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As CS50 Expanded, Course Materials Became More Publicly Available

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 11:19

The enormous online popularity of Harvard's popular CS50 class made it easy for enrollees to find answers to problem sets on the Internet, potentially facilitating cheating in the course, according to some CS50 staffers.

Eric Schmidt Discusses Computing, AI, and the Future of Technology

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 09:59

Self-driving cars, the state of computer science research, artificial intelligence, and other topics were all on the table when MIT' CSAIL hosted Alphabet Chairman Eric Schmidt for a conversation with CSAIL Director Daniela Rus.

Planetariums, Not Just for Kids

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 18:45

Most researchers think of planetariums, if they think of them at all, as a place to take schoolchildren for whizzy trips through the stars, with nothing to offer serious scientists.

Possible Cheating Uncovered in Popular Harvard Computer Class

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 09:32

Multiple Harvard students, possibly more than 60, have been suspected of cheating in the wildly popular CS50 computer science course and had their cases referred to the college's Honor Council, a step that can lead to expulsion in the most extreme cases.

How to Prepare for an Automated Future

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 16:37

We don't know how quickly machines will displace people's jobs, or how many they'll take, but we know it's happening—not just to factory workers but also to money managersdermatologists and retail workers.

Google and Facebook's Idealistic Futures Are Built on Ads

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 11:11

In 2011 a young computer scientist named Jeff Hammerbacher said something profound while explaining why he'd decided to leave Facebook—and the promise of a small fortune—to start a company.

Computer Scientists Have Created the Most Accurate Digital Model of a Human Face

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 12:41

Imperial College London researchers have automated the generation of three-dimensional morphable models used to represent human faces.

Hubert L. Dreyfus, Philosopher of the Limits of Computers, Dies at 87

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 09:22

A philosopher who believed humans will always be smarter.

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