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October 2021


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'Small Data' Is Also Crucial for Machine Learning

'Small Data' Is Also Crucial for Machine Learning

The most promising AI approach you've never heard of doesn't need to go big


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The Facebook Whistleblower Won't Change Anything

The Facebook Whistleblower Won't Change Anything

Whistleblowing keeps the limelight on one person instead of the movements already doing the work.


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Facebook Whistleblower Sophie Zhang Has a Message for the Tech Press, Too

 Facebook Whistleblower Sophie Zhang Has a Message for the Tech Press, Too

Zhang came forward with allegations against Facebook long before Frances Haugen, so why has it taken so long for people to listen?


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Facebook Uses Deceptive Math to Hide Its Hate Speech Problem

Facebook Uses Deceptive Math to Hide Its Hate Speech Problem

The company claims its AI is amazing at removing harmful content, but internal documents suggest the algorithm is ineffective


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Pentagon Wants AI to Predict Events Before They Occur

Pentagon Wants AI to Predict Events Before They Occur

AI-enabled platforms are expected to offer strategic warning of adversarial actions prior to any irreversible moves having been made


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Meta Learning and Model-Based Reinforcement Learning

Meta Learning and Model-Based Reinforcement Learning

Stanford professor Chelsea Finn talks about robotics and meta learning research


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How Congress' Parade of Tech Hearings Totally Lost the Plot

How Congress' Parade of Tech Hearings Totally Lost the Plot

Political theater has replaced anything resembling achievement


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Why Robots Should Fear Death as Much as We Do

Why Robots Should Fear Death as Much as We Do

To gain full artificial general intelligence, perhaps machines need to fear their own mortality


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The FDA Should Better Regulate Medical Algorithms

The FDA Should Better Regulate Medical Algorithms

Most do not require the agency's approval, and those that do often don't require clinical trial


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Which Crypto Platform Will Rule Them All?

Which Crypto Platform Will Rule Them All?

Can Ethereum remain the crypto platform of choice for developers?


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Instagram Isn't the Only Social Media That's Hurting Girls

Instagram Isn't the Only Social Media That's Hurting Girls

Researchers and reporters have been documenting social media's harmful effects on kids prior to whistleblower Frances Haugen's testimony


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Americans Need a Bill of Rights for an AI-Powered World

Americans Need a Bill of Rights for an AI-Powered World

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is developing principles to guard against powerful technologies—with input from the public


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Supersized AIs: Are Truly Intelligent Machines Just a Matter of Scale?

Supersized AIs: Are Truly Intelligent Machines Just a Matter of Scale?

Gigantic neural networks that write with remarkable fluency have led to suggestions that scaling up will usher in ultimately true machine intelligence


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The DOJ Wants Companies to Admit Their Cybersecurity Problems

The DOJ Wants Companies to Admit Their Cybersecurity Problems

Agency plans to use Civil War-era "Lincoln Law" to enforce cybersecurity disclosure


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The Challenges of Regulating Cryptocurrency

The Challenges of Regulating Cryptocurrency

The S.E.C. has yet to set clear rules on cryptocurrencies, leaving the industry guessing. Maybe that's how the agency wants it.


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Will the Cloud Eat Your AI?

Will the Cloud Eat Your AI?

Big cloud providers have a lot going for them when it comes to AI, but are they the only game in town?


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Facebook Can't Be Saved

Facebook Can't Be Saved

Whistleblower Frances Haugen told senators that Facebook shouldn't be broken up, but its problems are a direct consequence of its size.


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It's Time to Stop Paying for a VPN

It's Time to Stop Paying for a VPN

Many services meant to protect your Web browsing can no longer be trusted


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Losing Facebook Is Bad, but Losing WhatsApp Is Worse

 Losing Facebook Is Bad, but Losing WhatsApp Is Worse

What happens when you lose the encrypted messaging app everyone uses?


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Amazon Should Invent With Care

Amazon Should Invent With Care

Amazon's spirit of invention is refreshing, but technologists must think through the consequences.


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Big Tech's Congressional Circus Rolls On

Big Tech's Congressional Circus Rolls On

The Congressional response to Big Tech continues to underwhelm


From Communications of the ACM

Section 230 and a Tragedy of the Commons

Section 230 and a Tragedy of the Commons

The dilemma of social media platforms.


From Communications of the ACM

Broadening Participation by Teaching Accessibility

Broadening Participation by Teaching Accessibility

Strategies for incorporating accessibility into computing education.


From Communications of the ACM

Remaining Connected Throughout Design

Remaining Connected Throughout Design

Applying the unique experiences of designing technologies for vulnerable communities.


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Divide and Conquer

Divide and Conquer

The use and limits of bisection.


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Competitive Compatibility: Let's Fix the Internet, Not the Tech Giants

Competitive Compatibility

Seeking to make Big Tech less central to the Internet.


From Communications of the ACM

AI Futures: Fact and Fantasy

AI Futures

Three books offer varied perspectives on the ascendancy of artificial intelligence.

Blog at CACM
Not Worth a Thousand Words
Not Worth a Thousand Words
10.12.2021

Pictures are no substitute for substance.

Language Imitation Games and the Arrival of Broad and Shallow AI
Language Imitation Games and the Arrival of Broad and Shallow AI
10.07.2021

On the impact of large language models.

Computers Were Originally Humans
Computers Were Originally Humans
10.07.2021

Until the middle of the 20th century, computers were in fact humans who performed calculations.

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