ACM XRDS

ACM XRDS XRDS is the ACM magazine for and by students, as well as a portal for information relevant to student members studying computer science and engineering.
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XRDS is published quarterly, both in print and online for ACM student members. The publication was previously named Crossroads and was founded in 1994. XRDS is edited and maintained voluntarily by students.

Mission: XRDS aims to provide readers with material that will stimulate, inform, and educate students of computing, along with helpful information about calls for papers, fellowships, grants, and other opportunities. Each issue highlights new and important research as well as interviews, roundtable discussions, and overviews. The magazine also features tutorials and advice.

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04/20/2020

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04/20/2020

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By Joseph Kakande, 2011 Marconi Society Young Scholar This post originally appears on the Marconi Society Blog. “Being s...
02/17/2020
How to Change a Career - XRDS

By Joseph Kakande, 2011 Marconi Society Young Scholar This post originally appears on the Marconi Society Blog. “Being selected as a Young Scholar and interacting with the Marconi Fellows is a constant source of inspiration for dreaming and doing big things.”Salman Baset, Recognized in 2008, CTO, IBM Security, IBM Blockchain Solutions “Becoming a Young Scholar has broadened my perspective on how my research benefits humanity. [ 609 more words ]
https://blog.xrds.acm.org/2020/02/marconi-society-young-scholar-award/

Marconi Prize Young Scholars are part of a cohort inventing tomorrow’s communications technology at leading companies, universities, and research labs.

The speed at which technology has been developed over the last century has exponentially grown. This statement is probab...
01/30/2020
Technological Addiction: A trend rooted in generational analysis? - XRDS

The speed at which technology has been developed over the last century has exponentially grown. This statement is probably the most evident in Moore's Law which states that the number of transistors on a computer chip doubles every two years [1]. In fact, advancements in technology have always been present throughout the history of mankind. However, is this influx of technology truly something that conveys the betterment of all mankind, or are there pitfalls that have yet to be discovered? [ 1,232 more word ]
https://blog.xrds.acm.org/2020/01/technological-addiction-a-trend-rooted-in-generational-analysis/

The speed at which technology has been developed over the last century has exponentially grown. This statement is probably the most evident in Moore’s Law which states that the number of transistors on a computer chip doubles every two years … Continue reading →

Being born in the late '70s, I did not grow up with a ton of technology around me. I learned how to communicate with oth...
01/23/2020
Information Age: Bridging or widening the digital divide? - XRDS

Being born in the late '70s, I did not grow up with a ton of technology around me. I learned how to communicate with others (although being an introvert this was most painful), make friends, play outside, find happiness in simple things; none of which required a lot of technical expertise, but that absolutely required collaborating with neighborhood kids or friends at school. [ 1,201 more word ]
https://blog.xrds.acm.org/2020/01/information-age-bridging-or-widening-the-digital-divide/

Being born in the late ’70s, I did not grow up with a ton of technology around me. I learned how to communicate with others (although being an introvert this was most painful), make friends, play outside, find happiness in … Continue reading →

Technology touches every aspect of our life in this day and age, from the moment we wake up to the time we go to bed. It...
01/16/2020
Technology in Our Life: Finding the right balance - XRDS

Technology touches every aspect of our life in this day and age, from the moment we wake up to the time we go to bed. It has become such an integral part of our life that even our homes are becoming smart homes. If we look around us, there is no part of our life where we do not use some form of technology. [ 1,102 more word ]
https://blog.xrds.acm.org/2020/01/technology-in-our-life-finding-the-right-balance/

Technology touches every aspect of our life in this day and age, from the moment we wake up to the time we go to bed. It has become such an integral part of our life that even our homes are … Continue reading →

In 1994, a gap in the online book-sales market was closed by a 30-year-old former hedge fund executive. Within five year...
01/10/2020
Navigating the Technology Bramble Patch: Users, cultivators, and masters - XRDS

In 1994, a gap in the online book-sales market was closed by a 30-year-old former hedge fund executive. Within five years, his site had expanded its offerings both to a greater market and to include other merchandise, such as software, toys, and home-improvement items [1]. Amazon.com also expanded as a service, allowing other online merchants to sell goods using its platform. [ 1,259 more word ]
https://blog.xrds.acm.org/2020/01/navigating-the-technology-bramble-patch-users-cultivators-and-masters/

In 1994, a gap in the online book-sales market was closed by a 30-year-old former hedge fund executive. Within five years, his site had expanded its offerings both to a greater market and to include other merchandise, such as software, … Continue reading →

🥳Congratulations to the four winners of our essay contest on "The Future of Everyday Life!" Click here to learn who won ...
01/06/2020
Winning Essays of ACM XRDS' Essay Contest on THE FUTURE OF EVERYDAY LIFE - XRDS

🥳Congratulations to the four winners of our essay contest on "The Future of Everyday Life!"

