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The Net or the Jet

I spent the first half of my life in the jet age but not in the Internet age. I could fly anywhere in the world but the fastest way to get a research paper to another...

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Knuth Prize

Leonid Levin will receive the Knuth Prize, and give the corresponding lecture, at FOCS this year. The Knuth Prize is jointly given by ACM SIGACT and the IEEE TC...

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Ten Years of the Complexity Blog

On August 22, 2002 I wrote the following immortal words to start this blog This is my complexity web log. I'll be giving random thoughts about computational complexity...

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Is the Turing Test Still Interesting?

Besides the Turing machine, Alan Turing also developed what we now call the Turing Test in Turing's seminal 1950 AI paper "Computational Machinery and Intelligenc...

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Another Algorithmic Market Failure

In 2009, Matt Cushman, Managing Director at Knight Equity Markets, gave a seminar at Northwestern on "High Frequency Trading". Here is the abstract: High frequency...

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MOOCs

I haven't posted in about a month. A combination of traveling, vacation, moving to Atlanta and getting started as chair. I appreciate why Michael Mitzenmacher stopped...

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Why is it called the Turing Award?

The ACM Turing Award represents the highest honor in the computing research community, the closest we have to a Nobel prize in computer science. In this centenary...

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Instance Compression

Some announcements: FOCS Accepts, ITCS Call and ToC Special Issue for Rajeev Motwani I'd like to highlight one of the new FOCS papers, New Limits to Classical by...

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Transitions

On July 1 I officially move jobs from Northwestern to Georgia Tech, a change not just in location but in role as I become a department chair. I'm proud by what...

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Alan Turing (1912-1954)

Today we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Alan Turing, remembering his incredible life and mourning his tragic death. Alan Turing simply askedwebcast...

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Name My Book

As many of you know I have been working on a non-technical popular science book on the P versus NP for a general audience. The book is mostly finished but the biggest...

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Fortnoy's Complaint

During my daughter's 8th grade graduation last week, the teacher reading the names said "Molly Fortnoy...I mean Fortnow". I felt for Molly. When my name was first...

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Mihai P?tra?cu (1982-2012)

Mihai P?tra?cu passed away Tuesday after a bout with brain cancer. Even though he hadn't reached his 30th birthday, he had already produced a number of major achievements...

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Which Books to Keep?

Moving is an excuse to go through your possessions and weed out what you don't need anymore. Over my professional life I've collected two large bookcases full of...

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Theory Jobs 2012

The theoretical computer science job market has mostly settled so time for the annual spring jobs posts. I set up a Google Spreadsheet that everyone can edit so...

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STOC Business Meeting

Last night I ran my last STOC business meeting as SIGACT chair. It was a three-hour affair until the hotel staff kicked us out at midnight. Lots of highlights.online...

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G

The ACM announced the 2012 G

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Wall Street Complexity

There is much blame to go around for JPMorgan Chase's two billion dollar loss last week but part of that blame came back to us. In a New York Times web piece, ...

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Paying to Publish

You proved a nice theorem, wrote up the paper and submitted it to a major computer science conference. Your paper was accepted! Congratulations. Now pay up. An...

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Microsoft saves the Yahoo NY Researchers

I started working with David Pennock on prediction markets back when we both were at the NEC Research Institute in New Jersey a decade ago. After a major reorganization...
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