As I watched chaos unfold at the Kabul airport last week, I couldn’t help but imagine that some of those people caught up in the panic — those running alongside the airplanes, scaling barbed-wire concrete walls onto the tarmac, hanging on to the landing gear; were development workers of one…

(This piece is co-written with my student Samar Sabie. It also appears in the December 2020 issue of Computers and Society, vol. 49, no. 3.)

Sometimes to build something new you have to destroy what exists. We learned what should have been this obvious fact of existence through our collaboration…

Artificial Intelligence is a ruse, a red herring, a canard, an elaborate diversion from more pressing and contested issues. It is used to justify decisions that have already been made, or that don’t matter. It is the modern version of manifest destiny, the white man’s burden or the 3/5 clause…

Computing has always been a field laden with implicit values. Arguably the most fundamental of these is efficiency-which is hard-baked into some of the discipline’s most fundamental theories and insights. This includes efficiency in terms of both time-including the idea of computational complexity and the fundamental debate around P vs…

Tapan Parikh

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