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The opinion archive provides access to past opinion stories from Communications of the ACM and other sources by date.

October 2019


From ACM Opinion

Why Matthew Miller Sees a Bright Future for Fedora

Why Matthew Miller Sees a Bright Future for Fedora

Fedora project leader Matthew Miller discusses popular adoption, competing standards, upcoming changes, and hot-button topics such as systemd.

TechRepublic | October 17, 2019

From ACM Opinion

Are We Witnessing A New Sputnik Moment In IT?

Are We Witnessing A New Sputnik Moment In IT?

Google's engineers have succeeded in designing a quantum computer which, for the first time ever, has solved a problem a conventional computer is not able to. Are we witnessing a new Sputnik moment in IT?

finews | October 15, 2019

From ACM Opinion

Siri's #MeToo Responses Show Why Tech Needs Women

Siri's #MeToo Responses Show Why Tech Needs Women

Once, when users called Siri a "slut," the service responded: "I'd blush if I could." Such programming missteps could have been avoided altogether if there were more women involved in Siri's design and programming.

The Mercury News | October 10, 2019

From ACM Opinion

A Controversial Plan to Encrypt More of the Internet

A Controversial Plan to Encrypt More of the Internet

The road to routing all Domain Name System lookups through HTTPS is pocked with disagreements over just how much it will help.

Wired | October 9, 2019

From ACM Opinion

How Artificial Intelligence Is Supercharging Materials Science

How Artificial Intelligence Is Supercharging Materials Science

MIT Associate Professor Juejun Hu shines a light on the impact machine learning and AI are having on materials science and engineering.

MIT Materials Research Laboratory | October 4, 2019

From ACM Opinion

I Competed Against An AI

I Competed Against An AI

Marc Zao-Sanders, founder and CEO of Filtered, squared off against magpie, the set of algorithms that recommends learning content to people looking to pick up new skills.

Scientific American | October 3, 2019

From ACM Opinion

Asimov's Three Laws Have Failed the Robots

Asimov's Three Laws Have Failed the Robots

Almost no one thinks that Isaac Asimov's Three Laws could work for truly intelligent AI.

Mind Matters | October 2, 2019

From Communications of the ACM

The Cloud as an Innovation Platform for Software Development

The Cloud as an Innovation Platform for Software Development

How cloud computing became a platform.

Michael A. Cusumano | October 1, 2019

From Communications of the ACM

How Might We Increase System Trustworthiness?

How Might We Increase System Trustworthiness?

Summarizing some of the changes that seem increasingly necessary to address known system and network deficiencies and anticipate currently unknown vulnerabilities.

Peter G. Neumann | October 1, 2019

From Communications of the ACM

What Is a Chief Security Officer Good For?

What Is a Chief Security Officer Good For?

Security requires more than an off-the-shelf solution.

George V. Neville-Neil | October 1, 2019

From Communications of the ACM

Multi-Device Digital Assistance

Multi-Device Digital Assistance

Increased availability of cloud services and ownership of multiple digital devices create unique opportunities for digital assistants to provide guidance across a range of tasks and scenarios.

Ryen W. White, Adam Fourney, Allen Herring, Paul N. Bennett, Nirupama Chandrasekaran, Robert Sim, Elnaz Nouri, Mark J. Encarnación | October 1, 2019
Blog at CACM
If We Want Women to Persist in Computing, Teach Them Programming  At Any Age
If We Want Women to Persist in Computing, Teach Them Programming At Any Age
10.06.2019

Two recent reports point to the important of teaching female students to program and that it's never "too late."

Vice Epistemology of the Internet
Vice Epistemology of the Internet
09.30.2019

How can we apply virtue epistemology to the problem of fake news?

The African Enigma: Who Knows More?
The African Enigma: Who Knows More?
09.05.2019

Tally sticks and notched bones are among the oldest digital data carriers.

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