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August 2020


From ACM Opinion

The Brain Implants That Could Change Humanity

The Brain Implants That Could Change Humanity

Brains are talking to computers, and computers to brains. Are our daydreams safe?


From ACM Opinion

Technical Curiosity With a Philosophical Bent

Technical Curiosity With a Philosophical Bent

Rohini Srivathsa, National Technology Officer at Microsoft India, talks about life, ethics, the future, and the power of diversity and inclusion.


From ACM News

Why Did We Go Digital?

Why Did We Go Digital?

Princeton University's Ken Steiglitz feels an attachment to the analog.


From ACM Opinion

The Future of American Industry Depends on Open Source Tech

The Future of American Industry Depends on Open Source Tech

 Open source has two important, and somewhat counterintuitive, advantages: speed and security.


From ACM Opinion

Q&A: Google's Luiz André Barroso

Q&A: Google's Luiz André Barroso

Google Vice President of Engineering Luiz André Barroso discusses his work, including improvements to the datacenter, Google Maps, and hardware design.


From ACM Opinion

Women in Tech: “Aptitude has Nothing to Do with Gender or Inborn Capabilities”

Women in Tech: “Aptitude has Nothing to Do with Gender or Inborn Capabilities”

Women are underrepresented in the tech sector—myth or reality?


From ACM Opinion

Learning the Language of Data Science

Learning the Language of Data Science

Susan Gregurick, director of the Office of Data Science Strategy at the National Institutes of Health,  discusses her views of data science and how data can help push science forward


From ACM Opinion

The Field of Natural Language Processing is Chasing the Wrong Goal

The Field of Natural Language Processing is Chasing the Wrong Goal

Researchers are too focused on whether AI systems can ace tests of dubious value. They should be testing whether systems grasp how the world works.


From Communications of the ACM

TECHNOLOchicas: A Critical Intersectional Approach Shaping the Color of Our Future

TECHNOLOchicas

A unique partnership seeks to address the underrepresentation and unique barriers facing Latina women and girls of color in information technology.


From Communications of the ACM

Broken Hearts and Coffee Mugs

Broken Hearts and Coffee Mugs

The ordeal of security reviews.


From Communications of the ACM

Data-Centricity: A Challenge and Opportunity for Computing Education

Data-Centricity

Rethinking the content of introductory computing around a data-centric approach to better engage and support a diversity of students.


From Communications of the ACM

OMSCS: The Revolution Will Be Digitized

OMSCS

Lessons learned from the first five years of Georgia Tech's Online Master of Science in Computer Science program.


From Communications of the ACM

Thorny Problems in Data (-Intensive) Science

Thorny Problems in Data (-Intensive) Science

Data scientists face challenges spanning academic and non-academic institutions.

Blog at CACM
Dijkstra Was Wrong About 'Radical Novelty': Metaphors in CS Education
Dijkstra Was Wrong About 'Radical Novelty': Metaphors in CS Education
11.30.2020

The most cited CS education paper is, unfortunately, wrong.

Why Great Programmers Pull Back the Curtain While Programming
Why Great Programmers Pull Back the Curtain While Programming
11.24.2020

Want to be a great programmer? If so, you have to pull back the curtain and learn how software really …

Time to Assess National AI Policies
Time to Assess National AI Policies
11.24.2020

The Center for AI and Digital Policy has undertaken the first comparative review of national artificial intelligence policies.

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Latest News
Cheriton Computer Scientists Create Nifty Solution to Catastrophic Network Fault
Cheriton Computer Scientists Create Nifty Solution to Catastrophic Network Fault
11.30.2020

Computer scientists have engineered a solution to partial network partitioning …

Climate Researchers Enlist Big Cloud Providers for Big Data Challenges
Climate Researchers Enlist Big Cloud Providers for Big Data Challenges
11.30.2020

Climate science researchers increasingly are turning to the cloud for …

TLDR: This AI Sums Up Research Papers in a Sentence
TLDR: This AI Sums Up Research Papers in a Sentence
11.30.2020

Software called TLDR (too long, didn't read) automatically produces one-sentence …

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