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June 2021


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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on the Business of Windows

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on the Business of Windows

Microsoft CEO discusses efforts to make Windows 11 more flexible and open than predecessors.


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The Danger of Anthropomorphic Language in Robotic AI Systems

 The Danger of Anthropomorphic Language in Robotic AI Systems

Clear, non-anthropomorphic language is central to dismantling misconceptions of AI as a black box.


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Paving the Way Towards Trustworthy and Responsible AI

Paving the Way Towards Trustworthy and Responsible AI

Public sector AI innovation needs a more sophisticated, data-driven, and mature approach to ensure effectiveness of governments and better citizen outcomes.


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97 Things Every Java Developer Should Know

97 Things Every Java Developer Should Know

Book authors discuss compilation featuring expert advice from Java leaders and practitioners.


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Q&A with Google's Bill Magro

Q&A with Google's Bill Magro

Google's new chief technologist of HPC talks quantum computers, AI, cloud, silicone packaging, interconnect technology, and expanding HPC's reach.


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Lethal Autonomous Weapons Exist; They Must Be Banned

Lethal Autonomous Weapons Exist; They Must Be Banned

It may not be too late to put the evil "slaughterbots" genie back in the bottle, if the world acts now.


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How Do We Stop the Supercomputing Carbon Crisis?

How Do We Stop the Supercomputing Carbon Crisis?

Efficiency measures are struggling to keep pace with, let alone make headway on, the accelerating demands of modern supercomputers.


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An Interview with Jim Keller: 'The Laziest Person at Tesla'

An Interview with Jim Keller: 'The Laziest Person at Tesla'

Veteran chip designer covers his past lives, Moore's Law, AI-designed chips, security, ethics, and more.


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Neo4j's $325 Million Venture Suggests Databases Are Cool Again

Neo4j's $325 Million Venture Suggests Databases Are Cool Again

Relational databases aren't dead, but database innovation is cropping up in all sorts of places now, including graph databases.


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The Next Critical Talent Shortage Won't Be Fortran

 The Next Critical Talent Shortage Won't Be Fortran

To understand where talent shortages might arise, look at critical infrastructure.


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Why the Title of Your Paper Matters

Why the Title of Your Paper Matters

Titles are the first, and often the only, part of your paper that others will read.


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Large Language Models Associate Muslims with Violence

Large Language Models Associate Muslims with Violence

New approaches are needed to systematically reduce the harmful bias of language models in deployment.


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Research Collaborations Bring Big Rewards: The World Needs More

Research Collaborations Bring Big Rewards: The World Needs More

We need diverse teams collaborating to help navigate and overcome social and geopolitical challenges.


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Google's AI Approach to Microchips Is Welcome—but Needs Care

Google's AI Approach to Microchips Is Welcome—but Needs Care

Artificial intelligence can help the electronics industry to speed up chip design. But the gains must be shared equitably.


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The Coming Productivity Boom

The Coming Productivity Boom

AI and other digital technologies have been surprisingly slow to improve economic growth. But that could be about to change.


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The Brutal Truth About Bitcoin

The Brutal Truth About Bitcoin

Are cryptocurrencies the wave of the future and should you be using and investing in them?


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As Science Advances, Does Ockham's Razor Still Apply?

As Science Advances, Does Ockham's Razor Still Apply?

The notion that the simpler explanation is usually right has been useful for centuries. New science may change that.


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When AI Becomes Child's Play

When AI Becomes Child's Play

Algorithms trained in pattern recognition struggle to understand kids.


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Amid a Pandemic, a Health Care Algorithm Shows Promise and Peril

Amid a Pandemic, a Health Care Algorithm Shows Promise and Peril

A machine learning-based score designed to aid triage decisions is gaining in popularity, but lacking in transparency.


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Climate Policy Models Need to Get Real About People—Here's How

Climate Policy Models Need to Get Real About People—Here's How

To predict how society and political systems might actually respond to warming, upgrade integrated assessment models.


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Wanted: Rules for Pandemic Data Access That Everyone Can Trust

Wanted: Rules for Pandemic Data Access That Everyone Can Trust

In the wake of COVID-19, a pandemic treaty could be a way to agree on data access before the next emergency strikes.


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What Makes Quantum Computing So Hard to Explain?

What Makes Quantum Computing So Hard to Explain?

To understand what quantum computers can do—and what they can’t—avoid falling for overly simple explanations.


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Are We Waiting for Everyone to Get Hacked?

Are We Waiting for Everyone to Get Hacked?

Leon Panetta is one of the few American government officials who can look around at the nation's rolling cyberdisasters and justifiably say, “I told you so.”


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The U.S. Needs a National Strategic Computing Reserve

The U.S. Needs a National Strategic Computing Reserve

One year after supercomputers worked together to fight COVID-19, it's time to broaden the partnership to prepare for other crises.


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Does AI Have an Alignment Problem?

Does AI Have an Alignment Problem?

The problems and the possibilities of AI are, in a very deep way, the problems and possibilities of humanity.


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Reward Is Enough for Generalized AI

Reward Is Enough for Generalized AI

The generic objective of maximizing reward is enough to drive behavior that exhibits most abilities studied in natural and artificial intelligence.


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Reducing Racial Bias in AI Models for Clinical Use

Reducing Racial Bias in AI Models for Clinical Use

To fully address the issue of racial bias in AI models for clinical use, a top-down intervention is required.


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First Science Adviser in Biden Cabinet Talks COVID, Spying, and More

First Science Adviser in Biden Cabinet Talks COVID, Spying, and More

As a member of the Biden cabinet, new OSTP Director Eric Lander may have more access and influence than any science adviser before him.


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Polarized Scientific Views Are Worse Than Ever

Polarized Scientific Views Are Worse Than Ever

Interactions between science and politics are now so complex, so numerous, and often so opaque that it’s not clear anymore whom to trust.


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Getting More People With Disabilities Developing Technology Is Good for Everyone

Getting More People With Disabilities Developing Technology Is Good for Everyone

It's not just a matter of fairness and inclusion. Accessible technology is generally better for everyone.

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