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June 2022


From ACM Opinion

'Video Games Are for Boys'

'Video Games Are for Boys'

Hopscotch app co-founder Samantha John discusses her journey from avoiding video games to helping kids create them.

The Information | June 29, 2022

From ACM Opinion

Quantifying Computing Power and Innovation

Quantifying Computing Power and Innovation

Rapid increases in chip speed and power have fueled innovation in many industries, but the future trajectory of that progress may be in jeopardy.

MIT News | June 29, 2022

From ACM Opinion

Tech Cos. Silent on Data Privacy since Roe v. Wade Reversal

Tech Cos. Silent on Data Privacy since Roe v. Wade Reversal

Tech companies must, at the very least, communicate policies and practices to consumers.

Fortune | June 28, 2022

From ACM Opinion

Yann LeCun's Bold New Vision for the Future of AI

Yann LeCun's Bold New Vision for the Future of AI

One of deep learning's godfathers pulls together old ideas to sketch out a fresh path for AI.

MIT Technology Review | June 28, 2022

From ACM Opinion

Semiconductor Dependency Imperils American Security

Semiconductor Dependency Imperils American Security

The U.S. Innovation and Competition Act is only the first step in preventing Chinese dominance.

The Wall Street Journal | June 22, 2022

From ACM Opinion

The Computer Scientist Who Parlays Failures into Breakthroughs

The Computer Scientist Who Parlays Failures into Breakthroughs

An interview with Yale University Sterling Professor of Computer Science Daniel Spielman.

Quanta Magazine | June 22, 2022

From ACM Opinion

Intro to Model-Free and Model-Based Reinforcement Learning

Intro to Model-Free and Model-Based Reinforcement Learning

Neuroscientist and author Daeyeol Lee talks reinforcement learning in humans and animals, AI and natural intelligence, and more.

TechTalks | June 21, 2022

From ACM Opinion

Testing in Python with pytest

Testing in Python with pytest

Software engineer discusses the popularity and use of pytest for Python testing.

Software Engineering Radio | June 20, 2022

From ACM Opinion

Musk Will Take Questions from Twitter Employees—Twitter Should Answer His

Musk Will Take Questions from Twitter Employees—Twitter Should Answer His

The company risks losing the trust of users and investors if it does not tackle the issue of bots, spam, and fake accounts.

The Information | June 20, 2022

From ACM Opinion

Crypto Is Crashing Again but Blockchain Will Survive

Crypto Is Crashing Again but Blockchain Will Survive

The practical, real-world work of developing blockchain technology will keep on going, independent of market histrionics.

The New York Times | June 20, 2022

From ACM Opinion

'Sentience' Is the Wrong Discussion to Have on AI Right Now

'Sentience' Is the Wrong Discussion to Have on AI Right Now

A more important conversation would be one about human compatibility and trust.

TechTalks | June 20, 2022

From ACM Opinion

Google's 'Sentient' Chatbot Is Our Self-Deceiving Future

Google's 'Sentient' Chatbot Is Our Self-Deceiving Future

The next generation of AI will put the pathetic fallacy on steroids.

The Atlantic | June 17, 2022

From ACM Opinion

Science Needs to Shrink Its Carbon Footprint

Science Needs to Shrink Its Carbon Footprint

Greenhouse gas emissions from research damage the climate.

Scientific American | June 17, 2022

From ACM Opinion

Human-Like Programs Abuse Our Empathy

Human-Like Programs Abuse Our Empathy

It is easy to be fooled by the mimicry, but consumers need transparency about how such systems are used.

The Guardian | June 16, 2022

From ACM Opinion

It's Time for AI to Retire the Turing Test

It's Time for AI to Retire the Turing Test

The Turing Test's most troubling legacy is an ethical one: It is fundamentally about deception.

Fortune | June 15, 2022

From ACM Opinion

'AI Is Invisible'

'AI Is Invisible'

Wendy Hall, computer scientist and acting chair of the AI Council, talks about challenging perceptions around AI.

The New Statesman | June 15, 2022

From ACM Opinion

Why Are So Many Big Tech Whistleblowers Women?

Why Are So Many Big Tech Whistleblowers Women?

Here is what the research shows.

The Conversation | June 14, 2022

From ACM Opinion

Lina Khan, a Big Tech Critic, Tries Answering Detractors

Lina Khan, a Big Tech Critic, Tries Answering Detractors

In an interview, the FTC chair lays out some of her plans now that she has a Democratic majority at the agency.

The New York Times | June 13, 2022

From ACM Opinion

How Smarter AI Will Change Creativity

How Smarter AI Will Change Creativity

The promise and perils of a breakthrough in machine intelligence.

The Economist | June 13, 2022

From ACM Opinion

Why Robots Need to See

Why Robots Need to See

Cameras and vision-based perception will increasingly serve as the technological underpinning for mobile robots going forward.

Robotics Business Review | June 10, 2022

From ACM Opinion

AI Is Ushering In a New Scientific Revolution

AI Is Ushering In a New Scientific Revolution

AI is transforming the scientific process, automating and adding to what people can accomplish using it.

The Gradient | June 9, 2022

From ACM Opinion

Teaching Robots to Help People in Their Everyday Lives

Teaching Robots to Help People in Their Everyday Lives

An interview with Max Braun of Everyday Robots.

The Gradient | June 8, 2022

From ACM Opinion

Political Affiliation Influences Our Fear of Data Collection

Political Affiliation Influences Our Fear of Data Collection

It's not government Americans don't trust with their data; it's the opposite political party.

Scientific American | June 7, 2022

From ACM Opinion

Why Science Needs More Research Software Engineers

Why Science Needs More Research Software Engineers

Ten years after their profession got its name, research software engineers seek to swell their ranks.

Nature | June 7, 2022

From ACM Opinion

Artificial General Intelligence Is Not as Imminent as You Might Think

Artificial General Intelligence Is Not as Imminent as You Might Think

A close look reveals that the newest systems, including DeepMind's much-hyped Gato, are still stymied by the same old problems.

Scientific American | June 7, 2022

From ACM Opinion

Democracy Deserves Better Algorithms

Democracy Deserves Better Algorithms

Big Tech could deploy any number of solutions to slow the spread of disinformation, with the most promising being to fix the algorithms.

The Information | June 2, 2022

From ACM Opinion

What Is So Great about Quantum Computing?

What Is So Great about Quantum Computing?

A Q&A with NIST theorist Alexey Gorshkov.

National Institute of Standards and Technology | June 2, 2022

From Communications of the ACM

Involvement and Detachment

Involvement and Detachment

How detachment from your community blocks your success at leading innovations, and what to do about it.

Peter J. Denning | June 1, 2022

From Communications of the ACM

Toward Total-System Trustworthiness

Toward Total-System Trustworthiness

Considering how to achieve the long-term goal to systemically reduce risks.

Peter G. Neumann | June 1, 2022

From Communications of the ACM

The Planning and Care of Data

The Planning and Care of Data

Rearranging buckets for no good reason.

George Neville-Neil | June 1, 2022
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