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Why All Cryptocurrency Should 'Die in a Fire'
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Why All Cryptocurrency Should 'Die in a Fire'

Computer scientist Nicholas Weaver thinks cryptocurrency is a terrible idea that will end in disaster.

Crashing Crypto: Is This Time Different?
From ACM Opinion

Crashing Crypto: Is This Time Different?

Beyond speculation, cryptocurrency's value in economic transactions is hard to discern.

Claims That Girls Have a 'Natural' Aversion to Physics Are Harmful
From ACM Opinion

Claims That Girls Have a 'Natural' Aversion to Physics Are Harmful

Girls are just as capable as boys in science and mathematics, but ingrained attitudes are stopping female students from engaging.

Our House Is On Fire
From Communications of the ACM

Our House Is On Fire: The Climate Emergency and Computing's Responsibility

Efficiencies delivered by computing technology could play a vital role in enabling continued functionality within a resource-constrained future.

Toward Total-System Trustworthiness
From Communications of the ACM

Toward Total-System Trustworthiness

Considering how to achieve the long-term goal to systemically reduce risks.

Involvement and Detachment
From Communications of the ACM

Involvement and Detachment

How detachment from your community blocks your success at leading innovations, and what to do about it.

The Problem with Blaming Robots for Taking Our Jobs
From ACM Opinion

The Problem with Blaming Robots for Taking Our Jobs

For decades, the effects of automation have been fiercely debated. Are we missing the bigger picture?

AI Companies Are Massively Faking the Loophole in the Turing Test
From ACM Opinion

AI Companies Are Massively Faking the Loophole in the Turing Test

Claims that an AI has achieved human levels of understanding should be approached with skepticism until it can be shown that humans were not involved.

Beyond Interpretability: Developing a Language to Shape Our Relationships with AI
From ACM Opinion

Beyond Interpretability: Developing a Language to Shape Our Relationships with AI

Wouldn't it be nice if we could ask AI questions to learn how and why it makes its predictions?

Designing Software for Research Ethics
From ACM Opinion

Designing Software for Research Ethics

Ph.D. candidate Jonathan Zong found a lack of systems that earn and maintain public trust in large-scale online research, so he made one.

To Win the Next War, the Pentagon Needs Nerds
From ACM Opinion

To Win the Next War, the Pentagon Needs Nerds

Data scientists, coders, and other techies could prove decisive in future conflicts—if Uncle Sam can recruit them.

To Make AI Fair, Here's What Must Be Done
From ACM Opinion

To Make AI Fair, Here's What Must Be Done

AI developers need to collaborate with social scientists and the people affected by its applications.

It Is Okay to Opt out of the Crypto Revolution
From ACM Opinion

It Is Okay to Opt out of the Crypto Revolution

The crypto industry is investing heavily in getting more people to buy in, but that does not mean you have to.

Bitcoin Isn't Going to Change
From ACM Opinion

Bitcoin Isn't Going to Change

There's no evidence that Bitcoin's key players are interested in switching from proof-of-work to energy-saving proof of stake.

The Perils of Machine Learning in Designing New Chemicals and Materials
From ACM Opinion

The Perils of Machine Learning in Designing New Chemicals and Materials

As ML tools become more broadly available when making new compounds and materials, the possibilities of misuse increase and must be guarded against.

My Nightmare Trip into the Metaverse
From ACM Opinion

My Nightmare Trip into the Metaverse

A reporter dons a VR headset, heads into the metaverse, and witnesses the most disturbing sights of her life.

Book Review: The Future of AI
From ACM Opinion

Book Review: The Future of AI

Cyber analyst James Voorhees reviews The New Fire: War, Peace and Democracy in the Age of AI by Ben Buchanan and Andrew Imbrie.

Information: 'I' vs. 'We' vs. 'They'
From Communications of the ACM

Information: 'I' vs. 'We' vs. 'They'

Seeking a balance between protecting and using personal data.

Can AI Improve Road Safety Now?
From ACM Opinion

Can AI Improve Road Safety Now?

Well before self-driving cars become a reality, there are simpler approaches that can make roads much safer.

Why It Is So Hard to Make AI Fair and Unbiased
From ACM Opinion

Why It Is So Hard to Make AI Fair and Unbiased

Competing notions of fairness exist, and sometimes they are totally incompatible with each other.
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