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Cyber Threat to Disrupt Start of U.K. University Term
From ACM TechNews

Cyber Threat to Disrupt Start of U.K. University Term

The U.K.'s National Cyber Security Center is warning colleges and universities that increasing numbers of cyberattacks threaten to disrupt the start of the Fall...

Computer 'Geek' Stereotype Puts Girls Off Subject
From ACM TechNews

Computer 'Geek' Stereotype Puts Girls Off Subject

A U.K. study found stereotyping of computing as "a male-oriented domain consisting of anti-social 'nerds, geeks, or hackers,'" discourages female students from...

The Push Towards AI in Africa
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The Push Towards AI in Africa

Initiatives are underway to train African computer scientists in artificial intelligence, with major technology companies investing in the cultivation of new AI...

Prisoners in England to Be Taught to Code
From ACM TechNews

Prisoners in England to Be Taught to Code

The U.K. government will fund a program in which "carefully vetted" prisoners will be taught software coding.

Robot 'Talks' to MPs About Future of AI in the Classroom
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Robot 'Talks' to MPs About Future of AI in the Classroom

A robot recently addressed the U.K.'s Parliament on the future role of artificial intelligence in British education.

Digital Skills Gap Opens Up in English Schools
From ACM TechNews

Digital Skills Gap Opens Up in English Schools

Fewer children in the U.K. are developing the digital skills that employers and government say are vital.

Are You Scared Yet? Meet Norman, the Psychopathic AI
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Are You Scared Yet? Meet Norman, the Psychopathic AI

Norman is an algorithm trained to understand pictures but, like its namesake Hitchcock's Norman Bates, it does not have an optimistic view of the world.

The Labs that Protect Against Online Warfare
From ACM News

The Labs that Protect Against Online Warfare

Several months after the WannaCry cyber-attack, much of the world still seems to be asleep to the potential catastrophic effects of cyber-attacks on critical infrastructure...

Geeks V Government: The Battle Over Public Key Cryptography
From ACM News

Geeks V Government: The Battle Over Public Key Cryptography

Two graduate students stood silently beside a lectern, listening as their professor presented their work to a conference.

Why Is Russia So Good at Encouraging Women Into Tech?
From ACM Careers

Why Is Russia So Good at Encouraging Women Into Tech?

Irina Khoroshko, from Zelenograd near Moscow, had learned her times tables by the age of five.

Vector Institute Is Just the Latest in Canada's AI Expansion
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Vector Institute Is Just the Latest in Canada's AI Expansion

Canadian researchers have been behind some recent major breakthroughs in artificial intelligence. Now, the country is betting on becoming a big player in one of...

The Oil-Rich City Betting on Drones
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The Oil-Rich City Betting on Drones

Over the PA system a voice tells us not to be alarmed. What we are about to see is just a demonstration, courtesy of the United Arab Emirates' Ministry of the Interior...

Falls of the Robots: Disaster Droids Struggle to Stay ­pright
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Falls of the Robots: Disaster Droids Struggle to Stay ­pright

It's a scenario straight out of a Hollywood movie.

Disaster Droids Face Off in the DARPA Robotics Challenge
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Disaster Droids Face Off in the DARPA Robotics Challenge

Final preparations are being made by 24 robotics teams about to compete for $3.5m (£2.3m) worth of prizes in a Pentagon-backed competition.

Lost Chunk of Pioneering EDSAC Computer Found
From ACM TechNews

Lost Chunk of Pioneering EDSAC Computer Found

An original part of one of the United Kingdom's pioneering computers has been donated to a project that is working to rebuild the machine. 

­.k. Child Coders Triumph in European Contest
From ACM TechNews

­.k. Child Coders Triumph in European Contest

Microsoft recently brought together young programmers from across Europe for a gaming competition based on Kodu, the company's visual programming language.

How the World Came to Be Run By Computer Code
From ACM News

How the World Came to Be Run By Computer Code

From the scythe to the steam engine, we've always used technology to control the world around us.

Nobel Prize: How English Beat German as Language of Science
From ACM News

Nobel Prize: How English Beat German as Language of Science

Permafrost, oxygen, hydrogen; it all looks like science to me. 

Can Virtual Reality Make You a Better Person?
From ACM Opinion

Can Virtual Reality Make You a Better Person?

"This is already so real, I don’t know if I even want to do this anymore," I say out loud.

Can Computers Replace Historians?
From ACM TechNews

Can Computers Replace Historians?

A researcher suggests computers have the potential to sift through the big data of history to help spot patterns.
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