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Guiding Students to Develop Essential Skills
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Guiding Students to Develop Essential Skills

Students should interact with one another to practice skills and construct their own understanding, with assistance from a teacher acting as a coach and guide—not...

When Human-Computer Interaction Meets Community Citizen Science
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When Human-Computer Interaction Meets Community Citizen Science

Empowering communities through citizen science.

Numbers Are for Computers, Strings Are for Humans
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Numbers Are for Computers, Strings Are for Humans

How and where software should translate data into a human-readable form.

Are You Sure Your Software Will Not Kill Anyone?
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Are You Sure Your Software Will Not Kill Anyone?

Using software to control potentially unsafe systems requires the use of new software and system engineering approaches.

Are We Losing Momentum?
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Are We Losing Momentum?

Estimating when the second half of the world will come online.

We're Banning Facial Recognition. We're Missing the Point.
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We're Banning Facial Recognition. We're Missing the Point.

The whole point of modern surveillance is to treat people differently, and facial recognition technologies are only a small part of that.

Don't Give Your Dot-org Domain Away to a Private Company
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Don't Give Your Dot-org Domain Away to a Private Company

One of the Internet's most trusted assets — the dot-org domain used by nonprofits from UNICEF to your local food bank — is being hijacked.

We're Approaching the Limits of Computer Power – We Need New Programmers Now
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We're Approaching the Limits of Computer Power – We Need New Programmers Now

Ever-faster processors led to bloated software, but physical limits may force a return to the concise code of the past.

A* search
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A* search: what's in a name?

A search for algorithmic answers returns unique results.

Ethics of Technology Needs More Political Philosophy
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Ethics of Technology Needs More Political Philosophy

Incorporating considerations of reasonable pluralism, individual agency, and legitimate authority.

Von Neumann Thought Turing's Universal Machine was 'Simple and Neat.'
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Von Neumann Thought Turing's Universal Machine was 'Simple and Neat.': But That Didn't Tell Him How to Design a Computer

New discoveries answer an old question.

'Platformizing' a Bad Business Does Not Make It a Good Business
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'Platformizing' a Bad Business Does Not Make It a Good Business

Transaction platforms link third-party applications and services providers with users.

Increasing Automation in Policing
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Increasing Automation in Policing

Seeking the delicate balance between civil liberties and policing public safety.

The AI Community Needs fo Take Responsibility for Its Technology and Its Actions
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The AI Community Needs fo Take Responsibility for Its Technology and Its Actions

Celeste Kidd, a cognitive psychologist, challenged the audience to think critically about the future they want to build.

Yoshua Bengio, Revered Architect of AI, Has Some Ideas About What to Build Next
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Yoshua Bengio, Revered Architect of AI, Has Some Ideas About What to Build Next

The Turing Award winner wants AI systems that can reason, plan, and imagine

Why 'Move Fast and Break Things' Doesn't Work Anymore
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Why 'Move Fast and Break Things' Doesn't Work Anymore

For the past few decades, agility in the technology sector has largely meant moving faster and faster down a predetermined path.

Stop Saying Driverless Cars Will Help Old People
From ACM Opinion

Stop Saying Driverless Cars Will Help Old People

And maybe start including them in research instead of just assuming we know what they want.

Artificial Intelligence and the Adversary
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Artificial Intelligence and the Adversary

The AI that our top scientists and engineers are now building to advance American security and prosperity could instead sow the seeds of our demise.

AIs Should Have The Same Ethical Protections As Animals
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AIs Should Have The Same Ethical Protections As Animals

We will soon have AI as cognitively sophisticated as mice or dogs, so it is time to start thinking about whether these AIs deserve the ethical protections we typically...
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