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April 2022


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It's Time to Open the Black Box of Social Media

It's Time to Open the Black Box of Social Media

Social media cos. need to give their data to independent researchers to better understand how to keep users safe.


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Is AI Threatened by Too Little Data?

Is AI Threatened by Too Little Data?

Knowing when to limit your data dramatically affects the quality of your artificial intelligence.


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Blending Computer Science with Culture

Blending Computer Science with Culture

Coding with Culture creator Victor Hicks explains how culturally relevant lessons can be included in STEM learning.


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Bitcoin Isn't Going to Change

Bitcoin Isn't Going to Change

There's no evidence that Bitcoin's key players are interested in switching from proof-of-work to energy-saving proof of stake.


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The Perils of Machine Learning in Designing New Chemicals and Materials

The Perils of Machine Learning in Designing New Chemicals and Materials

As ML tools become more broadly available when making new compounds and materials, the possibilities of misuse increase and must be guarded against.


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My Nightmare Trip into the Metaverse

My Nightmare Trip into the Metaverse

A reporter dons a VR headset, heads into the metaverse, and witnesses the most disturbing sights of her life.


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Book Review: The Future of AI

Book Review: The Future of AI

Cyber analyst James Voorhees reviews The New Fire: War, Peace and Democracy in the Age of AI by Ben Buchanan and Andrew Imbrie.


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AI Is Creating a New Colonial World Order

AI Is Creating a New Colonial World Order

Artificial intelligence is enriching a powerful few by dispossessing communities that have been dispossessed before.


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Can AI Improve Road Safety Now?

Can AI Improve Road Safety Now?

Well before self-driving cars become a reality, there are simpler approaches that can make roads much safer.


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Why It Is So Hard to Make AI Fair and Unbiased

Why It Is So Hard to Make AI Fair and Unbiased

Competing notions of fairness exist, and sometimes they are totally incompatible with each other.


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Can Open Source Sustain Itself without Losing Its Soul?

Can Open Source Sustain Itself without Losing Its Soul?

What it means to be an open source contributor or maintainer has changed in recent years.


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The AI in a Jar

The AI in a Jar

Exploring a metaphysical argument against artificial intelligence.


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How Ukraine Has Defended Itself against Cyber Attacks

How Ukraine Has Defended Itself against Cyber Attacks

As in Ukraine, U.S. organizations should work with U.S. cybersecurity agencies to prepare for and prevent attacks.


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The Missing Voices in Natural Language Processing

The Missing Voices in Natural Language Processing

Who and what is being represented in the data and development of NLP models?


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Patterns and Prose

Patterns and Prose

A University of Southern California computer scientist is a coder by trade and a poet at heart.


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The AI Illusion

The AI Illusion

State-of-the-art chatbots are not what they seem.


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Our Human Future in an Age of AI

Our Human Future in an Age of AI

What does it mean to be human in an age where AI agents make decisions that shape human actions?


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Unions Have a Long Way to Go after Amazon Victory

Unions Have a Long Way to Go after Amazon Victory

Without greater momentum on their side, the New York stunner looks more like chance than pattern.


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The Future of AI in Games

The Future of AI in Games

Making artificial intelligence a tool of freedom and creativity for everyone.


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Hugs to Boring Tech

Hugs to Boring Tech

Don't underestimate the tech that makes your eyes glaze over—it holds us all up.


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25 years with cURL

25 years with cURL

Founder and lead developer Daniel Stenberg discusses looking after cURL and libcurl for the past 25 years.


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Timnit Gebru Is Building a Slow AI Movement

Timnit Gebru Is Building a Slow AI Movement

Her new organization, DAIR, aims to show a more thoughtful mode of AI research.


From Communications of the ACM

Global Supply Chain Disruption and Resilience

Global Supply Chain Disruption and Resilience

Tracking the myriad factors influencing shifting supply chains.


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Systems Abstractions

Systems Abstractions

Computing professionals use powerful abstractions to tame complexity in large software systems and distributed networks.


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Getting Off the Mad Path

Getting Off the Mad Path

Debuggers and assertions.


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Communications' Digital Initiative and Its First Digital Event

<i>Communications'</i> Digital Initiative and Its First Digital Event

How AI and science are shaping each other.


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Explainable AI

Explainable AI

Opening the black box or Pandora's Box?

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