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New Colorado Law Calls For State Standard In Computer Science Education

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 10:49

Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill aimed at boosting computer science education in Colorado's public schools. The goal is to prepare Colorado students for jobs in technology, the fastest growing employment sector in the economy.

UCI Aims to Become First University to Launch Rocket Into Space

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 10:04

A $1 million gift from a nonprofit STEM workforce development firm will establish a rocketry program at the University of California, Irvine with the intent of making it the first academic institution to launch a liquid-fuel rocket into space.

Defending Science: How the Art of Rhetoric Can Help

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 14:09

Science seems to be under attack in America, so much so that scientists and their supporters are marching in the streets.

Why is Russia So Good at Encouraging Women Into Tech?

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 13:15

Irina Khoroshko, from Zelenograd near Moscow, had learned her times tables by the age of five.

Evaluating Computer Science Undergraduate Teaching: Why student evaluations are likely biased

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 21:11

Unconscious bias is pervasive in computing, and training is our best remedy, how can untrained students evaluate their CS teachers without bias?

President Trump's New Order Gives China Tech Opportunity To 'Hire American' Too

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 12:40

The same week that President Trump issued his hire American executive order, the president of one of China's top tech companies said his company wants to do the same thing.

How to Build Your Own Moonshot Lab, According to Astro Teller

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 12:14

From balloon-based Internet to self-driving cars, Astro Teller and his team have produced some of the world's most ambitious technology products.

Harry Huskey, Pioneering Computer Scientist, Is Dead at 101

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 09:31

Huskey was a pioneering computer scientist who worked on early computing systems, and later helped universities around the world establish computer centers and computer science programs.

50 Years Ago, a Computer Pioneer Got a New York Subway Race Rolling

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 17:39

Fifty years ago, Peter Samson, one of the inventors of Spacewar, considered the world's first video game, began another craze underground.

Find Out If a Robot Will Take Your Job 

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 14:07

At a community college in upstate New York, 12 cafeteria workers recently learned that they will lose their jobs—and be replaced by self-serve machines.

From Coal to Code

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 12:09

Coal miners find new lives as programmers.

Millennials Aren't Job-Hopping Any Faster Than Generation X Did

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 09:51

Millennial workers, those ages 18 to 35, are just as likely to stick with their employers as their older counterparts in Generation X were when they were young adults, according to recently released U.S. Department of Labor data.

95% of Engineers in India Unfit for Software Development Jobs, Claims Report

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 09:19

Ninety-five percent of engineers in India are not fit to take up software development jobs, and over two-thirds cannot even write code that compiles, a new survey says.

Bill Gates Is Wrong: The Solution to AI Taking Jobs Is Training, Not Taxes

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 13:52

Let's take a breath: Robots and artificial intelligence systems are nowhere near displacing the human workforce.

The Great AI Recruitment War: Amazon Is on Top, And Apple Is Almost Nowhere to Be Seen

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 13:44

When Matt Zeiler finished his PhD in machine learning from New York University in 2013, the tech giants came scrambling.

Georg Gottlob honoured with Lovelace Medal

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 10:32

Georg Gottlob been selected by the Awards Panel of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, as the 2017 winner of the Lovelace Medal.

Robert Taylor, Innovator Who Shaped Modern Computing, Dies at 85

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 10:22

Like many inventions, the internet was the work of countless hands. But perhaps no one deserves more credit for that world-changing technological leap than Robert W. Taylor, who died on Thursday at 85 at his home in Woodside, Calif.

Track How Technology Is Transforming Work

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 12:09

Advances in technology pose huge challenges for jobs. Productivity levels have never been higher in the United States, for example, but income for the bottom 50% of earners has stagnated since 1999 (see 'Job shifts').