Click here to learn who won and when their essays will be posted: https://blog.xrds.acm.org/2020/01/winning-essays-of-acm-xrdss-essay-contest-on-the-future-of-everyday-life/

This year XRDS organized the 2019 ACM XRDS Essay Contest on THE FUTURE OF EVERYDAY LIFE. Given three topics to choose from—“Masters or Slaves of Technology?,” “On the Brink of Orwell’s ‘1984’ Vision?,” and “Digital Society – Including or Excluding?”— students were … Continu...

This year XRDS organized the 2019 ACM XRDS Essay Contest on THE FUTURE OF EVERYDAY LIFE. Given three topics to choose fr...
01/05/2020
Winning Essays of ACM XRDS's Essay Contest on THE FUTURE OF EVERYDAY LIFE - XRDS

This year XRDS organized the 2019 ACM XRDS Essay Contest on THE FUTURE OF EVERYDAY LIFE. Given three topics to choose from—“Masters or Slaves of Technology?,” “On the Brink of Orwell's '1984' Vision?,” and “Digital Society - Including or Excluding?” students were invited to submit a 1,000-word essay sharing their thoughts. In the coming weeks, the four winning essays will be published here. [ 126 more words ]
https://blog.xrds.acm.org/2020/01/winning-essays-of-acm-xrdss-essay-contest-on-the-future-of-everyday-life/

This year XRDS organized the 2019 ACM XRDS Essay Contest on THE FUTURE OF EVERYDAY LIFE. Given three topics to choose from—“Masters or Slaves of Technology?,” “On the Brink of Orwell’s ‘1984’ Vision?,” and “Digital Society – Including or Excluding?” students were … Continue r...

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01/03/2020
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As technologists, we know that we are creating systems that will impact the entire world. How can we help to empower *al...
12/12/2019

As technologists, we know that we are creating systems that will impact the entire world. How can we help to empower *all* our users to achieve better futures?

Read and reflect on "Global Cultures and Computing" in our Winter 2019 issue: https://xrds.acm.org/current-issue.cfm

🔥Attention students! Join Adam Paszke (pictured at left), the co-author & maintainer of PyTorch, for the Nov. 21 #ACMTec...
11/07/2019
PyTorch: A Modern Library for Machine Learning

🔥Attention students! Join Adam Paszke (pictured at left), the co-author & maintainer of PyTorch, for the Nov. 21 #ACMTechTalk "PyTorch: A Modern Library for Machine Learning." Erik Meijer (pictured at right) moderates.

Register at this link: http://bit.ly/2Np8IIa

Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 12:00 PM Eastern Standard Time. Machine learning is transforming entire fields, meaning that efficient inference is now becoming more important than ever. In this talk, Paszke will present the ideas underlying the Pytorch library and how it can utilized in the variety....

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10/07/2019

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✔️World at our fingertips

❌Battery range limits, security threats, sustainability issues ...

What does "The Future of Devices" still hold? Check out our Fall 2019 issue online at https://xrds.acm.org/current-issue.cfm

Do you have a thesis in mind for the 2019 ACM XRDS Essay Contest on THE FUTURE OF EVERYDAY LIFE? Submit your ~1000-word ...
09/10/2019

Do you have a thesis in mind for the 2019 ACM XRDS Essay Contest on THE FUTURE OF EVERYDAY LIFE?

Submit your ~1000-word essay on 1 of 3 topics (see below) to writingcontest[at]xrds.acm.org by October 20, 2019, 11:59pm ET. 📨

Please read the full list of details below 👇🏿

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Format and Eligibility

The ACM XRDS Essay Contest is open to all students of higher education. Essays should be submitted as pdf documents of any style with 900 to 1100 words via email to [email protected].

The deadline for submissions is October 20, 2019 11:59pm ET.

The authors certify with their submissions that they have followed the ACM publication policies on “Author Representations,” “Plagiarism” and “Criteria for Authorship” (http://www.acm.org/publications/policies/). Authors also certify with their submissions that they will transfer the copyright of winning essays to ACM.

