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This Is The A-Bomb Moment For Computer Science


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Physics made the atomic bomb, chemistry created chemical weapons, but the cutting-edge sciences of today—fields like machine learning, data science, and computational linguistics—have yet to face their A-bomb moment.

That moment is happening right now, and it's putting researchers in a strange position.

Every day, scholars produce new knowledge, computational tools, and data that is increasingly available to anyone. This is a good thing for science, probably, but it also means that anyone, anywhere, can get ahold of research, code, and any data the is open-source—and use it for any purpose.

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