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AI Ethics: A Call to Faculty

To say that AI, today, is a technical discipline is entirely naive: it is a social, worldwide experiment. Our tools have teeth that cut into the everyday lives of all, and this leaves a collection of engineers and scientists in the awkward position of having far more impact on the future than is their due.
…But AI ethics is not the science of ethics, but rather shorthand for the notion of applying ethical considerations to issues surfaced by AI technologies: surveillance, information ownership, privacy, emotional manipulation, agency, autonomous military operations, and so forth.

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Safe Systems Programming in Rust

In this article, we begin by giving the reader a bird’s-eye view of the Rust programming language, with an emphasis on some of the essential features of Rust that set it apart from its contemporaries. Second, we describe the initial progress made in the RustBelt project, an ongoing project funded by the European Research Council (ERC), whose goal is to provide the first formal (and machine-checked) foundations for the safety claims of Rust. In so doing, we hope to inspire other members of the computer science research community to start paying closer attention to Rust and to help contribute to the development of this groundbreaking language.

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When Hackers Were Heroes

What was exceptional about MIT was not that it had a computer or that unkempt programmers were devising impressive tricks. It was that MIT had enough computers that a couple of surplus machines could be left out for members of the community to play with.

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Battery Day

Batteries are a part of everyday life; without them, the world would be a much different place. Your cellphone, flashlight, tablet, laptops, drones, cars, and other devices would not be portable and operational without batteries.

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