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Future Wars May Depend as Much on Algorithms as on Ammunition, Report Says. 
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Future Wars May Depend as Much on Algorithms as on Ammunition, Report Says. 

The Pentagon is increasingly focused on the notion that the might of U.S. forces will be measured as much by the advancement of their algorithms as by the ammunition...

Crispr Pioneer Muses About Long Journey from China to Pinnacle of American Science
From ACM Opinion

Crispr Pioneer Muses About Long Journey from China to Pinnacle of American Science

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

The Gender Gap in Computer Science Is Hurting ­.s. Businesses
From ACM TechNews

The Gender Gap in Computer Science Is Hurting ­.s. Businesses

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...

Scientists Are Frantically Copying U.S. Climate Data, Fearing It Might Vanish Under Trump
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Scientists Are Frantically Copying U.S. Climate Data, Fearing It Might Vanish Under Trump

Alarmed that decades of crucial climate measurements could vanish under a hostile Trump administration, scientists have begun a feverish attempt to copy reams of...

China Has Now Eclipsed US in AI Research
From ACM News

China Has Now Eclipsed US in AI Research

Humanity may still be years if not decades away from producing sentient artificial intelligence.

Virginia Tech Initiative With Qualcomm to Expose Students to STEM
From ACM TechNews

Virginia Tech Initiative With Qualcomm to Expose Students to STEM

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and chip manufacturer Qualcomm have are opening a new Thinkabit lab at the university's Northern Virginia campus...

Tim Cook: Running Apple 'is Sort of a Lonely Job'
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Tim Cook: Running Apple 'is Sort of a Lonely Job'

On a sleek white coffee table in Apple CEO Tim Cook's fourth-floor office in late July, beneath framed posters of Robert F. Kennedy, the Rev. Martin Luther King...

Computer Hackers Don't Stand a Chance Against These Girls
From ACM TechNews

Computer Hackers Don't Stand a Chance Against These Girls

The GenCyber program consists of 119 summer camps for girls sponsored by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) and the National Academy of Sciences.

Researchers Explain How Stereotypes Keep Girls Out of Computer Science Classes
From ACM TechNews

Researchers Explain How Stereotypes Keep Girls Out of Computer Science Classes

Educators need to start earlier and set a strong foundation to resolve the gender gap in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields.

­niversities Aren't Doing Enough to Train the Cyberdefenders America Desperately Needs
From ACM TechNews

­niversities Aren't Doing Enough to Train the Cyberdefenders America Desperately Needs

U.S. universities may not be doing enough to prepare the next generation of cyberdefenders, suggests the findings of a new analysis from CloudPassage.

The Next Hot Job in Silicon Valley Is For Poets
From ACM TechNews

The Next Hot Job in Silicon Valley Is For Poets

Demand for chatting virtual assistants and other artificial intelligence products is creating favorable job prospects for writers, poets, comedians, and others. ...

Why Students Are Throwing Tons of Money at a Program That Won't Give Them a College Degree
From ACM TechNews

Why Students Are Throwing Tons of Money at a Program That Won't Give Them a College Degree

Computer-coding "boot camps" are surging in popularity, but these non-accredited programs do not offer a college degree, so graduates who invest a lot of money...

Why Naval Academy Students Are Learning to Sail By the Stars For the First Time in a Decade
From ACM Careers

Why Naval Academy Students Are Learning to Sail By the Stars For the First Time in a Decade

Peter Hogan was surprised at how heavy the sextant felt in his hand when he squinted through its eyeglass this week, the first time he had ever held one.

The Nsa School: How the Intelligence Community Gets Smarter, Secretly
From ACM Careers

The Nsa School: How the Intelligence Community Gets Smarter, Secretly

Leonard Reinsfelder's wife found a note on her car as she was leaving a shopping center one day: "Have your husband give us a call. We think we could use him."

Standardized Tests May Be Holding Back the Next Generation of Computer Programmers
From ACM TechNews

Standardized Tests May Be Holding Back the Next Generation of Computer Programmers

Educating students to pass standardized tests, which command most school administrators' time, leaves little room for computer science classes to train the next...

Inside an MIT Researcher's Grand Plan to Create the Personal Food Computer
From ACM TechNews

Inside an MIT Researcher's Grand Plan to Create the Personal Food Computer

The CityFarm research group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab seeks to expand the emerging field of vertical farming. 

Google, Nasa Work Together on Disney Show to Inspire Girls Into Sciences
From ACM TechNews

Google, Nasa Work Together on Disney Show to Inspire Girls Into Sciences

Disney Junior wants a new show it is developing to help bury media stereotypes about science and programmers.

Why Organism Engineering Could Be a Foodie's Dream Come True
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Why Organism Engineering Could Be a Foodie's Dream Come True

Thanks to recent advances in synthetic biology—a hybrid discipline of engineering and biology that makes possible the manipulation of DNA of microorganisms such...

What 'the Imitation Game' Didn't Tell You About Turing's Greatest Triumph
From ACM TechNews

What 'the Imitation Game' Didn't Tell You About Turing's Greatest Triumph

"The Imitation Game" does a poor job of accurately portraying pioneer Alan Turing's contributions to computer science. 

What 'the Imitation Game' Didn't Tell You About Turing's Greatest Triumph
From ACM Opinion

What 'the Imitation Game' Didn't Tell You About Turing's Greatest Triumph

Freeman Dyson, 91, the famed physicist, author and oracle of human destiny, is holding forth after tea-time one February afternoon in the common room of the Institute...
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