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The U.S. Needs a High-Tech Manhattan Project
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The U.S. Needs a High-Tech Manhattan Project

The United States needs to wrest the high-tech initiative from China and re-establish American dominance in telecommunications, computation, artificial intelligence...

Why We Can't Develop Voting Software That Works
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Why We Can't Develop Voting Software That Works

Ever wonder why we could write software to get to the Moon, but not to count votes? Here are five reasons.

Challenging the Myth of the 10x Programmer
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Challenging the Myth of the 10x Programmer

A pervasive belief in software engineering is that some programmers are much better than others, and that their skills, abilities, and talents exert an outsized...

Numbers Are for Computers, Strings Are for Humans
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Numbers Are for Computers, Strings Are for Humans

How and where software should translate data into a human-readable form.

We're Banning Facial Recognition. We're Missing the Point.
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We're Banning Facial Recognition. We're Missing the Point.

The whole point of modern surveillance is to treat people differently, and facial recognition technologies are only a small part of that.

We're Approaching the Limits of Computer Power – We Need New Programmers Now
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We're Approaching the Limits of Computer Power – We Need New Programmers Now

Ever-faster processors led to bloated software, but physical limits may force a return to the concise code of the past.

A* Search
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A* Search: What's in a Name?

A search for algorithmic answers returns unique results.

Uncertainty
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Uncertainty

Considering how to best navigate stability and randomness.

Koding Academies
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Koding Academies

A low-risk path to becoming a front-end plumber.

Algorithms, Platforms, and Ethnic Bias
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Algorithms, Platforms, and Ethnic Bias

How computing platforms and algorithms can potentially either reinforce or identify and address ethnic biases.

How Might We Increase System Trustworthiness?
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How Might We Increase System Trustworthiness?

Summarizing some of the changes that seem increasingly necessary to address known system and network deficiencies and anticipate currently unknown vulnerabilities...

The Cloud as an Innovation Platform for Software Development
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The Cloud as an Innovation Platform for Software Development

How cloud computing became a platform.

Hackers Needed To Defeat Hackers
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Hackers Needed To Defeat Hackers

In an online world infested with hackers, we need more hackers.

Wouldn't It Be Great If People Could Vote on the Blockchain?
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Wouldn't It Be Great If People Could Vote on the Blockchain?

Mobile voting could increase voter participation, but it's plagued by security issues in search of a solution.

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...

MUST and MUST NOT
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MUST and MUST NOT

On writing documentation.

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.

Love It or Hate It, Java Continues to Evolve
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Love It or Hate It, Java Continues to Evolve

A recent article about languages that developers love and those that they hate reported that Java was the third most loved language as well as the second most hated...

Software Below the Poverty Line
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Software Below the Poverty Line

The majority of open-source projects that we usually consider sustainable are actually receiving income below industry standards or even below the poverty threshold...

As Governments Adopt Artificial Intelligence, There's Little Oversight and Lots of Danger
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As Governments Adopt Artificial Intelligence, There's Little Oversight and Lots of Danger

Artificial intelligence systems can—if properly used—help make government more effective and responsive, improving the lives of citizens. Improperly used, however...
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