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April 2020


From ACM Opinion

Machine Learning Engineers Will Not Exist In 10 Years.

Machine Learning Engineers Will Not Exist In 10 Years.

The landscape is evolving quickly.


From ACM Opinion

Professor Leads COVID-19 Test Site Mapping Effort

Professor Leads COVID-19 Test Site Mapping Effort

Big data and artificial intelligence expert Jim Kyung-Soo Liew is spearheading a mapping effort conducted by software engineers and student volunteers from the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.


From ACM Opinion

How Autonomous Shuttles Could Transform the College Experience

How Autonomous Shuttles Could Transform the College Experience

Transportation and parking remain an ongoing issue among campuses everywhere.


From ACM Opinion

Will Online Education Widen Asia's Digital Divide?

Will Online Education Widen Asia's Digital Divide?

Some students may be at a disadvantage as e-learning relies heavily on home environments, experts say.


From ACM Opinion

The First Modern Pandemic

The First Modern Pandemic

Bill Gates considers the scientific advances needed to stop COVID-19.


From ACM Opinion

Tips for Online Teaching: A Q&A With Trey Conatser

Tips for Online Teaching: A Q&A With Trey Conatser

Trey Conatser, associate director of the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching at the University of Kentucky, discusses efforts to expand support services as the university moved courses online. 


From ACM Opinion

Big Data Could Undermine the COVID-19 Response

Big Data Could Undermine the COVID-19 Response

Blind spots in location-tracking data can threaten both public health and human rights.


From ACM Opinion

Catherine D'Ignazio on Visualizing COVID-19 Data

Catherine D'Ignazio on Visualizing COVID-19 Data

Catherine D'Ignazio, assistant professor of urban science and planning at MIT, speaks about the current boom in COVID-19 data visualizations, and how data visualizers can help us make sense of the pandemic's uncertain numbers…


From ACM Opinion

Contactless Sociability and Hybrid Communities of Place

Contactless Sociability and Hybrid Communities of Place

What will the world be like after the COVID-19 crisis? A contactless sociality solves problems using the digital network and physical proximity.


From ACM Opinion

Online Learning Should Return to a Supporting Role

Online Learning Should Return to a Supporting Role

Winner-take-all economics and cost-cutting may make many in-person lectures obsolete, but the best education continues to be intensive, expensive, and done in person.


From ACM Opinion

When School Is Online, the Digital Divide Grows Greater

When School Is Online, the Digital Divide Grows Greater

Most U.S. schools are closed, with instruction shifting to the Internet. That's a problem for millions of people without reliable broadband, including 20 percent of rural students.


From ACM Opinion

Privacy Cannot Be a Casualty of the Coronavirus

Privacy Cannot Be a Casualty of the Coronavirus

Many Americans now rely on digital tools to work remotely and stay connected. They shouldn't have to sacrifice their privacy to use them.


From ACM Opinion

STEM Education Needs a Course Correction

STEM Education Needs a Course Correction

Technical training today should not be solely in the business of making better coders but of making better people who will be able to cultivate the future.


From Communications of the ACM

The Temptation of Data-Enabled Surveillance

The Temptation of Data-Enabled Surveillance

Are universities the next cautionary tale?


From Communications of the ACM

Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Professional Work

Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Professional Work

Considering the implications of the influence of artificial intelligence given previous industrial revolutions.


From Communications of the ACM

Master of Tickets

Master of Tickets

Valuing the quality, not the quantity, of work.


From Communications of the ACM

Why Is Cybersecurity Not a Human-Scale Problem Anymore?

Why Is Cybersecurity Not a Human-Scale Problem Anymore?

Examining the structure of the enterprise attack surface in view of the relative ease with which cyberdefenses can be subverted.


From Communications of the ACM

Reinventing Virtual Machines

Reinventing Virtual Machines

The notion of scalable operating systems led Mendel Rosenblum to virtual machines, which have revolutionized datacenters and enabled modern cloud computing.


From Communications of the ACM

Organizing Family Support Services at ACM Conferences

Organizing Family Support Services at ACM Conferences

Seeking to improve access to conferences and provide support for attendees with children.


From Communications of the ACM

A Taxonomy of Automated Assistants

A Taxonomy of Automated Assistants

Rating your intelligent (human or automated) assistant.

Blog at CACM
The Virus Analogy and Validation
The Virus Analogy and Validation
05.29.2020

The comparison between organic viruses and computer viruses is compelling.  But why?

Is A (Nearly) Zero-Cost Model Plausible for Science and Engineering Programs?
Is A (Nearly) Zero-Cost Model Plausible for Science and Engineering Programs?
05.27.2020

Is a skill-based, multi-level win-win, and (almost) zero-cost model for undergraduate science and engineering programs in a research university plausible?

The World's Largest Commercial Cylindrical Slide Rule has a Scale Length of 24m
The World's Largest Commercial Cylindrical Slide Rule has a Scale Length of 24m
05.13.2020

The world's largest mass-produced cylindrical slide rules come from Loga-Calculator AG in Zurich/Uster, Switzerland.

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