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May 2020


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H-1B Visas Allow U.S. Companies to Thrive

H-1B Visas Allow U.S. Companies to Thrive

Some longstanding opponents of legal and illegal immigration are using the high unemployment rates stemming from the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse to keep necessary workers from entering the country. 


From ACM Opinion

Colin Garvey: A Zen Buddhist Monk's Approach to Democratizing AI

Colin Garvey: A Zen Buddhist Monk's Approach to Democratizing AI

Colin Garvey, a postdoctoral research fellow at Stanford University, is preparing a policy report on AI-risk governance for a Washington think tank.


From ACM Opinion

Interview with Margaret Wright

Interview with Margaret Wright

Margaret H. Wright, a leading figure in numerical analysis for more than 40 years, was awarded the 2010 John von Neumann Prize.


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BCS calls for computer coding in scientific research to be more professional

BCS calls for computer coding in scientific research to be more professional

A BCS position paper finds the software coding practices of non-computer-science scientists to be insufficiently professional.


From ACM News

Teaming Up with Artificial Intelligence

Teaming Up with Artificial Intelligence

What makes a human-AI dream team?


From ACM Opinion

A Case for Cooperation Between Machines and Humans

A Case for Cooperation Between Machines and Humans

A computer scientist argues that the quest for fully automated robots is misguided, perhaps even dangerous. His decades of warnings are gaining more attention.


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Why Is Facebook So Afraid of Checking Facts?

Why Is Facebook So Afraid of Checking Facts?

The biggest social network in the world has the wrong idea for how to fight Covid-19 conspiracies.


From ACM Opinion

How Quantum Computing Will Change the Future of AI

How Quantum Computing Will Change the Future of AI

IonQ CEO Peter Chapman discusses a variety of quantum computing topics, including its future impact on artificial intelligence and machine learning.


From ACM News

Can AI Become Conscious?

Can AI Become Conscious?

Yes, but only if it runs on very different hardware, says Christof Koch of Seattle's Allen Institute for Brain Science.


From ACM Opinion

My Battle with COVID-19

My Battle with COVID-19

Azer Bestavros, associate provost for computing and data sciences at Boston University, describes the toll his month-long ordeal with the coronavirus took on his body — and his family.


From ACM Opinion

Don't Regulate Artificial Intelligence: Starve It

Don't Regulate Artificial Intelligence: Starve It

The potential dangers of artificial intelligence are great enough to required great care about how powerful we allow it to become.


From ACM Opinion

Why Zoom Is Terrible

Why Zoom Is Terrible

There's a reason video apps make you feel awkward and unfulfilled.


From ACM Opinion

Husband and Wife Start Scholarship for International CS Grad Students

Husband and Wife Start Scholarship for International CS Grad Students

Subhachandra Chandra and Nandita Dukkipati discuss the Chandra Family Scholarship, which will go to a first-year international graduate student majoring in computer science.


From Communications of the ACM

What Role for Antitrust in Regulating Platforms?

What Role for Antitrust in Regulating Platforms?

Using regulation to protect competition and innovation.


From Communications of the ACM

Secure Development Tools and Techniques Need More Research That Will Increase Their Impact and Effectiveness in Practice

Secure Development Tools and Techniques Need More Research That Will Increase Their Impact and Effectiveness in Practice

Secure development is an important and pressing problem.


From Communications of the ACM

A Vision of K-12 Computer Science Education for 2030

A Vision of K-12 Computer Science Education for 2030

Exploring goals, perspectives, and challenges.


From Communications of the ACM

Computers Do Not Make Art, People Do

Computers Do Not Make Art, People Do

The continually evolving relationship between artistic technologies and artists.


From Communications of the ACM

When Technology Goes Awry

When Technology Goes Awry

On engineers' obligation to tame their creations.

Blog at CACM
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The design of today's electronic computers is usually not very appealing, in contrast to magnificent mechanical calculating machines from earlier …

Misnomer and Malgorithm
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The algorithm should be respected; the malgorithm should be rejected.

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