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July 2022


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The Age of Algorithmic Anxiety

The Age of Algorithmic Anxiety

Interacting online today means being besieged by system-generated recommendations, but do we want what the machines tell us we want?


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The CHIPS Act Will Not Solve the Chip Shortage

 The CHIPS Act Will Not Solve the Chip Shortage

The U.S. is betting billions to spur semiconductor manufacturing.


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Artificial Creativity?

Artificial Creativity?

Models such as DALL-E dissociate ideation from implementation, but do we care?


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Data Breaches Involve the Same Stories Again and Again

Data Breaches Involve the Same Stories Again and Again

Only when we learn from them can we make headway in stopping the cycle.


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The U.S. Has a Historic Opportunity to Bridge the Digital Divide

The U.S. Has a Historic Opportunity to Bridge the Digital Divide

Past initiatives did not focus enough on people of color, but here is how to improve.


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Matthew Ball on the Metaverse

Matthew Ball on the Metaverse

Leading metaverse theorist shares his thoughts on the sudden rise of the concept, its utility for the enterprise, and what we still get wrong.


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AI Researchers Building Surveillance Tech and Deep Fakes Resist Ethical Concerns

AI Researchers Building Surveillance Tech and Deep Fakes Resist Ethical Concerns

The computer vision research community is behind on AI ethics, but it is not just a research problem.


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Tech Is Not Representative Government

Tech Is Not Representative Government

And yet, we demand that it protect us.


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Could AI Replace Therapists?

Could AI Replace Therapists?

A non-sentient artificial intelligence may be able to offer effective psychotherapy.


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Should Machines Replace Mathematicians?

Should Machines Replace Mathematicians?

A "replication crisis" in mathematics raises questions about the purpose of knowledge.


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The Latin of Software Code Is Thriving

The Latin of Software Code Is Thriving

Next time you laugh at musty old tech, remember that new technologies are often built on it.


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Software Engineering Lessons

Software Engineering Lessons

Software engineer, consultant, and author Karl Wiegers discusses specific practices based on his 50 years of experience in the industry.


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Can Computers Be Mathematicians?

Can Computers Be Mathematicians?

Artificial intelligence has bested humans at problem-solving challenges like chess and Go. Is mathematics research next?


From Communications of the ACM

Apple's Challenge to Virtualization Software

Apple's Challenge to Virtualization Software

Is it okay for security researchers to virtualize software to look for vulnerabilities?


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The Future of Information Work

The Future of Information Work

Considering the recent effects of remote work on network structure.


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Cookie Monster

Cookie Monster

Inscrutable cookie banners torment users while failing to inform consent.


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Algorithms with Predictions

Algorithms with Predictions

Seeking a new approach that goes beyond worst-case analysis.


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Words Matter

Words Matter

Some jargon can be offensive to newcomers and unintentionally shape our thoughts.

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