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March 2020


From ACM Opinion

The Coronavirus Crisis Proves The Internet Should Be A Public Utility

The Coronavirus Crisis Proves The Internet Should Be A Public Utility

The spread of the novel coronavirus around the world has proven conclusively that the Internet should be a public utility.

Quartz | March 30, 2020

From ACM Opinion

How to (Carefully) Use Tech to Contain the Coronavirus

How to (Carefully) Use Tech to Contain the Coronavirus

The United States can learn from other countries to track the pandemic while still protecting privacy.

The New York Times | March 27, 2020

From ACM Opinion

The Role of Robotics in Managing Public Health and Infectious Diseases

The Role of Robotics in Managing Public Health and Infectious Diseases

As the COVID-19 epidemic escalates, robots have the potential to be deployed for disinfection, delivering medications and food, measuring vital signs, and assisting border controls.

Science Robotics | March 26, 2020

From ACM Opinion

Ritu Raman on the WISDM Database at MIT

Ritu Raman on the WISDM Database at MIT

Postdoc Ritu Raman speaks about the WISDM platform she developed to highlight female speakers at MIT.

MIT News | March 25, 2020

From ACM Opinion

AI is an Ideology, Not a Technology

AI is an Ideology, Not a Technology

At its core, "artificial intelligence" is a perilous belief that fails to recognize the agency of humans.

Wired | March 20, 2020

From ACM Careers

How We Got Our Start In The Tech Industry

How We Got Our Start In The Tech Industry

Six black women discuss how they got started in tech, provide advice to other black women looking to start in the industry, and suggest what tech companies can do to make the industry more inclusive.

Refinery29 | March 20, 2020

From ACM Opinion

Why Being A Programmer Will Make Me A Better Doctor

Why Being A Programmer Will Make Me A Better Doctor

A few years of experience have shown me that some lessons I've learned from being a programmer generalize wonderfully into my life as a medical student.

[email protected] | March 19, 2020

From ACM News

Let Evolution Design Your Robot

Let Evolution Design Your Robot

A U.K. research project uses evolutionary principles to design robots to help dismantle decommissioned nuclear power plants.

Bennie Mols | March 19, 2020

From ACM Opinion

Collaborating With Users to Develop Accessible Designs

Collaborating With Users to Develop Accessible Designs

Co-authors Alan Lundgard, Crystal Lee, and Arvind Satyanarayan discuss "Sociotechnical Considerations for Accessible Visualization Design," published in the journal IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics.

MIT News | March 13, 2020

From ACM Opinion

Joe Steinmeyer on Guiding Students Into the World of STEM

Joe Steinmeyer on Guiding Students Into the World of STEM

Joe Steinmeyer, a principal lecturer in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, has taught more than 400 students in various Office of Engineering Outreach Programs since 2009.

MIT Office of Engineering Outreach Programs | March 5, 2020

From ACM Opinion

Interview with Claire Le Goues

Interview with Claire Le Goues

Claire Le Goues, an associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University, describes the similarities of high school debate and computer science, why it's fun to take the LSAT, women in academia, and more.

[email protected] | March 4, 2020

From Communications of the ACM

Computing and Community in Formal Education

Computing and Community in Formal Education

Culturally responsive computing repurposes computer science education by making it meaningful to not only students, but also to their families and communities.

Michael Lachney, Aman Yadav | March 1, 2020

From Communications of the ACM

Dilemmas of Artificial Intelligence

Dilemmas of Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence has confronted us with a raft of dilemmas that challenge us to decide what values are important in our designs.

Peter J. Denning, Dorothy E. Denning | March 1, 2020

From Communications of the ACM

Four Internets

Four Internets

Considering the merits of several models and approaches to Internet governance.

Kieron O'Hara, Wendy Hall | March 1, 2020

From Communications of the ACM

Unsafe At Any Level

Unsafe At Any Level

The U.S. NHTSA's levels of automation are a liability for automated vehicles.

Marc Canellas, Rachel Haga | March 1, 2020

From Communications of the ACM

Conferences in an Era of Expensive Carbon

Conferences in an Era of Expensive Carbon

Balancing sustainability and science.

Benjamin C. Pierce, Michael Hicks, Crista Lopes, Jens Palsberg | March 1, 2020

From Communications of the ACM

Through the Lens of a Passionate Theoretician

Through the Lens of a Passionate Theoretician

Considering the far-reaching and fundamental implications of computing beyond digital computers.

Omer Reingold | March 1, 2020
Blog at CACM
Powerful Online Learning is a Distributed System
Powerful Online Learning is a Distributed System
03.25.2020

In the midst of a pandemic, universities are now rapidly shifting to online and remote learning. Here, I will suggest …

The Internet of Things and the Future of Virus Detection and Prevention
The Internet of Things and the Future of Virus Detection and Prevention
03.17.2020

Leveraging the Internet of Things in indoor environments could help prevent highly infectious diseases from spreading rapidly in today’s global …

Getting a Program Right (9) (last)
Getting a Program Right (9) (last)
03.16.2020

A correct program is one that works in all cases.

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MIT Aims to Turn Wi-Fi Signals Into Usable Power With Energy-Harvesting Design
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