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  • Blog Post: What Is Computer Science All About

    One of the big questions that comes up time and again is “what is computer science all about?” Get a bunch of computer science people in a room and you’ll get almost as many answers as there are computer science people.I don’t have what I think of as a great answer myself. Since...
  • Blog Post: What Does Watson Mean?

    Researchers at and working with IBM have created a computer and software that played and beat the best human players of the TV game show Jeopardy. This is an event that raised a lot of questions. For computer scientists it raises question along the lines of “how does it work?” and “How is this work applicable...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links November 16 2009

    Early in the week last week the @ tcea Twitter account tweeted (Twittered?) "They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel." Anonymous That has sort of been my thought for the week. How do we make our students feel? Our peers feel? Other people we interact...
  • Blog Post: Who’s Afraid of Smart Machines?

    On top of the discussion about robo-ethicists wanting to revisit Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics I saw several pointers to a New York Times article called Scientists Worry Machines May Outsmart Man . Will we have thinking machines that are self-aware and smarter than humans? One of the famous papers...
  • Blog Post: Ethical Killing Machines?

    If you’ve been paying attention to the news lately one of the things you hear about are machines on the battle field – or above it. For the most part these machines are controlled remotely by people who make the actual decision to “fire” or not . But increasingly there is interest in machines, call them...
  • Blog Post: Reality Check: Laws of Identity

    Kim Cameron is one of the top experts on identity and personal information management in the world. He may be best known for his Laws of Identity . Over at the Identity Blog he has listed these laws in easy to understand English . They are also listed below: People using computers should be...
  • Blog Post: Reality Check: Teaching Students About Intellectual Property Rights

    More and more computer science programs are including units on ethical and legal issues. Perhaps one of the most controversial issues involving computer technology these days is that of intellectual property (IP). One of the problems is that young people (and many older people) really don't understand...
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