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The Coming Productivity Boom
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The Coming Productivity Boom

AI and other digital technologies have been surprisingly slow to improve economic growth. But that could be about to change.

The Brutal Truth About Bitcoin
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The Brutal Truth About Bitcoin

Are cryptocurrencies the wave of the future and should you be using and investing in them?

As Science Advances, Does Ockham's Razor Still Apply?
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As Science Advances, Does Ockham's Razor Still Apply?

The notion that the simpler explanation is usually right has been useful for centuries. New science may change that.

Amid a Pandemic, a Health Care Algorithm Shows Promise and Peril
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Amid a Pandemic, a Health Care Algorithm Shows Promise and Peril

A machine learning-based score designed to aid triage decisions is gaining in popularity, but lacking in transparency.

Climate Policy Models Need to Get Real About People—Here's How
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Climate Policy Models Need to Get Real About People—Here's How

To predict how society and political systems might actually respond to warming, upgrade integrated assessment models.

Wanted: Rules for Pandemic Data Access That Everyone Can Trust
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Wanted: Rules for Pandemic Data Access That Everyone Can Trust

In the wake of COVID-19, a pandemic treaty could be a way to agree on data access before the next emergency strikes.

What Makes Quantum Computing So Hard to Explain?
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What Makes Quantum Computing So Hard to Explain?

To understand what quantum computers can do—and what they can’t—avoid falling for overly simple explanations.

The U.S. Needs a National Strategic Computing Reserve
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The U.S. Needs a National Strategic Computing Reserve

One year after supercomputers worked together to fight COVID-19, it's time to broaden the partnership to prepare for other crises.

Reward Is Enough for Generalized AI
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Reward Is Enough for Generalized AI

The generic objective of maximizing reward is enough to drive behavior that exhibits most abilities studied in natural and artificial intelligence.

Reducing Racial Bias in AI Models for Clinical Use
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Reducing Racial Bias in AI Models for Clinical Use

To fully address the issue of racial bias in AI models for clinical use, a top-down intervention is required.

Polarized Scientific Views Are Worse Than Ever
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Polarized Scientific Views Are Worse Than Ever

Interactions between science and politics are now so complex, so numerous, and often so opaque that it’s not clear anymore whom to trust.

Getting More People With Disabilities Developing Technology Is Good for Everyone
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Getting More People With Disabilities Developing Technology Is Good for Everyone

It's not just a matter of fairness and inclusion. Accessible technology is generally better for everyone.

Machine Learning Security Needs New Perspectives and Incentives
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Machine Learning Security Needs New Perspectives and Incentives

Researchers and developers racing to make deep learning available to different applications need to actively seek out and address security challenges before they...

Theorists and Experimentalists Must Join Forces
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Theorists and Experimentalists Must Join Forces

Collaborations between theorists and experimentalists are crucial for accelerating research.

For Companies That Use ML, Labeled Data Is the Key Differentiator
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For Companies That Use ML, Labeled Data Is the Key Differentiator

Any company that is considering using machine learning cannot overlook one technical choice: supervised or unsupervised learning.

Should Alexa Read Our Moods?
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Should Alexa Read Our Moods?

Companies should be barred from analyzing what people say and how they sound to recommend products or personalize advertising messages.

Collusion Rings Threaten the Integrity of Computer Science Research
From Communications of the ACM

Collusion Rings Threaten the Integrity of Computer Science Research

Experiences discovering attempts to subvert the peer-review process.

Depth and Persistence
From Communications of the ACM

Depth and Persistence: What Researchers Need to Know About Impostor Syndrome

Understanding impostor syndrome's complexity and its effect on research persistence.

Locality and Professional Life
From Communications of the ACM

Locality and Professional Life

The locality principle extends beyond computer memories. It teaches us something about being human.
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