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Who Will Pay for the Future If Not the Robots?

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 11:14

RRobots are taking over the world's workforce—and why shouldn't they?

Jean Sammet, Co-Designer of a Pioneering Computer Language, Dies at 89

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 10:19

Jean E. Sammet, an early software engineer and a designer of COBOL, a programming language that brought computing into the business mainstream, died on May 20 in Maryland.

Learning About Nutrition From 'Food Porn' and Online Quizzes

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at Harvard and Columbia universities conducted a study to determine whether popular online quizzes and food imagery could be leveraged for nutrition education.

You Don't Have to Major in Computer Science to Do It as a Career

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 09:06

Majoring in math, nuclear engineering, or even geology can lead to a well-paying software job.

How a Gene Editing Tool Went From Labs to a Middle-School Classroom

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 14:47

On a Saturday afternoon, 10 students gather at Genspace, a community lab in Brooklyn, to learn how to edit genes.

Mind-Controlled Device Helps Stroke Patients Retrain Brains to Move Paralyzed Hands

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 12:03

Researchers have developed a hand-worn device connected to a brain-computer interface to help stroke patients retrain their brains to recover hand movements.

China's Go Masters and Researchers Are Optimistic about the Country's AI Future

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 10:11

After AlphaGo's historic victory against South Korean grandmaster Lee Sedol in March 2016, Go teacher Jianlun Qian felt a sense of impending crisis. He fretted about the demise of the game brought about by AI.

Computer Scientist to Boost Interactivity of Museum's History, Holdings

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 09:31

James Miller,  associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the University of Kansas, is exploring new ways to open the Spencer Museum of Art's history and collections to the public through data visualization and storytelling.

Balancing Teaching CS Efficiently with Motivating Students

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 00:00

Mark Guzdial suggests a new balance is needed in computer science education between discovery learning and direct instruction.

Software Simplified

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 15:55

In 2015, geneticist Guy Reeves was trying to configure a free software system called Galaxy to get his bioinformatics projects off the ground.

To Make Your Conspiracy Theory Legit, Just Find an 'Expert'

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 12:02

"MIT Professor Exposes 'Egregious Error' & Evidence Tampering in US Report on Syria Sarin Incident." Pretty good headline, right?

Shedding Light on How Humans Walk…With Robots

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have discovered that humans whose lower limbs are fastened to a typical clinical robot only modify their gait if the forces the robot applies threaten their walking ability.

Is China Outsmarting America in A.I.?

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 10:50

Sören Schwertfeger finished his postdoctorate research on autonomous robots in Germany, and seemed set to go to Europe or the United States, where artificial intelligence was pioneered and established.

Building Empathy Through Computer Science and Art

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 10:36

Danielle Olson creates immersive media to help users understand each other's backgrounds and feelings.

New Scaling Law Predicts How Wheels Drive Over Sand

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 10:09

When engineers design a new aircraft, they carry out much of the initial testing not on full-sized jets but on model planes that have been scaled down to fit inside a wind tunnel.

Japan's Scientific Prowess in Critical Condition

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 13:37

Japan's scientific might is in danger of decline. The country's sluggish science and technology budget is making it difficult to secure talent, and research facilities are suffering from the deficit.

Meet the Nerds Coding Their Way Through the Afghanistan War

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 12:50

A disembodied voice sounded over a loudspeaker. "Incoming. Take cover," it warned to anyone within earshot. Then, the sirens began to wail.

As Computer Coding Classes Swell, So Does Cheating

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 09:25

Exploding interest in computer science courses across the United States has coincided with an undesirable side effect: a spate of high-tech collegiate plagiarism.

Mark Zuckerberg Tells Harvard Graduates to Embrace Globalism, 'a Sense of Purpose'

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 12:41

Harvard dropout Mark Zuckerberg returned to the university Thursday to give graduates a commencement address, filled with calls for building a connected world "where every single person has a sense of purpose."

Monument to Peer Review Unveiled in Moscow

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 12:25

A 1.5-tonne stone tribute to peer review is the latest addition to Moscow's rich cultural heritage.

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