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How Do We Learn Languages?

Aaron Schlossberg’s anti-Spanish rant is darkly amusing in its naivety, shocking it is explicitness.  Would I have been subject to the same treatment if found speaking English in a restaurant in Spain?  388 more words

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Google AI and the Turing Test

Alan Turing was a renowned mathematician in Britain, and during WW 2 worked at Bletchley Park in cryptography.  He was an early computer pioneer, and today is probably best known for the Turing Test, a way of distinguishing between computers and humans (hypothetical at the time). 512 more words

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Why Are We Here With Uber?

An interesting study by CNN points out that over 100 Uber drivers have been accused of rape or sexual assault.  Perhaps many more have done so, but CNN has attempted to match reports with actions.  311 more words

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Don’t Break Things

The mantra in tech over the last several years has been “Move fast and break things.”  That culture has been manifested by headliners Uber and Facebook, as well as by countless Silicon Valley startups eager to deliver on what they know for sure is a winning strategy. 439 more words

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Lena, Fabio, and the Mess of Computer Science

The book Brotopia opens with a description of Lena, the November 1972 Playboy centerfold whose photo by chance was used in early research into image processing algorithms at USC.  470 more words

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One Experience of a Lifetime

Last month, I ran in a race called Gateway to Space.  It was executed on the Space Shuttle runway (known as the NASA Shuttle Landing Facility, because the Space Shuttles never took off horizontally) at Cape Canaveral, Florida. 239 more words

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About Computer Science and Responsibility

Are we prepared to take on the responsibility of the consequences of our code?  That is clearly a loaded question.  Both individual programmers and their employers use all manner of code to gain a personal, financial, business, or wartime advantage.  608 more words

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