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How We Killed Expertise

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 12:53

Average Americans have never much liked eggheads.

Scanning the Future, Radiologists See Their Jobs at Risk

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 12:06

In health care, you could say radiologists have typically had a pretty sweet deal.

The Myths and Realities of Studying Computer Science

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 10:18

An education in computers in Delhi schools tends not to prepare students for a career in computer science.

Putin: Leader in Artificial Intelligence Will Rule World

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 13:24

Russian President Vladimir Putin says that whoever reaches a breakthrough in developing artificial intelligence will come to dominate the world.

What James Damore Got Wrong About Gender Bias in Computer Science

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 13:16

In August Google employee James Damore made the news and even Wikipedia by publishing his speculation that female software engineers are underrepresented due to inherent biological differences.

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Sponsors Teen Video Challenge

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 11:16

The winner of the Breakthrough Junior Challenge, a video competition to generate student interest in STEM fields, will be awarded a $250,000 scholarship, and his or her school with get a new science lab.

NYU Steinhardt Awarded More Than $4 Million From National Science Foundation for STEM Education Research

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 14:48

The National Science Foundation has awarded New York University grants totalling more than $4 million for research to improve computer science and computational thinking in elementary and middle schools.

What I Learned at Gerrymandering Summer Camp

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 14:09

At 6'5", Aaron Dennis towers over the whiteboard beside him.

2 to Receive 2017 ACM/IEEE George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowships

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 13:05

The Fellowships honor exceptional Ph.D. students worldwide whose research focuses on high-performance computing, networking, storage, and large-scale data analysis.

One-Time Allies Sour on Joining Trump's Tech Team

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 12:30

Prsident Trump's victory caught Garrett Johnson—and the rest of humanity—by surprise.

The Myth of the Skills Gap

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 10:31

The contention that America's workers lack the skills employers demand is an article of faith among analysts, politicians, and pundits of every stripe, from conservative tax cutters to liberal advocates of job training.

Measuring student self-efficacy and learning trajectories for K-5 CS: ICER 2017 Trip Report

Sun, 08/27/2017 - 13:53

 ICER 2017 features a new test of student belief and new theory about K-5 CS learning

As Coding Boot Camps Close, the Field Faces a Reality Check

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 13:24

In the last five years, dozens of schools have popped up offering an unusual promise: Even humanities graduates can learn how to code in a few months and join the high-paying digital economy.

How the Voyager Golden Record Was Made

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 12:41

We inhabit a small planet orbiting a medium-sized star about two-thirds of the way out from the center of the Milky Way galaxy—around where Track 2 on an LP record might begin.

Why AI Visionary Andrew Ng Teaches Humans to Teach Computers

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 12:00

Stanford University professor Andrew Ng's current area of concentration is teaching next-generation artificial intelligence specialists to train computers.

NSF Announces $17.7M in Awards for Cross-Disciplinary Data Sciences Projects

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 12:00

The U.S. National Science Foundation will allocate $17.7 million to fund 12 Transdisciplinary Research in Principles of Data Science projects that support research and training activities that go beyond disciplinary boundaries.

With the USS McCain Collision, Even Navy Tech Can't Overcome Human Shortcomings

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 10:25

In the darkness of early morning on August 21, the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain collided with a tanker in the Strait of Malacca off Singapore.

Purdue Enrollment in Computer Science Doubles in Five Years

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 10:13

Applications to Purdue's computer science undergraduate program have increased so much that the admission rate has declined even as the quality of applicants improves.

Wanted: Weaponized Exploits that Hack Phones. Will Pay Top Dollar

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 15:31

In a sign of the soaring demand for zeroday attacks that target software that's becoming increasingly secure, a market-leading broker is offering serious cash for weaponized exploits that work against Signal, WhatsApp, and other mobile apps that offer confidential messaging or privacy.

Widening Horizons for High Schoolers With Code

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 12:39

Argonne National Laboratory hosted a five-day Coding Camp last month for more than two dozen high school students, teaching new programming skills and exploring how computers apply to  diverse disciplines.