This past April a new video of Barack Obama surfaced on the Internet. Against a backdrop that included both the American and presidential flags, it looked like...Scientific American From ACM Opinion | October 4, 2018
Watching a 50th anniversary screening of "2001: A Space Odyssey," I found myself, a mathematician and computer scientist whose research includes work related to...The Conversation From ACM Opinion | October 3, 2018
In mid-August the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Transportation Security Administration announced Metro has paid $100,000 each...Scientific American From ACM Opinion | September 28, 2018
On a crisp California afternoon in early December 1968, a square-jawed, mild-mannered Stanford researcher named Douglas Engelbart took the stage at San Francisco's...The Conversation From ACM Opinion | September 18, 2018
Knowledge, to paraphrase British journalist Miles Kington, is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is knowing there's a norm against putting it in a fruit salad....TechCrunch From ACM Opinion | September 12, 2018
As millions of people came online in the late 1990s they needed help figuring out what each webpage was about, and how to find what they were looking for.
The Conversation From ACM Opinion | September 6, 2018
Exactly 10 years ago Tuesday, a newly promoted vice president named Sundar Pichai stood before a group of tech reporters in a conference room at Google's Mountain...CNET From ACM Opinion | September 5, 2018
Guess what? I just got hold of some embarrassing video footage of Texas senator Ted Cruz singing and gyrating to Tina Turner. His political enemies will have great...Technology Review From ACM Opinion | September 5, 2018
In 1955, science fiction writer Isaac Asimov published a short story about an experiment in "electronic democracy," in which a single citizen, selected to represent...Technology Review From ACM Opinion | August 21, 2018
Years ago I spoke with a 16-year-old girl who was considering the idea of having a computer companion in the future, and she described the upside to me.
The New York Times From ACM Opinion | August 13, 2018
"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic," Arthur C. Clarke famously wrote. That line must have zoomed through 5,000 audience brains...Scientific American From ACM Opinion | August 7, 2018