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Interview

An interview with Katie Schuman: on the future of neuromorphic computing

Interviewed by Bushra Anjum

The fundamental building block of any good text is each individual word. The wrong word can completely change the meaning of the sentence. Here's how to construct truly effective sentences. ...


Communication Corner

How to instantaneously improve your speaking voice

by Philip Yaffe

The fundamental building block of any good text is each individual word. The wrong word can completely change the meaning of the sentence. Here's how to construct truly effective sentences. ...



Interview

An interview with Indrajit Roy: toward self-correcting systems

February 2019
Interviewed by Bushra Anjum

Indrajit Roy is a staff engineer at Google. He is currently working on peta-scale distributed databases. Previously, he was a principal researcher at HP Labs where he led the development of Distributed R, an open source HP product that brings the benefits of parallelism to data scientists. Roy received his Ph.D. in computer science from UT Austin. He is also an inaugural member of the ACM Future of Computing Academy.

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Silence is golden, especially when you need to say something important

February 2019
by Philip Yaffe

Each "Communication Corner" essay is self-contained; however, they build on each other. For best results, before reading this essay and doing the exercise, go to the first essay "How an Ugly Duckling Became a Swan," then read each succeeding essay.

How well you speak will always be an indicator of how well you know the subject at hand. And while nerves can often lead novice speakers to resort to distracting sounds and placeholders, a second or two of silence will help focus you as well as your audience. In this installment, Philip Yaffe reminds us that silence is golden.

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