Further, the following rules apply:

The topic of your submission should be “THE FUTURE OF EVERYDAY LIFE” with focus on a selected subtopic:
-- “Masters or Slaves of Technology?”,
-- “On the Brink of Orwell's '1984' Vision?” or
-- “Digital Society - Including or Excluding?”

Submissions should reflect the author's unaided work. Inspiration from other sources should be clearly marked, and proper attribution to the rightful author should be given. Failure to do so will result in disqualification.

Essays should be between 900 and 1100 words long. This includes the section titles, but not the references.
Articles should be written in good quality English, and checked for grammar or spelling mistakes.

The competition is open to anyone currently enrolled in higher education. This includes Bachelor-, Master-, and PhD-level students.
Your submission will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
-- Topic Relevance
-- Accuracy
-- Creativity / Originality
-- Structure
-- Depth of Insight
Your submission document must include your full name, email address, affiliation and education level.

Judges and Assessment Process

Entries will be judged by selected members of the XDRS editorial staff. All decisions by the judges are final. Judges are:
-- Johanna Schacht, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
-- Diane Golay, Uppsala University, Sweden
-- Darsh*t Patel, Pimpri Chinchwad College of Engineering, India
-- Judeth Choi, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Prizes

All winning essays will be published on the ACM XRDS blog. A summary article about the competition and the winning articles will be published in the XRDS spring 2020 issue.

ACM XRDS grants each of the four winners with a 45-minute video chat session with a leading researcher in the field of their essay. The winners will be sent an email with information about the chat session some weeks after the end of the contest. Fewer than four winners may be selected if the quality of the submitted essays is not up to XRDS standards.

Questions?

Please first check the ACM XRDS blog for announcements and clarifications: https://blog.xrds.acm.org/.

You can also contact the ACM XRDS Essay Contest Organizers at writingcontest[at]xrds.acm.org. — with ACM - Association for Computing Machinery.

It's time to reveal the 2019 ACM XRDS Essay Contest on THE FUTURE OF EVERYDAY LIFE! Win a video chat with a leading rese...
08/28/2019

It's time to reveal the 2019 ACM XRDS Essay Contest on THE FUTURE OF EVERYDAY LIFE! Win a video chat with a leading researcher in the field of your chosen topic. 🥇

Submit your ~1000-word essay on 1 of 3 topics (see below) to writingcontest[at]xrds.acm.org by October 20, 2019, 11:59pm ET. 📨

Interested? Please read the full list of details below 👇🏿

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Format and Eligibility

The ACM XRDS Essay Contest is open to all students of higher education. Essays should be submitted as pdf documents of any style with 900 to 1100 words via email to [email protected].

The deadline for submissions is October 20, 2019 11:59pm ET.

The authors certify with their submissions that they have followed the ACM publication policies on “Author Representations,” “Plagiarism” and “Criteria for Authorship” (http://www.acm.org/publications/policies/). Authors also certify with their submissions that they will transfer the copyright of winning essays to ACM.

Further, the following rules apply:

The topic of your submission should be “THE FUTURE OF EVERYDAY LIFE” with focus on a selected subtopic:
-- “Masters or Slaves of Technology?”,
-- “On the Brink of Orwell's '1984' Vision?” or
-- “Digital Society - Including or Excluding?”

Submissions should reflect the author's unaided work. Inspiration from other sources should be clearly marked, and proper attribution to the rightful author should be given. Failure to do so will result in disqualification.

Essays should be between 900 and 1100 words long. This includes the section titles, but not the references.
Articles should be written in good quality English, and checked for grammar or spelling mistakes.

The competition is open to anyone currently enrolled in higher education. This includes Bachelor-, Master-, and PhD-level students.
Your submission will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
-- Topic Relevance
-- Accuracy
-- Creativity / Originality
-- Structure
-- Depth of Insight
Your submission document must include your full name, email address, affiliation and education level.

Judges and Assessment Process

Entries will be judged by selected members of the XDRS editorial staff. All decisions by the judges are final. Judges are:
-- Johanna Schacht, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
-- Diane Golay, Uppsala University, Sweden
-- Darsh*t Patel, Pimpri Chinchwad College of Engineering, India
-- Judeth Choi, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Prizes

All winning essays will be published on the ACM XRDS blog. A summary article about the competition and the winning articles will be published in the XRDS spring 2020 issue.

