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Canada, a Leader in AI, Is Now Taking Aim at Driverless Cars

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 13:52

Having built an impressive lead in artificial intelligence, Canada is keen to do the same in driverless cars—specifically the lidar (laser radar) technology that lets these vehicles see where they're going.

Online Game Will Spot If You Have Hidden Cybersecurity Talents

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 12:20

Studying music? Good news, you may have the skills to work in cybersecurity. An online training platform launching next week in the UK—with the backing of Robert Hannigan, the former director of the country's GCHQ intelligence agency—is designed to make cybersecurity roles tempting to people, whatever their background.

The Shape of Work to Come 

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 15:52

Last year, entrepreneur Sebastian Thrun set out to augment his sales force with artificial intelligence.

Paving the Way for Women, Minorities into STEM

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 11:15

Harvey Mudd College president Maria Klawe on her career-long advocacy for greater diversity in technology education.

Can We Get a Critical Mass of Women in Tech Within a Decade?

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:00

Reshma Saujani, the founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, talks about how a failed bid for Congress started it all, how some of the biggest tech companies responded to her elevator pitch, and why the real problem is bro culture. 

China's Xi Calls for More Technology Development

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 11:29

President Xi Jinping called Wednesday for the ruling Communist Party to lead development of Chinese technology industries, an area fraught with trade tensions and complaints that Beijing encourages theft of foreign know-how.

Best Universities for Computer Science 2018

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:07

Some 300 schools from 23 countries are featured in the 2018 ranking for computer science by Times Higher Education this year. Nearly a quarter are American colleges, almost half are based in Europe, and nearly 40 of the top 300 are in Asia.

Welcoming Our New Robot Overlords

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 17:13

When David Stinson finished high school, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1977, the first thing he did was get a job building houses.

Teaching China's Next Generation to Express Themselves in Code

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 09:55

China plans to improve its AI education system and strengthen the construction of its talent pool to make it the world leader in AI by 2030, building a homegrown industry worth nearly US$150 billion.

Teleoperating Robots with Virtual Reality

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 11:26

Researchers at MIT CSAIL have developed a virtual reality system that could make it easier for factory workers to telecommute by allowing them to teleoperate a robot using an Oculus Rift headset.

The World Once Laughed at North Korean Cyberpower. No More.

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 10:55

When North Korean hackers tried to steal $1 billion from the New York Federal Reserve last year, only a spelling error stopped them.

'Girls Who Code' Workshop Introduces Students to 3-D Printing, Computer-Aided Design

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 10:30

Twenty-nine California high school students got hands-on experience in computer-aided design and an introduction to 3-D printing at a special Girls Who Code workshop held at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory earlier this month.

Colorado Schools Pay Students to Work With Local Tech Firms

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 10:01

Eighty students in the St. Vrain Valley School District are paid as workers as part of a project-based learning program where they get hands-on experience in real jobs with local tech companies.

The Future of DNA Sequencing

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 12:40

Forty years ago, two papers1, 2 described the first tractable methods for determining the order of the chemical bases in stretches of DNA. Before these 1977 publications, molecular biologists had been able to sequence only snippets.

Google Unveils Job Training Initiative With $1 Billion Pledge

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 09:58

Google has unveiled the Grow With Google program to help train Americans for jobs in technology and committed to donating $1 billion over the next five years to nonprofits in education and professional training.

U Michigan to Study Flexible STEM Classrooms

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at the University of Michigan are using a U.S. National Science Foundation grant to examine the difference between teaching and learning in traditional lecture halls and more flexible classrooms. 

MIT's Regina Barzilay Wins MacArthur 'Genius Grant'

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 10:37

MIT computer scientist who studies natural language processing and machine learning wins $625,000 prize.

The Scientist Who Spots Fake Videos

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 18:10

Hany Farid, a computer scientist at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, specialises in detecting manipulated images and videos. Farid, who provides his services to clients as varied as universities, media organizations, and law courts, says that image manipulation is becoming both more frequent and more sophisticated.

7 Ways to Get More Girls and Women Into STEM (and Encourage Them to Stay)

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 12:00

A recent forum of industry and academic experts offered proposals for encouraging girls and women to pursue science, technology, engineering, and math careers.

Organization to Teach Coding to Girls in Detroit Area

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 12:00

The Oakland, CA-based Black Girls CODE organization, which introduces young African-American, Latino, and Native American females to computer science, is opening a chapter in Detroit.

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