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End of the Checkout Line: The Looming Crisis for American Cashiers

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 17:18

The day before a fully automated grocery store opened its doors in 1939, the inventor Clarence Saunders took out a full page advertisement in the Memphis Press-Scimitar warning "old duds" with "cobwebby brains" to keep away.

The Loyal Engineers Steering NASA's Voyager Probes Across the Universe

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 10:31

In the early spring of 1977, Larry Zottarelli, a 40-year-old computer engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, set out for Cape Canaveral, Fla., in his Toyota Corolla.

The World's Biggest Tech Companies Are No Longer Just American

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 14:53

The technology world's $400 billion-and-up club—long a group of exclusively American names like Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Amazon—needs to make room for two Chinese members.

AP Computer Science Draws in More Girls, Minorities

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 13:00

More young women took an Advanced Placement computer science exam in 2016 than in 2007 through 2013 combined, mainly because of the College Board's new AP CS Principles course.

Chatbot Helps Prospective Students Find the Right Courses

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 09:38

Leeds Beckett University has launched a chatbot to help prospective students find the right courses.

Global Rankings of Computer Science Universities, 2017

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 11:08

ShanghaiRanking Consultancy has released the Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2017. The report ranks more than 4,000 universities in 52 subjects.

Everyone Thinks That Automation Will Take Our Jobs. The Evidence Disagrees

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 12:20

Last year, the Japanese company SoftBank opened a cell phone store in Tokyo and staffed it entirely with sales associates named Pepper. This wasn't as hard as it sounds, since all the Peppers were robots.

This Robot Lab Has No Idea What Its Robots Are Doing

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 12:00

The Georgia Institute of Technology's Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines supports the Robotarium, an arena where scientists can run experiments on remote-controlled machines.

Reverence for Robots: Japanese Workers Treasure Automation

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 11:19

Thousands upon thousands of cans are filled with beer, capped and washed, wrapped into six-packs, and boxed at dizzying speeds—1,500 a minute, to be exact—on humming conveyor belts that zip and wind in a sprawling factory near Tokyo.

China's Plan for World Domination in AI Isn't So Crazy After All

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 10:24

Xu Li's software scans more faces than maybe any on earth. He has the Chinese police to thank.

Defense Secretary James Mattis Envies Silicon Valley's AI Ascent

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 13:24

Defense Secretary James Mattis has a lot on his mind these days. North Korea, obviously. China's expanding claims on the South China sea. Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria. And, closer to home, the Pentagon lagging behind the tech industry in leveraging artificial intelligence.

NASA Selects Proposals to Study Galaxies, Stars, Planets

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 12:34

NASA has selected six astrophysics Explorers Program proposals for concept studies.

Colleges Have Increased Women Computer Science Majors: What Can Google Learn?

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 10:06

A Google engineer who got fired over a controversial memo that criticized the company's diversity policies said that there might be biological reasons there are fewer women engineers. But top computer science schools have proven that a few cultural changes can increase the number of women in the field.

D.I.Y. Artificial Intelligence Comes to a Japanese Family Farm

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 11:55

Not much about Makoto Koike's adult life suggests that he would be a farmer.

Kids Should Know How to Code

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 10:38

During a recent White House meeting with President Donald Trump, Apple CEO Tim Cook remarked that "coding should be a requirement in every public school." 

Teaching Computational Thinking Sooner

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 10:37

Are there benefits to teaching computational thinking to preschoolers?

How This U.S. Tech Giant Is Backing China's Tech Ambitions 

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 16:01

As the Chinese government develops drones, the American technology giant Qualcomm is helping.

CSTA: Computer Science Education, Equity, and the Future Workforce

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 15:26

The Big IDEA and the PD Pipeline are two examples of industry-changing initiatives launched by the Computer Science Teachers Association over the past two years.

Andrew Ng Spreads the Gospel of AI With a New Online School

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 14:06

Andrew Ng is a soft-spoken AI researcher whose online postings talk loudly.

Learning Programming at Scale

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 12:37

I summarize my first three years of research as an assistant professor on studying and building tools to support people who are learning computer programming.