computers’ natural-language understanding, and improved strategies for game-like situations (Chapter 6).

  • Building computing systems of practical scale. How the design, development, and large-scale deployment of working computing systems—notably, the Internet—not only are of great practical value but also constitute a diverse and fruitful area of research by which computer scientists may improve these systems and create new ones (Chapter 7).

  • Research behind everyday computation. How computer scientists’ efforts in the service of human effectiveness have led to such advances as spreadsheets, text-formatting programs, and information retrieval from the Internet, and how these and other innovations have had a very broad impact (Chapter 8).

  • Personal passion about computer science research. How several computer scientists explain their commitment to computer science research (Chapter 9).

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