2011 - April
Resurrecting the bullet point: the return of an old and valued friend
by Philip Yaffe
PowerPoint has come under attack in recent years. Well known figures such as Edward Tufte have castigated PowerPoint for corrupting minds and numbing thought. Some sociologists have condemned it for luring people away from listening to each other and communicating effectively. Scott Adams (author of Dilbert) often depicts PowerPoint as a facilitator of office dysfunction. From all this, you might think PowerPoint has badly wounded us and our society with its barrage of bullet points.
An interview with Melanie Mitchell: On complexity
Interviewed by Richard T. Snodgrass
April 2011Melanie Mitchell, a Professor of Computer Science at Portland State University and an External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute, has written a compelling and engaging book entitled Complexity: A ...
Ubiquity symposium: What have we said about computation?: closing statement
by Peter J. Denning
April 2011The "computation" symposium presents the reflections of thinkers from many sectors of computing on the fundamental question in the background of everything we do as computing professionals. ...