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A Ubiquity symposium is an organized debate around a proposition or point of view. It is a means to explore a complex issue from multiple perspectives. An early example of a symposium on teaching computer science appeared in Communications of the ACM (December 1989).

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New in Ubiquity Symposia: 

"The Technological Singularity"

"MOOCs and Technology to Advance Learning and Learning Research"


The Technological Singularity Table of Contents

  1. Opening Statement by Espen Andersen (OCTOBER 2014)
  2. The Singularity and the State of the Art in Artificial Intelligence by Ernest Davis (OCTOBER 2014)
  3. Human Enhancement—The Way Ahead by Kevin Warwick (OCTOBER 2014)
  4. Exponential Technology and The Singularity by Peter Cochrane (NOVEMBER 2014)
  5. Computers versus Humanity: Do we compete? by Liah Greenfeld and Mark Simes (NOVEMBER 2014)
  6. What About an Unintelligent Singularity? by Peter J. Denning (NOVEMBER 2014)
  7. Closing Statement: Reflections on A Singularity Symposium by Espen Andersen (NOVEMBER 2014)

MOOCs and Technology to Advance Learning and Learning Research Table of Contents

  1. MOOCs and Technology to Advance Learning and Learning Research Opening Statement,  by Candace Thille

    Section 1: Technical and Scientific Innovations in MOOCs

  2. Assessment in Digital At-scale Learning Environments, by Piotr Mitros, Anant Agarwal, and Vik Paruchuri
  3. Offering Verified Credentials in Massive Open Online Courses, by Andrew Maas,Chris Heather,Chuong(Tom) Do, Relly Brandman, Daphne Koller,and Andrew Ng (MAY 2014)
  4. Data-driven Learner Modeling to Understand and Improve Online Learning, by Kenneth R. Koedinger, Elizabeth A. McLaughlin, and John C. Stamper (MAY 2014)

    Section 2: The impact of MOOCs on Residential Institutions, Courses and Computer Science Education.

  5. MOOCs on and off the Farm, by John Mitchell (JUNE 2014)
  6. From MOOCs to SPOCs, by Armando Fox (JUNE 2014)
  7. Limitations of MOOCs for Computing Education: addressing our needs, by Mark Guzdial (JULY 2014)

    Section 3: The MOOC Phenomenon and Higher Education

  8. Can MOOCs Help Reduce College Tuition?, by Stephen Ruth (JULY 2014)
  9. The MOOC Spring, by Frederick Siff (AUGUST 2014)
  10. MOOCs: Symptom, not cause of disruption, by Lewis Perelman (AUGUST 2014)
  11. The MOOC and the Genre Moment, by Michael Feldstein (SEPTEMBER 2014)
  12. Closing Statement, by Candace Thille (OCTOBER 2014)

Previous Ubiquity Symposia:

"The Multicore Transformation"

"The Science in Computer Science"

"Evolutionary Computation and the Processes of Life"

"What is Computation"


  • Ubiquity symposium: The technological singularity: exponential technology and the singularity

    The Priesthood of the Singularity posits a fast approaching prospect of machines overtaking human abilities (Ray Kurzweil's The Singularity is Near, Viking Press, 2006) on the basis of the exponential rate of electronic integration---memory and processing power. In fact, they directly correlate the growth of computing technology with that of machine intelligence as if the two were connected in some simple-to-understand and predictable way. Here we present a different view based upon the fundamentals of intelligence and a more likely relationship. We conclude that machine intelligence is growing in a logarithmic (or at best linear fashion) rather than the assumed exponential rate.