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Computer Science

What constitutes research in computer science?

Al: This is a wonderful question, and one that does not have a well-defined answer. I think computer science research has broadened enormously in its scope. We still have the deep, unsolved, quintessential questions of computer science: how do we prove that a problem like factoring or an NP-complete problem is actually hard; how do we model complex systems like a human cell or the human brain; how can we construct scalable, trustworthy systems; how can programmers build arbitrarily reliable software; how can we make software with human-friendly characteristics like emotion or intelligence; how far can we extend Moore’s Law?


  

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