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Tim Harford
We Won’t Remember Much of What We Did in the Pandemic: 2020
"But I doubt I am alone in finding that my memory of the lockdown months is rather thin. No matter how many new people or old friends you talk to on Zoom or Skype, they all start to smear together because the physical context is monotonous: the conver..."

Dec 2020

Jill Lepore
If Then: How the Simulmatics Corporation Invented the Future: 2020
"The sun rises, the sun sets, and still no one ever really knows what will happen next. In a world of endless uncertainty, the forecasting of the future began with the very oldest human societies. The Greeks built a shrine to the Oracle of Delphi; the..."

Nov 2020

Andreas Jungherr, Gonzalo Rivero, and Daniel Gayo-Avello
Retooling Politics: 2020
"All over the world, politicians, campaigns, NGOs, activists, and citizens are using digital tools in politics. They use them to pursue needs that are as old as politics: How do I get the media to pay attention to me and what I say? How do I get my me..."

Oct 2020

Mordechai Ben-Ari
Computing Educators Oral History Project: 2008
"And I think if I had a piece of advice to give to students that if you really want to do something fun during your professional career, the best thing to do is learn computer science and something else. For example: computer science and physics, or c..."

Jul 2020

Janelle Shane
You Look Like a Thing and I Love You: 2019
"To spot an AI in the wild, it’s important to know the difference between machine learning algorithms (what we’re calling AI in this book) and traditional (what programmers call rules-based) programs. If you’ve ever done basic progra..."

Jun 2020

Rana el Kaliouby
Girl Decoded: 2020
"Computers are “smart” in that they were designed with an abundance of cognitive intelligence, or IQ. But they are totally lacking in EQ. Traditional computers are emotion blind: They don’t recognize or respond to emotion at all. Around tw..."

May 2020

Paul Hudak and Donya Quick
The Haskell School of Music: 2018
"Many computer scientists and mathematicians have a serious interest in music, and it seems that those with a strong affinity or acuity in one of these disciplines is often strong in the other as well. It is quite natural then to consider how the two ..."

Apr 2020

Dan Rockmore
"What Happens When Machines Learn to Write Poetry": 2020
"There are more resonances between programming and poetry than you might think. Computer science is an art form of words and punctuation, thoughtfully placed and goal-oriented, even if not necessarily deployed to evoke surprise or longing. Laid out on..."

Mar 2020

Adam Alter
Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked: 2017
"Half of the developed world is addicted to something, and for most people that something is behavior. We’re hooked on our phones and email and video games and TV and work and shopping and exercise and a long list of other experiences that exist..."

Feb 2020

Thomas Huckle & Tobias Neckel
Bits and Bugs: 2019
"At the end of the 20th century, many and much more severe incidents were expected leading to the breakdown of elevators, production facilities, account management systems, and other information management systems, but also affecting any kind of techn..."

Jan 2020

 
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