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Amazon to Fund Computer Science Courses in Over 1,000 U.S. High Schools

Fri, 02/22/2019 - 10:24

Amazon announced it will bring computer science courses to more than 1,000 high schools and tens of thousands of students throughout the United States.

North Dakota Looks to Teach Students About Cybersecurity

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 12:00

North Dakota wants to provide statewide student access to computer science and cybersecurity courses.

How Did the Romans Calculate?

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 11:00

Experts are still wondering how the Romans calculated with their number system.

UC Santa Cruz Offering Graduate Degree in Serious Games with Social Goals

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 10:23

UC Santa Cruz is launching a master's degree program in serious games that aim to help people with special needs or address other social goals.

The Two Codes Your Kids Need to Know

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 09:45

The College Board came up with a surprising conclusion about keys to success for college and life. By Thomas L. Friedman, Opinion Columnist.

Farmworker vs Robot

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 17:28

Both human and machine have 10 seconds per plant. They must find the ripe strawberries in the leaves, gently twist them off the stems and tuck them into a plastic clamshell. Repeat, repeat, repeat, before the fruit spoils.

Prepare Students for a Future of AI

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 12:00

The United States cannot sustain its leading role in artificial intelligence R&D without ensuring that students have the skills to pursue this commitment, says MIT President L. Rafael Reif.

Machine Learning Is Contributing to the Reproducibility Crisis in Science

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 11:03

Machine-learning techniques are producing results that are misleading and often wrong, contributing to the reproducibility crisis in science, says Genevera Allen of Rice University.

Computer Science Professor Wins Tech Honor

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 10:58

Jodi Tims, chair of the Computer Science and Engineering department at Baldwin Wallace University, was awarded The Next Generation Award–Women in Tech by The Greater Cleveland Partnership.

DARPA Wants to Solve Science's Replication Crisis With Robots

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 10:16

DARPA has promised $7.6 million to a nonprofit organization that's leading the charge to fix the "reproducibility crisis" in science.

The Two Codes Your Kids Need to Know

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 13:10

A few years ago, the leaders of the College Board, the folks who administer the SAT college entrance exam, asked themselves a radical question: Of all the skills and knowledge that we test young people for that we know are correlated with success in college and in life, which is the most important? Their answer: the ability to master "two codes"—computer science and the U.S. Constitution.

What Trump's Executive Order on AI Is Missing

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 12:45

President Trump signed an executive order on February 11 meant to shore up our competitive position in the international race for AI supremacy, but it is short on concrete steps.

Lack of Women Inventors Could Hurt Innovation, U.S. Patent Office Says

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 10:18

The USPTO's new report shows that women still comprise a small minority of patent inventors and highlights their untapped potential to spur U.S. innovation.

Scaling Up Search for Analogies Could Be Key to Innovation

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 14:42

Investment in research is at an all-time high, yet the rate of scientific breakthroughs isn't setting any records. To resolve this quandary, scientists are turning to artificial intelligence and crowdsourcing for help in identifying a key inspiration for innovation—the perfect analogy.

Trump's Plan to Keep America First in AI

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 13:31

The US leads the world in artificial intelligence technology. Decades of federal research funding, industrial and academic research, and streams of foreign talent have put America at the forefront of the current AI boom.

Video Game Players Have Increased Moral Reasoning Skills, Researchers Say

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 10:02

Young people who play video games have higher moral reasoning skills that those who don't, Bournemouth University researchers found.

UC Allows High-School Computer Science as Core Curriculum Credit

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 12:00

The University of California system will count high school computer science courses toward core curriculum prerequisites for admission to its nine universities.

Error by Computer Science Employee Leaks Data on All Active Students

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 11:27

Human error by an employee within the Computer Science Department caused a massive leak of personal information of all active students in California State Polytechnic University's College of Science.

The Ethical Dilemma Facing Silicon Valley’s Next Generation

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 09:22

Stanford has established itself as the epicenter of computer science, and a farm system for the tech giants. Following major scandals at Facebook, Google, and others, how is the university coming to grips with a world in which many of its students' dream jobs are now vilified?

'Hamlet' in Virtual Reality Casts the Viewer in the Play

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 12:00

Boston’s Commonwealth Shakespeare Company and Google have created a virtual reality (VR) version of "Hamlet" in which the viewer plays the ghost of Hamlet’s father.