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Why Robot Umpires Are Inevitable in Baseball's Future
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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
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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
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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
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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>
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A Response to Fake News as a Response to Citizens United

How boundaries on speech could free the market for speech.

Block-based Programming in Computer Science Education
From Communications of the ACM

Block-based Programming in Computer Science Education

Considering how block-based programming environments and tools might be used at the introductory level and beyond.

Congress Wants to Solve Deepfakes by 2020. That Should Worry ­Us
From ACM Opinion

Congress Wants to Solve Deepfakes by 2020. That Should Worry ­Us

Deepfakes are frightening, but so is Congress' rush to regulate them.

Richard Feynman Was Wrong About Beauty and Truth in Science
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Richard Feynman Was Wrong About Beauty and Truth in Science

Richard Feynman was unquestionably one of the outstanding physicists of the 20th century. In the area of philosophy of science, though, Feynman didn't really shine—to...

Our Disabilities Have Made ­s Better Scientists
From ACM Opinion

Our Disabilities Have Made ­s Better Scientists

Scientific research is rarely designed to accommodate scientists with medical conditions or disabilities.

Should Data Scientists Also Learn Social Sciences?
From ACM Opinion

Should Data Scientists Also Learn Social Sciences?

The need of the hour is to become an active technological citizen which involves the ability to code and asking questions about how that code is going to affect...

Teaching AIs to Make Mistakes Like Kids Would Help Them Learn Faster
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Teaching AIs to Make Mistakes Like Kids Would Help Them Learn Faster

Teaching artificial intelligence to think like children may make them better learners.

API Copyrights Revisited
From Communications of the ACM

API Copyrights Revisited

Deliberating on the main arguments in recent sets of briefs filed in support of Google's U.S. Supreme Court petition.

Who Benefits?
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Who Benefits?

Considering the case of smart cities.

A New Labor Market for People with 'Coolabilities'
From Communications of the ACM

A New Labor Market for People with 'Coolabilities'

How the unique perspective and enhanced strengths accompanying disabilities can benefit the workforce.

GOTO Rankings Considered Helpful
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GOTO Rankings Considered Helpful

Seeking to improve rankings by utilizing more objective data and meaningful metrics.

­Under Trump, The Fight Against Cybercrime Has Waned
From ACM Opinion

­Under Trump, The Fight Against Cybercrime Has Waned

The U.S. government is not doing enough to combat the burgeoning threat of cybercrime.

Here Are 10 Ways AI Could Help Fight Climate Change
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Here Are 10 Ways AI Could Help Fight Climate Change

An international team of 22 big name AI researchers have laid out a road map suggesting how machine learning can help save the planet and humanity from imminent...
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