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April 2021


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Vivienne Sze: Crossing the Hardware-Software Divide for Efficient AI

Vivienne Sze: Crossing the Hardware-Software Divide for Efficient AI

MIT Associate Professor Vivienne Sze discusses why we need low-power AI now, and more.


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Stop Talking About AI Ethics. It's Time to Talk About Power

Stop Talking About AI Ethics. It's Time to Talk About Power

AI scholar Kate Crawford explores the history of artificial intelligence and its impact on the physical world in her new book, Atlas of AI.


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How to Make the Most of Remote Tech Interviews

How to Make the Most of Remote Tech Interviews

Mark Kinsella, vice president of engineering at Opendoor Technologies, provides tips on best practices for remote tech interviews.


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Why Cryptocurrency Is A Giant Fraud

Why Cryptocurrency Is A Giant Fraud

Speculators might make money on cryptocurrency, but the arguments for its usefulness fail completely.


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Why Bitcoin Is Bad for the Environment

Why Bitcoin Is Bad for the Environment

Cryptocurrency mining uses huge amounts of power — and can be as destructive as the real thing.


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Tech in the Post-Pandemic World

Tech in the Post-Pandemic World

Assessing its future, both the bad and the good.


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Hackers Used to Be Humans. Soon, AIs Will Hack Humanity

Hackers Used to Be Humans. Soon, AIs Will Hack Humanity

To date, hacking has exclusively been a human activity. Not for long.


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Google Has A Plan To 'Fix' Online Privacy. Everybody Hates It

Google Has A Plan To 'Fix' Online Privacy. Everybody Hates It

Google recently decided to adopt a new way to track users, and says it's more private than cookies and nearly as effective for advertising. The rest of the Internet pretty much hates it.


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Data Is Power

Data Is Power

Data has become a critical source of power, yet remains largely ungoverned. Washington needs to craft new rules.


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Data Brokers Are a Threat to Democracy

Data Brokers Are a Threat to Democracy

The unregulated practice of data brokerage is incredibly dangerous and harmful, and policymakers can ignore it no longer.


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Intel's Melvin Greer: AI, Data Science a Growth Pillar

Intel's Melvin Greer: AI, Data Science a Growth Pillar

Melvin Greer, chief data scientist for the Americas, Intel Corp., discusses the importance of nontechnical skills and cross-domain expertise, ethical AI, and AI as "augmented intelligence."


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Turing Awardee Jeffrey Ullman on How He Got Involved with Computer Science

Turing Awardee Jeffrey Ullman on How He Got Involved with Computer Science

Jeffrey Ullman, co-recipient of the 2020 ACM A.M. Turing Award, discusses the imposter syndrome, running a Burroughs 5500, and using applications to address social problems.


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The Healing Power of Javascript

The Healing Power of Javascript

For some, code is therapy, an escape and a path to hope in a troubled world.


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A Computer Scientist Who Tackles Inequality Through Algorithms

A Computer Scientist Who Tackles Inequality Through Algorithms

Rediet Abebe uses the tools of theoretical computer science to understand pressing social problems — and try to fix them.


From Communications of the ACM

From Remote Work to Working From Anywhere

From Remote Work to Working From Anywhere

Tracing temporary work modifications resulting in permanent organizational changes.


From Communications of the ACM

Reflections on Black in Computing

Reflections on Black in Computing

Seeking to improve systemic fairness in the computing realm.


From Communications of the ACM

The Non-Psychopath's Guide to Managing an Open Source Project

The Non-Psychopath's Guide to Managing an Open Source Project

Respect your staff, learn from others, and know when to let go.


From Communications of the ACM

When Hackers Were Heroes

When Hackers Were Heroes

The complex legacy of Steven Levy's obsessive programmers.


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Roots of 'Program' Revisited

Roots of 'Program' Revisited

Considering the fundamental nature and malleability of programming.


From Communications of the ACM

Building a Multilingual Wikipedia

Building a Multilingual Wikipedia

Seeking to develop a multilingual Wikipedia where content can be shared among language editions.

Blog at CACM
Understanding NoSQL Database Types: Column
Understanding NoSQL Database Types: Column
05.11.2021

The elements of one of the most used and popular data designs around.

Charles Babbage and the Loom
Charles Babbage and the Loom
05.07.2021

Babbage wanted to control his analytical engine, regarded as the ancestor of the modern-day computer, with punched cards.

An Open Call to Establish an  Interdisciplinary Data Science Education Journal
An Open Call to Establish an Interdisciplinary Data Science Education Journal
04.26.2021

In this blog, we describe our vision for a journal that would focus on data science education from the interdisciplinarity …

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