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Answering Children's Questions About Computers

Tue, 01/01/2019 - 00:00

Judy Robertson addresses the disconnect between what children are taught about computers and what they actually wish to know.

Are We Having An Ethical Crisis in Computing?

Tue, 01/01/2019 - 00:00

The computing field seems to be going through another image crisis these days. Many view this as an ethical crisis. I am dubious of the diagnosis.

A People-Centered Economy

Tue, 01/01/2019 - 00:00

Innovation for Jobs (i4j.info) recently published a book describing a new, people-centered view of work. Rather than organizing work around tasks, the idea is to organize work around people and their skills.

Open Collaboration in an Age of Distrust

Tue, 01/01/2019 - 00:00

We are manifestly in a new era of international relations—"An Age of Distrust"—where the trend toward increased trade and integration has stalled, if not reversed.

Developing the Job Skills Needed for a Future Economy

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 11:25

The Global Innovation Exchange, a new graduate program partnership between the University of Washington and China's Tsinghua University, with foundational support from Microsoft, blends technology, entrepreneurship, and design thinking.

Silicon Valley Worker Shortage Creates Upside-Down Labor Market

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 09:19

Workers with a high school diploma have lower unemployment rates than those with bachelor's degrees or higher in some Bay Area counties.

Julia Language Co-Creators Win Prize for Numerical Software

Thu, 12/27/2018 - 15:46

Three co-creators of the MIT-incubated Julia programming language are the recipients of the 2019 James H. Wilkinson Prize for Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing.

Brazilian Museum Destroyed by Fire Lives on Through Google

Wed, 12/26/2018 - 12:00

Google is helping preserve Brazil's National Museum via a virtual exhibition, three months after the institution's destruction by fire.

British-Iranian Computer Science Professor Returns Home After Detention

Wed, 12/26/2018 - 09:02

Abbas Edalat, a professor of computer science and mathematics at Imperial College London who was detained in Iran in April, has returned to Britain, according to an advocacy organization he helped found.

Two Princeton University Computer Science Professors To Lead Google AI Lab

Fri, 12/21/2018 - 11:51

Princeton University computer science professors Elad Hazan and Yoram Singer will lead a Google artificial intelligence lab that is scheduled to open in January in Princeton.

Initiative Will Educate High School Teachers in Computer Science

Fri, 12/21/2018 - 11:06

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has launched a five-year initiative that will educate and certify high school teachers to teach computer science.

China's Tech Giants Want to Go Global. Just One Thing Might Stand in Their Way.

Thu, 12/20/2018 - 12:51

In the early 1980s, a cluster of fledging computer companies opened up shop in a chaotic corner of northwest Beijing, near the campuses of Peking and Tsinghua Universities.

Nonprof-IT Student Teams Provide Tech Support to Community Groups

Thu, 12/20/2018 - 12:18

Students at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee offer free IT services through the Nonprof-IT program.

Students Win High-Performance Computing Competition

Thu, 12/20/2018 - 11:56

A team of students from the University of Cape Town in South Africa took first place in the Student Cluster Competition.

Josh Tenenbaum Named Innovator of the Year by R&D Magazine

Thu, 12/20/2018 - 11:16

Josh Tenenbaum, a professor of computational cognitive science at MIT, was named 2018 Innovator of the Year by R&D Magazine.

The US Needs to Engage China on Tech, Or Risk Isolating Itself

Wed, 12/19/2018 - 11:50

The contrast could hardly be more striking. In October, Vice President Mike Pence delivered a blistering speech accusing China of stealing prized US technology and military hardware. Barely two weeks later, one of Beijing's most powerful bureaucrats touched down in Israel for a visit focused on building ties with its tech and innovation sectors.

Science vs. the State: A Family Saga at the Caltech of China

Wed, 12/19/2018 - 09:42

Three generations of personal and political history show the tensions between the Communist Party's need for knowledge and its need for ideological control.

Half of Academic Scientists Quit After Just Five Years–Here's Why

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 11:45

Indiana University researchers estimated that half of all people pursuing STEM careers at higher-education institutions leave the field after only five years.

 

Half of Academic Scientists Quit After Just Five Years--Here's Why

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 11:45

Indiana University researchers estimated that half of all people pursuing STEM careers at higher-education institutions leave the field after only five years.

This Graduate School Helped Make New York Appealing to Amazon

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 11:45

Cornell Tech's reputation for producing skilled technology graduates played a decisive role in Amazon's decision to build its new headquarters in New York City.

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