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Med Students Are Getting Terrible Training in Robotic Surgery

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 11:53

If you think your on-the-job training was tough, imagine what life is like for newbie surgeons.

ACM, CSTA Announce Cutler-Bell Prize Student Winners

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 11:19

The Cutler-Bell Prize promotes the field of computer science and empowers students to pursue computing challenges beyond the classroom environment.

UTSA Researchers Want to Teach Computers to Learn Like Humans

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 13:00

Researchers have created a new cloud-based learning platform for artificial intelligence designed to teach machines to learn like humans.

AT&T's $1 Billion Gambit: Retraining Nearly Half Its Workforce for Jobs of the Future

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 10:30

AT&T initiated a massive retraining effort after discovering that nearly half of its 250,000 employees lacked the necessary skills needed to keep the company competitive.

Time To End The Vi/Emacs Debate

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 18:49

If you still use emacs, I feel for you. Perhaps it is time to give vi a try.

Demand for Programmers Hits Full Boil as U.S. Job Market Simmers

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 16:24

Ouliana Trofimenko and Annie Rihn, who work for different technology companies on the West Coast, are both on the front lines of one of the biggest challenges to U.S. economic growth right now: a scarcity of technology talent.

Fewer International Grad Students Seeking U.S. Computer Science Degrees

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 13:00

The U.S. National Science Board says the number of international students enrolling in U.S. universities is falling for the first time in years.

A Computing Education Research Perspective on Programmable Programming Languages

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 13:00

Computing education researcher take on the implications of programmable programming languages

Computer Science for All: Can Schools Pull It Off?

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 11:56

The nascent Computer Science for All movement aims to help U.S. K-12 schools prepare every student to thrive in a tech-driven future.

Engineering Jobs That Autonomous Cars Have Given Rise To

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 11:50

Investment in driverless vehicle research has reached record levels and along with it comes new job opportunities. Hardware and software engineers have lots of choices, a report says.

How to Make A.I. Human-Friendly

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 10:21

For a field that was not well known outside of academia a decade ago, artificial intelligence has grown dizzyingly fast. Tech companies from Silicon Valley to Beijing are betting everything on it, venture capitalists are pouring billions into research and development, and start-ups are being created on what seems like a daily basis.

Proposal Recommends AI Training in China's Primary, Secondary Schools

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 09:58

AI courses and experience centers shoud be established in both primary and secondary schools in China, a deputy to the 13th National People's Congress told the legislative session in Beijing.

Most Americans See Artificial Intelligence as a Threat to Jobs (Just Not Theirs)

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 11:07

The vast majority of Americans expect artificial intelligence to lead to job losses in the coming decade, but few see it coming for their own position.

Bioengineers Today Emphasize the Crucial Ingredient Dr. Frankenstein Forgot: Responsibility 

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 15:56

Mary Shelley was 20 when she published "Frankenstein" in 1818. Two hundred years on, the book remains thrilling, challenging and relevant—especially for scientists like me whose research involves tinkering with the stuff of life.

Student-Run Hackathons Use Uncommon Approaches to Educate and Inspire

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 11:56

A hackathon organized by student groups at the University of Chicago helped introduce middle-school girls to app design and tech careers, and challenged more seasoned coders to use their talents in "uncommon" ways.

UT Computer Science Adding Ethics Courses to Curriculum

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 11:01

The University of Texas at Austin is offering a new computer science course this semester which introduces first-year students to ethical dilemmas and helps them draw parallels to problems they may encounter working in technology.

AI's Dirty Little Secret: It's Powered by People

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 17:10

There's a dirty little secret about artificial intelligence: It's powered by hundreds of thousands of real people.

China Luring Young International IT Talent Away From Silicon Valley

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 12:00

International students are being drawn to the Chinese technology field for opportunities to gain experience in advanced technology disciplines.

Student ACM to Host Hacklahoma Competition

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 13:12

The Student ACM chapter at the University of Oklahoma will host Hacklahoma, a 24-hour hackathon that a co-founder describes as an "invention marathon."

Basic Password Guidance Can Dramatically Improve Account Security, Study Shows

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 12:00

Researchers have found that technology users who receive basic password guidance are up to 40% more likely to make their password choices more secure.