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GAMES/EC 2016

This week I report from Maastricht in the Netherlands from the GAMES 2016, the 5th World Congress of the Game Theory Society. By having their congress every four...

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Snowbird 2016

Earlier this week I attended the 2016 CRA Snowbird Conference, a biennial meeting of CS chairs and other leaders in the the computing community. I’ve attended every...

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Excalibur

Goro Hasegawa passed away last week at the age of 83. Hasegawa created and popularized the board game Othello based on an old British game Reversi. Back in the...

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STOC 2016

I attended the 2016 STOC Conference earlier this week in Cambridge, Massachusetts. No shortage of awesome results highlighted by László Babai's new quasipolynomial...

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The Relevance of TCS

Avi Wigderson responds to yesterday's post. 20 years is a long time, and TCS is in a completely different place today than it was then. I am happy to say that...

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Karp v Wigderson 20 Years Later

The 48th ACM Symposium on the Theory of Computing starts this weekend in Boston. Let's go back twenty years to the 28th STOC, part of the second Federated Computing...

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Math Movies

In 1997 Good Will Hunting, a fictional movie about the hidden mathematical talents of a MIT janitor grossed $225 million and won a best screenplay Oscar for Matt...

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CCC 2016

Earlier this week I attended the 31st Computational Complexity Conference in Tokyo. I've been to thirty of these meetings, missing only the 2012 conference in Porto...

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Theory Jobs 2016

In the fall we point to theory jobs, in the spring we see who got them. How is the CS enrollment explosion affecting the theory job market? We've seen some big ...

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Upfronts

The US television industry has long fascinated me, an entertainment outlet driven by technology. David Sarnoff introduced television at the World's Fair in 1939...

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The Challenges of Smart Cities

Earlier this week I attended the CCC workshop Computing Research: Addressing National Priorities and Societal Needs (video). The workshop covered a large collection...

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Open Questions

Through the years I've mentioned a few of my favorite open problems in computational complexity on this blog that have perplexed me through the years. Let me mention...

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Claude Shannon (1916-2001)

Claude Shannon was born hundred years ago Saturday. Shannon had an incredible career but we know him best for his 1948 paper A Mathematical Theory of Communication...

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The Master Algorithm

We see so few popular science books on computer science, particularly outside of crypto and theory. Pedro Domingos' The Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the,...

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Who Controls Machine Learning?

After AlphaGo's victory, the New York Times ran an article The Race Is On to Control Artificial Intelligence, and Tech’s Future. A platform, in technology, istweeted...

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It's All About the Jobs

In the April CACM Moshe Vardi asks Are We Headed toward Another Global Tech Bust? I agree with some of Vardi’s points, mostly that VC money chasing after unicorns...

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The Machine Learning Turk

Google's AlphaGo took the world by storm when it won its match with Lee Sedol but Demis Hassabis now acknowledges the dark truth. Google wanted to promote its cloud...

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MohammadTaghi HajiAghayi on David Johnson

More than a week ago, I heard the very sad news that David Johnson has passed away after one year fight with cancer. I felt that I should write a memorial note...

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Complexity versus Complexity

For those interested, I've started writing posts for the Predictwise Blog. Predictwise makes predictions of future events such as who will win the Republican Nomination...

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The Value of Shapley

Nobel laureate Lloyd Shapley passed away Saturday. We best know Shapley for his stable matching algorithm with David Gale. Nicole Immorlica guest posted on stable...
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