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Making the Field of Computing More Inclusive

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 00:00

More accessible conferences, digital resources, and ACM SIGs will lead to greater participation by more people with disabilities.

The Slow Evolution of CS for All, The Beauty of Programs

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 00:00

Mark Guzdial considers the steps needed to reach the goal of CS for All, while Robin K. Hill ponders the aesthetics of programming.

Face It, Meatsack: Pro Gamer Will Be the Only Job Left

5 hours 27 min ago

Look at economic data closely and the trends aren't pretty: People with elite backgrounds are hoovering up an increasing share of new income and wealth.

CRISPR Pioneer Muses about Long Journey from China to Pinnacle of American Science

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 14:18

Feng Zhang occupies a corner office on the 10th floor of the gleaming, modern biotechnology palace called the Broad Institute.

How We Could Close Tech's Gender Gap In a Decade

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 12:32

We all know that the technology industry has a gender problem. But how do you move the needle from awareness to action? Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg and Girls Who Code have an idea: take the fight to the states.

No, Robots Aren't Killing the American Dream

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 10:59

Defenders of globalization are on solid ground when they criticize President Trump's threats of punitive tariffs and border walls.

Grace Hopper's Compiler: Computing's Hidden Hero

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 11:20

One, zero, zero, one, zero, one. Zero, one, one…

The Former Secretary of Defense Outlines the Future of Warfare

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 10:22

To an engineer in Silicon Valley, the Defense Department can look a little old, a little slow, and a little fat.

What News-Writing Bots Mean for the Future of Journalism

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 15:58

When Republican Steve King beat back Democratic challenger Kim Weaver in the race for Iowa's 4th congressional district seat in November, The Washington Post snapped into action, covering both the win and the wider electoral trend.

Talk of Tech Innovation Is Bullsh*t. Shut Up and Get the Work Done, Says Linus Torvalds

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 15:20

OSLS Linus Torvalds believes the technology industry's celebration of innovation is smug, self-congratulatory, and self-serving.

STEM Grads' Pay Likely to Be Highest Among Class of 2017

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 12:00

Employers expect Class of 2017 graduates with bachelor's degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) will earn the highest average starting salaries of 2017 graduates.

Pushing Boundaries

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 12:54

The recent Women in Data Science Conference provided a forum for female data scientists to discuss a range of topics in the field.

NYU Creates Pathway to Master's Degree for Non Computer Science Students

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 16:38

New York University's Tandon School of Engineering has launched a new online program that gives students lacking a background in CS the opportunity to switch fields and pursue a master's in computer science.

Will Algorithms Erode Our Decision-Making Skills?

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 10:39

Algorithms are embedded into our technological lives, helping accomplish a variety of tasks like making sure that email makes it to your aunt or that you're matched to someone on a dating website who likes the same bands as you.

Yale Will Rename Calhoun College to Honor 'Trailblazing' Alum Grace Murray Hopper

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 09:45

Hopper was an early computer scientist who foresaw the importance technology would have in daily life.

NASA, UCI Reveal New Details of Greenland Ice Loss

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 15:45

Less than a year after the first research flight kicked off NASA's Oceans Melting Greenland campaign last March, data from the new program are providing a dramatic increase in knowledge of how Greenland's ice sheet is melting from below

Is the Library the New Public Square?

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 11:18

The Future of the Libraries Task Force seeks feedback on recommendations to make MIT's research library an open global platform. 

The AI Threat Isn't Skynet. It's the End of the Middle Class

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 10:58

In February 1975, a group of geneticists gathered in a tiny town on the central coast of California to decide if their work would bring about the end of the world.

Cryptoparties Teach Attendees How to Stay Anonymous Online

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 13:10

Don't expect balloons and singing at a cryptoparty.

The Next Big Blue-Collar Job Is Coding

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 12:12

When I ask people to picture a coder, they usually imagine someone like Mark Zuckerberg: a hoodied college dropout who builds an app in a feverish 72-hour programming jag—with the goal of getting insanely rich and, as they say, "changing the world."

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