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June 2020


From ACM Opinion

Immigration Bans Will Lead to Dumbing Down of the World

Immigration Bans Will Lead to Dumbing Down of the World

Immigrants who came to America for study or employment are more likely to file a patent, publish a scientific paper, start a company, and earn higher wages than American-born college graduates.


From ACM Opinion

The Art of AI: An Interview with Kai-Fu Lee

The Art of AI: An Interview with Kai-Fu Lee

Kai-Fu Lee, chairman and CEO of Sinovation Ventures in Beijing, discusses the global AI race, the current state of the field, and what comes next.


From ACM Opinion

Why Tech Made Racial Injustice Worse, and How to Fix It

Why Tech Made Racial Injustice Worse, and How to Fix It

The better design of future systems will help overcome current injustices, says Professor Ruha Benjamin of Princeton University.


From ACM Opinion

Formal Methods as a Path to Better Cybersecurity

Formal Methods as a Path to Better Cybersecurity

Any piece of software should be able to provide the desired features, and when errors do occur, the software should handle them gracefully.


From ACM Opinion

Consumer AR Could Have Saved Lives, Economy

Consumer AR Could Have Saved Lives, Economy

We need this technology now.


From ACM Opinion

Shiri Melumad: Why Consumers Share Personal Information on Smartphones

Shiri Melumad: Why Consumers Share Personal Information on Smartphones

People are willing to share deeper and more personal information when communicating on a smartphone compared with a personal computer. Wharton marketing professor Shiri Melumad discusses the research.


From ACM Opinion

For Online Learning, Business Has Never Been Better

For Online Learning, Business Has Never Been Better

Demand for Chegg roughly doubled when schools shut down, but its chief executive, Dan Rosensweig, now needs to figure out how the company will adapt.


From ACM Opinion

The Cyberwar Needs More Women on the Front Lines

The Cyberwar Needs More Women on the Front Lines

Educating girls to be the cybersecurity leaders of tomorrow will help combat criminals who prey on women and children.


From ACM Opinion

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (of Technology)

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (of Technology)

The social media information ecosystem driven solely by popularity fails to recognize what truly matters and makes it exceedingly difficult to see what's really going on.


From ACM Opinion

A Case for Banning Facial Recognition

A Case for Banning Facial Recognition

A Google research scientist explains why she thinks the police shouldn't use facial recognition software.


From ACM News

Giving AI Common Sense

Giving AI Common Sense

Can we teach smart machines what is obvious to every 10-year-old?


From ACM Opinion

Towards One Database to Rule Them All

Towards One Database to Rule Them All

Databases have become silos and this needs to change, says graph guru Marko Rodriguez.


From ACM Opinion

The Art of AI

The Art of AI

Although popular narratives tend to focus on threats posed by artificial intelligence, many of the technology's dangers have been overhyped, its promises neglected.


From ACM Opinion

The Robot Artists Aren’t Coming

The Robot Artists Aren’t Coming

Artificial intelligence is making machines more creative — but machines don't make art.


From Communications of the ACM

How to Curtail Oversensing in the Home

How to Curtail Oversensing in the Home

Limiting sensitive information leakage via smart-home sensor data.


From Communications of the ACM

Kode Vicious Plays in Traffic

Kode Vicious Plays in Traffic

With increasing complexity comes increasing risk.


From Communications of the ACM

Technology Adoption

Technology Adoption

The S-shaped curve of technology adoption is a welcome recurrence in an otherwise chaotic adoption world.


From Communications of the ACM

Studying Programming in the Neuroage: Just a Crazy Idea?

Studying Programming in the Neuroage

Programming research has entered the Neuroage.


From Communications of the ACM

AI and Accessibility

AI and Accessibility

A discussion of ethical considerations.

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