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Here Comes Everybody . . . to Communications

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 00:00

I am pleased to announce a new Communications of the ACM initiative with the ambitious goal of expanding the Communications community globally to include important voices and perspectives in the conversation about the present and future of computing.

How Do Teachers Integrate STEM Into K-12 Classrooms?

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 12:17

Michigan Technological University researchers conducted a study examining what makes science, technology, engineering, and math education integration practices work.

Scientists Aim To Pull Peer Review Out Of The 17th Century

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 11:17

Some researchers want to modernize the peer review process to make it more fitting for a world that now lives online.

Forget Learning to Code, Bosses Value Collaboration and Communication

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 10:57

While automation is requiring workers to maintain technical fluency, the top priority for developing talent is to train for soft skills, according to LinkedIn's 2018 Workplace Learning Report.

Forecasts of Genetic Fate Just Got a Lot More Accurate

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 19:14

When Amit Khera explains how he predicts disease, the young cardiologist's hands touch the air, arranging imaginary columns of people: 30,000 who have suffered heart attacks here, 100,000 healthy controls there.

Tech Companies Should Stop Pretending AI Won't Destroy Jobs

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 13:41

I took an Uber to an artificial-­intelligence conference at MIT one recent morning, and the driver asked me how long it would take for autonomous vehicles to take away his job.

Michigan's 'Marshall Plan for Talent' Aims to Become Model for Tech Education Nationwide

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 12:00

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder recently unveiled a five-year, $100-million "Marshall Plan for Talent" to better prepare students for technology fields with the most job openings.

Researchers Have Finally Created a Tool to Spot Duplicated Images Across Thousands of Papers

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 16:49

Computer software can now quickly detect duplicate images across large swathes of the research literature, three scientists say.

This 'Gray Hat' Hacker Breaks Into Your Car, to Prove a Point

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 11:44

Cybercrime is expanding beyond computers and cellphones. Cars, washers and dryers, and even toasters are going online—an evolution of technology called the Internet of Things.

Researcher Identifies Ways to Break the Bias of STEM Stereotypes

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 17:21

A collection of scholarly articles examines gender roles and inequity and the impact of unintentional and purposeful efforts to undermine women's equality in the U.S.

Why A.I. Researchers at Google Got Desks Next to the Boss

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 14:27

If you want to understand the priorities of a technology company, first look at the seating chart.

How to Make Replication the Norm

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 13:37

Replication is essential for building confidence in research studies, yet it is still the exception rather than the rule.

Countries With Greater Gender Equality Have Lower Percentage of Female STEM Graduates, Study Finds

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 12:00

Researchers at the University of Missouri and Leeds Beckett University found as societies become wealthier and more gender-equal, women are less likely to obtain degrees in STEM fields.

Building a Passion for STEM Studies Among Women and Girls

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 12:00

Just 20% of Canada's post-secondary science, technology, engineering, and math students currently are female.

How Technology Is Designed to Bring Out The Worst In Us

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 11:48

Tristan Harris has become an influential critic of how Silicon Valley designs products to addict us. In an interview, Harris talks about how the 2016 election threw Silicon Valley into crisis, why negative emotions dominate online, and what it means to take control of your time.

How to Monitor Fake News

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 10:44

The indictment of 13 Russians filed on Friday by Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Russian efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election, details the secret workings of the Internet Research Agency, an organization in St. Petersburg, Russia, that disseminates false information online.

Mattel and Tynker Will Use Barbie to Teach Kids to Code

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 09:09

Mattel said it will introduce 10 million kids to coding by 2020 through an expanded partnership with Tynker.

Deciding When the Design is Wrong in Programming Languages and Education

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 15:32

When do we decide that errors are due to bad design in programming languges and education?

Rise of the Data Protection Officer, the Hottest Tech Ticket in Town

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 11:48

They may not have the cachet of entrepreneurs, or geek chic of developers, but data protection officers are suddenly the hottest properties in technology.

Who Killed The Junior Developer?

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 10:28

New developers are having trouble getting their first job. These days it's rare to find even a job posting for a junior developer position. Why? Companies say can't afford to have senior developers mentor them.