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August 2022


From ACM Opinion

Supercomputer Emulator: AI's New Role in Science

 Supercomputer Emulator: AI's New Role in Science

Chris Bishop, Microsoft's head of AI4Science, sees machine learning partially supplanting simulation.


From ACM Opinion

'The New Generation of Computer Scientist Wants to Benefit Society'

'The New Generation of Computer Scientist Wants to Benefit Society'

Professor Jim Kurose discusses the type of science computing researchers are focusing on and the future of the field.


From ACM News

We Need to Talk About How Good AI Is Getting

We Need to Talk About How Good AI Is Getting

We are in a golden age of progress in artificial intelligence, and it is time to start taking its potential and risks seriously.


From ACM Opinion

Software Can Do Better than 'Male,' 'Female,' and 'Other'

Software Can Do Better than 'Male,' 'Female,' and 'Other'

Providing more-expansive gender options is not a difficult coding problem.


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Interpretable Machine Learning

Interpretable Machine Learning

A conversation with Been Kim, staff research scientist at Google Brain.


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Recent Dip in Chip Demand Will Not Doom CHIPS-Plus Act

Recent Dip in Chip Demand Will Not Doom CHIPS-Plus Act

However, critics still have plenty of reasons to be skeptical about the subsidies.


From ACM Opinion

The Computer Scientist Challenging AI to Learn Better

The Computer Scientist Challenging AI to Learn Better

Christopher Kanan is building algorithms that can continuously learn over time—the way people do.


From ACM Opinion

The U.S. Needs Its Own Chips

The U.S. Needs Its Own Chips

Regardless of what happens between Taiwan and China, the U.S. needs to be prepared.


From ACM Opinion

Can Neural Networks Learn Better than Human Neurons?

Can Neural Networks Learn Better than Human Neurons?

When AI programmers stop trying to copy the human neuron, neural networks make much better progress.


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Why Can't Tech Fix Its Gender Problem?

Why Can't Tech Fix Its Gender Problem?

A new generation of tech activists, organizers, and whistleblowers, most of whom are female, non-white, gender-diverse, or queer may bring change.


From ACM Opinion

Meta's Message Encryption Was Built to Fail

Meta's Message Encryption Was Built to Fail

Chat between a teen and her mom about an alleged abortion helped police build their case.


From ACM Opinion

AI Is Transforming How We Bank

AI Is Transforming How We Bank

Regulators need help to keep up.


From ACM Opinion

Social Media Is Polluting Society

Social Media Is Polluting Society

Moderation alone will not fix the problem.


From ACM Opinion

How to Solve AI's 'Common-Sense' Problem

How to Solve AI's 'Common-Sense' Problem

AI systems without common sense will make mistakes when they reach the limits of where they've been trained.


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Virtual Reality Stinks Because It Does Not Smell

Virtual Reality Stinks Because It Does Not Smell

For VR to feel truly immersive, it needs to start stinking it up.


From ACM Opinion

Democratizing LLMs Needs a Revolution in AI Hardware

Democratizing LLMs Needs a Revolution in AI Hardware

Hardware barriers must be overcome to make LLMs available to a broader audience.


From ACM Opinion

AI Education and Research

AI Education and Research

An interview with Grid.ai's Sebastian Raschka.


From ACM Opinion

There Are Too Few Women in Computer Science and Engineering

There Are Too Few Women in Computer Science and Engineering

The problem is not disinterest; it is the culture of these fields and how they exclude women and girls.


From Communications of the ACM

Why Universities Must Resist GPA-based Enrollment Caps in the Face of Surging Enrollments

Why Universities Must Resist GPA-based Enrollment Caps in the Face of Surging Enrollments

Considering the challenges for universities to adapt their business models to changing student demands.


From Communications of the ACM

When Should a Black Box Be Transparent?

When Should a Black Box Be Transparent?

When is a replacement not a replacement?


From Communications of the ACM

An Interview with Dana Scott

An Interview with Dana Scott

ACM Fellow and A.M. Turing Award recipient Dana Scott reflects on his career.


From Communications of the ACM

Computational Thinking in the Era of Data Science

Computational Thinking in the Era of Data Science

Incorporating data thinking into computer science education.


From Communications of the ACM

Transforming Science through Cyberinfrastructure

Transforming Science through Cyberinfrastructure

NSF's vision for the U.S. cyberinfrastructure ecosystem for science and engineering in the 21st century.

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