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July 2019


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Q&A: Shuttle Astronaut Mike Massimino On the Legacy of Apollo 11

Q&A: Shuttle Astronaut Mike Massimino On the Legacy of Apollo 11

On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing, astronaut Mike Massimino speaks about the impact of the Apollo missions on his own career trajectory and on the world.


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What's It Like to Work In an Amazon Fulfillment Center?

What's It Like to Work In an Amazon Fulfillment Center?

A former employee discusses the floor conditions she experienced at an Amazon fulfillment center, why the quota system there can be so brutal, and what happens to workers on Prime Day.


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Congress Wants to Solve Deepfakes by 2020. That Should Worry ­s

Congress Wants to Solve Deepfakes by 2020. That Should Worry ­s

Deepfakes are frightening, but so is Congress' rush to regulate them.


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Richard Feynman Was Wrong About Beauty and Truth in Science

Richard Feynman Was Wrong About Beauty and Truth in Science

Richard Feynman was unquestionably one of the outstanding physicists of the 20th century. In the area of philosophy of science, though, Feynman didn't really shine—to put it mildly.


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Our Disabilities Have Made ­s Better Scientists

Our Disabilities Have Made ­s Better Scientists

Scientific research is rarely designed to accommodate scientists with medical conditions or disabilities.


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Should Data Scientists Also Learn Social Sciences?

Should Data Scientists Also Learn Social Sciences?

The need of the hour is to become an active technological citizen which involves the ability to code and asking questions about how that code is going to affect work, life, and community.


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Caroline Criado Perez Explains the 'Gender Data Gap'

Caroline Criado Perez Explains the 'Gender Data Gap'

In Invisible Women, Caroline Criado Perez examines elements of the modern world that appear to be designed with less consideration for women, including smartphones and voice-recognition technologies.


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Navigating Digital Disruption

Navigating Digital Disruption

Darden Professor Michael Lenox shares his insights on helping incumbent firms face up to the challenges wrought by digitization.


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Teaching AIs to Make Mistakes Like Kids Would Help Them Learn Faster

Teaching AIs to Make Mistakes Like Kids Would Help Them Learn Faster

Teaching artificial intelligence to think like children may make them better learners.


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API Copyrights Revisited

API Copyrights Revisited

Deliberating on the main arguments in recent sets of briefs filed in support of Google's U.S. Supreme Court petition.


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Who Benefits?

Who Benefits?

Considering the case of smart cities.


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A New Labor Market for People with 'Coolabilities'

A New Labor Market for People with 'Coolabilities'

How the unique perspective and enhanced strengths accompanying disabilities can benefit the workforce.


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GOTO Rankings Considered Helpful

GOTO Rankings Considered Helpful

Seeking to improve rankings by utilizing more objective data and meaningful metrics.

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The Autocracy of Autonomous Systems
The Autocracy of Autonomous Systems
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We, as developers of such systems, need to take some conscious decisions to make sure we do not usher in …

We Should Stop Saying 'Language Independent.' We Don't Know How To Do That
We Should Stop Saying 'Language Independent.' We Don't Know How To Do That
08.13.2019

We know how to make multi-lingual pseudocode-based assessments, not language-independent assessments.

Who Manufactured the Mysterious Chinese Android?
Who Manufactured the Mysterious Chinese Android?
08.01.2019

In the 18th century, there were several famous makers of automatons in Europe; who created the Chinese musical clock automaton …

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