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.

Video for “A Fistful of Bitcoins”

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An interview with Sarah Meiklejohn, lead author of a paper that describes how she and her colleagues unmasked some bitcoin owners, despite the common belief that bitcoin is anonymous.

David A. Shamma

The video is really great! We loved the framing and were clapping in the lab earlier today when we first caught wind of it.

Video for “Spatial Computing”

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An interview with Shashi Shekhar at the University of Minnesota, as he describes challenges and opportunities from computing relationships in the spaces of our real world.

Video for “What Makes Paris Look Like Paris”

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An interview with Carl Doersch about his paper, which shows how Google Street View images can be deconstructed to extract a city’s characteristic features. Shot at at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

Video for “Information Cartography”

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Interviews with Carlos Guestrin and Eric Horvitz, who join Dafna Shahaf in a project to map and connect information much as a metro map visualizes a city subway. Shot in Seattle and Redmond, Washington.

Benoit Valiron

I saw the video you set up [of my work], and it is really great! All the people who saw it found it particularly pedagogical in explaining
the reasons why we need such [programming] languages.

Video for “Programming the Quantum Future”

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Interview with Benoît Valiron about programming quantum computers, in particular about his new language, “Quipper”. Shot at the University of Waterloo (Canada) during a conference on the subject.

Video for “Exascale Computing and Big Data”

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An interview with ACM Fellow Daniel Reed about the division between exaflop supercomputing and exabyte data management — and how each field can inform the other. With lots of B-roll, thanks to staff and faculty throughout the University of Iowa.

Munish Sharma

Your tutorials on lynda.com were really helpful, they make it really easy for non-programmers.

Anthony Robertson

I just finished your Drupal 7 Essential Training on lynda.com. It was very informative. I also bought your Drupal 7: Visual QuickStart Guide book from Amazon. I’m about half-way through it. I know there is overlap in the information, but I find that watching the videos and reading the book helps it stick. I have a MODX and WP background, so your training really helped me with absorbing Drupal. Thank you.

Saket Navlakha, Salk Institute

Tom, I sent the video [about my work] around to my colleagues, and they all agree that it was extremely well-done. Very professional, making the point without over-hyping, and with informative content.

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.

Shawn Wilson, Fishing’s Future

I sense your sincerity and desire to actually give of your knowledge. Your desire to help others is a very worthy character trait (a gift actually!). It’s appreciated by many.

Video for “Moving Portraits”

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Videojournalism about turning photo collections into movie-like “Face Movies”, via a system that’s been incorporated into Google’s Picasa photo program. (Many thanks to guest interviewer Teresa Meek.)

Computing’s Narrow Focus May Hinder Women’s Participation

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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:

Video for “Efficient Maximum Flow Algorithms”

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Videojournalism about the applications of, and solutions to, the “maximum-flow/minimum-cut” problem, which affects surprisingly diverse fields. As before, I did most of this, with the help of two shooters.

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.

Video for the 2013 ACM A.M. Turing Award

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A celebration of the life work of Leslie Lamport, recipient of the 2013 ACM A.M. Turing Award. I did production, direction, editing, voiceover, and most of the shooting. Promoted in the article at http://cacm.acm.org/news/175166-general-agreement/fulltext , and presented at the awards banquet.

The Forever Disc

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

Sarah Davis

I just wanted to say thank you for your lynda.com tutorials. I’ve been a content/project manager for the past four-plus years and I’ve always worked with Drupal — but only recently I have had the opportunity to be on the admin level. It’s been such a pleasure getting to know these new privileges through your approachable tutorials.

Dan Stay

Your videos are the main source of my Drupal education and they are well presented, informative, and example-filled to allow me to get content out and new sites built very quickly. Thank you for all of your work and I look forward to more videos as Drupal continues to develop.

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.

Deborah Weisman

Just wanted to say that so far I am finding your Lynda courses delightful!

Sina Ahmadpour

I watched your Drupal 7 Essential Training and fell in love with Drupal. Now I want to take Drupal seriously and find it as my feature career. I just want to thank you for your awesome tutorial at lynda.com.

Fabien Schiettecatte

I just wanted to say thank you for your easy-on-the-ears videos on lynda.com about Drupal. I watched them over year ago and am now making a lot of Drupal sites, and am also passing on my knowledge to my classroom and employees. Today I was wondering, how did I get here? And I remembered, it was you and your damn videos. 🙂

Supercomputers Get Real

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A short online-only article about how supercomputer developers are teaming up with application specialists to make the hardware’s power more useful.

Nan Rivers

I can’t say enough how impressed I am with your and the other lynda.com tutorials that I have watched. I am a former math teacher, so I’m a pretty tough critic when it comes to teaching techniques. I have recommended the course to others in our company who are using it too.

James D’Angelo

Your article is easily the best piece I’ve read on Bitcoin, and its safe to say I’ve read a thousand or more. Here’s to hoping there’s more great stuff coming.