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Automated Car Woes---Whoa There!

July 2016
by Peter G. Neumann

With all the growing interest in automated cars and driverless cars and recent accidents involving them, we thought we would turn to Risks founder Peter G. Neumann for perspective. Neumann has been moderating the ACM Risks Forum ( since 1985, and has accumulated a vast trove of experience in the ways that automated systems can not only provoke but enable mishaps. Here he offers an inventory of how automotive automation systems can fail and concludes that the greatest threats to safety come from human tendencies such as being distracted at the moment the system needs an intervention, or having their skills as operators grow rusty over time because the automation is pretty good most of the time.

 ---Peter J. Denning, Editor in Chief



Changing the Game: Dr. Dave Schrader on sports analytics

May 2016
Interviewed by Walter Tichy

Dave Schrader, known to his friends as "Dr. Dave," worked for 24 years in advanced development and marketing at Teradata, a major data warehouse vendor. In this interview, Schrader discusses how analytics is playing a significant role in professional sports--from Major League Soccer to the NBA. ...


The Future of Technology and Jobs: An interview with Dr. R.A. Mashelkar

April 2016
Interviewed by Arun Kumar Tripathi

How will technology change the face of employment in the future? What will the jobs of the future look like? Dr. Raghunath Anant Mashelkar answers these questions and more. ...


The End of (Numeric) Error: An interview with John L. Gustafson

April 2016
Interviewed by Walter Tichy

John Gustafson, one of the foremost experts in scientific computing, has proposed a new number format that provides more accurate answers than standard floats, yet saves space and energy. The new format might well revolutionize the way we do numerical calculations. ...