Sign In

Communications of the ACM

Recent Opinion



Is This Data Scientist a Consumer's Best Friend?
From ACM Opinion

Is This Data Scientist a Consumer's Best Friend?

In Oren Etzioni's world, telling you where to buy a product is so 20 years ago.

How a Private Data Market Could Ruin Facebook
From ACM Opinion

How a Private Data Market Could Ruin Facebook

To justify its sky-high valuation, Facebook will have to increase its profit per user at rates that seem unlikely, even by the most generous predictions.

The Flight From Conversation
From ACM Opinion

The Flight From Conversation

We live in a technological universe in which we are always communicating. And yet we have sacrificed conversation for mere connection.

Why the Death of DRM Would Be Good News for Readers, Writers, and Publishers
From ACM Opinion

Why the Death of DRM Would Be Good News for Readers, Writers, and Publishers

At the end of April, Tor Books, the world's largest science fiction publisher, and its UK sister company, Tor UK, announced that they would be eliminating digital...

Google's Sebastian Thrun: 3 Visions in the 'age of Disruption'
From ACM Opinion

Google's Sebastian Thrun: 3 Visions in the 'age of Disruption'

Today we drive cars, shell out enormous sums for higher education, and navigate the world with electronics that demand the unwavering attention of our ears, eyes...

Andrew (bunnie) Huang on The End of Chumby, New Adventures
From ACM Opinion

Andrew (bunnie) Huang on The End of Chumby, New Adventures

One of my heroes and friends happens to be one in the same person, Andrew (bunnie) Huang. Bunnie tirelessly helps makers, businesses, and the world-at-large with...

Is It Time To Stop Trusting Google?
From ACM Opinion

Is It Time To Stop Trusting Google?

Was Google's snooping on home Wi-Fi users the work of a rogue software engineer? Was it a deliberate corporate strategy? Was it simply an honest-to-goodness mistake...

Following the Breadcrumbs on the Data-Sharing Trail
From ACM Opinion

Following the Breadcrumbs on the Data-Sharing Trail

Would you like to donate to the Obama campaign? Sign up for a college course? Or maybe subscribe to Architectural Digest? 

The World's Five Biggest Cyber Threats
From ACM News

The World's Five Biggest Cyber Threats

Criminals do not stop at stealing someone's personal data.

Welcome to the Microsoft Store
From ACM Opinion

Welcome to the Microsoft Store

Three years ago, shortly after Microsoft announced that it would launch its own retail stores, I offered the company some unsolicited advice: Copy Apple "relentlessly...

Voyagers' Never-Ending Journey
From ACM News

Voyagers' Never-Ending Journey

Exploration is one thing, science another—but they've come together rather nicely in the Voyager mission to the outer planets, outbound for the past 35 years yet...

The Robot Revolution Is Just Beginning
From ACM News

The Robot Revolution Is Just Beginning

When industrial robots were first introduced in the early 1960s initially on automobile assembly lines—computers were still in their infancy, so the robots were...

The Robo-Help
From ACM Opinion

The Robo-Help

I have two robots that clean the floors in my apartment: the Evolution Robotics Mint and the iRobot Roomba 530. The Mint sweeps and mops. The Roomba vacuums.

Vint Cerf: We Knew What We Were ­nleashing on the World
From ACM News

Vint Cerf: We Knew What We Were ­nleashing on the World

Vint Cerf invented the protocol that rules them all: TCP/IP.

Nah, Iran Probably Didn't Hack Cia's Stealth Drone
From ACM Opinion

Nah, Iran Probably Didn't Hack Cia's Stealth Drone

Four months after capturing a crashed U.S. stealth drone near the Iran-Afghanistan border, Tehran claims it has hacked into the ‘bot’s classified mission-control...

From ACM Opinion

What Amazon's E-Book Strategy Means

First, I'd like to introduce three keywords that need defining before you can understand Amazon...

How Much Do the Internet Giants Really Know?
From ACM Opinion

How Much Do the Internet Giants Really Know?

To briefly state the obvious, the Internet giants are seriously big: Google is not only the world's largest search engine, it's one of the top three email providers...

New Julia Language Seeks to Be the C For Scientists
From ACM TechNews

New Julia Language Seeks to Be the C For Scientists

MIT researchers have developed Julia, a programming language designed for building technical applications. The language has already been used for image analysis...

How I Traced My Ancestry Back to the Stone Age
From ACM Opinion

How I Traced My Ancestry Back to the Stone Age

I recently had a genetic test to find out more about where my ancestors came from.

The Troll Toll
From ACM Opinion

The Troll Toll

When hospitals come upon a technology with a proven track record of saving lives, you'd expect a flood of investment to expand its use, and a race by manufacturers...
Sign In for Full Access
» Forgot Password? » Create an ACM Web Account