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Google and Facebook's Idealistic Futures Are Built on Ads

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 11:11

In 2011 a young computer scientist named Jeff Hammerbacher said something profound while explaining why he'd decided to leave Facebook—and the promise of a small fortune—to start a company.

Computer Scientists Have Created the Most Accurate Digital Model of a Human Face

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 12:41

Imperial College London researchers have automated the generation of three-dimensional morphable models used to represent human faces.

Hubert L. Dreyfus, Philosopher of the Limits of Computers, Dies at 87

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 09:22

A philosopher who believed humans will always be smarter.

Meet the People Who Train the Robots (to Do Their Own Jobs)

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 16:09

What if part of your job became teaching a computer everything you know about doing someone's job—perhaps your own?

The Internet of Things Needs a Code of Ethics

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 12:30

In October, when malware called Mirai took over poorly secured webcams and DVRs, and used them to disrupt internet access across the United States, I wondered who was responsible.

Software Startups Aim to Automate Bio Labs

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 11:09

Earlier this month, major tech consulting company Cambridge Consultants announced a partnership with Synthace, a small, U.K.-based software startup.

The US Takes On the World in NATO's Cyber War Games

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 10:49

Last year, Capt. Sean Ruddy and his team of operator-soldiers from the US Cyber Brigade entered a Locked Shields, a NATO-organized cyber-defense war game that pits teams from dozens of countries against "live-fire" attacks.

Preparing Tomorrow's Faculty to Address Challenges in Teaching Computer Science

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 00:00

Using a "boot camp" workshop for new faculty orientation.

Preparing Tomorrow's Faculty to Dddress Challenges in Teaching Computer Science

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 00:00

Using a "boot camp" workshop for new faculty orientation.

Next List 2017 20 Tech Visionaries Who Are Creating the Future

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 16:22

Microsoft will build computers even more sleek and beautiful than Apple's. Robots will 3-D-print cool shoes that are personalized just for you.

Rice's Lydia Kavraki Wins ACM Athena Lecturer Award

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 12:00

Rice University professor and ACM Fellow Lydia Kavraki will receive this year's ACM Athena Lecturer Award.

Can Early Experiences With Computers, Robots Increase STEM Interest Among Young Girls?

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 09:55

Incorporating more programming activities in the classroom or at home may ignite and sustain girls' interest in technology and boost confidence in their abilities, a University of Washington study found.

CUNY Tutor Program Highlights Math, CS Careers to NYC Students

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 11:25

A City University of New York program helps public school students learn science and math, and provides them with role models.

Geeks v Government: The Battle Over Public Key Cryptography

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 17:49

Two graduate students stood silently beside a lectern, listening as their professor presented their work to a conference.

The Big Missed Opportunity With Big Data

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 12:46

A seemingly endless trove of data is available from increasingly connected consumers, but most companies continued to operate as if it was business as usual. Professor Raj Venkatesan wants to know why.

Artificial Intelligence Expert Shares His Vision of the Future of Education

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 12:00

University of Idaho professor Joseph Qualls says he envisions education being transformed by artificial intelligence.

Scientific Discovery Game Significantly Speeds Up Neuroscience Research Process

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 12:00

Mozak is a new scientific discovery game enabling citizen scientists to generate three-dimensional reconstructions of neurons in different regions of human and animal brains.

Can Facebook Fix Its Own Worst Bug?

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 15:36

In early January, I went to see Mark Zuckerberg at MPK20, a concrete-and-steel building on the campus of Facebook's headquarters, which sits across a desolate highway from the marshy salt flats of Menlo Park, Calif.

Why Google's Made With Code Is Helping Women Get Into STEM for Earth Day

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 12:00

This year's "Made with Code" initiative paired women from three non-government agencies with student scientists to address environmental challenges.

Inside China's Plans for World Robot Domination

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 10:53

Scenes from China's quest to dominate the robotic future: At startup E-Deodar, a human-looking droid serves coffee to employees who are building $15,000 industrial bots that are about a third cheaper than foreign brands and are being used to automate assembly lines across the Pearl River Delta manufacturing hub.