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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."

Coming Technology Will Likely Destroy Millions of Jobs. Is Trump Ready?

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 12:00

American manufacturing job losses to China and Mexico were a major theme of the presidential campaign, and President Trump has followed up on his promise to pressure manufacturers to keep jobs here rather than send them abroad.

IBM to Train 25 Million Africans for Free to Build Workforce

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 12:36

IBM is ramping up its digital-skills training program to accommodate as many as 25 million Africans in the next five years, looking toward building a future workforce on the continent.

New Algorithms May Revolutionize Drug Discoveries—and Our Understanding of Life

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 10:16
A new set of machine learning algorithms that can generate three-dimensional structures of tiny protein molecules may revolutionize the development of drug therapies for a range of diseases.

As Goldman Embraces Automation, Even the Masters of the Universe Are Threatened

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 10:15

At its height back in 2000, the U.S. cash equities trading desk at Goldman Sachs’s New York headquarters employed 600 traders, buying and selling stock on the orders of the investment bank's large clients.

Tech vs. Trump War Over Immigration Intensifies

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 09:53

Shortly after his election victory, Donald Trump assembled executives from tech giants including Amazon, Apple and Google for a meeting at Trump Tower meant to mend fences with the industry, pledging: "We're going to be there for you."

Computing Conference to Celebrate 50 Years of Turing Award

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 14:00

ACM has announced it will celebrate 50 years of the ACM A.M. Turing Award, also known as the "Nobel Prize of Computing," with a high-profile conference to be held June 23-24 in San Francisco.

Hour of Code Sends Computer Scientists to Schools

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 10:35

Computer scientists from Argonne and Fermilab National Laboratory and computer science students from the University of Chicago visited 49 schools in the greater Chicago area last December, offering them both a taste of coding and a glimpse at a possible career.

China's Intelligent Weaponry Gets Smarter

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 10:03

Robert O. Work, the veteran defense official retained as deputy secretary by President Trump, calls them his "A.I. dudes."

Microsoft Leads Pushback Against Trump Immigration Order

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 13:44

Microsoft Corp. is asking U.S. officials to grant exceptions for law-abiding, visa-holding workers and students from President Donald Trump’s immigration order, channeling the outrage expressed by many in the technology industry with a proposed solution.

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