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February 2019


From ACM Opinion

Will AI Achieve Consciousness? Wrong Question

Will AI Achieve Consciousness? Wrong Question

When Norbert Wiener, the father ofcybernetics, wrote his book The Human Use of Human Beings in 1950, vacuum tubes were still the primary electronic building blocks, and there were only a few actual computers in operation.

Wired Backchannel | February 22, 2019

From ACM Opinion

China Will Likely Corner the 5G Market, and the US Has No Plan

China Will Likely Corner the 5G Market, and the US Has No Plan

You may have heard that China has cornered much of the world's supply of strategic metals and minerals crucial for new technology, including lithium, rare earths, copper, and manganese used in everything from smartphones to electric…

Wired | February 21, 2019

From ACM Opinion

An Intrepid Explorer of Mars Falls Silent

An Intrepid Explorer of Mars Falls Silent

Opportunity, formally known as Mars Exploration Rover B but as Oppy to its many friends and admirers, was pronounced dead on Wednesday after a final round of beamed commands, and a farewell broadcast of Billie Holiday's rendition…

The New York Times | February 21, 2019

From ACM Opinion

Be Kind to Extraterrestrials

Be Kind to Extraterrestrials

In his celebrated book On Walden Pond, Henry David Thoreau wrote: "We need the tonic of wildness.... At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable…

Scientific American | February 21, 2019

From ACM Opinion

Electronic Contracts and the Illusion of Consent

Electronic Contracts and the Illusion of Consent

Q: What do you do when you see a little button on a webpage or app screen that says I agree?

Scientific American | February 19, 2019

From ACM Opinion

The US Cannot Crush Us, Says Huawei Founder

The US Cannot Crush Us, Says Huawei Founder

The founder of Huawei has said there is "no way the US can crush" the company, in an exclusive interview with the BBC.

BBC News | February 19, 2019

From ACM Opinion

The Two Codes Your Kids Need to Know

The Two Codes Your Kids Need to Know

A few years ago, the leaders of the College Board, the folks who administer the SAT college entrance exam, asked themselves a radical question: Of all the skills and knowledge that we test young people for that we know are correlated…

The New York Times | February 13, 2019

From ACM Opinion

What Trump's Executive Order on AI Is Missing

What Trump's Executive Order on AI Is Missing

President Trump signed an executive order on February 11 meant to shore up our competitive position in the international race for AI supremacy, but it is short on concrete steps.

Wired | February 13, 2019

From ACM Opinion

This Is Why AI Has Yet to Reshape Most Businesses

This Is Why AI Has Yet to Reshape Most Businesses

The art of making perfumes and colognes hasn't changed much since the 1880s, when synthetic ingredients began to be used.

Technology Review | February 13, 2019

From ACM Opinion

Trump's Plan to Keep America First in AI

Trump's Plan to Keep America First in AI

The US leads the world in artificial intelligence technology. Decades of federal research funding, industrial and academic research, and streams of foreign talent have put America at the forefront of the current AI boom.

Wired | February 12, 2019

From ACM Opinion

The New Censors Won't Delete Your Words; They'll Drown Them Out

The New Censors Won't Delete Your Words; They'll Drown Them Out

Winston Smith works at the Ministry of Truth. Each day, the hero of George Orwell's "1984" "corrects" old newspapers to make sure that the information is in still accord with the current Party line.

The Washington Post | February 11, 2019

From ACM Opinion

Can Subscriptions Save All Media Companies, or Just the New York Times?

Can Subscriptions Save All Media Companies, or Just the New York Times?

It's hard not to feel some whiplash when reading news about the media business these days.

New York Magazine | February 8, 2019

From ACM Opinion

There's No Good Reason to Trust Blockchain Technology

There's No Good Reason to Trust Blockchain Technology

In his 2008 white paper that first proposed bitcoin, the anonymous Satoshi Nakamoto concluded with: "We have proposed a system for electronic transactions without relying on trust." He was referring to blockchain, the system …

Wired | February 7, 2019

From ACM Opinion

How Silicon Valley Puts the 'Con' in Consent

How Silicon Valley Puts the 'Con' in Consent

The average person would have to spend 76 working days reading all of the digital privacy policies they agree to in the span of a year. Reading Amazon's terms and conditions alone out loud takes approximately nine hours.

The New York Times | February 7, 2019

From ACM Opinion

Google Assistant Is Getting Sci-Fi Ambitious

Google Assistant Is Getting Sci-Fi Ambitious

From 550 feet in the air, Google's Scott Huffman peers down at the Las Vegas skyline. It's a sunny afternoon in early January and, at the moment, Google owns this town.

CNET | February 6, 2019

From ACM Opinion

Trump Pledges Investment, But Is Silent on Key Tech Issues

Trump Pledges Investment, But Is Silent on Key Tech Issues

In his State of the Union address Tuesday, President Trump promised legislation to invest in "the cutting edge industries of the future." But the speech was characteristically backward-looking.

Wired | February 6, 2019

From ACM Opinion

People Don't Trust Blockchain Systems. Is Regulation a Way to Help?

People Don't Trust Blockchain Systems. Is Regulation a Way to Help?

Blockchain technology isn't as widely used as it could be, largely because blockchain users don't trust each other, as research shows.

The Conversation | February 5, 2019

From ACM Opinion

How to Land a Journal Cover

How to Land a Journal Cover

Researchers: Felice Frankel will make photographers of you all. Photography—both macro- and microscopic—is an essential tool in science, because pictures are both intuitive and emotionally resonant.

Nature | February 5, 2019

From Communications of the ACM

2018: A Big Year for Privacy

2018: A Big Year for Privacy

Retracing the pivotal privacy and security-related events and ensuing issues from the past year.

Carl Landwher | February 1, 2019

From Communications of the ACM

How Computer Science at CMU Is Attracting and Retaining Women

How Computer Science at CMU Is Attracting and Retaining Women

Carnegie Mellon University's successful efforts enrolling, sustaining, and graduating women in computer science challenge the belief in a gender divide in CS education.

Carol Frieze, Jeria L. Quesenberry | February 1, 2019

From Communications of the ACM

Writing a Test Plan

Writing a Test Plan

Establish your hypotheses, methodologies, and expected results.

George V. Neville-Neil | February 1, 2019

From Communications of the ACM

Do We Really Need Computational Thinking?

Do We Really Need Computational Thinking?

Considering the expression "computational thinking" as an entry point to understand why the fundamental contribution of computing to science is the shift from solving problems to having problems solved.

Enrico Nardelli | February 1, 2019

From Communications of the ACM

Tony's Law

Tony's Law

Seeking to promote regulations for reliable software for the long-term prosperity of the software industry.

Dror G. Feitelson | February 1, 2019
Blog at CACM
How Did the Romans Calculate?
How Did the Romans Calculate?
02.20.2019

Experts are still wondering how the Romans calculated with their number system.

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Governance and Oversight Coming to AI and Automation: Independent Audit of AI Systems
02.12.2019

Independent Audit of AI Systems is the next evolution of governance for artificial intelligence and automation.

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