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Back of the Envelope
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Back of the Envelope

Back-of-the-envelope calculations are a powerful professional practice.

Locality and Professional Life
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Locality and Professional Life

The locality principle extends beyond computer memories. It teaches us something about being human.

Science Is Not Another Opinion
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Science Is Not Another Opinion

The issue is not who has the "truth," but whose claims deserve more credence.

Navigating in Real-Time Environments
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Navigating in Real-Time Environments

An interview with Jim Selman.

Avalanches Make Us All Innovators
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Avalanches Make Us All Innovators

Avalanches generate enormous breakdowns. The practices of innovation adoption may be just what you need to resolve them.

Technology Adoption
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Technology Adoption

The S-shaped curve of technology adoption is a welcome recurrence in an otherwise chaotic adoption world.

Dilemmas of Artificial Intelligence
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Dilemmas of Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence has confronted us with a raft of dilemmas that challenge us to decide what values are important in our designs.

Uncertainty
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Uncertainty

Considering how to best navigate stability and randomness.

An Interview with Andrew Odlyzko on Cyber Security
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An Interview with Andrew Odlyzko on Cyber Security

Is a "Cyber Pearl Harbor" any greater a risk than a natural disaster? How shall we prioritize our preparations for a cyber disaster?

An Interview with Andrew Odlyzko on Cyber Security
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An Interview with Andrew Odlyzko on Cyber Security

Is a "Cyber Pearl Harbor" any greater a risk than a natural disaster? How shall we prioritize our preparations for a cyber disaster?

An Interview with David Brin on Resiliency
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An Interview with David Brin on Resiliency

Many risks of catastrophic failures of critical infrastructures can be significantly reduced by relatively simple measures to increase resiliency.

An Interview with William Hugh Murray
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An Interview with William Hugh Murray

A discussion of the rapidly evolving realm of practical cyber security.

Learning Machine Learning
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Learning Machine Learning

A discussion of the rapidly evolving realm of machine learning.

Navigating with Accelerating Technology Change
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Navigating with Accelerating Technology Change

Mathematical tools such as S-curves locate inflection points in technology-accelerated social spaces; where we move next depends on our navigational skills.

An Interview with Dave Parnas
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An Interview with Dave Parnas

A discussion of ideas about software engineering.

An Interview with Dave Parnas
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An Interview with Dave Parnas

A discussion of ideas about software engineering.

The Computing Profession
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The Computing Profession

Taking stock of progress toward a computing profession since this column started in 2001.

The Forgotten Engineer
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The Forgotten Engineer

Engineering has been marginalized by the unhealthy belief that engineering is the application of science.

Multitasking Without Thrashing
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Multitasking Without Thrashing

Lessons from operating systems teach how to do multitasking without thrashing.

The Beginner's Creed
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The Beginner's Creed

We all need to learn to be expert beginners.
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