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Guidelines for human-AI interaction
Amershi S., Weld D., Vorvoreanu M., Fourney A., Nushi B., Collisson P., Suh J., Iqbal S., Bennett P., Inkpen K., Teevan J., Kikin-Gil R., Horvitz E.  CHI 2019 (Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Glasgow, UK,  May 4-9, 2019) 1-13, 2019. Type: Proceedings

From a human-computer interaction (HCI) perspective, the arrival of virtual assistants (for example, Alexa, Siri, Google Assistant, and Bixby) has led to a shift in interaction mode from visual to speech-based: instead of manipulating objects disp...

Jul 15 2019
The seven tools of causal inference, with reflections on machine learning
Pearl J.  Communications of the ACM 62(3): 54-60, 2019. Type: Article, Reviews: (2 of 2)

This is one of the most influential and eye-opening articles I’ve read in the last two or three years. The author, an ACM Turing Award recipient, makes clear distinctions between machine learning (ML), artificial intelligence (AI), and data ...

Jul 8 2019
New light through old windows: exploring contemporary science through 12 classic science fiction tales
Webb S.,  Springer International Publishing, New York, NY, 2019. 320 pp. Type: Book (978-3-030031-94-7)

Science fiction has often been prophetic--sometimes wrongly so, sometimes very much on point....

Jul 1 2019
Understanding image representations by measuring their equivariance and equivalence
Lenc K., Vedaldi A.  International Journal of Computer Vision 127(5): 456-476, 2019. Type: Article

As the number of artificial intelligence (AI)-based systems that support key aspects of our life, including health and security, increases exponentially, the demand for explainable AI has reached a peak in recent years. In the field of computer vi...

Jun 24 2019
Millions, billions, zillions: defending yourself in a world of too many numbers
Kernighan B.,  PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS, Princeton, NJ, 2018. 176 pp. Type: Book (978-0-691182-77-3)

This book is simultaneously entertaining, instructive (one might say educational), and worrying. After an (important) opening chapter, the author analyzes a statement from Newsweek that the US should tap into the Strategic Petroleum Reserve...

Jun 17 2019
Human-centered VR design: five essentials every engineer needs to know
Jerald J.  IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications 38(2): 15-21, 2018. Type: Article

When virtual reality (VR) is not pleasing to see and/or hear, users will remove their headsets or glasses. One main reason is that engineers don’t consider all human aspects of the VR experience when developing VR systems and applications. T...

Jun 10 2019
Searching for global employability: can students capitalize on enabling learning environments?
Isomöttönen V., Daniels M., Cajander Å., Pears A., Mcdermott R.  ACM Transactions on Computing Education (TOCE) 19(2): 1-29, 2019. Type: Article, Reviews: (2 of 2)

Today’s higher education systems need to produce graduates with global employability that exhibits creativity and innovation, that is, the ability to solve open-ended problems in different cultural settings, but also domain-specific skill se...

Jun 3 2019
How testing helps to diagnose proof failures
Petiot G., Kosmatov N., Botella B., Giorgetti A., Julliand J.  Formal Aspects of Computing 30(6): 629-657, 2018. Type: Article

Petiot et al. present testing software components that help optimize the effort of “applying deductive verification to formally prove that a [computer] program respects its formal specification.”...

May 28 2019
The discrete charm of the machine: why the world became digital
Steiglitz K.,  PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS, Princeton, NJ, 2019. 256 pp. Type: Book (978-0-691179-43-8)

Digital computers have found their way into every aspect of modern life. They are now essential for work and ubiquitous in leisure, and used from childhood to retirement age, through every stage of adult life. Although the number of digital comput...

May 20 2019
The human infrastructure of El Paquete, Cuba’s offline Internet
Dye M., Nemer D., Mangiameli J., Bruckman A., Kumar N.  interactions 26(1): 58-62, 2019. Type: Article

Cubans do not have online access to the Internet, nor instantaneous communication with people outside of Cuba. Even cellphone technology inside Cuba is limited. Responding to that void, an informal network of information workers has cobbled togeth...

May 13 2019
 
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