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How to Teach Computer Ethics through Science Fiction

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 00:00

Science fiction in particular offers students a way to cultivate their capacity for moral imagination.


Wed, 08/01/2018 - 00:00

Considering the possibility of achieving an e-democracy based on long-established foundations that strengthen both real-world democracies and virtual Internet communities.


Wed, 08/01/2018 - 00:00

Increased technology is not the solution to the fundamental issue of declining democratic culture.

Providing Equitable Access to Computing Education

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 00:00

Seeking the best measures to reach advantaged and less-advantaged students equally.

Designing Sustainable Rural Infrastructure Through the Lens of OpenCellular

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 00:00

Understanding the unique local context, as well as technical considerations, are essential components of successful project deployment.

Broadening the Path for Women in STEM

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 00:00

Organizations work to address 'a notable absence of women in the field.'

Regulating Automated Decision Making

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 00:00

A group assembled by Informatics Europe and the policy committee of the ACM Europe Council produced a report entitled "When Computers Decide" that makes 10 recommendations to policy leaders regarding automated decision making.

Why Westerners Fear Robots and the Japanese Do Not

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 10:45

As a Japanese, I grew up watching anime like "Neon Genesis Evangelion," which depicts a future in which machines and humans merge into cyborg ecstasy.

A Conversation With the Only Scientist in Congress

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 09:48

How does it feel to be the only scientist in Congress? Lonely.

Moving Computing Education Past Argument from Authority: Stuart Reges and Women Who Code

Mon, 07/30/2018 - 14:42

Computing educators often make decisions based on arguments from authority. Time to move on.

The Ethics of Computer Science: This Researcher Has a Controversial Proposal

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 16:52

In the midst of growing public concern over artificial intelligence (AI), privacy and the use of data, Brent Hecht has a controversial proposal: the computer-science community should change its peer-review process to ensure that researchers disclose any possible negative societal consequences of their work in papers, or risk rejection.

China's AI Focus Will Leave U.S. in the Dust, Professor Says

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 09:54

China is leading the global race for supremacy in artificial intelligence and financial technologies, says Tsinghua University Professor Steven White.

JPL Interns: 'How I'm Spending My Summer Vacation'

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 13:03

In honor of National Intern Day on Thursday, July 26, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, is celebrating the 700 students from around the country who are spending their summer working on space-related projects at the laboratory.

Arizona Teachers Trained to Integrate Computer Science in Their Classrooms

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 12:00

Grand Canyon University recently hosted more than 80 teachers from across Arizona for a workshop on how to integrate computer science curriculums into their classrooms.

Visa Restrictions for Chinese Students Alarm Academia

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 11:21

Educators and academic groups fear that the Trump administration's additional scrutiny of Chinese citizens seeking visas could alienate talented applicants and hinder scientific innovation.

Who Just Beat the Bay Area in Tech Jobs? Toronto

Wed, 07/25/2018 - 15:02

Toronto's tech scene is so hot the city created more jobs than the San Francisco Bay area, Seattle and Washington, D.C., combined last year, while leapfrogging New York in a ranking of "talent markets."

Discussing Empirical Answers to Questions of Software Engineering

Wed, 07/25/2018 - 12:21

Focusing on what helps software developers.

Are Universities Training Socially Minded Programmers?

Wed, 07/25/2018 - 09:59

Courses that explore the ethical implications of emerging technologies are cropping up across the United States.

Looking Toward the Sky, Trojans Trace UFO Sightings

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 12:00

Researchers analyzed thousands of documented UFO sightings to determine the degree to which factors such as movie releases and weather events shaped sighting patterns.

Harry Potter Coding Kit Teaches Programming with a Wand

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 09:59

The Harry Potter Kano Coding Kit from Kano teaches kids how to program a wand to perform magic spells.