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The Planet Needs a New Internet
From ACM Opinion

The Planet Needs a New Internet

Everything you do online is underpinned by a globe-spanning labyrinth of physical infrastructure that wasn't built with a changing climate in mind.

Major Tech Companies May Be Putting World at Risk From Killer Robots
From ACM Careers

Major Tech Companies May Be Putting World at Risk From Killer Robots

A new global report ranks 50 tech companies from 12 countries and identifies those at 'highest risk' of putting the world at risk through killer robot development...

Bitwise
From Communications of the ACM

Bitwise: A Life in Code

Data science as a paradox.

An Interview with Andrew Odlyzko on Cyber Security
From Communications of the ACM

An Interview with Andrew Odlyzko on Cyber Security

Is a "Cyber Pearl Harbor" any greater a risk than a natural disaster? How shall we prioritize our preparations for a cyber disaster?

Internet Immunity and the Freedom to Code
From Communications of the ACM

Internet Immunity and the Freedom to Code

A call to preserve the capability of developing the next generation of Internet services.

VR Could Be the Most Powerful Teaching Tool Since the PC
From ACM Opinion

VR Could Be the Most Powerful Teaching Tool Since the PC

Virtual reality is much more than a gaming technology. In fact, VR has the makings of a pedagogical silver bullet.

Silicon Valley Wants To Read Your Mind. You Should Be Worried
From ACM Opinion

Silicon Valley Wants To Read Your Mind. You Should Be Worried

Mind-reading systems such as Facebook's brainwave-reading device and Neuralink's brain implants can affect privacy, security, identity, equality and personal safety...

A Major Cyber Attack Could Be Just as Deadly as Nuclear Weapons, Says Scientist
From ACM Opinion

A Major Cyber Attack Could Be Just as Deadly as Nuclear Weapons, Says Scientist

Some of the international protections against nuclear conflicts don't exist for cyberattacks.

Why Tech Will Never Be Able to Predict the Next Mass Shooting
From ACM Opinion

Why Tech Will Never Be Able to Predict the Next Mass Shooting

Following the horrific mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton last weekend, President Trump called on social media companies to develop tools that could help identify...

Shoot-'Em-Up Videogames Don't Warp Minds – Big Tech Does
From ACM Opinion

Shoot-'Em-Up Videogames Don't Warp Minds – Big Tech Does

It takes a lot of effort, research, and efficiency to manipulate people online and influence their behavior in the real world. Silicon Valley has it down to a science...

Western Academia Helps Build China's Automated Racism
From ACM Opinion

Western Academia Helps Build China's Automated Racism

Researchers in China are developing new and more invasive techniques to surveil the Uyghurs minority. Some of their work is being supported by academia in the West...

Why Robot Umpires Are Inevitable in Baseball's Future
From ACM Opinion

Why Robot Umpires Are Inevitable in Baseball's Future

I don't know how long it will be before we get robot umpires calling balls and strikes, but the technology is here to do it today.

Digital Textbooks Are Forcing a Radical Shift in Higher Education
From ACM Opinion

Digital Textbooks Are Forcing a Radical Shift in Higher Education

The last several years have seen a shift in textbook policies at colleges and universities — one that has more recently turned tectonic.

Op-Ed: 'Ethical AI' Matters — The Problem Lies in Defining It
From ACM Opinion

Op-Ed: 'Ethical AI' Matters — The Problem Lies in Defining It

News that Microsoft will invest around $1 billion to examine ethical artificial intelligence signals that the tech sector is thinking deeper about the ethics underlying...

Inflation Is Dead – And Technology Killed It!
From ACM Opinion

Inflation Is Dead – And Technology Killed It!

What if the true lasting effect of technology is to deflate pricing power and kill inflation? 

AI Researchers Need to Stop Hiding the Climate Toll of Their Work
From ACM Opinion

AI Researchers Need to Stop Hiding the Climate Toll of Their Work

Researchers are sounding the alarm about the surprisingly large carbon footprint of the computations required for deep learning.

The Success of the Web
From Communications of the ACM

The Success of the Web: A Triumph of the Amateurs

Connecting the unique factors that influenced the origination and subsequent development of the World Wide Web.

MUST and MUST NOT
From Communications of the ACM

MUST and MUST NOT

On writing documentation.

A Response to Fake News as a Response to <i>Citizens United</i>
From Communications of the ACM

A Response to Fake News as a Response to Citizens United

How boundaries on speech could free the market for speech.
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