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AI Summit Aims to Help World's Poorest

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 12:46

In the world's wealthiest neighbourhoods, artificial intelligence (AI) systems are starting to steer self-driving cars down the streets, and homeowners are giving orders to their smart voice-controlled speakers. But the AI revolution has yet to offer much help to the 3 billion people globally who live in poverty.

FIRST Robotics Competitions Attract Students to STEM Education

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 10:51

An international youth organization challenges and encourages students to stick with science, technology, engineering, and math.

How to Prepare the Next Generation for Jobs in the AI Economy

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 09:05

If the next generation is to use AI and big data effectively, we need to prepare them now. That will mean some adjustments in elementary education and some major, long-overdue upgrades in computer science instruction at the secondary level.

Climate Science Meets a Stubborn Obstacle: Students

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 14:08

To Gwen Beatty, a junior at the high school in this proud, struggling, Trump-supporting town, the new science teacher's lessons on climate change seemed explicitly designed to provoke her.

How to Call B.S. on Big Data: A Practical Guide

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 12:20

"Nothing that you will learn in the course of your studies will be of the slightest possible use to you," the Oxford philosophy professor John Alexander Smith told his students, in 1914, "save only this: if you work hard and intelligently, you should be able to detect when a man is talking rot."

Who Will Pay for the Future If Not the Robots?

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 11:14

RRobots are taking over the world's workforce—and why shouldn't they?

Jean Sammet, Co-Designer of a Pioneering Computer Language, Dies at 89

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 10:19

Jean E. Sammet, an early software engineer and a designer of COBOL, a programming language that brought computing into the business mainstream, died on May 20 in Maryland.

Learning About Nutrition From 'Food Porn' and Online Quizzes

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at Harvard and Columbia universities conducted a study to determine whether popular online quizzes and food imagery could be leveraged for nutrition education.

You Don't Have to Major in Computer Science to Do It as a Career

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 09:06

Majoring in math, nuclear engineering, or even geology can lead to a well-paying software job.

How a Gene Editing Tool Went From Labs to a Middle-School Classroom

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 14:47

On a Saturday afternoon, 10 students gather at Genspace, a community lab in Brooklyn, to learn how to edit genes.

Mind-Controlled Device Helps Stroke Patients Retrain Brains to Move Paralyzed Hands

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 12:03

Researchers have developed a hand-worn device connected to a brain-computer interface to help stroke patients retrain their brains to recover hand movements.

China's Go Masters and Researchers Are Optimistic about the Country's AI Future

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 10:11

After AlphaGo's historic victory against South Korean grandmaster Lee Sedol in March 2016, Go teacher Jianlun Qian felt a sense of impending crisis. He fretted about the demise of the game brought about by AI.

Computer Scientist to Boost Interactivity of Museum's History, Holdings

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 09:31

James Miller,  associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the University of Kansas, is exploring new ways to open the Spencer Museum of Art's history and collections to the public through data visualization and storytelling.

Balancing Teaching CS Efficiently with Motivating Students

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 00:00

Mark Guzdial suggests a new balance is needed in computer science education between discovery learning and direct instruction.

Software Simplified

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 15:55

In 2015, geneticist Guy Reeves was trying to configure a free software system called Galaxy to get his bioinformatics projects off the ground.

To Make Your Conspiracy Theory Legit, Just Find an 'Expert'

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 12:02

"MIT Professor Exposes 'Egregious Error' & Evidence Tampering in US Report on Syria Sarin Incident." Pretty good headline, right?

Shedding Light on How Humans Walk…With Robots

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have discovered that humans whose lower limbs are fastened to a typical clinical robot only modify their gait if the forces the robot applies threaten their walking ability.

Is China Outsmarting America in A.I.?

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 10:50

Sören Schwertfeger finished his postdoctorate research on autonomous robots in Germany, and seemed set to go to Europe or the United States, where artificial intelligence was pioneered and established.

Building Empathy Through Computer Science and Art

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 10:36

Danielle Olson creates immersive media to help users understand each other's backgrounds and feelings.

New Scaling Law Predicts How Wheels Drive Over Sand

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 10:09

When engineers design a new aircraft, they carry out much of the initial testing not on full-sized jets but on model planes that have been scaled down to fit inside a wind tunnel.