regret
08.02.2021

How should software engineers try to classify their reflections?

Gaming the System: Definition
Gaming the System: Definition
07.31.2021

To game a programmed system means thwarting non-programmed intention.

A Standard Plan for Modern Requirements
A Standard Plan for Modern Requirements
07.20.2021

The ambitious systems that we develop today need a proper requirements structure. The plan defined here organizes requirements specification along …

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