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May 2021


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Self-Driving Cars Might Never Be Able to Drive Themselves

Self-Driving Cars Might Never Be Able to Drive Themselves

Producing truly autonomous vehicles requires a fundamental shift in current approaches.


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For Companies That Use ML, Labeled Data Is the Key Differentiator

For Companies That Use ML, Labeled Data Is the Key Differentiator

Any company that is considering using machine learning cannot overlook one technical choice: supervised or unsupervised learning.


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Should Alexa Read Our Moods?

Should Alexa Read Our Moods?

Companies should be barred from analyzing what people say and how they sound to recommend products or personalize advertising messages.


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Shoshana Zuboff: Why You Should Care About Privacy

Shoshana Zuboff: Why You Should Care About Privacy

The author of The Age of Surveillance Capitalism talks about why people should pay attention to how big tech companies are using their information.


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Caution Ahead: Navigating Risks to Freedoms Posed by AI

Caution Ahead: Navigating Risks to Freedoms Posed by AI

NSCAI commissioners and PCLOB members urge a task force to examine the challenges of using AI systems across federal agencies.


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How to Be Responsible in AI Publication

How to Be Responsible in AI Publication

A white paper from Partnership on AI advises on navigating the risks of AI research and responsible publication.


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Data Scientists' Important Role in Defeating COVID Vaccine Skepticism

Data Scientists' Important Role in Defeating COVID Vaccine Skepticism

Without a basic understanding of data measures and how they're computed, data-driven vaccine safety and effectiveness messages can become meaningless sound bites.


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Can Machines Control Our Brains?

Can Machines Control Our Brains?

Advances in brain-computer interface technology are impressive, but not close to anything resembling mind control.


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'Clearly AI Is Going to Win'

'Clearly AI Is Going to Win'

Nobel-winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman discusses listening to science, avoiding system noise, and the inevitability of AI over human intelligence.


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European AI Needs Strategic Leadership, Not Overregulation

European AI Needs Strategic Leadership, Not Overregulation

EU regulation of AI could limit the use cases and innovation and put the EU in a technologically inferior position globally.


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Defining a Role for AI Ethics in National Security

Defining a Role for AI Ethics in National Security

Mariarosaria Taddeo, an associate professor and senior research fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute and Dstl Ethics Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute, discusses two recent reports from the U.K. and the U.S. on using AI …


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Stop the Emerging AI Cold War

Stop the Emerging AI Cold War

Proliferating military artificial intelligence will leave the world less safe—so we must focus on ethics and global cooperation, argues Denise Garcia, vice-chair of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control.


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Charlie Marcus Knows That Quantum Facts Aren't Complicated

Charlie Marcus Knows That Quantum Facts Aren't Complicated

The secret to making a qubit for future quantum computers might depend on knowing how to tie knots in unusual materials, argues quantum physicist Charlie Marcus.


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Understanding the Differences Between Biological and Computer Vision

Understanding the Differences Between Biological and Computer Vision

Harvard Medical University Professor Gabriel Kreiman provides an account of how humans and animals process visual data and how far techno come toward replicating these functions in computers.


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Quantifying Uncertainty in Deep Learning

Quantifying Uncertainty in Deep Learning

Aalto University Professor Arno Solin discusses how to improve deep learning uncertainty with doctoral student Lassi Meronen.


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Cooperative AI: Machines Must Learn to Find Common Ground

Cooperative AI: Machines Must Learn to Find Common Ground

To help humanity solve fundamental problems of cooperation, scientists need to reconceive artificial intelligence as deeply social.


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Professor Advocates Taking AI Research Back to Its Roots

Professor Advocates Taking AI Research Back to Its Roots

To build a general artificial intelligence, we may need to know more about our own minds, argues computer scientist Melanie Mitchell.


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AI Drives Crossword-Solving Program to Tournament Victory

AI Drives Crossword-Solving Program to Tournament Victory

Plagued by unifinished crossword puzzles? Matt Ginsberg, a pro crossword writer and AI scientist, wrote a program that solves crosswords.


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AI May Have a Lot to Learn From Children

AI May Have a Lot to Learn From Children

Exploratory learning, the kind that is exhibited by children, might better inform AI development than the habitual learning processes employed by adults, according to a UC Berkeley AI Research group member Alison Gopnik.


From Communications of the ACM

Trustworthy Scientific Computing

Trustworthy Scientific Computing

Addressing the trust issues underlying the current limits on data sharing.


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Software Professionals, Malpractice Law, and Codes of Ethics

Software Professionals, Malpractice Law, and Codes of Ethics

In pursuit of professional status for computing professionals.


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CS Unplugged or Coding Classes?

CS Unplugged or Coding Classes?

Perhaps a more appropriate question is 'Why not both'?


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Understanding Law and the Rule of Law: A Plea to Augment CS Curricula

Understanding Law and the Rule of Law

Why law matters for computer scientists and other folk.


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Let's Be Honest

Let's Be Honest

Seeking to rectify the two mutually exclusive ways of comparing computational power — encoding and simulation.


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The 10 Best Practices for Remote Software Engineering

The 10 Best Practices for Remote Software Engineering

Focusing on the human element of remote software engineer productivity.

Blog at CACM
Original Roman Pocket Calculators are Extremely Rare
Original Roman Pocket Calculators are Extremely Rare
12.01.2021

As far as we know, only three or four original specimens of the Roman hand abacus have survived.

Experiencing Loops in Time
Experiencing Loops in Time
11.28.2021

We don't experience program loops as blocks, started over, because time is one-way.

Computational Thinking: The Discussion Continues
Computational Thinking: The Discussion Continues
11.23.2021

Perspectives on computational thinking.

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