Software developers should use empirical methods to analyze their designs to predict how working systems will behave.
Clayton T. Morrison, Richard T. Snodgrass From Communications of the ACM | June 1, 2011
Considerable progress has been made toward the formation of a computing profession since we started tracking it in this column a decade ago.
Peter J. Denning, Dennis J. Frailey From Communications of the ACM | June 1, 2011
Mapping the human genome showed how the Internet can play a vital part in collective scientific research. Now more scientists are collaborating—and inviting amateurs...The Observer From ACM Opinion | May 24, 2011
Jaron Lanier, a partner architect at Microsoft Research, has had a long and varied career in technology. Mr. Lanier popularized the term "virtual reality" in...The New York Times From ACM Opinion | May 23, 2011
On Monday the Supreme Court will consider whether to fundamentally alter the way American patent law is litigated. Specifically, in the context of an otherwise...The New York Times From ACM Opinion | April 18, 2011
The clash of two titans—physics and chemistry—are major barriers to human space travel to Mars and beyond, and may well make it impossible... at least with current...Cosmos Magazine From ACM Opinion | April 13, 2011
Strategic theorists frequently lament that military planners are very effective at preparing for the last war, not the next one. Planners today must cope with...Strategic Studies Quarterly From ACM Opinion | April 1, 2011
Years ago, when I was an ROTC instructor, the first unit of instruction for rising juniors dealt with communication skills. Near the beginning of the unit, I...Strategic Studies Quarterly From ACM Opinion | March 15, 2011
It's been a banner year or so for artificial intelligence, from the recent triumph of I.B.M.'s Jeopardy-winning supercomputer to a wave of news coverage of the...The New York Times From ACM Opinion | March 10, 2011
To humans, computer intelligence is a puzzle, as if the machines have split personalities. They can be so remarkably smart at times, yet so bafflingly dumb at...The New York Times From ACM Opinion | March 7, 2011