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Feeling Sounds, Hearing Sights

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 00:00

A new wave of sensory substitution devices work to assist people who are blind or deaf.

The New Jobs

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 00:00

As automation takes on more and more tasks, what will human workers do?

The Big IDEA and the PD Pipeline

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 00:00

Former Computer Science Teachers Association executive director Mark R. Nelson discusses his work with the group to overcome core challenges to computer science education.

Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 00:00

A dramatic drop in the public view of Tech, a term that I use to refer both to computing technology and the community that generates that technology, has accompanied the recent recognition of the adverse societal consequences of computing.

A 'STEM' Parent Boosts Girls' Participation in Science Degrees

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 13:00

Researchers at the universities of Michigan and Arkansas recently conducted a study showing that having one parent or guardian work in a STEM field makes it more likely for girls to enroll in a "hard sciences" college degree program. 

56,000 Layoffs and Counting: India's IT Bloodbath This Year May Just Be the Start

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 09:30

Once a top employment generator, India's $160 billion IT industry laid off more than 56,000 employees this year. Meanwhile, hiring plummeted, with entry-level openings having more than halved in 2017, experts say.

The Robots Are Coming, and Sweden Is Fine

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 20:24

From inside the control room carved into the rock more than half a mile underground, Mika Persson can see the robots on the march, supposedly coming for his job here at the New Boliden mine.

What Amazon's Alexa Economy Pays the People Building Its Skills

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 12:25

On a lark, Joel Wilson started developing skills for Alexa, Amazon's voice assistant, this past January.

The Best Toys That Teach Kids How to Code

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 13:29

If you're looking for the perfect gift for children eager to learn the basics of coding, or want to give a little one a heads up when they get to logic and problem solving in school, here are 10 of the best coding toys on the market today.

73 Percent of Developers Who Don't Use AI Plan to Learn How in 2018

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 12:00

Although only 17 percent of software developers worked with artificial intelligence or machine learning this year, 73 percent of those who did not say they are planning to learn about the technologies next year, according to a survey of 2,500 developers. 

Satya Nadella on AI, Sexual Harassment, and Microsoft's Soul

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 13:11

Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella is putting his own stamp on the tech giant once led by Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer.

Software Developers Step Into the World of Teaching

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 10:26

Students at the Cleveland School of Science and Medicine are getting a crash course on computer programming. The two-people leading the class aren't teachers but software developers.

A 'STEM' Parent Boosts Girls' Participation in Science Degrees

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 10:06

Having one parent or guardian work in a STEM field makes it more likely for girls to perform better in math and to enroll in a "hard sciences" college degree program such as engineering, architecture, math, and computer science.

Why Silicon Valley Is Hiring Ex-Federal Agents

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 11:42

The chart on the screen looks like something out of a TV crime drama: an elaborate web of emails and phone numbers, some names and photos, all connected by a mesh of thin lines.

New IT Jobs Created By Bitcoin and Blockchain

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 10:39

Searches for jobs mentioning blockchain, bitcoin, or cryptocurrency jumped more than 1,000% since November 2015, according to job search site Indeed. Job postings specifically mentioning those terms increased by 621% in that time.

Five Highly-Paid and In-Demand Programming Languages to Learn in 2018

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 11:06

These languages attract a decent pay packet and are in demand, or their use is expected to take off next year.

AI Tutoring: Genius on My Shoulder

Mon, 12/18/2017 - 14:14

Students are being given access to an incredibly smart digital friend with unlimited patience, programmed to sense the best way to impart knowledge.

China's Science Graduates Can Earn More Than Bankers as AI Talent Shortage Pushes Up Pay 

Mon, 12/18/2017 - 13:43

"Show me the money" might have been a catchphrase associated with highly paid sports stars after Cuba Gooding Jr's character told his agent played by Tom Cruise to get him a better deal in the 1996 Hollywood movie Jerry Maguire. These days it is becoming the mantra of anybody with a good résumé in artificial intelligence.

Five Priorities for Weather and Climate Research

Mon, 12/18/2017 - 11:48

Meteorology is entering a new era. Demand is growing worldwide for forecasts of storms, floods and droughts.

Is Peer Review Fair When It Is Not Blinded?

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 12:00

Researchers found that when reviewers know who did the work on a paper and where, it shaped their judgment.