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Scientists, Too, Are Being Automated

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 09:50

A combination of artificial intelligence and nimble robots are allowing scientists to do more, and be faster, than they ever could with mere human hands and brains.

What Children Want to Know About Computers

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 06:28

Does a super computer have a really big chip in it? Would we be more or less clever if computers had never been invented? These are the sorts of questions which children want to know about computers, but which don't get answered at school. 

In Facebook's Effort to Fight Fake News, Human Fact-Checkers Struggle to Keep Up

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 16:39

At Facebook Inc. headquarters in Silicon Valley this week, engineers and researchers huddled around computers in a newly configured "war room" to fight misinformation ahead of the midterms. Almost 3,000 miles away, in Philadelphia, the fact-checkers hired to be on the front lines haven't received fresh marching orders.

Grant to Increase UTA Doctoral Students in Computer Science and Engineering

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 11:03

Professor Ishfaq Ahmad has received a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education that will significantly increase the number of Ph.D. students in computer science and engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Cyber-Skills Shortage Means Students Are Being Recruited to Fight Off Hackers

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 09:50

Students with little or no cybersecurity knowledge are being paired with easy-to-use AI software that lets them protect the Texas A&M campus from attack.

MIT Plans College for Artificial Intelligence, Backed by $1B

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 12:00

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has announced a plan to establish a new artificial intelligence college.

Changing Who Pays for CS Professional Development in the U.S. and Who Controls It: It Has to be Local

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 09:12

In the U.S., a shift in who pays to prepare computer science (CS) teachers.

M.I.T. Plans College for Artificial Intelligence, Backed by $1 Billion

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 12:04

Every major university is wrestling with how to adapt to the technology wave of artificial intelligence—how to prepare students not only to harness the powerful tools of A.I., but also to thoughtfully weigh its ethical and social implications.

The 50 Most Influential Living Computer Scientists

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 11:56 compiled a list of 50 mathematicians, logicians, and computer scientists who did most of the scientific spadework that laid the foundations for today's world.

As Companies Embrace AI, It's a Job-Seeker's Market

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 14:28

Dozens of employers looking to hire the next generation of tech employees descended on the University of California, Berkeley in September to meet students at an electrical engineering and computer science career fair.

Just 36 Teachers Across U.S. Graduated in 2016 Ready to Teach CS

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 12:00

U.S. universities graduated only 36 new teachers prepared to teach computer science in 2016, and only 35% of U.S. high schools teach the subject.

Mozilla's Ambitious Plan to Teach Coders Not to Be Evil

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 12:00

Several organizations last week jointly launched an academic contest to incorporate ethics into undergraduate computer science education.

Lynn Conway and the VLSI Revolution in Microchip Design

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 13:07

Although struggling with personal life, Conway made a breakthrough discovery that rewrote what engineers thought single-stream computer architecture might achieve. 

These Scientists May Be Your Next Members of Congress

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 13:00

A growing number of aspiring candidates for U.S. congressional offices have a background in science.

How to Build Equitable Computer Science Curricula

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 11:59

As workforce forecasts emphasize the importance of developing computer science skills early, researchers are working to create best practices for equitable curricula.

Soldiers in Facebook's War on Fake News Are Feeling Overrun

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 11:39

The fictional news stories pop up on Facebook faster than Paterno Esmaquel II and his co-workers can stamp them out.

A Tech Boom in Pittsburgh Brings Hope and Angst

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 11:08

The city of Pittsburgh, the one-time steel capital that's long been a symbol of Rust-Belt decline, is emerging as a vibrant hub for artificial intelligence, robotics and biomedical companies eager to tap a rich talent pool.

Bringing Robotics To Girls In Ghana

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 10:53

Judy Amanor-Boadu has started a series of girls' robotics clubs in her home country of Ghana.

Students Develop Technology to Prevent Road Accidents

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 12:11

Students at UPES in New Delhi have developed a sleep detector device that issues an alarm to alert inattentive drivers.