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August 2021


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L. Peter Deutsch on the Fallacies of Distributed Computing

L. Peter Deutsch on the Fallacies of Distributed Computing

How relevant are the fallacies today?


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If You Don't Trust A.I. Yet, You're Not Wrong

If You Don't Trust A.I. Yet, You're Not Wrong

Americans have good reason to be skeptical of artificial intelligence


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Embodied AI, Superintelligence, and the Master Algorithm

Embodied AI, Superintelligence, and the Master Algorithm

What will take us from potential to reality in the next 18 months?


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Taxing Digital Advertising Could Help Break Up Big Tech

Taxing Digital Advertising Could Help Break Up Big Tech

A novel approach to rein in the largest technology companies, encourage competition and innovation, and help democracy


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Mentorship, Sponsorship Are Crucial for Advancing STEM Inclusion

Mentorship, Sponsorship Are Crucial for Advancing STEM Inclusion

A conversation with Charlotte Owens explores providing opportunities and giving back


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Low-Code Development Could Boost AI Adoption

Low-Code Development Could Boost AI Adoption

Artificial intelligence is hard, but low-code options might make it much easier


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Let the Linux Kernel Rust

Let the Linux Kernel Rust

Rust is creeping into the Linux kernel, which could mean a very important step forward in terms of security.


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Why So Many Young People Hate STEM Courses

Why So Many Young People Hate STEM Courses

A high school senior recounts why she almost gave up on her dream of becoming a scientist


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The Question Medical AI Can't Answer

The Question Medical AI Can't Answer

It's unable to tell us why it came to a particular decision—and that's crucial information


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The Privacy Battle that Apple Isn't Fighting

The Privacy Battle that Apple Isn't Fighting

California has begun enforcing a browser-level privacy setting, but you still can't find that option in Safari or iOS


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Why Artificial Intelligence Isn't Intelligent

Why Artificial Intelligence Isn't Intelligent

The term "artificial intelligence" alone fuels confusion and hype, say some experts


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A European Union Approach to Regulating Big Tech

A European Union Approach to Regulating Big Tech

Considering a new regulatory proposal for addressing digital market competition concerns.


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What Does Saying That 'Programming Is Hard' Really Say, and About Whom?

What Does Saying That 'Programming Is Hard' Really Say, and About Whom?

Shifting the focus from the perceived difficulty of learning programming to making programming more universally accessible.


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In Praise of the Disassembler

In Praise of the Disassembler

There is much to be learned from the lower-level details of hardware.


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Responsible AI: Bridging From Ethics to Practice

Responsible AI

Recommendations for increasing the benefits of artificial intelligence technologies.


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Science Needs to Engage With Society: Some Lessons From COVID-19

Science Needs to Engage With Society

Recent experiences toward communicating science to the general public.


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The Domestic Computer Science Graduate Students Are There, We Just Need to Recruit Them

The Domestic Computer Science Graduate Students Are There, We Just Need to Recruit Them

Proven practices to recruit domestic computer science graduate students.

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