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Harvard Wants to School Congress About AI

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 12:00

Harvard Kennedy School's Dipayan Ghosh and former U.S. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler have launched a new AI policy initiative aimed at educating U.S. politicians and policymakers about the potential, and the risks, of artificial intelligence.

One of the Fathers of AI Is Worried About Its Future

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 11:30

Yoshua Bengio is a grand master of modern artificial intelligence.

Engineers Use Game Theory to Quantify Threats of Cyberattacks on Power Grid

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 13:06

Iowa State's Manimaran Govindarasu and his research collaborators are developing tools to better assess the threat of cyberattacks on the power grid.

USC Viterbi Announces Partnerships with and Sesame Workshop

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 11:42

The USC Viterbi School of Engineering's Adopt-a-School, Adopt-a-Teacher PreK-12 STEM education outreach program has teamed up with and Sesame Workshop, both global leaders in STEM outreach and education.

AI Summit Addresses Impact of Technology on Jobs and Global Economy

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 13:06

Advances in artificial intelligence will not lead to optimal outcomes on their own, said speakers at the second annual summit on "AI and the Future of Work."

Playing Catch-Up, Germany Throws Money at AI

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 11:45

Germany plans to invest more than 3 billion euros ($3.39 million) by 2025 to beef up its artificial intelligence capabilities and appoint 100 professors to lecture about it, as it seeks to close a digital technology gap with other leading economies.

Sci-Fi Movies Are the Secret Weapon that Could Help Silicon Valley Grow Up

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 15:08

If there's one line that stands the test of time in Steven Spielbergs 1993 classic "Jurassic Park," it's probably Jeff Goldblum's exclamation, "Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn't stop to think if they should."

Real-World IT vs. Computer Science: How Colleges Are Morphing

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 12:11

Colleges are experimenting to modernize computer science education to instill graduates with skills corporate IT leaders want in areas like the cloud, AI, and data science.

FUNecole: Social-Emotional Learning Meets Computer Science and Digital Literacy

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 12:00

A European company has combined social-emotional learning with computer science into an elementary education digital curriculum that may soon be offered to U.S. schools.

Fake News: Can Teenagers Spot It?

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 11:20

If we are to make it less of a threat to democracy, that effort is going to need to start in schools.

New Research Center to Explore Spintronics Materials for Advanced Computing

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 09:32

The University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering will lead and house a new $10.3 million Center for Spintronic Materials in Advanced Information Technologies (SMART) focused on novel materials for advanced computing systems over next four years. 

Computers + Collaboration = Student Learning, According to New Meta-Analysis

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 11:54

An international research team analyzed 425 studies conducted since 2000 and concluded computers that support student collaboration beneficially affect learning.

Researchers Rev Up Review of Peer Review

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 11:51

Although the global scientific community is becoming more diverse, developing ways to make certain peer reviewers are true "peers" is lagging behind.

STEM Firms to Run U.K. National Center for Computing Education

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 12:00

U.K. companies in the science, technology, engineering, and math sectors will work together to create and lead a U.K. National Center for Computing Education.

STEM Firms to Run U.K. National Center for Computing Education

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 12:00

U.K. companies in the science, technology, engineering, and math sectors will work together to create and lead a U.K. National Center for Computing Education.

Google in China: When 'Don't Be Evil' Met the Great Firewall

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 10:44

If you're planning on moving to China anytime soon, here's a piece of advice: Get yourself a WeChat account.

A Robot Scientist Will Dream Up New Materials to Advance Computing and Fight Pollution

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 13:46

In a laboratory that overlooks a busy shopping street in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a robot is attempting to create new materials.

Direct Instruction is better than Discovery, but what should we be directly instructing?

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 13:29

 We should teach students directly, not expect them to discover for themselves. What should we be teaching directly?

Science Candidates Prevail in US Midterm Elections

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 13:20

Results from the United States' midterm elections are still pouring in, but a handful of candidates with backgrounds in science or technology have already nabbed seats in the US House of Representatives.

Can a Robot Learn a Language the Way a Child Does?

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 13:00

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a method to train semantic parsers by mimicking the way a child learns language.