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A.I. Is Not Sentient. Why Do People Say It Is?
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A.I. Is Not Sentient. Why Do People Say It Is?

Robots can't think or feel, despite what the researchers who build them want to believe.

Conjoined Twins Separated with the Help of VR
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Conjoined Twins Separated with the Help of VR

Virtual reality (VR) technology was instrumental in the surgery that successfully separated Brazilian twins who were joined at the head.

Chips and Science Act Goes to Biden for Approval
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Chips and Science Act Goes to Biden for Approval

Both chambers of the U.S. Congress this week passed the Chips and Science Act, earmarking $280 billion to strengthen U.S. innovation and technology hubs, including...

Neurotechnology and the Law
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Neurotechnology and the Law

How closely should implants be regulated?

Making Computers Smarter--with TikTok Dance Videos
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Making Computers Smarter--with TikTok Dance Videos

A doctoral student is using TikTok dance videos to build lifelike three-dimensional avatars of people for use in virtual reality environments.

Videogame Prescribed by Doctors to Treat ADHD
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Videogame Prescribed by Doctors to Treat ADHD

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the use of a computer game to treat children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Major American Companies to Schools: Expand Access to Computer Science
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Major American Companies to Schools: Expand Access to Computer Science

A July 12 letter to governors and top education officials in all 50 states calls for every K-12 student to be given access to computer science education.

Fading Beacon
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Fading Beacon

The U.S. may never regain its dominance as a destination for international students. Here's why that matters.

Can Virtual Reality Help Autistic Children Navigate the Real World?
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Can Virtual Reality Help Autistic Children Navigate the Real World?

One company, Floreo, is hoping their tools will lead the way, despite some criticisms from autism self-advocates.

Immersive King Tut Exhibit Looks Beyond the Gold Mask
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Immersive King Tut Exhibit Looks Beyond the Gold Mask

National Geographic Museum's virtual-reality experience opens up the Egyptian pharaoh's tomb.

Alberta Investing C$23 Million Toward U of C's Quantum City
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Alberta Investing C$23 Million Toward U of C's Quantum City

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has announced that the Canadian province is investing C$23 million (US$17.9 million) in the University of Calgary Quantum City hub....

He Dropped Out of School to Learn Robotics. Now He's Teaching STEM Across Ghana
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He Dropped Out of School to Learn Robotics. Now He's Teaching STEM Across Ghana

Jonathan Kennedy Sowah founded a tech club that became InovTech STEM Center, which travels to schools across Ghana to teach students and teachers STEM subjects...

Highest Paying Jobs with a Computer Science Degree
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Highest Paying Jobs with a Computer Science Degree

Computer science is a broad and rewarding field. Find out the computer science degree salary you can expect depending on your chosen career path.

Addressing Labor Shortages with Automation
From Communications of the ACM

Addressing Labor Shortages with Automation

Labor shortages have many companies turning to automation technology, but with mixed outcomes.

Think Like a Computer
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Think Like a Computer

A pilot program designed in part by educators at South Dakota's Sanford Underground Research Facility is introducing computational thinking into elementary school...

Pandemic Exposed Mental Health Divide Among College Students, Study Finds
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Pandemic Exposed Mental Health Divide Among College Students, Study Finds

Dartmouth College researchers found that smartphone technology and artificial intelligence could be employed as an "early detection system" for mental health issues...

Women in Computer Science Strives for Community, Professional Growth
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Women in Computer Science Strives for Community, Professional Growth

Co-faculty advisor Mary Lauren Benton said she thinks more female role models are needed in the field to encourage women to believe computer science is a viable...

World's Largest Computing Society Honors FIU Engineering Professor with Top Education Award
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World's Largest Computing Society Honors FIU Engineering Professor with Top Education Award

Weiss is also co-leading a project to help the U.S. National Science Foundation set priorities for computer science education research.

Collegiate CS Ethics Programs Emerging En Masse
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Collegiate CS Ethics Programs Emerging En Masse

Universities have created new engineering ethics programs, added concentrated subject-matter ethics programs, and made ethics course material available through...

Can VR Help Ease Chronic Pain?
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Can VR Help Ease Chronic Pain?

Virtual reality has emerged as a tool to treat chronic pain and is gaining popularity.
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