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AI Will Create New Jobs But Skills Must Shift, Say Tech Giants

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 11:37

AI will create more jobs than it destroys was the not-so-subtle rebuttal from tech giants to growing concern over the impact of automation technologies on employment.

The 5 Most Popular Programming Languages Among Female Developers

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 10:23

Computer science is growing in popularity among young women, according to HackerRank's 2018 Women in Tech Report. Java, JavaScript, C, C++, and Python top the list of the most common programming languages in which female developers say they have proficiency.

The Limits of Explainability

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 16:26

When we look at a stack of blocks or a stack of Oreos, we intuitively have a sense of how stable it is, whether it might fall over, and in what direction it may fall.

Feeding Frenzy for AI Engineers Gets More Intense

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 12:46

In December, Bloomberg reported that desperate demand for software engineers who know how to build artificial intelligence systems turned a previously low-key academic event into a recruiting frenzy more akin to the National Football League's draft day.

Technical Perspective: A Graph-Theoretic Framework Traces Task Planning

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 00:00

In "Time-Inconsistent Planning: A Computational Problem in Behavioral Economics," Kleinberg and Oren describe a graph-theoretic framework for task planning with quasi-hyperbolic discounting.

Time-Inconsistent Planning

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 00:00

We propose a graph-theoretic model of tasks and goals, in which dependencies among actions are represented by a directed graph, and a time-inconsistent agent constructs a path through this graph.

The Wisdom of Older Technology (Non)Users

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 00:00

Older adults consistently reject digital technology even when designed to be accessible and trustworthy.

Evolution Toward Soft(er) Products

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 00:00

As software becomes a larger part of all products, traditional (hardware) manufacturers are becoming, in essence, software companies.

Operational Excellence in April Fools' Pranks

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 00:00

Being funny is serious work.

Monitoring in a DevOps World

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 00:00

Perfect should never be the enemy of better.

Computational Social Science ≠ Computer Science + Social Data

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 00:00

The important intersection of computer science and social science.

Responsible Research with Crowds

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 00:00

High-level guidelines for the treatment of crowdworkers.

Impediments with Policy Interventions to Foster Cybersecurity

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 00:00

A call for discussion of governmental investment and intervention in support of cybersecurity.

Ethics Omission Increases Gases Emission

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 00:00

A look in the rearview mirror at Volkswagon software engineering.

Will the Supreme Court Nix Reviews of Bad Patents?

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 00:00

Considering the longer-term implications of a soon-to-be-decided U.S. Supreme Court case.

The State of Fakery

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 00:00

How digital media could be authenticated, from computational, legal, and ethical points of view.

The Construction Industry in the 21st Century

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 00:00

Three-dimensional printing and other new technologies are revitalizing the business of building buildings.

The Costs and Pleasures of a Computer Science Teacher

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 00:00

Mark Guzdial considers the enormous opportunity costs of computer science teachers, while Bertrand Meyer ponders the pleasures of arguing with graduate students.

A Declaration of the Dependence of Cyberspace

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 00:00

Just as you cannot separate the mind and the body, you cannot separate cyberspace and physical space. It is time to accept this dependence and act accordingly.

Unintended Consequences

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 00:00

The Internet as we know it today has driven the barrier to the generation and sharing of information to nearly zero. But there are consequences of the reduced threshold for access to the Internet.