The Glass Cage: 2014
"“We are brothers and sisters of our machines,” the technology historian George Dyson once remarked. Sibling relations are notoriously fraught, and so it is with our technological kin. We love our machines--not just because they’..."
Vili Lehdonvirta and Edward Castronova
Virtual Economies: Design and Analysis: 2014
"Scarcity is a central concept in economics. It means that something exists in a lesser quantity than would be required to satisfy all desire for it. … In the digital world, things seem different. Bits are not scarce: information can be duplicated ind..."
McKinsey & Company: 2009
"I keep saying the sexy job in the next ten years will be statisticians. People think I’m joking, but who would’ve guessed that computer engineers would’ve been the sexy job of the 1990s? The ability to take data—to be able to unders..."
Three Questions for Leslie Lamport, Winner of Computing’s Top Prize: 2014
"People seem to equate programming with coding, and that’s a problem. Before you code, you should understand what you’re doing. If you don’t write down what you’re doing, you don’t know whether you understand it, and you probably don..."
Stephen Hawking, Stuart Russell, Max Tegmark, and Frank Wilczek
Transcending complacency on superintelligent machines: 2014
"Artificial intelligence (AI) research is now progressing rapidly. Recent landmarks such as self-driving cars, a computer winning at Jeopardy!, and the digital personal assistants Siri, Google Now and Cortana are merely symptoms of an IT arms race fue..."
Neil deGrasse Tyson
The Colbert Report: 2014
"Once science has been established, once a scientific truth emerges from a consensus of experiments and observations, it is the way of the world. [...] What I’m saying is, when different experiments give you the same result, it is no longer subj..."
The Joy of Teaching Computer Science in the Age of Facebook: 2014
"Students who take computer science classes are more aware of the uses of computing. When I was a kid, the average person didn’t have a computer in their house, and there certainly was no Internet browsing. Now, it’s such an integral part of wha..."
Recoding Gender: 2012
"Employed as technical experts from the very beginnings of digital computing, women were inventing careers and professional identities at the same time that the field itself took shape. Their stories illustrate the power but also the mutability of gen..."
Interview in the "People of ACM" bulletin: 2014
"Generally, the best way to make a difference is to think carefully about what to work on. I spend a lot of time thinking about what to work on next. If a project looks like it is going to fail or like it won’t have much impact, I drop it and devote m..."
The Technical and Social History of Software Engineering: 2014
"A group of computer engineers meeting in New York at Columbia University on September 15, 1947, decided to form the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), which is an important business association of computer manufacturers. This organization has..."