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Deleting Disparity in Computer Science

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 12:01

Mehul Smriti Raje, winner of the 2017 Student of Vision ABIE Award from the Anita Borg Institute, has founded a group that works to attract more women to computer science.

Behold, the World's Most Famous Teapot

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 11:07

Martin Newell was worried about his Ph.D. research as he sat down to tea with his wife one day in 1974.

Research Team Creates Virtual Reality Surgical Simulator

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 10:24

Cornell College senior Nicholas Bieno and Professor of Engineering Brian Johns teamed up to create a virtual reality surgical simulator that allows doctors-in-training repair hip fractures.

Solve These Tough Data Problems and Watch Job Offers Roll In

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 13:20

Late in 2015, Gilberto Titericz, an electrical engineer at Brazil's state oil company Petrobras, told his boss he planned to resign, after seven years maintaining sensors and other hardware in oil plants.

Why the Explosive Growth of E-Commerce Could Mean More Jobs

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 12:30

When the robots came to online retailer Boxed, dread came, too: The familiar fear that the machines would take over, leaving a trail of unemployed humans in their wake.

What Virtual Reality Can Teach a Driverless Car

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 12:00

Major companies are testing autonomous car software within virtual reality simulations of cities.

Singapore Teaches Its Seniors to Code

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 12:00

Libraries in Singapore are hosting special versions of the global Hour of Code movement to help seniors learn how to program in the Swift language.

Many Junior Scientists Need to Take a Hard Look at Their Job Prospects

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 09:47

International science is training many more Ph.D. students than the academic system can support.

The 6 Jobs Everyone Will Want in 2040

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 11:55

If you're a new parent, or prone to abstract theorizing, you've probably spent some late nights wondering what the future holds for job seekers.

Why We Shouldn't Teach Tech in Kindergarten

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 16:31

The development of skills like coding is not what tomorrow's leaders need in order to walk confidently into the future.

Class'Code Wins 2017 Best Practices in Education Award

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at Nantes University in France have won the Informatics Europe 2017 Best Practices in Education Award for their Class'Code project, an open training solution for members of the French educational and informatics communities.

Focus Computer Science Funding on Teacher Training, Founder Says

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 12:00 founder Hadi Partovi says every dollar committed to computer science education should be channeled into teacher training.

College Labor Market Remains Strong

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 10:05

Employers will face tough competition for talent in the 2017-18 job market, thanks to a seven-year growth streak in the college labor market, according to Michigan State University's Recruiting Trends, the largest annual survey of employers in the United States.

Six Broad Trends Emerge for Future of Ed Tech

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 11:51

A new report from the Center for Innovative Research in Cyberlearning has sifted through cyberlearning research to uncover the major trends and suggest where pre-K-12 and post-secondary education may be headed.

Take a Walk on Mars, in Your Own Living Room

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 14:12

When NASA scientists want to follow the path of the Curiosity rover on Mars, they can don a mixed-reality headset and virtually explore the Martian landscape.

This Company's Robots Are Making Everything, and Reshaping the World

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 13:41

The headquarters of Fanuc sit in the shadow of Mt. Fuji, on a sprawling, secluded campus of 22 windowless factories and dozens of office buildings.

Will AI and Blockchain Be Game-Changers?

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 10:52

This week saw another major achievement by Google's Deep Mind, when it showed that a neural network could learn to play Go in just three days, without even looking at how humans play this complex game.

Canada, a Leader in AI, Is Now Taking Aim at Driverless Cars

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 13:52

Having built an impressive lead in artificial intelligence, Canada is keen to do the same in driverless cars—specifically the lidar (laser radar) technology that lets these vehicles see where they're going.

Online Game Will Spot If You Have Hidden Cybersecurity Talents

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 12:20

Studying music? Good news, you may have the skills to work in cybersecurity. An online training platform launching next week in the UK—with the backing of Robert Hannigan, the former director of the country's GCHQ intelligence agency—is designed to make cybersecurity roles tempting to people, whatever their background.

The Shape of Work to Come 

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 15:52

Last year, entrepreneur Sebastian Thrun set out to augment his sales force with artificial intelligence.