and all has not been quiet on the FCA front, though admittedly it would seem that way given that we have not shared here in a while. Here below is our attempt to report back and keep you in the loop.

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In the last few months, starting from our in-person meeting just prior to the Christmas holidays, our members formed teams and began to work on their FCA projects — brainstorming, ideating, iterating on the concerns that face the highly uncertain present and future of computing. All this alongside efforts to rapidly gather knowledge about various ACM units (such as the Publications Board or the Practitioners Board, etc.) …


Several FCA members, including Lana Yarosh, Tim Weninger, and Yonatan Bisk are the writers of a Crash Course on Artificial Intelligence.

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A white robot with human features, near a brown wall

Crash Course Artificial Intelligence will start next week and it will be a 15-episode, 5-lab series. Here’s the official synopsis:

In this series host Jabril Ashe will teach you the logic behind AI by tracing its history and examining how it’s being used today. We’ll even show you how to create some of your own AI systems with the help of co-host John Green Bot! We’ll also spend several episodes on an area of AI known as machine learning which has skyrocketed in popularity in recent years. …


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Are you early in your computing career, with a passion for improving the field? Are you excited about the joy, sacrifice, and professional benefits of becoming a leader in the computing community? If so, you should apply to join the ACM Future of Computing Academy (FCA) — a new initiative where the next generation of researchers, practitioners, educators, and entrepreneurs can develop a strong and influential collective voice to help shape the future of ACM and the computing community.

ACM has given the FCA the “privilege and responsibility to become the voice of the future of the computing field at large and of ACM specifically” and the FCA has developed a mission to“substantially improve (1) computing, (2) the computing community, and (3) computing’s relationship with society.” As part of this mission, we are engaging in a wide range of initiatives; our role can be seen as an “initiative incubator” for ACM. Initiatives include mitigating the negative societal impact of computing advances through foundational changes to peer review and software licensing, helping the computing field adjust to a world in which computing is done across diverse interdisciplinary contexts, participating in important ACM committees and boards, developing transformational research agendas, and many other efforts that will shape the future of computing. As part of these initiatives, we have created podcasts, written public statements, organized summits, developed research manifestos, created a new CrashCourse on AI (to be released August 2019), and much more. …

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Luigi De Russis

Assistant Prof at Politecnico di Torino

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