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Smartphones, Contents of the Mind, and the Fifth Amendment

Sun, 04/01/2018 - 00:00

Exploring the connection qualities between smartphones and their users.

Push Versus Pull

Sun, 04/01/2018 - 00:00

Flipping the publishing business model.

Business Ecosystems

Sun, 04/01/2018 - 00:00

Considering the significant interrelationship of innovation, corporate strategy, and public policy for business ecosystems.

Fostering Inclusion, Keeping the Net Neutral

Sun, 04/01/2018 - 00:00

ACM-W chair Jodi Tims offers ways everyone can promote inclusiveness, while Daniel A. Reed assesses the debate over Net neutrality.

Open Access and ACM

Sun, 04/01/2018 - 00:00

ACM is under significant pressure to move from a subscription-based to an open access publishing model. Such a transition is exceedingly challenging and would threaten ACM's financial viability, a risk that must be taken seriously.

The Sound of Programming

Sun, 04/01/2018 - 00:00

Bootstrap World has developed online courses in programming, among other subjects, but what makes Bootstrap World so memorable for me is that the team has focused heavily on accessibility.

Go BIG!

Sun, 04/01/2018 - 00:00

Large-scale funding enables examination of larger questions that cross problem spaces, systems, abstractions, even fields. I believe the need for large investments has never been greater.

Watch a Computer Learn to Play 'Doom' Inside a Dream

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 12:49

Researchers taught a machine to "hallucinate" its idea of the video game "Doom," then got a virtual agent to play its own dream version of the game so it could learn to play the real thing.

Berkeley Offers Its Data Science Course Online for Free

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 10:43

The fastest-growing course in UC Berkeley's history—Foundations of Data Science—is being offered free online this spring through the campus's online education hub, edX.

Tech Job Openings Spark Interest in H.S. Computer Science Courses

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 11:16

Rockhurst High School last year began requiring freshmen to take computer science in an effort to boost interest in tech skills needed in the workforce.

Apple Teams Up to Bring Coding to Chicago Teachers

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 09:51

Apple will collaborate with Chicago Public Schools and Northwestern University to offer free professional learning to teachers in Chicago to give educators the tools they need to bring coding and computer science into the classroom.

Examples of Phenomenology in Computing

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 07:39

The branch of philosophy known as phenomenology can broaden our understanding of what is really going on in the tasks that we address with computing.

'America First' Shouldn’t Stop the U.S. from Welcoming Global Talent

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 10:57

U.S. protectionism in the form of visa restrictions on Chinese seeking to study in American universities would only harm the country, which has long benefited from being able to attract top talent, a  Tsinghua University researcher says.

Why Coding Bootcamps Are a Hurdle

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 10:21

The growth of "coding bootcamps" or "coding schools" is troubling. Many of these schools require students to pay thousands of dollars for programs that lack guidelines and have insufficient instruction.

Essential Skills and Traits of Elite Data Scientists

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 10:13

What does it take to be data science whiz?

An Alternate Reality Game That Takes Freshmen Orientation to a New Level

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 12:41

A group of teenagers has been interrogating me for almost an hour.

U.S. Children Now Draw Female Scientists More Than Ever

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 12:00

Researchers have found U.S. children now depict scientists as female more than ever.

How to Sail Smoothly from Academia to Industry

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 11:21

When immuno-oncologist Martijn Bijker decided to move from academia to industry, he asked a friend to review his CV. His friend—who had worked in the pharmaceutical sector for two decades—told him to relegate his lists of publications, posters and presentations to the back of the document. The focus, he said, should be on teamwork skills and the ability to perform the job requirements.

Call to UGC to Crack Down on Shady Journals

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 11:11

An academic watchdog has asked the University Grants Commission in India to crack down on "predatory journals" amid fresh allegations of plagiarism and the fabrication of fraudulent papers.

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