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It's About Power

Fri, 03/01/2019 - 00:00

A call to rethink ethics and equity in computing education.

Potential 'Dark Sides' of Leisure Technology Use in Youth

Fri, 03/01/2019 - 00:00

Time for balanced reflections on technology.

Questioning a New Intellectual Property Right for Press Publishers

Fri, 03/01/2019 - 00:00

Considering the implications of the "link tax" provision of the proposed EU Directive for the Digital Single Market for traditional press publishers.

Electronics Need Rare Earths

Fri, 03/01/2019 - 00:00

Demand is expected to spike over the next few years, leading to higher prices and international trade issues.

Exoskeletons Today

Fri, 03/01/2019 - 00:00

Wearable mobile machines integrate people and machines to assist the movement-impaired, and amplify the capabilities of industrial and defense workers while protecting them from injury.

Smoothing the Path to Computing; Pondering Uses for Big Data

Fri, 03/01/2019 - 00:00

Members of the Computing Research Association suggest ways to broaden participation in computer science, while Saurabh Bagchi looks at use cases for big data.

Lost in Math?

Fri, 03/01/2019 - 00:00

While some people find mathematics befuddling, others find it elegant and beautiful. But the seductive power of mathematical beauty has come under criticism lately.

Ownership vs. Stewardship

Fri, 03/01/2019 - 00:00

The Internet and the World Wide Web are dependent on the stewardship of a key set of non-profit institutions.

Owning Computing's Environmental Impact

Fri, 03/01/2019 - 00:00

It is time for the computing community to face up to computing's growing environmental impact—and take responsibility for it.

Which Colleges Are Best and Worst for Women in Computer Science?

Wed, 02/27/2019 - 12:00

An analysis of U.S. Department of Education data found only four colleges in the United States with at least 50 bachelor's degree recipients in computer science in 2016-2017 awarded more than half of those degrees to women.

Smart, Fluffy Storytelling Robot to Be Trialed in U.S. Classrooms

Wed, 02/27/2019 - 12:00

A cute, fluffy robot can help boost language skills in young children.

QS World University Rankings Rate Top Computer Science Schools for 2019

Wed, 02/27/2019 - 11:33

The QS World University Rankings by Subject ranks the world's top universities in computer science and 47 other subject areas.

What 126 Studies Say About Education Technology

Wed, 02/27/2019 - 10:31

A new publication from J-PAL North America summarizing 126 rigorous evaluations of different uses of education technology suggests some areas of promise and points to four key lessons.

AI's Big Challenge

Tue, 02/26/2019 - 13:48

The recently signed executive order establishing the American AI Initiative correctly identifies artificial intelligence as central to American competitiveness and national defense.

Seattle Mayor Forms Student Internship Program With Amazon, Expedia, Others

Tue, 02/26/2019 - 12:00

Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan has launched a paid internship program for college students, in partnership with area companies.

Seattle Mayor Forms Student Internship Program With Amazon, Expedia, Others

Tue, 02/26/2019 - 12:00

Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan has launched a paid internship program for college students, in partnership with area companies.

UCLA's Computer Science Curriculum Fails to Teach Applicable Skills in the Field

Tue, 02/26/2019 - 11:35

UCLA's computer science curriculum is focused on the theoretical foundations of the major, but students say they need more practical skills to cut it in the field.

Why Scientists Sometimes Make Extraordinary Claims

Tue, 02/26/2019 - 10:51

The interstellar object known as 'Oumuamua plunged into our solar system in 2017, leaving a trail of mystery in its wake.

Don't Fight the Robots. Tax Them.

Mon, 02/25/2019 - 18:37

When Bill Gates floated the idea of imposing a tax on robots a couple of years ago, Lawrence Summers, a former top economic adviser to President Barack Obama, called the Microsoft co-founder "profoundly misguided."

Hiroshi Ishii Wins ACM SIGCHI Lifetime Research Award

Fri, 02/22/2019 - 11:10

Hiroshi Ishii, the Jerome B. Wiesner Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at MIT, has been awarded the 2019 ACM SIGCHI Lifetime Research Award for his career of contributions to human-computer interaction.

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