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Robots Will Destroy Our Jobs, and We're Not Ready for It

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 19:01

The McDonald's on the corner of Third Avenue and 58th Street in New York City doesn/t look all that different from any of the fast-food chain's other locations across the country.

Jill Watson, Round Three

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 12:00

The Georgia Institute of Technology is beginning its third semester using a virtual teaching assistant system in an online course about artificial intelligence.

At CES 2017, You Have to Ask: What Makes a Robot a Robot?

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 11:11

Tall, small, dancing, singing, cleaning, sassy, silly, cute and scary—CES 2017 was awash with robots.

VR Trauma Surgery 101: Going for the Grisly

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 11:33

Medical students experience the controlled chaos of trauma surgery, virtually.

'Transfer Learning' Jump-Starts New AI Projects

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 12:00

Abstracting and reusing knowledge gleaned from a machine-learning application in other, newer apps--or "transfer learning"--is supplementing other learning methods as the backbone of most data science practices.

The Purpose of Business in the Coming Smart Machine Age

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 11:06

Business needs a new story about its purpose to enable the kind of productive and creative activity that will become even more critical to its success in the emerging technological future.

"Figure it out" isn't enough: Striking a new balance between understanding, problem-solving, and design in introductory CS classes

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 10:41

Intro CS courses should help students understand programs more and problem-solve less. 

Complexity Theory Problem Strikes Back

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 09:59

The legendary graph isomorphism problem may be harder than a 2015 result seemed to suggest.

The U.S. Goes All-In on Tech Inclusion

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 15:13

A wave of U.S. federal funding aims to make the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields more inclusive.

The Man Selling Virtual Reality to China

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 10:26

One afternoon in December, Kevin Geiger was giving one of his regular talks about storytelling in virtual reality.

Here's What Happens to Tech in 2017 (Unless 2016 Was All a Dream)

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 14:43

What does 2017 hold for the world of tech and media?

Computer Science in 2017: Going Beyond the Hour of Code

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 12:36

Where do you hope education technology will go in 2017? What aspects of curriculum or community might get us there?

A Digital Portrayal of James Joyce's 'Portrait'

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 12:00

Computer scientists and literature scholars at University College Dublin in Ireland have teamed up to create a multimedia version of James Joyce's novel "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man."

New Simulation Software Improves Helicopter Pilot Training

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 12:00

Researchers at the Technical University of Munich in Germany have developed simulation software to improve training for helicopter pilots via real-time computational analysis of both fluid mechanics and flight dynamics.

The Gender Gap in Computer Science Is Hurting U.S. Businesses

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 12:00

Women's share of the computer science workforce continues to fall despite efforts to expand computing education for children and young adults, according to research from Accenture and Girls Who Code.

The Last of New York's Commodity Trading Pits Are Closing for Good on Dec. 30

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 13:36

Starting in the late 19th century, commodities traders and brokers crammed each day into New York City's trading pits, shouting, and signaling their way to a deal.

Use It or Lose It: The Search for Enlightenment in Dark Data

Wed, 12/28/2016 - 12:00

The growth of structured and unstructured data is proceeding exponentially, yet a recent IBM study estimated more than 80% of all data is "dark," or unmanaged and unstructured.

Best Books of 2016

Wed, 12/28/2016 - 10:49

Our editors' picks for the best books of 2016, and some they're eagerly anticipating.

2016: The Year That Deep Learning Took Over the Internet

Tue, 12/27/2016 - 16:08

On the west coast of Australia, Amanda Hodgson is launching drones out towards the Indian Ocean so that they can photograph the water from above.

Silicon Valley Reckons With Its Political Power

Tue, 12/27/2016 - 15:03

On Sept. 12, 2016, there was a momentary realignment in the constellation of global business.