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February 2023


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Do We Need a National Algorithms Safety Board?

Do We Need a National Algorithms Safety Board?

Perfectly safe algorithmic systems are not possible, but safer systems are.


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Medical AI Is as Much Social as It Is Technological

Medical AI Is as Much Social as It Is Technological

Medical AI applications need to overcome transparency and trust issues.


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Large Language Models Will Change Programming…a Little

Large Language Models Will Change Programming…a Little

Hype has been a primary driver of the excitement around LLMs.


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With AI, We Are Reliving the Start of the Smartphone Era

With AI, We Are Reliving the Start of the Smartphone Era

We often judge the utility of a new technology on how well it deals with the problems of older ones.


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Who Is Liable when AI Kills?

Who Is Liable when AI Kills?

We need to change rules and institutions while still promoting innovation to protect people from faulty artificial intelligence.


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Self-Driving Cars Are Doing More Harm than Good

Self-Driving Cars Are Doing More Harm than Good

Promises that self-driving cars would revolutionize transportion continue to fall short.


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Why You Should Not Trust AI Search Engines

Why You Should Not Trust AI Search Engines

The technology is simply not ready to be used like this at this scale.


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ChatGPT Can Improve Education, not Threaten It

ChatGPT Can Improve Education, not Threaten It

A professor explains why he is allowing students to incorporate ChatGPT into their writing process instead of banning it.


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Let Section 230 Stay

Let Section 230 Stay

Removing immunity for algorithmic recommendations would make it nearly impossible for social media platforms as we know them to function.


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Section 230 Has to Go

Section 230 Has to Go

The Internet is a toxic waste dump.


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What Is Wrong with ChatGPT?

What Is Wrong with ChatGPT?

AI is being designed and deployed by corporate America in ways that will disempower and displace workers and degrade the consumer experience.


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Mr. President, Healthcare Has a Data Problem

Mr. President, Healthcare Has a Data Problem

The U.S. healthcare system is plagued by inefficiencies, in part due to deficiencies of health data interoperability between electronic health records and other health data systems.


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U.S. Science and Technology Offer Hope for the Future

U.S. Science and Technology Offer Hope for the Future

The scientific advances announced in recent months are thrilling, capable of sustaining our economic and military competitiveness for decades to come.


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Stop Passing the Buck on Cybersecurity

Stop Passing the Buck on Cybersecurity

Why companies must build safety into tech products.


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Machines Learn Better if We Teach Them the Basics

Machines Learn Better if We Teach Them the Basics

A wave of research improves reinforcement learning algorithms by pre-training them as if they were human.


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ChatGPT: Five Priorities for Research

ChatGPT: Five Priorities for Research

Conversational AI is a game-changer for science; here's how to respond.


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"Conversational" AI Is Really Bad at Conversations

"Conversational" AI Is Really Bad at Conversations

Conversation without change is just a five-finger exercise.


From Communications of the ACM

Four Ways to Add Active Learning to Computing Courses

Four Ways to Add Active Learning to Computing Courses

How active-learning techniques can benefit students in computing courses.


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The Elephant in the Room

The Elephant in the Room

It is time to get the POSIX elephant off our necks.


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Ethical AI is Not about AI

Ethical AI is Not about AI

The equation Ethics + AI = Ethical AI is questionable.


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The Premature Obituary of Programming

The Premature Obituary of Programming

Why deep learning will not replace programming.


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An Analysis of Black Faculty in CS Research Departments

An Analysis of Black Faculty in CS Research Departments

Exploring Black faculty at computer science research departments where Ph.D. programs exist.


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Building Machine Learning Models Like Open Source Software

Building Machine Learning Models Like Open Source Software

Proposing a community-based system for model development.


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Software Engineering of Machine Learning Systems

Software Engineering of Machine Learning Systems

Seeking to make machine learning more dependable.

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