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Algorithmic Driving

In my post last week, my commentors took me to task on my prediction that cars will drive us in ten years. Some thought Americans would wise up and learn to love...

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A Great Time to be a Computer Scientist

Ask your friends if they'll be driving an electric car in ten years. The answer: No, cars will be driving us. Today is the 105th anniversary of the birth of computing...

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Probability

On Saturday, Terrence Fine gave a talk on probability at a workshop at Northwestern. Before the talk he asked who thought probability was subjective (an individual's...

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The Death of Complexity Classes?

In the 2011 Complexity proceedings there are three papers that analyze complexity classes, Ryan Williams' great paper on ACC, Russell Impagliazzo's paper on average...

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The Jobs Bio

I just finished the Walter Isaacson biography of Steve Jobs. Seems like everyone in the blogosphere has analyzed every sentence in the book, so I won't do that....

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Short Bits

Because some things are too long to tweet and too short for their own blog post. What's the algorithm for the perfect sushi? Enjoy it with some cool refreshing...

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Penn State

Take the state of Pennsylvania and draw the two diagonals. Where they cross is the small town of State College, home of the Pennsylvania State University. I first...

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Making Money the (Computationally) Hard Way

Digital cash systems have come and gone but Bitcoin seems to be doing okay. By request I am giving a lecture about Bitcoin in my crypto class. Most of the material...

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The Annual Fall Jobs Post

For these looking for an academic job in computer science next year, best to start on the jobs pages of the CRA and the ACM. Both lists seem long this year, perhaps...

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Journals

What is the purpose of an academic journal? To provide a permanent vetted record of a specific research endeavor. The ways we communicate scientific research...

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The Digital Random Bit Generator

I started this month asking about the nature of randomness and how we generate it for our computers. Let me end the month talking about Intel's clever new digital...

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John McCarthy (1927-2011)

First Steve and then Dennis and now we have the death of a third computing pioneer this month. John McCarthy passed away earlier this week at the age of 84. McCarthy...

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Typecasting Again

Lance: Welcome to our second typecast on the last full day of Dagstuhl. I may not see Bill for a while so we'd thought we'd get in one more chat before we go our...
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