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Teaching Kids Coding, by the Book

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 12:00

Girls Who Code has arranged a deal with Penguin to release 13 books over the next two years.

A Hunt for Ways to Combat Online Radicalization

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 11:56

Law enforcement officials, technology companies and lawmakers have long tried to limit what they call the "radicalization" of young people over the internet.

The Tech Industry Is Hiring Israeli Engineers as Fast as the Army Can Produce Them

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 14:18

United Airlines started a three-flights-per-week service from San Francisco to Tel Aviv last year.

The Enduring Legacy of Zork

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 13:04

In 1977, four recent MIT graduates who'd met at MIT's Laboratory for Computer Science used the lab's PDP-10 mainframe to develop a computer game that captivated the world.

Why AI Visionary Andrew Ng Teaches Humans to Teach Computers

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 11:31

Andrew Ng has led teams at Google and Baidu that have gone on to create self-learning computer programs used by hundreds of millions of people, including email spam filters and touch-screen keyboards that make typing easier by predicting what you might want to say next.

Women Make Up Just 29% of All Israeli Computer Science Students

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 09:19

Although women account for 58% of all students pursing a bachelor's degree at Israel's universities and colleges, the rate among students of computer science was just half that (29%), according to figures compiled for the Council for Higher Education.

End of the Checkout Line: The Looming Crisis for American Cashiers

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 17:18

The day before a fully automated grocery store opened its doors in 1939, the inventor Clarence Saunders took out a full page advertisement in the Memphis Press-Scimitar warning "old duds" with "cobwebby brains" to keep away.

The Loyal Engineers Steering NASA's Voyager Probes Across the Universe

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 10:31

In the early spring of 1977, Larry Zottarelli, a 40-year-old computer engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, set out for Cape Canaveral, Fla., in his Toyota Corolla.

The World's Biggest Tech Companies Are No Longer Just American

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 14:53

The technology world's $400 billion-and-up club—long a group of exclusively American names like Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Amazon—needs to make room for two Chinese members.

AP Computer Science Draws in More Girls, Minorities

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 13:00

More young women took an Advanced Placement computer science exam in 2016 than in 2007 through 2013 combined, mainly because of the College Board's new AP CS Principles course.

Chatbot Helps Prospective Students Find the Right Courses

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 09:38

Leeds Beckett University has launched a chatbot to help prospective students find the right courses.

Global Rankings of Computer Science Universities, 2017

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 11:08

ShanghaiRanking Consultancy has released the Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2017. The report ranks more than 4,000 universities in 52 subjects.

Everyone Thinks That Automation Will Take Our Jobs. The Evidence Disagrees

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 12:20

Last year, the Japanese company SoftBank opened a cell phone store in Tokyo and staffed it entirely with sales associates named Pepper. This wasn't as hard as it sounds, since all the Peppers were robots.

This Robot Lab Has No Idea What Its Robots Are Doing

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 12:00

The Georgia Institute of Technology's Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines supports the Robotarium, an arena where scientists can run experiments on remote-controlled machines.

Reverence for Robots: Japanese Workers Treasure Automation

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 11:19

Thousands upon thousands of cans are filled with beer, capped and washed, wrapped into six-packs, and boxed at dizzying speeds—1,500 a minute, to be exact—on humming conveyor belts that zip and wind in a sprawling factory near Tokyo.

China's Plan for World Domination in AI Isn't So Crazy After All

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 10:24

Xu Li's software scans more faces than maybe any on earth. He has the Chinese police to thank.

Defense Secretary James Mattis Envies Silicon Valley's AI Ascent

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 13:24

Defense Secretary James Mattis has a lot on his mind these days. North Korea, obviously. China's expanding claims on the South China sea. Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria. And, closer to home, the Pentagon lagging behind the tech industry in leveraging artificial intelligence.

NASA Selects Proposals to Study Galaxies, Stars, Planets

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 12:34

NASA has selected six astrophysics Explorers Program proposals for concept studies.

Colleges Have Increased Women Computer Science Majors: What Can Google Learn?

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 10:06

A Google engineer who got fired over a controversial memo that criticized the company's diversity policies said that there might be biological reasons there are fewer women engineers. But top computer science schools have proven that a few cultural changes can increase the number of women in the field.

D.I.Y. Artificial Intelligence Comes to a Japanese Family Farm

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 11:55

Not much about Makoto Koike's adult life suggests that he would be a farmer.