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Will the World Embrace the Radical Proposal to Mandate Open Access to Science Papers?

Mon, 01/07/2019 - 09:55

Europe-backed Plan S program aims to convince the world's major research funders to require immediate open access to all published papers stemming from their grants.

The ethical responsibilities of the student or end user programmer

Sun, 01/06/2019 - 13:08

If a student's program goes awry, who is responsible? How do we protect society and encourage people to learn about code? 

The 'Godfather of Deep Learning' on Why We Need to Ensure AI Doesn't Just Benefit the Rich

Fri, 01/04/2019 - 12:21

Geoffrey Hinton, a professor of computer science at the University of Toronto, is considered by many to be the 'godfather of deep learning,' due to his pioneering work in artificial neural networks.

In Memory of Lawrence Roberts

Fri, 01/04/2019 - 11:06


University in North Carolina Issues Degrees Using Blockchain

Thu, 01/03/2019 - 11:52

East Coast Polytechnic Institute University graduates can now receive and digitally store degrees with blockchain technology, which delivers secure, immediate verification.

Overlooked No More: Karen Sparck Jones, Who Established the Basis for Search Engines

Wed, 01/02/2019 - 15:46

When most scientists were trying to make people use code to talk to computers, Karen Sparck Jones taught computers to understand human language instead.

China vs. the US: Who Wins and Who Loses

Wed, 01/02/2019 - 14:26

Born in Beijing and educated at Harvard, Yasheng Huang, a professor at MIT's Sloan School of Management, is a keen observer of China's entrepreneurial efforts and the role the government has played in the country's remarkable growth.

Scientific Sonnets: Duke Team Wins Competition for Poetry-Generating Algorithm

Wed, 01/02/2019 - 11:00

A team of Duke University researchers won the 2018 PoetiX Literary Creative Turing Test contest for an algorithm that composed the most "human-like" sonnets.

Diversity in the Lab Makes Me a Better Scientist

Wed, 01/02/2019 - 10:06

An international environment forces you to consider different perspectives to begin with and helps you to communicate your ideas more clearly in the end.

Technical Perspective: Attacking Cryptographic Key Exchange with Precomputation

Tue, 01/01/2019 - 00:00

"Imperfect Forward Secrecy: How Diffie-Hellman Fails in Practice," by David Adrian et al., illustrates the importance of taking preprocessing attacks into account when choosing cryptographic parameters.

Imperfect Forward Secrecy

Tue, 01/01/2019 - 00:00

We investigate the security of Diffie-Hellman key exchange as used in popular Internet protocols and find it to be less secure than widely believed.

Intelligent Systems for Geosciences

Tue, 01/01/2019 - 00:00

A research agenda for intelligent systems that will result in fundamental new capabilities for understanding the Earth system.

Framework for Implementing a Big Data Ecosystem in Organizations

Tue, 01/01/2019 - 00:00

Featuring the various dimensions of data management, it guides organizations through implementation fundamentals.

UCF's 30-Year REU Site in Computer Vision

Tue, 01/01/2019 - 00:00

A unique perspective on experiences encouraging students to focus on further education.

Hey Google, What's a Moonshot?

Tue, 01/01/2019 - 00:00

Fifty years on, NASA's expensive triumph is a widely misunderstood model for spectacular innovation.


Tue, 01/01/2019 - 00:00

Considering a potential platform candidate in the evolving realm of gene-editing technologies research.

Illegal Pricing Algorithms

Tue, 01/01/2019 - 00:00

Examining the potential legal consequences of uses of pricing algorithms.

Answering Children's Questions About Computers

Tue, 01/01/2019 - 00:00

Judy Robertson addresses the disconnect between what children are taught about computers and what they actually wish to know.

Are We Having An Ethical Crisis in Computing?

Tue, 01/01/2019 - 00:00

The computing field seems to be going through another image crisis these days. Many view this as an ethical crisis. I am dubious of the diagnosis.

A People-Centered Economy

Tue, 01/01/2019 - 00:00

Innovation for Jobs ( recently published a book describing a new, people-centered view of work. Rather than organizing work around tasks, the idea is to organize work around people and their skills.