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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
The Laughing is Over
The Laughing is Over
09.18.2020

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first U.S. Computer Chess Championship in 1970.

Trolleyspotting
Trolleyspotting
09.13.2020

The Trolley Problem is not for solving, but for exploring.

Students Need to Know What Success in Computing Looks Like, Starting from Realistic Expectations
Students Need to Know What Success in Computing Looks Like, Starting from Realistic Expectations
09.12.2020

Intro CS students sometimes think professional programmers are super-human, which makes it hard to live up to those expectations.

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Latest News
Huang’s Law Is the New Moore’s Law, and Explains Why Nvidia Wants Arm
Huang’s Law Is the New Moore’s Law, and Explains Why Nvidia Wants Arm
09.21.2020

The rule that the same dollar buys twice the computing …

IBM Establishes First Quantum Education, Research Initiative for Historically Black Colleges, Universities
IBM Establishes First Quantum Education, Research Initiative for Historically Black Colleges, Universities
09.18.2020

IBM announced its first IBM Quantum education and research initiative …

Data Processing Module Makes Deep Neural Networks Smarter
Data Processing Module Makes Deep Neural Networks Smarter
09.18.2020

Researchers have enhanced deep neural network performance by integrating feature …

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