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Winter is Coming

I fear we are heading to a computer science winter. Now why would I say that when CS enrollments are at record levels and AI is driving incredible excitement in...

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Breaking Ground in Isomorphism Testing: A Leap Forward for a Bottleneck Case of Group Isomorphism

Guest post by Josh Grochow and Youming QiaoThere has, quietly, been somewhat of a breakthrough in isomorphism testing. No, not as big as Babai's 2016 Graph Isomorphism...

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Comic Book Alignment

Talk about AI "alignment" makes me think of a time in the 1950s that a group of companies decided tocreate an industry organization to self-govern their work to...

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Health Tech

On Tuesday, at the behest of an alumnus, I spent the afternoon at HIMSS, a large health tech conference being held at the big convention center in Chicago. When...

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My Week at Simons

This week finds me at the Simons Institute for Theoretical Computer Science in Berkeley California. Simons started about the same time I joined the administrative...

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Complexity and Explainable AI

About six years ago, I posted on why it was important to understand machine learning, mentioning trust, fairness, security and causality. But I then I brought in...

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Neil Jones (1941-2023)

Eric Allender graciously agreed to write this remembrance of Neil Jones.Neil Jones passed away on March 27.Neil's work had a profound impact on the field of computational...

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Who's on April First

 Carlos May waving to the crowd on April 1, 1972Instead of the usual April Fools’ Day post, I present one of the best April Fools Day stunts ever. Here’s the text...

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Alan Turing, The Opera

 Last Thursday I attended the world premier of The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing, a new production from Chicago Opera Theater composed by Justine Chen with the...

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A Strange Hiring Season

In my fall jobs post, I had trouble predicting this season's CS faculty job market but I didn't expect this:  strong supply and strong demand, something we haven't...

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Identities in Computational Complexity

Guest post by Josh Grochow On the birdsite, Jay Cummings tweeted: TOP 5 IDENTITIES OF ALL TIME5. You4. Can't 3. Rank2. Identities 1. eiπ + 1 = 0— Jay Cummings...

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Peer Review

I ran into a partner of a computer scientist at a social event who asked me "Is the publication system in CS screwed up or really screwed up?" If you don't know...

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Goodbye Dilbert

Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert, had a racist rant in a video he posted last week. As a result most newspapers that carried the comic strip are dropping Dilbert...

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The Virtual Grad Student

Martin Haug, who is working on a LaTeX alternative Typst, asked me if I had updates on a LaTeX rant from 2011. I haven't seen any new serious backward compatibility...

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Blurry JPEG or Frozen Concentrate

Ted Chiang in a recent New Yorker article likened ChatGPT to a blurry JPEG, i.e. a "lossy compression" of the web. It's a good article but the analogy isn'tKolmogorov...

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Why Can't Little Chatty Do Math?

Despite OpenAI's claim that ChatGPT has improved mathematical capabilities, we don't get far multiplying large numbers.Typical for ChatGPT, the answer passes the...

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Responsibility

Nature laid out their ground rules for large language models like ChatGPT includingNo LLM tool will be accepted as a credited author on a research paper. That is...

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Back to the 90's

The current state of computer science reminds me of the early excitement of the Internet in the mid-90's. By the beginning of the 90's, computers landed in many...

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Meta-Complexity

I'm sure many of you long-time readers are asking, "Why all this big focus on machine learning in your posts and tweets? You are the 'Computational Complexity'research...

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Semantic Search for the Blog

 As Google started to limit academic storage, I started looking at Google Takeout and started wondering what I could do with all that data. I downloaded all the...
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