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Magazine: Winter 2018 | Volume 25, No. 2

Untangling hype and innovation

Navigating through the hype that surrounds machine learning

The evolution of augmented reality

How WACM prepares women for success

Ex-Googler Kiarash Asar on optimizing for passion

DEPARTMENT: Blogs

A world full of emojis

The XRDS blog highlights a range of topics from conference coverage, to security and privacy, to CS theory. Selected blog posts, edited for print, are featured in every issue. Please visit xrds.acm.org/blog to read each post in its entirety. If you are interested in joining as a student blogger, please contact us.

By Maria Gaci

HTML | In the Digital Library
Tags: History of computing, Human computer interaction (HCI), Keyboards, Text input

Giving birth to touch devices

SECTION: Features

Giving birth to touch devices

A finger swipe to control your device---what could be simpler? Yet bringing that simple concept to commercial success was anything but simple. Here's a story for those who seek to make an impact.

By George E. Gerpheide

HTML | In the Digital Library
Tags: History of hardware, Tactile and hand-based interfaces, Touch screens

Considering social factors in new technologies

Considering social factors in new technologies

New technologies that alter how we interact with other people come and go, creating new opportunities but also upending social norms. How should builders of new technologies consider the social implications of their systems?

By Amy X. Zhang

HTML | In the Digital Library
Tags: Collaborative and social computing, Internet communications tools

Why digital systems do not reach their full potential in organizations

Why digital systems do not reach their full potential in organizations

The continuous evolution of digital systems shaping the workplace and the optimizing of work processes is revolutionary. But despite decades of accumulated experience, there are still plenty of projects that fail completely or deliver unexpected and unacceptable results. This article discusses why problems with the digitalization of working life persist.

By Bent Sandblad, Thomas Lind

HTML | In the Digital Library
Tags: Agile software development, Interaction design process and methods, Project and people management

The benchtop human

The benchtop human

The artificial creation of human skin, tissue, and internal organs may sound like a futuristic dream but, incredibly, much of it is happening right now. In research facilities and hospitals around the world, scientists and medical researchers are using scanners and printers, traditionally reserved for auto design, model building, and product prototyping, to develop completely personalized treatments.

By Siddharth Kumar Sah, Soumya Jindal

HTML | In the Digital Library
Tags: Health care information systems, Medical technologies

Artificial intelligence technologies

Artificial intelligence technologies

Every year, the ACM Special Interest Group on Artificial Intelligence sponsors a student essay writing contest. This article presents a clear perspective on last year's winners, which represent a diverse collection of opinions on artificial intelligence.

By Johanna Schacht

HTML | In the Digital Library
Tags: Artificial intelligence, Codes of ethics, Computing in government, Self-organizing autonomic computing, Surveillance

Promises of the virtual museum

Promises of the virtual museum

Have we escaped the hype and death cycles that have plagued the history of virtual reality? In the last few years, as commercial virtual reality headsets and systems have become accessible, content developers, film festivals, and---most intriguing---galleries and museums are dipping their toes in the virtual pool.

By Jas Brooks

HTML | In the Digital Library
Tags: Fine arts, Virtual reality, Virtual worlds software

Florence Hudson

Personalizing health care

DEPARTMENT: Labz

Personalizing health care

Hugh Kaul personalized medicine institute, University of Alabama Birmingham

By Sepideh Maleki

HTML | In the Digital Library
Tags: Computing education programs, Life and medical sciences

The hype of big thinking