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Are CS Conferences (Too) Closed Communities?

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 00:00

Assessing whether newcomers have a more difficult time achieving paper acceptance at established conferences.

The Business of Quantum Computing

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 00:00

Considering the similarities of quantum computing development to the early years of conventional computing.

The Dangers of Automating Social Programs

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 00:00

Is it possible to keep bias out of a social program driven by one or more algorithms?

Can We Use AI for Global Good?

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 00:00

Amir Banifatemi observes how the AI for Good Summit "allowed us to start a dialogue, find a common frame of reference, and decide how our steps would be smart and structured."

The Internet in the 21st Century

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 00:00

Many people are finding ways to do harmful things through the Internet medium. Responses to these abuses have been sporadic at best.

Tech User Responsibility

Sun, 09/30/2018 - 00:02

 User support presents serious challenges that are aggravated by indeterminate client responsibility

Inside Facebook's Massive Center Storing Your Personal Information

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 17:13

In a vast, dark room, the lights glow a steady green, blue, yellow. I'm not inside the Matrix, but it's not far off.

China's Leaders Are Softening Their Stance on AI

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 13:21

China might be at loggerheads with the United States over trade, but it is calling for a friendlier approach to the development of artificial intelligence.

Engaging Students In STEM By Changing The Classroom Experience

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 11:35

Class attendance and participation as well as test scores have improved since Iowa State University ditched the traditional classroom format for a team-based learning environment.

Making Research Integrity A Priority

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 10:41

Universities, funding agencies, and scientific journals need a "culture of trust" to ensure the integrity of research, said participants in a one-day summit at Ohio State University.

60 Years of DARPA's Favorite Toys

Thu, 09/27/2018 - 17:38

This year, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) turned 60. To celebrate, DARPA held a conference in Washington, D.C. One of the highlights was an exhibit hall full of both current DARPA programs as well as unique artifacts from DARPA's history.

Computational Thinking, Education for the Poor and Rich, and Dealing with Schools and Teachers As They Are: A Twitter Convo

Thu, 09/27/2018 - 13:50

 A Twitter conversation turned into a narrative on computational thinking

Robots and Virtual Reality In The Arctic

Thu, 09/27/2018 - 11:57

Pinnguaq Makerspace in Canada's vast Nunavut territory aims to be a hub for people of all ages to explore science and technology.

States Are Adopting More Computer Science Policies. Are High Schools Keeping Up?

Thu, 09/27/2018 - 11:50

U.S. states are increasingly implementing computer science policies, but individual high schools are struggling with actual instruction, according to the nonprofit

60 Amazing Facts About NASA and Space

Thu, 09/27/2018 - 10:22

Raise a glass, put on a party hat and celebrate the agency's diamond anniversary with these facts.

Building the Universal Archive of Source Code

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 00:00

A global collaborative project for the benefit of all.

Empowering Communities Through Computer Science

Tue, 09/25/2018 - 11:26

A team of researchers at Northwestern University's Delta Lab work to design more inclusive educational technologies.

The US Push to Boost 'Quantum Computing'

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 19:06

A race by U.S. tech companies to build a new generation of powerful "quantum computers" could get a $1.3 billion boost from Congress, fueled in part by lawmakers' fear of growing competition from China.

Google at 20: How Two 'Obnoxious' Students Changed the Internet

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 16:11

In the summer of 1995, a second-year grad student called Sergey Brin was giving a tour of Stanford University to prospective students. Larry Page, an engineering graduate from the University of Michigan, was one of those being shown around the Palo Alto, California campus.

To Find China's Best Driverless Technology, Look in Silicon Valley

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 11:20

China's homegrown search giant, much like its U.S. counterpart, has a division focused entirely on driverless vehicles. And just like its rival, Google-born Waymo, both efforts are based in Silicon Valley.