DEPARTMENT: Editor's letter
In 2017, we made the strategic decision to launch Communications
' Regional Special Sections. Next month (April 2021), we will publish the special section for Arabia, completing our circumnavigation of the world. The special sections …
Andrew A. Chien
Today, the top seven companies in the S&P 500 index are all tech companies. Large companies wield power, and that often leads to a clash between these companies and "The People," that is, with governments.
Moshe Y. Vardi
DEPARTMENT: Career paths in computing
We have enormous power to change the world through the systems we create. A world with clean air and water in which every person is respected seems like something we can all aspire to.
Mark Guzdial takes issue with Dijkstra's metaphors, while Joel C. Adams considers how birthdays might differ if based on binary numbers.
Mark Guzdial, Joel C. Adams
A theorem about computations that exploit quantum mechanics challenges longstanding ideas in mathematics and physics.
Artificial intelligence provides automatic fact-checking and fake news detection, but with limits.
Many facial recognition systems used by law enforcement are shot through with biases. Can anything be done to make them fair and trustworthy?
Edmund Melson Clarke, Jr., a celebrated American academic who developed methods for mathematically proving the correctness of computer systems, died on December 22, 2020 at the age of 75 from complications of COVID-19.
Simson Garfinkel, Eugene H. Spafford
COLUMN: Legally speaking
Considering the origins, interpretations, and possible changes to Communications Decency Act §230 amid an evolving online environment.
Designing and testing 'Do Not Sell My Personal Information' icons.
Lorrie Faith Cranor
COLUMN: Computing ethics
Seeking to reap the positive uses of synthetic media while minimizing or preventing negative societal impact.
Deborah G. Johnson, Nicholas Diakopoulos
COLUMN: The profession of IT
The issue is not who has the "truth," but whose claims deserve more credence.
Peter J. Denning, Jeffrey Johnson
The Pascal programming language creator Niklaus Wirth reflects on its origin, spread, and further development.
Experimenting with the creative process.
Sascha Friesike, Frédéric Thiesse, George Kuk
A "bring your own algorithm" era in healthcare.
Oded Nov, Yindalon Aphinyanaphongs, Yvonne W. Lui, Devin Mann, Maurizio Porfiri, Mark Riedl, John-Ross Rizzo, Batia Wiesenfeld
The Amazon CTO sits with Tom Killalea to discuss designing for evolution at scale.
From thingamabobs to rockets, 3D printing takes many forms.
SECTION: Contributed articles
Technological and economic forces are now pushing computing away from being general purpose and toward specialization.
Neil C. Thompson, Svenja Spanuth
A study of female students enrolled in IT degrees in Australia traces how programs influenced decision making.
Andreea Molnar, Therese Keane, Rosemary Stockdale
Under optimistic projection models, gender parity is forecast to be reached after 2100.
Lucy Lu Wang, Gabriel Stanovsky, Luca Weihs, Oren Etzioni
SECTION: Review articles
The evolution of and countermeasures for existing reconnaissance techniques.
Wojciech Mazurczyk, Luca Caviglione
Tracking the historical events that lead to the interweaving of data and knowledge.
Claudio Gutierrez, Juan F. Sequeda
SECTION: Research highlights
"Understanding Deep Learning (Still) Requires Rethinking Generalization," Chiyuan Zhang, et al., brings a fundamental new theoretical challenge: Why don't today's deep nets overfit to training data?
In this work, we presented a simple experimental framework for interrogating purported measures of generalization.
Chiyuan Zhang, Samy Bengio, Moritz Hardt, Benjamin Recht, Oriol Vinyals
"3D Localization for Subcentimeter-Sized Devices," by Iyer, et al., neatly separates and solves the problems of robotic locomotion, sensing, localization, and communications packaged into a tiny payload.
We present the first localization system that consumes microwatts of power at a mobile device and can be localized across multiple rooms in settings such as homes and hospitals.
Rajalakshmi Nandakumar, Vikram Iyer, Shyamnath Gollakota
COLUMN: Last byte
Some technical support will never change.