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April 2017


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The 'Fix' for Net Neutrality That Consumers Don't Need

The 'Fix' for Net Neutrality That Consumers Don't Need

Netflix and Amazon have been nominated for hundreds of Emmys and Golden Globe awards in recent years, and that is a testament to both the quality of those companies and the transformation of television.


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Finding Solace in Defeat by Artificial Intelligence

Finding Solace in Defeat by Artificial Intelligence

Fan Hui, the European Go champion, needed some fresh air. "I don't understand myself anymore."


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Artificial Intelligence: Chess Match of the Century

Artificial Intelligence: Chess Match of the Century

Nearly 20 years ago, I was fortunate enough to play friendly blitz chess against former world champion Garry Kasparov.


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Facebook's Race to Link Your Brain to a Computer Might Be Unwinnable

Facebook's Race to Link Your Brain to a Computer Might Be Unwinnable

"What if you could type directly from your brain?" Regina Dugan said, as the same words appeared on the towering screen behind her, one digital character at a time, a cursor leading the way.


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AI's PR Problem

AI's PR Problem

Had artificial intelligence been named something less spooky, we'd probably worry about it less.


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Five Hacks for Digital Democracy

Five Hacks for Digital Democracy

The election of a politically inexperienced president in the United States, Britain's vote to leave the European Union and the initial rejection of a peace deal in a Colombian referendum to end an armed conflict all signal dissatisfaction…


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Defending Science: How the Art of Rhetoric Can Help

Defending Science: How the Art of Rhetoric Can Help

Science seems to be under attack in America, so much so that scientists and their supporters are marching in the streets.


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With Neuralink, Elon Musk Promises Human-to-Human Telepathy. Don't Believe It.

With Neuralink, Elon Musk Promises Human-to-Human Telepathy. Don't Believe It.

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, by way of blogger and cartoonist Tim Urban, has revealed in a 36,400-word illustrated explainer the thinking behind his new company Neuralink and its mission to use brain implants to directly…


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You've Never Heard of Tech Legend Bob Taylor, But He Invented 'Almost Everything'

You've Never Heard of Tech Legend Bob Taylor, But He Invented 'Almost Everything'


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President Trump's New Order Gives China Tech Opportunity To 'Hire American' Too

President Trump's New Order Gives China Tech Opportunity To 'Hire American' Too

The same week that President Trump issued his hire American executive order, the president of one of China's top tech companies said his company wants to do the same thing.


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How to Build Your Own Moonshot Lab, According to Astro Teller

How to Build Your Own Moonshot Lab, According to Astro Teller

From balloon-based Internet to self-driving cars, Astro Teller and his team have produced some of the world's most ambitious technology products.


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Bill Gates Is Wrong: The Solution to AI Taking Jobs Is Training, Not Taxes

Bill Gates Is Wrong: The Solution to AI Taking Jobs Is Training, Not Taxes

Let's take a breath: Robots and artificial intelligence systems are nowhere near displacing the human workforce.


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Introducing 'Operator 4.0,' a tech-augmented human worker

Introducing 'Operator 4.0,' a tech-augmented human worker

The Fourth Industrial Revolution has arrived.


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How Steve Wozniak Got Over His Fear of Robots Turning People Into Pets

How Steve Wozniak Got Over His Fear of Robots Turning People Into Pets

Steve Wozniak is one half of Silicon Valley's most prototypical founder's myth.


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Track How Technology Is Transforming Work

Track How Technology Is Transforming Work

Advances in technology pose huge challenges for jobs. Productivity levels have never been higher in the United States, for example, but income for the bottom 50% of earners has stagnated since 1999 (see 'Job shifts').


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I Never Thought I'd be Marching for Science

I Never Thought I'd be Marching for Science

But the anti-science stance of the current administration — silencing scientists, removing data from federal websites, proposing drastic funding cuts — hits my core.


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Melding Mind and Machine: How Close Are We?

Melding Mind and Machine: How Close Are We?

Just as ancient Greeks fantasized about soaring flight, today's imaginations dream of melding minds and machines as a remedy to the pesky problem of human mortality.


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How to Keep the Government from Breaking the Internet

How to Keep the Government from Breaking the Internet

Telecommunications policy has been in flux since President Trump designated Ajit Pai the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission in January.


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The Future of Net Neutrality in Trump's America

The Future of Net Neutrality in Trump's America

Now that President Trump has signed legislation repealing landmark federal privacy protections for Internet users, many in Washington are trying to decipher what the move could mean for net neutrality.


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There's Nowhere to Hide on the Internet

There's Nowhere to Hide on the Internet

Sometime before dawn on March 29th, not too many hours after Congress approved legislation that allows Internet-service providers to sell your browsing history to whoever wants to buy it, a coder named Dan Schultz released aInternet…


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With New Technology, Mathematicians Turn Numbers Into Art

With New Technology, Mathematicians Turn Numbers Into Art

Once upon a time, mathematicians imagined their job was to discover new mathematics and then let others explain it.


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The Inventor of the Web Predicts 'a Massive Outcry' Over Online Privacy

The Inventor of the Web Predicts 'a Massive Outcry' Over Online Privacy

More than two decades ago, Tim Berners-Lee invented the thing you're using to read this story right now—the World Wide Web.


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In Ukraine, Russia Weaponizes Fake News to Fight a Real War

In Ukraine, Russia Weaponizes Fake News to Fight a Real War

As the Russian shells and rockets rained down on them in the front-line town of Debaltseve in February 2015, Ukrainian troops began to receive curious, anonymous SMS messages on their cellphones.


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Trump Has Done Nothing to Fix America's Tech Talent Shortage

Trump Has Done Nothing to Fix America's Tech Talent Shortage

President Trump's long-promised changes to the United States' high-skilled worker visa program may have to wait another year. For tech leaders, this decision to at least postpone changes to the H-1B program may come as a relief…


From Communications of the ACM

Online Social Networks and Global Women's Empowerment

Online Social Networks and Global Women's Empowerment

Mediating social change or reinforcing male hegemony?


From Communications of the ACM

The Chess Player Who Couldn't Pass the Salt

The Chess Player Who Couldn't Pass the Salt

AI: Soft and hard, weak and strong, narrow and general. Dear KV,


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Wanted: Toolsmiths

Wanted: Toolsmiths

Seeking to use software, hardware, and algorithmic ingenuity to create unique domain-independent instruments.


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What It Means to Be an Entrepreneur Today

What It Means to Be an Entrepreneur Today

In his keynote address before the fifth edition of the Tech Open Air conference in Berlin in 2016, Kickstarter's cofounder and CEO Yancey Strickler suggests the city's tech community faces "a very rare opportunity."

Blog at CACM
Finding the World's Smallest Mechanical Parallel Calculator
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Discovery of a 12-fold Curta in Britain.

It's Not the 'Why' Chromosome, It's the 'How'
It's Not the 'Why' Chromosome, It's the 'How'
09.11.2017

Women do like the raw technical aspects of computer science.

Measuring Student Self-efficacy and Learning Trajectories for K-5 CS: ICER 2017 Trip Report
Measuring Student Self-efficacy and Learning Trajectories for K-5 CS: ICER 2017 Trip Report
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ICER 2017 features a new test of student belief and new theory about K-5 CS learning.

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