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For the U.S. and China, a Technology Cold War That's Freezing Over

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 10:44

A cold war is being waged across the world's most advanced industries. And it just got a lot chillier.

This Stanford Computer Science Genius Aims To Crack The Code Of Learning And Leadership

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 09:49

John Hennessy,  president emeritus of Stanford University and co-recipient of the ACM A.M. Turing award, discusses digital education and the future of leadership.

To Illustrate the Dangers of Cyberwarfare, the Army Is Turning to Sci-Fi

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 15:33

At first glance, Dark Hammer looks a lot like any other science fiction comic book: On the front cover, a drone flies over a river dividing a city with damaged and burning buildings. But this short story in graphic form comes from the Army Cyber Institute at West Point, in New York.

How the AI Cloud Could Produce the Richest Companies Ever

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 12:49

For years, Swami Sivasubramanian's wife has wanted to get a look at the bears that come out of the woods on summer nights to plunder the trash cans at their suburban Seattle home. So over the Christmas break, Sivasubramanian, the head of Amazon's AI division, began rigging up a system to let her do just that.

Facebook's New Data Restrictions Will Handcuff Even Honest Researchers

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 11:19

Last week, when news broke (again) that Cambridge Analytica had allegedly misused 50 million Facebook users' data, it immediately raised a difficult question: When a company possesses information about some 2 billion people, is its chief obligation to share that information, or protect it?

High GPA Could Work Against Young Women Job Hunters

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 10:37

Male applicants with high grade point averages were twice as likely to be contacted by employers as women with the same grades and comparable experience and educational background, a study found. High-achieving women math majors are most readily penalized.

Rensselaer Introduces 'Data Dexterity' Requirement for All Undergraduate Students

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 10:09

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is adopting an institute-wide requirement in data education to provide students with a proficiency in using diverse datasets to define and solve complex real-world problems.

New Model Reveals Forgotten Influencers and 'Sleeping Beauties' of Science

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 12:00

Researchers at the University of Chicago's Knowledge Lab have created a computational model to measure the spread of influential ideas across scholarship and culture.

Kids See More Women in Science than Five Decades Ago

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 11:07

The study from Northwestern University was looking at gender stereotypes in science over years and how these develop in children.

CEO Warning: Talent Pipeline Collapsing With Fewer Immigrants

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 10:32

Fewer immigrants to the United States means reduced potential for companies to grow or be created by foreign-born entrepreneurs, says SnapIT Solutions CEO Neelima Parasker.

Higher Education Joint Cyber Security Operations Center Launches

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 09:59

OmniSOC at Indiana University protects five universities, hundreds of thousands of devices, and tens of thousands of students and faculty from cyber threats.

Top Schools for AI: Study Ranks Leading U.S. Grad Programs

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 09:47

A new study of the top graduate programs for artificial intelligence in the United States reveals which universities are poised to lead the AI revolution.

Pioneers of Modern Computer Architecture Receive ACM A.M. Turing Award

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 08:26

ACM has named John L. Hennessy, former President of Stanford University, and David A. Patterson, retired Professor of the University of California, Berkeley, recipients of the 2017 ACM A.M. Turing Award for pioneering a systematic, quantitative approach to the design and evaluation of computer architectures with enduring impact on the microprocessor industry.

It Could Be Time To Move Into the AI Job Market

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 16:07

Machine learning engineers and data scientists are the two fastest-growing new jobs in the United States, according to LinkedIn's latest Emerging Jobs Report.

The Tech Jobs That Banks Can't Fill

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 10:55

There are plenty of open jobs in the financial services industry that require technology expertise, many of which banks are struggling to fill. In response, compensation is trending upward for the right candidates.

Targeting China, Trump Threatens Student Visas. That Would Hit a Big U.S. Export

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 10:55

The Trump administration's proposed crackdown on China's trade practices could hit one sector where the U.S. runs a big trade surplus: higher education.

STEM is Losing Male LGBQ Undergrads

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 12:00

A recent study provides quantitative evidence that STEM fields have a problem retaining men who identify as part of the LGBQ community, while LGBQ women are actually more likely to persist in STEM fields than their heterosexual peers.

Are Research Papers Less Accurate and Truthful Than In the Past?

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 10:52

That is a myth, according to the latest investigation.

Robotic Tortoise Helps Kids to Learn That Robot Abuse Is a Bad Thing

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 13:00

Researchers used a tortoise-shaped robot to teach children not to abuse robots.

Pick the Right Online Computer Science Degree Program

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 10:45

On top of assessing factors such as a program's accreditation, student services, faculty, and interactivity, experts suggest that prospective students ask these four key questions when researching online computer science degree programs.