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A Look Into Online Computer Science Master's Programs

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 09:26

Many computer science graduate students choose to further their education online, often for the flexibility of working while advancing professionally. The students are typically tech savvy and at ease with the online format, says Professor Patrick McSweeney at Syracuse University.

This Inquisitive AI Will Kick Your Butt at Battleship

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have developed an artificial intelligence that can skillfully play a Battleship-like game by determining how to ask questions as efficiently as possible.

Mark Zuckerberg Is No Longer King of Social. Meet 'Pony' Ma

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 11:42

He's one of China's richest men—THE richest, according to some rankings—with a net worth of roughly $42 billion.

As Silicon Valley Gets 'Crazy,' Midwest Beckons Tech Investors

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 10:27

They seem an odd couple. J. D. Vance, author of "Hillbilly Elegy," his best-selling memoir of growing up in the postindustrial Midwest and his journey of escape. And Steve Case, the billionaire co-founder of America Online.

University of Illinois Degrees Combine Computer Science and Ag, Music

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 10:21

The University of Illinois plans to offer new degrees that combine computer science with music or crop sciences. University officials say the new bachelor of science in computer and crop sciences will be the first degree of its kind in the United States.

STEM on Wheels: Bringing Inspiration, Innovation, and Creativity to Students

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 09:54

CSU Dominguez Hills' four mobile fabrication laboratories, or Fab Labs, make science relevant and fun for students, and deliver unique STEM experiences to local classrooms.

Survey of Bug Bounty Hunters Shows Who Pans for Pwns

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 18:28

Asking the crowd for help in fixing security problems is going mainstream.

Supercomputing Speeds Up Deep Learning Training

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 12:00

A team led by Texas Advanced Computing Center researchers has published the results of an effort to use supercomputers to train a deep neural network for rapid image recognition.

Robots Can Help Us Better Understand How Infants Learn

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 12:00

Johan Kwisthout of Radboud University in the Netherlands' discusses efforts to use robots to replicate the brains infants in order to better understand their learning process.

The Field of AI Research Is About to Get Way Bigger Than Code

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 12:00

The new AI Now Institute is a cross-disciplinary initiative that will research the impact of artificial intelligence on society.

Foreign Students Have Begun to Shun the United States

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 09:51

In a potential threat to future U.S. innovation, new international enrollment at U.S. colleges is down for the first time in more than a decade, according to a new report.

Can Computers Be Creative?

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 10:32

Researchers from Pennsylvania State University have received $900,000 from DARPA to teach computers how to generate original design ideas and then determine if those ideas are technically feasible.

With Future Full Of Jobs To Fill, Training Programs Take Aim At Skills Gap

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 12:45

Year Up is a nonprofit that trains young adults from low-income and underserved communities for professional careers. It's free and students even get a stipend.

Is Computer Science A Foreign Language? Georgia Says Yes, Sees Boost In Enrollment

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 10:32

The state of Georgia has come up with the strategy to boost enrollment in high school computer science classes.

Giving Students Freedom in the STEM Classroom

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 10:29

Texas schools are turning to project-based learning to solve problems associated with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teaching and learning, giving students the freedom to find unique ways to solve a problem.

Only If It Serves the State: North Korea's Online Experience 

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 18:01

Ever so cautiously, North Korea is going online.

SLAC Knows How the Universe Works. Now It's Targeting Your Needs

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 10:19

You could be forgiven for thinking the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory's glory days are long over.

Confirm or Deny: Jaron Lanier

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 13:42

Maureen Dowd: You often get confused for the lead singer of Korn.

Jaron Lanier: No, never. I'm often confused with Arnold Schwarzenegger. I'm kidding.

More Evidence That Humans and Machines Are Better When They Team Up

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 13:33

Instead of just fretting about how robots and AI will eliminate jobs, we should explore new ways for humans and machines to collaborate, says Daniela Rus, director of MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL).

NAS Report Investigates the Growth of Computer Science Undergraduate Enrollments

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 12:33

The National Academy of Sciences recently released a report titled "Assessing and Responding to the Growth of Computer Science Undergraduate Enrollments."