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State Progress on K-12 Computer Science Ed Policies: 'We Have a Long Way to Go'

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 12:00

A new study from six organizations summarizes state-by-state surveys on U.S. computer science education policies for grades K-12. "There are simply not enough adequately trained people to fill the current need for . . . [computer science] professionals," the report says. 

An Algorithm That Hides Your Online Tracks With Random Footsteps

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 12:00

Steven Smith at MIT's Lincoln Laboratory has developed an algorithmic technique to thwart the collection of online users' browsing history. The algorithm conceals Web activity by pumping false traffic out of the user's home network. 

New Tools Needed to Track Technology's Impact on Jobs, Panel Says

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 12:00

New tools must be developed to track and measure the impact of artificial intelligence and automation on the U.S. job market, according to a report from an expert panel at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 

Google Tests New Approach to Training Machine Learning Models

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 12:00

Google is testing a new collaborative machine-learning training method in which training data is diffused across millions of individual mobile devices instead of housed in datasets distributed across servers in the cloud.

AI Programs Exhibit Racial and Gender Biases, Research Reveals

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at the University of Bath and Princeton University have demonstrated an artificial intelligence tool that enables computers to interpret everyday language. Their study shows AI systems are digesting the deeply innate biases hidden within the patterns of language use. 

That Fingerprint Sensor on Your Phone Is Not as Safe as You Think

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 11:02

Fingerprint sensors have turned modern smartphones into miracles of convenience.

Solar Storms Can Drain Electrical Charge Above Earth

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 10:41

New research on solar storms finds that they not only can cause regions of excessive electrical charge in the upper atmosphere above Earth's poles, they also can do the exact opposite: cause regions that are nearly depleted of electrically charged particles.

A Lizard With Scales That Behave Like a Computer Simulation

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 16:38

The ocellated lizard—known as the jeweled lacerta in the pet trade—is born rusty brown with white polka dots.

Don't Use the Force, Luke, Use the Targeting Computer  

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 16:30

Remember when Luke's running the trench in the Death Star, and he's about to fire his fateful shot, and at the last minute he decides to turn off the targeting computer and use the Force instead?

Melding Mind and Machine: How Close Are We?

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 16:22

Just as ancient Greeks fantasized about soaring flight, today's imaginations dream of melding minds and machines as a remedy to the pesky problem of human mortality.

Who Are You on Social Media?

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at Pennsylvania State University and King's College London in the U.K. found social media users frequently adopt different personas for different networks. An analysis of profile images and biographical data found significant distinctions in different demographics' self-portrayal. 

DARPA Will Bake Cybersecurity Into Circuits

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 12:00

DARPA this month plans to detail its System Security Integrated Through Hardware and Firmware program, with the goal of developing new integrated circuit architectures with no software-accessible exploit points, but which still deliver computational functions and high performance. 

Using Randomness to Protect Election Integrity

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 12:00

Vanderbilt University professor Eugene Vorobeychik and colleagues have combined game theory and computer security expertise to design a method for auditing electoral outcomes to maximize the odds of revealing attacks on voting systems. 

What Americans Are Most Worried About When It Comes to Robots

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 12:00

Fifty-seven percent of surveyed U.S. adults already notice the presence of artificial intelligence in their daily lives, but they are divided concerning its threat potential, according to a Morning Consult poll. Forty-one percent of respondents see AI as safe while 38 percent consider it dangerous. 

The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 14:54

Last year, a strange self-driving car was released onto the quiet roads of Monmouth County, New Jersey.

Mobile-Phone Signals Bolster Street-Level Rain Forecasts

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 14:05

Meteorologists have long struggled to forecast storms and flooding at the level of streets and neighborhoods, but they may soon make headway thanks to the spread of mobile-phone networks.

'We All Love the Tomahawk:' A Brief History of U.S.'s Favorite Robotic Killer

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 13:52

In the early hours of Friday morning, two U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyers in the waters of the eastern Mediterranean Sea launched a barrage of Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAMs) toward a Syrian Air Force airstrip at Ash Shayrat, Syria.

It's Time to Dump Moore's Law to Advance Computing, Researcher Says

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 12:00

R. Stanley Williams, a senior fellow at Hewlett Packard Labs, proposes no longer following Moore's Law in chipmaking, saying in a recent research paper that the end of Moore's Law "could be the best thing that has happened to computing in decades." 

Internet Inventor: Make Tech Accessibility Better Already

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 12:00

Google chief Internet evangelist Vint Cerf says technology has a poor record of accommodating people with disabilities, and he would like to see more progress made.

Why Are UCSD Scientists Disguising Themselves as Empty Car Seats?

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 12:00

Researchers are observing driver and pedestrian responses to "driverless" research vehicles on campus by wearing costumes resembling empty car seats.