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Clean craftsmanship: disciplines, standards, and ethics
Martin R., Pearson, Columbus, OH, 2021. 416 pp.  Type: Book (978-0-136915-71-3), Reviews: (2 of 2)

At first, computer programming was reserved for highly skilled people. Over the decades, programming languages have become more and more user friendly, making them accessible to more people. Nowadays, several countries around the world are general...

Sep 26 2022
What every engineer and computer scientist should know: the biggest contributor to happiness
Picard R. Communications of the ACM 64(12): 40-42, 2021.  Type: Article

Obviously, people in this world go through periods of happiness and unhappiness. But do computer engineers and scientists really understand the factors that account for true happiness in daily life? Perhaps there are useful features fo...

Sep 19 2022
Computational thinking: a perspective on computer science
Xu Z., Zhang J., Springer International Publishing, Cham, Switzerland, 2021. 345 pp.  Type: Book (978-9-811638-47-3)

Most students taking an introductory computer science (CS) course often start with learning how to write programs in a high-level language. They learn how to analyze problems so that they can create procedures (that is, algorithms) to solve them, ...

Sep 12 2022
Big data 2.0 processing systems
Sakr S., Springer International Publishing, New York, NY, 2020. 164 pp.  Type: Book (978-3-030441-86-9)

This is a slightly expanded new edition of Sakr’s 2016 book. The first edition correctly assessed the trajectory of big data systems, including their initial success and future limits. This second edition adds a chapter on larg...

Sep 5 2022
Bringing Bayesian models to life
Hooten M., Hefley T., CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, 2019. 573 pp.  Type: Book (978-0-367198-48-0)

We are used to classical statistics, yet in many important contemporary applications, such as the estimation of parameters in machine learning, a second branch of statistics based on Bayesian methods is very attractive. Therefore, a bo...

Aug 29 2022
Mathematical foundations of big data analytics
Shikhman V., Müller D., Springer International Publishing, New York, NY, 2021. 288 pp.  Type: Book (978-3-662625-20-0), Reviews: (2 of 2)

Data science--and big data analytics as its most recent subdiscipline--is a fashionable research area and teaching subject. Many open-access libraries and source codes provide the opportunity to play with the availabl...

Aug 22 2022
Fifty years of P vs. NP and the possibility of the impossible
Fortnow L. Communications of the ACM 65(1): 76-85, 2022.  Type: Article

The P versus NP problem is one of the most fundamental and well-known unresolved questions in computer science. In comparison with the 2009 Communications article by the same author [1], the current survey is less about progress...

Aug 15 2022
Automation and autonomy: labour, capital and machines in the artificial intelligence industry
Steinhoff J., Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, Switzerland, 2021. 221 pp.  Type: Book (978-3-030716-88-2), Reviews: (2 of 2)

The three foundational components of Marxist philosophies of economics and politics are listed in the title of this book: labor, capital, and machines. They are all affected by the growth of artificial intelligence (AI) and, especially...

Aug 8 2022
Essential Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science
Lewis H., Zax R., PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS, USA, 2019. 388 pp.  Type: Book (978-0-691179-29-2)

The authors have brilliantly and solidly achieved their aim “to teach reasoning as well as concepts and skills,” with a breadth that characterizes the scope of today’s computing science. Although the targe...

Aug 1 2022
Artificial intelligence and Its discontents: critiques from the social sciences and humanities
Hanemaayer A., Palgrave Macmillan, New York, NY, 2022. 290 pp.  Type: Book (978-3-030886-14-1)

Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey opened in 1968, during a time when a general artificial intelligence (AI), embodied in the film’s HAL 9000 computer, was thought to be possible, if not achievable, by t...

Jul 25 2022
 
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