Accomplishments

Farm Automation Gets Smarter

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An interview-based news report about how automation is coming to large farm machinery (such as tractors) worldwide.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article, News
October, 2016
1600 words

Computer Science, Math Laureates Convene in Heidelberg

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An online report on the Heidelberg Laureate Forum, which gathers recipients of the world’s most prestigious math and computer science awards (Turing, Fields, Abel, Nevanlinna) with 200 advanced young researchers. Includes two original photos.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article, News
September, 2016
750 words

When Computers Are The Hackers

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Coverage of DARPA’s Cyber Grand Challenge, a competition in Las Vegas where seven teams trained computers to hack each other for over three million dollars in prizes. Here’s the video I produced at this event.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article, News
August, 2016
750 words

Drones Too Complicated? We’ll Take Care of That

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An article about “drones as a service”: companies that offer to fly drones for various purposes on an as-needed basis.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article
June, 2016
850 words

Can Chatbots Think Before They Talk?

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An article about recent developments in computer programs that mimic human conversation (“chatbots”), particularly the use of modern artificial intelligence techniques to improve their discourse.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article
April, 2016
750 words

Rich Data, Poor Fields

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An article about use of digital resources and mobile devices to improve crops worldwide.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article
February, 2016
1500 words

In Privacy Law, It’s the U.S. vs. the World

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An article about the special position of the United States in internet privacy law, a topic under special scrutiny after the revelations of Edward Snowden.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article
January, 2016
1600 words

Mental Health Apps Listen and Guide

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An article about apps that attempt to discern when their users exhibit signs of depression, mania, and other mental issues.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article
September, 2015
1000 words

The Filter Bubble: Is It Real? Does It Matter?

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An article reviewing whether search engines et al. isolate us from unusual ideas and beliefs through a “filter bubble”.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article
June, 2015
950 words

Car Talk

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Article about vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication, touching on vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) efforts, government involvement, and models that feature V2V technologies.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article
February, 2015
1700 words

Energy Harvesting Extends Life of Small Devices

Article as it appeared on the web

Article about using power gathered from radio waves, heat, and motion to power small devices such as sensors and cell phones.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article, Online
January, 2015
850 words

Boot Camps Promise PhDs Fast Track to a Data Science Career

Article as it appeared on the web

Ph.D.s: Want a month of all-expenses-paid training, with a six-figure job waiting for you when you’re done? That’s what a new crop of “data-science boot camps” offer — for those who qualify. (Online-only article.)

Association for Computing Machinery
Article, Online
October, 2014
1000 words

Waiting for the Smart Grid

Article as it appeared on the web

The “smart” electric grid has held great promise for 15 years, but it’s not always been clear how deeply it’s penetrated our infrastructure — or what benefits it’s delivered. This article summarizes the current state of smart-grid technology, who’s implemented it, and where improvements are likely to appear. Online only.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article, Online
October, 2014
1000 words

Computing’s Narrow Focus May Hinder Women’s Participation

Article as it appeared on the web

I was afraid to work on this article about the gender gap in computing because it’s a topic surrounded by dogma, strong feelings, and poorly conceived statistics. As a result, most coverage on it is timid and shallow. But I think the hours of interviewing and research paid off. I’m happy with how it turned out. Online-only.

It’s gotten lots of coverage:

Association for Computing Machinery
Article, Online
August, 2014
1000 words

Drupal in Context column: Handrails for Everybody

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A column for Volume 4, Issue 1 of “Drupal Watchdog”, the print magazine distributed at the semi-annual DrupalCon. It discusses the importance of an “easy entry” to technology, and the struggles Drupal has experienced in that regard.

Tag 1 Publishing
Article
June, 2014
750 words

The Forever Disc

Article as it appears in CACM's digital library

An article in the May 2014 issue of CACM about data storage for very long times, e.g. a million years.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article
April, 2014
2000 words

Buried Ghosts: What Lies Below a Paradise Lost

Article as it appeared on the web

A short elegy to rust-belt towns, as told through the decay of buildings and bodies.

Belt Magazine
Article
April, 2014
450 words

How Do You Feel? Your Computer Knows (article)

Article as it appeared on the web, Article as it appeared in print

An article in the January 2014 issue of CACM about “affective computing”, which enables your computing device to perceive react to your emotions and moods.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article
December, 2013
1900 words

Welcome to Lower Self-Worthington (commentary)

Article as it appeared on the web

My first article for Belt Magazine, “an online magazine devoted to long-form journalism, essay, and commentary with a distinctly Rust Belt sensibility”. It examines why locals seemed to warn me away by asking, “Why would anyone move here?” Four of my photographs were also featured.

Belt Magazine
Article
December, 2013
1400 words

Raising Money the Old-Fashioned Way

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“Crowdfunding for technology gains traction” — an online-only article covering technology funding venues including Fundable, Gittip, Bountysource, and others, with commentary from various players including Eric S. Raymond and the National Crowdfunding Association.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article
October, 2013
1100 words

Making the Internet Safe for Gadgets (article)

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An article for CACM about competing technologies to repurpose the Internet’s host-centric architecture so it’s more appropriate for small, often-mobile devices.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article
September, 2013
1800 words

Drupal in Context column: Does Coding Matter?

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A column for Volume 3, Issue 2 of “Drupal Watchdog”, the print magazine distributed at the semi-annual DrupalCon. This one describes how to get Drupal to do what you want, despite having no knowledge of Drupal’s main languages, PHP and JavaScript.

Tag 1 Publishing
Article
September, 2013
600 words

Collect Yourself Before You Forget Yourself

Article as it appeared on the web

An article for CACM online about lifelogging, touching on the related subjects of veillance and “the quantified self”.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article
July, 2013
1200 words

Five Predictions for (Bit)coin

Screenshot of Slashdot article about (Bit)coin

My guesses for the future of this popular cryptocurrency.

Slashdot
Article
June, 2013
1300 words

Regulators ask: What is Bitcoin?

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An article about legal challenges to the decentralized virtual currency Bitcoin, specifically on how the question of its definition affects its place in law.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article
May, 2013
900 words

Drupal in Context column: “Getting Help”

Article as it appeared in print

A column for Issue #5 of “Drupal Watchdog”, a print magazine distributed at DrupalCon Portland.

Tag 1 Publishing
Article
April, 2013
500 words

Exascale Enthusiasm Escalates

Screenshot of CACM article about exascale computing popularity

A very short report on the popularity of exascale computing at the International Supercomputing Conference 2012.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article
January, 2013
200 words

Book Review: “Terrible Nerd”

Screenshot of my Slashdot book review of "Terrible Nerd"

A review of the book by Kevin Savetz. (I liked it.)

Slashdot
Article
December, 2012
1000 words

Control without Controllers

Screenshot of CACM article about the Touché sensor project

A feature article about Disney’s Touché sensor project, which explores new ways of controlling electronics with touch.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article
November, 2012
1500 words

The Future of Free Speech Online

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A very brief article about whether survey respondents believe that technology companies in the democratic West will increasingly help repressive governments.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article
September, 2012
300 words