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Kids Should Know How to Code

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 10:38

During a recent White House meeting with President Donald Trump, Apple CEO Tim Cook remarked that "coding should be a requirement in every public school." 

Teaching Computational Thinking Sooner

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 10:37

Are there benefits to teaching computational thinking to preschoolers?

How This U.S. Tech Giant Is Backing China's Tech Ambitions 

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 16:01

As the Chinese government develops drones, the American technology giant Qualcomm is helping.

CSTA: Computer Science Education, Equity, and the Future Workforce

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 15:26

The Big IDEA and the PD Pipeline are two examples of industry-changing initiatives launched by the Computer Science Teachers Association over the past two years.

Andrew Ng Spreads the Gospel of AI With a New Online School

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 14:06

Andrew Ng is a soft-spoken AI researcher whose online postings talk loudly.

Learning Programming at Scale

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 12:37

I summarize my first three years of research as an assistant professor on studying and building tools to support people who are learning computer programming.

Inside Sony's Search for the Next Walkman

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 10:56

Sony Corp., which is emerging from five years of brutal restructuring that gutted its workforce and product lineup, wants to show off a few new things.

$2-Million Donation Supports Launch of Theoretical Machine Learning Program

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 12:43

The donation comes from Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, and Wendy Schmidt, president of The Schmidt Family Foundation and cofounder of the Schmidt Ocean Institute.

There's a Debate Raging in Science About What Should Count as 'Significant'

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 13:59

Psychology and many related fields are in the midst of what can be viewed as a coming-of-age crisis.

How Apps Can Motivate You by Tapping Into Your Personality

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 12:00

Rita Orji at the University of Waterloo in Canada is designing interactive persuasive computer games customized to the player's motivational style.

As Washington Tries to Protect Tech, China Could Fight Back

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 11:44

As the Trump administration moves to take on China over intellectual property, Washington will find it has limited firepower.

Profile of Claude Shannon, Inventor of Information Theory

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 11:56

Claude Shannon couldn't sit still.

Is the U.S. Education System Ready for CS for All?

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 00:00

Insights from a recent Google-Gallup national research study seeking to better understand the context of K--12 CS education.

Better Business Through Sci-Fi

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 16:38

About five years ago, Ari Popper enrolled in a course on science-fiction writing at the University of California, Los Angeles, hoping to distract himself from the boredom of his day job as the president of a market-research company.

Storing Data in DNA Brings Nature Into the Digital Universe

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 15:24

Humanity is producing data at an unimaginable rate, to the point that storage technologies can't keep up.

First Human Embryos Edited in U.S.

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 14:25

The first known attempt at creating genetically modified human embryos in the United States has been carried out by a team of researchers in Portland, Oregon, MIT Technology Review has learned.

Flush Times for Hackers in Booming Cyber Security Job Market

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 12:40

The surge in far-flung and destructive cyber attacks is not good for national security, but for an increasing number of hackers and researchers, it is great for job security.

Obama-Era Computer Science Initiative Surging Ahead Despite Hurdles

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 12:00

The Trump administration's lack of support for $4 billion CSforAll initiative of the Obama administration has spurred agencies such as the U.S. National Science Foundation, private organizations, and activist groups to take the lead and contribute resources. 

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