ACM XRDS grants each of the four winners with a 45-minute video chat session with a leading researcher in the field of their essay. The winners will be sent an email with information about the chat session some weeks after the end of the contest. Fewer than four winners may be selected if the quality of the submitted essays is not up to XRDS standards.

Questions?

Please first check the ACM XRDS blog for announcements and clarifications: https://blog.xrds.acm.org/.

You can also contact the ACM XRDS Essay Contest Organizers at writingcontest[at]xrds.acm.org.

Coming up soon: Our new ACM XRDS Essay Contest! Topic: THE FUTURE OF EVERYDAY LIFE. Essay length: 1000 words.Prizes incl...
08/02/2019

Coming up soon: Our new ACM XRDS Essay Contest!

Topic: THE FUTURE OF EVERYDAY LIFE.
Essay length: 1000 words.
Prizes include: A video chat with a leading researcher in your field.

Watch this space for details!

More than ever, computer scientists are helping to shape the future of sports as a platform for entertainment, competiti...
07/15/2019

More than ever, computer scientists are helping to shape the future of sports as a platform for entertainment, competition, education, and well-being. Are you one of them? Let us know in the comments!

Check out our newest issue on Computer Science and Sports online at this link: https://xrds.acm.org/current-issue.cfm

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04/23/2019

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It is hard to escape the current buzz on artificial intelligence (AI) - defined in this issue as a “technological, data-...
04/23/2019

It is hard to escape the current buzz on artificial intelligence (AI) - defined in this issue as a “technological, data-driven system designed to embody human-like cognitive capabilities.” As these AI systems proliferate into everyday life, we (the builders of such technologies) are responsible for making sure we have policies and infrastructures in place to mitigate their unintended consequences. What do we do when an AI system makes a questionable, inappropriate, or unethical choice? How can we explain what led to its decision? Who is accountable? We explore these issues in the current issue.

➡️Online at this URL: https://xrds.acm.org/current-issue.cfm

XRDS is the ACM magazine for and by students, as well as a portal for information relevant to student members studying computer science and engineering.

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03/19/2019
Call for Code

Software developers have the power to save lives. Check out this link to learn more about how to enter & get visibility for your work in the 2019 #CallforCode Global Challenge.

Save the date! Submissions for the 2019 #CallforCode Global Challenge open on March 25th! Follow this link for more information on submission requirements and this year’s scope! https://callforcode.org/challenge/

Want to help us tell the stories of our field? Contribute to our new series: Humans of Computer Science. xrds.acm.org/ge...
02/26/2019

Want to help us tell the stories of our field? Contribute to our new series: Humans of Computer Science. xrds.acm.org/getfeatured.cfm

🚨Attention students! XRDS will soon close our search for 1 Digital Content Editor and for 2 Department Editors. 🚨Want to...
02/06/2019
XRDS Seeking Student Editors

🚨Attention students! XRDS will soon close our search for 1 Digital Content Editor and for 2 Department Editors. 🚨

Want to join us? Check out the details here:
https://xrds.acm.org/volunteer.cfm

Seeking volunteer editors for XRDS, ACM’s student publication. XRDS is a quarterly, print magazine for students by students interested in computer science and technology.

Check your mailboxes for our Winter 2019 issue, "Hype v. Innovation"! 🦄How can we sort through the many claims made abou...
01/28/2019

Check your mailboxes for our Winter 2019 issue, "Hype v. Innovation"! 🦄

How can we sort through the many claims made about machine learning, augmented reality, and other hype-heavy tech? Read our thoughts and let us know yours.

➡️Online at this URL: https://xrds.acm.org/current-issue.cfm

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“Global Cultures and Computing” - our Winter 2019 issue

Unlike the human fingerprint, which is immutable and unique to each individual, technology has a print that does not hold constant. It continually evolves based on the culture and context of its application. The application of technology can reflect the ethos of its users in the context that it is situated.

In this winter issue, we showcase the unique appropriation of technology by computer scientists, academics, and engineers within different cultural contexts. Our goal is to give credence to the unique influence of cultural perspectives on technology use. This collection of articles is an invitation for XRDS readers to take a critical glance at the everyday experiences that exist around us all.

➡️Online at this URL: https://xrds.acm.org/current-issue.cfm

XRDS is the ACM magazine for and by students, as well as a portal for information relevant to student members studying computer science and engineering.

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