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The Sound of Programming

Sun, 04/01/2018 - 00:00

Bootstrap World has developed online courses in programming, among other subjects, but what makes Bootstrap World so memorable for me is that the team has focused heavily on accessibility.


Sun, 04/01/2018 - 00:00

Large-scale funding enables examination of larger questions that cross problem spaces, systems, abstractions, even fields. I believe the need for large investments has never been greater.

Watch a Computer Learn to Play 'Doom' Inside a Dream

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 12:49

Researchers taught a machine to "hallucinate" its idea of the video game "Doom," then got a virtual agent to play its own dream version of the game so it could learn to play the real thing.

Berkeley Offers Its Data Science Course Online for Free

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 10:43

The fastest-growing course in UC Berkeley's history—Foundations of Data Science—is being offered free online this spring through the campus's online education hub, edX.

Tech Job Openings Spark Interest in H.S. Computer Science Courses

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 11:16

Rockhurst High School last year began requiring freshmen to take computer science in an effort to boost interest in tech skills needed in the workforce.

Apple Teams Up to Bring Coding to Chicago Teachers

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 09:51

Apple will collaborate with Chicago Public Schools and Northwestern University to offer free professional learning to teachers in Chicago to give educators the tools they need to bring coding and computer science into the classroom.

Examples of Phenomenology in Computing

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 07:39

The branch of philosophy known as phenomenology can broaden our understanding of what is really going on in the tasks that we address with computing.

'America First' Shouldn’t Stop the U.S. from Welcoming Global Talent

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 10:57

U.S. protectionism in the form of visa restrictions on Chinese seeking to study in American universities would only harm the country, which has long benefited from being able to attract top talent, a  Tsinghua University researcher says.

Why Coding Bootcamps Are a Hurdle

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 10:21

The growth of "coding bootcamps" or "coding schools" is troubling. Many of these schools require students to pay thousands of dollars for programs that lack guidelines and have insufficient instruction.

Essential Skills and Traits of Elite Data Scientists

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 10:13

What does it take to be data science whiz?

An Alternate Reality Game That Takes Freshmen Orientation to a New Level

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 12:41

A group of teenagers has been interrogating me for almost an hour.

U.S. Children Now Draw Female Scientists More Than Ever

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 12:00

Researchers have found U.S. children now depict scientists as female more than ever.

How to Sail Smoothly from Academia to Industry

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 11:21

When immuno-oncologist Martijn Bijker decided to move from academia to industry, he asked a friend to review his CV. His friend—who had worked in the pharmaceutical sector for two decades—told him to relegate his lists of publications, posters and presentations to the back of the document. The focus, he said, should be on teamwork skills and the ability to perform the job requirements.

Call to UGC to Crack Down on Shady Journals

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 11:11

An academic watchdog has asked the University Grants Commission in India to crack down on "predatory journals" amid fresh allegations of plagiarism and the fabrication of fraudulent papers.

For the U.S. and China, a Technology Cold War That's Freezing Over

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 10:44

A cold war is being waged across the world's most advanced industries. And it just got a lot chillier.

This Stanford Computer Science Genius Aims To Crack The Code Of Learning And Leadership

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 09:49

John Hennessy,  president emeritus of Stanford University and co-recipient of the ACM A.M. Turing award, discusses digital education and the future of leadership.

To Illustrate the Dangers of Cyberwarfare, the Army Is Turning to Sci-Fi

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 15:33

At first glance, Dark Hammer looks a lot like any other science fiction comic book: On the front cover, a drone flies over a river dividing a city with damaged and burning buildings. But this short story in graphic form comes from the Army Cyber Institute at West Point, in New York.

How the AI Cloud Could Produce the Richest Companies Ever

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 12:49

For years, Swami Sivasubramanian's wife has wanted to get a look at the bears that come out of the woods on summer nights to plunder the trash cans at their suburban Seattle home. So over the Christmas break, Sivasubramanian, the head of Amazon's AI division, began rigging up a system to let her do just that.

Facebook's New Data Restrictions Will Handcuff Even Honest Researchers

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 11:19

Last week, when news broke (again) that Cambridge Analytica had allegedly misused 50 million Facebook users' data, it immediately raised a difficult question: When a company possesses information about some 2 billion people, is its chief obligation to share that information, or protect it?