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DEPARTMENT: Editor's letter

GenAI: Giga$$$, TeraWatt-Hours, and GigaTons of CO2

It has become clear that AI's carbon emissions, lifecycle carbon, and other negative environmental impacts are growing explosively.

Large Language Models

"Write a 700-word obituary for Vint Cerf." I tried this "prompting" text on a publicly available chatbot. The output? There was a considerable degree of invented but false statements about my life and work.

Teaching the FATE Community about Privacy

Jason Hong finds many similarities between FATE (Fairness, Accountability, Transparency, Ethics) and privacy.

Computer-Assisted Proofs Take on Fluid Flow

Researchers use computers to show that equations can "blow up."

3D Modeling Draws on AI

Artificial intelligence can unlock speed and quality improvements in three-dimensional graphics.

The Carbon Footprint of Artificial Intelligence

Looking for ways to cut the release of greenhouse gases attributable to AI use, at a time that usage is very likely to grow.
COLUMN: Computing Ethics

Voice in the Machine: Ethical Considerations for Language-Capable Robots

Parsing the promise of language-capable robots.
COLUMN: Education

Improving Computing Education Research through Valuing Design

Exploring alternatives to existing research systems and methods.
COLUMN: Kode Vicious

The Human Touch

There is no substitute for good, direct, honest training.
COLUMN: Viewpoint

SI and Binary Prefixes: Clearing the Confusion

Considering the emergence of non-standard acceptance of SI prefixes.

For a More Transparent Governance of Open Source

Seeking the best governance models for FOSS projects.

Why You Should Be Able to Make Your Own Individualized, Digital Nano-Currency

Increasing opportunities for access to traditional financial systems.

AI and Society: Ethics, Trust, and Cooperation

Trust and trustworthiness are central to how ethics helps society survive and thrive.
SECTION: Practice

Sharpening Your Tools

Updating bulk_extractor for the 2020s.

More Than Just Algorithms

A discussion with Alfred Spector, Peter Norvig, Chris Wiggins, Jeannette Wing, Ben Fried, and Michael Tingley.
SECTION: Contributed Articles

A Computational Inflection for Scientific Discovery

Enabling researchers to leverage systems to overcome the limits of human cognitive capacity.

A Tale of Two Markets: Investigating the Ransomware Payments Economy

A data-driven, follow-the-money approach to characterize the ransomware ecosystem uncovers two parallel ransomware criminal markets: commodity ransomware and Ransomware as a Service (RaaS).
SECTION: Review Articles

The Principles of Data-Centric AI

Uniting data-centric perspectives and concepts to trace the foundations of DCAI.
SECTION: Research Highlights

Technical Perspective: Can We Uncover Private Backbone Infrastructures?

In "A Manifold View of Connectivity in the Private Backbone Networks of Hyperscalers," Salamatian et al. assemble techniques from the two broad strategies developed by the networking community and complement them with new ones …

A Manifold View of Connectivity in the Private Backbone Networks of Hyperscalers

We present a new empirical approach for elucidating connectivity in privately owned and operated backbone networks.

Technical Perspective: Pandemics, Remote Work, and Accessibility

"Mixed Abilities and Varied Experiences: A Group Autoethnography of a Virtual Summer Internship," by Kelly Mack et al., provides guidance on how to make remote work and meetings work better for everyone.

Mixed Abilities and Varied Experiences: A Group Autoethnography of a Virtual Summer Internship

Interns, full-time members, and affiliates of a Microsoft Research team focused on accessibility report on the experiences of virtual interns in 2020 navigating the challenges of working remotely.
COLUMN: Last Byte

L-Space and Large Language Models

Design fiction is an approach to understanding and speculating about alternate futures. This column is a piece of such speculative fiction, set in 2025.