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Online Voting
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Online Voting: We Can Do It! (We Have To)

Seeking to make online voting more secure than today's flawed paper systems.

Internet Immunity and the Freedom to Code
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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!
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Our Disabilities Have Made ­s Better Scientists

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