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June 2022


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Semiconductor Dependency Imperils American Security

Semiconductor Dependency Imperils American Security

The U.S. Innovation and Competition Act is only the first step in preventing Chinese dominance.


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The Computer Scientist Who Parlays Failures into Breakthroughs

The Computer Scientist Who Parlays Failures into Breakthroughs

An interview with Yale University Sterling Professor of Computer Science Daniel Spielman.


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Intro to Model-Free and Model-Based Reinforcement Learning

Intro to Model-Free and Model-Based Reinforcement Learning

Neuroscientist and author Daeyeol Lee talks reinforcement learning in humans and animals, AI and natural intelligence, and more.


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Testing in Python with pytest

Testing in Python with pytest

Software engineer discusses the popularity and use of pytest for Python testing.


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Musk Will Take Questions from Twitter Employees—Twitter Should Answer His

Musk Will Take Questions from Twitter Employees—Twitter Should Answer His

The company risks losing the trust of users and investors if it does not tackle the issue of bots, spam, and fake accounts.


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Crypto Is Crashing Again but Blockchain Will Survive

Crypto Is Crashing Again but Blockchain Will Survive

The practical, real-world work of developing blockchain technology will keep on going, independent of market histrionics.


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'Sentience' Is the Wrong Discussion to Have on AI Right Now

'Sentience' Is the Wrong Discussion to Have on AI Right Now

A more important conversation would be one about human compatibility and trust.


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Google's 'Sentient' Chatbot Is Our Self-Deceiving Future

Google's 'Sentient' Chatbot Is Our Self-Deceiving Future

The next generation of AI will put the pathetic fallacy on steroids.


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Science Needs to Shrink Its Carbon Footprint

Science Needs to Shrink Its Carbon Footprint

Greenhouse gas emissions from research damage the climate.


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Human-Like Programs Abuse Our Empathy

Human-Like Programs Abuse Our Empathy

It is easy to be fooled by the mimicry, but consumers need transparency about how such systems are used.


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It's Time for AI to Retire the Turing Test

It's Time for AI to Retire the Turing Test

The Turing Test's most troubling legacy is an ethical one: It is fundamentally about deception.


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'AI Is Invisible'

'AI Is Invisible'

Wendy Hall, computer scientist and acting chair of the AI Council, talks about challenging perceptions around AI.


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Why Are So Many Big Tech Whistleblowers Women?

Why Are So Many Big Tech Whistleblowers Women?

Here is what the research shows.


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Lina Khan, a Big Tech Critic, Tries Answering Detractors

Lina Khan, a Big Tech Critic, Tries Answering Detractors

In an interview, the FTC chair lays out some of her plans now that she has a Democratic majority at the agency.


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How Smarter AI Will Change Creativity

How Smarter AI Will Change Creativity

The promise and perils of a breakthrough in machine intelligence.


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Why Robots Need to See

Why Robots Need to See

Cameras and vision-based perception will increasingly serve as the technological underpinning for mobile robots going forward.


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AI Is Ushering In a New Scientific Revolution

AI Is Ushering In a New Scientific Revolution

AI is transforming the scientific process, automating and adding to what people can accomplish using it.


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Teaching Robots to Help People in Their Everyday Lives

Teaching Robots to Help People in Their Everyday Lives

An interview with Max Braun of Everyday Robots.


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Political Affiliation Influences Our Fear of Data Collection

Political Affiliation Influences Our Fear of Data Collection

It's not government Americans don't trust with their data; it's the opposite political party.


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Why Science Needs More Research Software Engineers

Why Science Needs More Research Software Engineers

Ten years after their profession got its name, research software engineers seek to swell their ranks.


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Artificial General Intelligence Is Not as Imminent as You Might Think

Artificial General Intelligence Is Not as Imminent as You Might Think

A close look reveals that the newest systems, including DeepMind's much-hyped Gato, are still stymied by the same old problems.


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Democracy Deserves Better Algorithms

Democracy Deserves Better Algorithms

Big Tech could deploy any number of solutions to slow the spread of disinformation, with the most promising being to fix the algorithms.


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What Is So Great about Quantum Computing?

What Is So Great about Quantum Computing?

A Q&A with NIST theorist Alexey Gorshkov.


From Communications of the ACM

Involvement and Detachment

Involvement and Detachment

How detachment from your community blocks your success at leading innovations, and what to do about it.


From Communications of the ACM

Toward Total-System Trustworthiness

Toward Total-System Trustworthiness

Considering how to achieve the long-term goal to systemically reduce risks.


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The Planning and Care of Data

The Planning and Care of Data

Rearranging buckets for no good reason.


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Our House Is On Fire

Our House Is On Fire

The climate emergency and computing's responsibility.

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