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portant way, while fundamentally improving education and professional
relationships in CS.
A nonprofit professional encyclopedia would be self-supporting through
appropriate professionally relevant
advertising carefully curated for high
standards using existing advertising
and the ‘FATE’
August 20, 2018
I am sure many of us remember the
Netscape IPO in 1995 and the fivefold
growth in share value in four months.
Expectations for technology and its impact were in the stratosphere. The Federal Reserve Board’s then-chairman, Alan
Greenspan, gave a speech at the American Enterprise Institute questioning “
irrational exuberance” in the market and
in technology. 1 I believe today we are seeing similar exuberance with technology.
Are revolutionary technologies for
cancer screening—that rely on a finger-prick drawing one-thousandth the normal amount of blood—really feasible?
Theranos had everyone believe such a
revolutionary advancement was possible2 not because of new techniques in
analytical chemistry, but because it had
developed novel software and new automation technologies! Can we really hope
to replace eight million cars in Los An-
Can Fill a Gap
September 5, 2018
There is an important gap in computer science (CS) education and professional collaboration that can be filled
by a nonprofit online reputable,
referenceable encyclopedia supported by appropriate professionally relevant advertising. The encyclopedia
should be managed by a prestigious
editorial board that appoints a hierarchy of editors to moderate articles.
The editorial board can guarantee
editorial independence from adver-
tisers analogous to current profes-
sional practices for journals and con-
ferences. Anyone would be allowed
to register to submit suggestions and
drafts to the editors. Access to ar-
ticles would be free and available to
all. The encyclopedia must establish
procedures to be fair and inclusive on
the basis of race, sex, religion, age,
disability, and national origin inte-
grating content suitable for all from
preschool to advanced researchers.
The encyclopedia could support in-
teractive articles with videos, anima-
tions, and dynamic narrations. Within
a decade, interactive content could be
a requirement for most articles. Over
time, the encyclopedia should be or-
ganized using ontological services
supporting programmatic interfaces
for a knowledge graph.
The encyclopedia should become a
standard reference, a trustworthy pro-
fessionally accountable educational re-
source for all. Currently, there is no on-
line encyclopedia that can serve as the
source of valid scientific references.
Our profession has the credibility
and resources to create an encyclope-
dia to serve as the professional stan-
dard. Serving as a member of its edito-
rial board could be a prestigious office
for senior professionals to provide ex-
perience and judgment. Professional
reputations could be enhanced by
contributing to the encyclopedia be-
cause contributions would be publicly
announced. The encyclopedia could
knit together our profession in an im-
The Gap in CS, Mulling
Carl Hewitt suggests computer science needs
a reference resource, while Vijay Kumar decries
intellectual dishonesty in technology forecasting.