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10 Most 'Disruptive' IT Jobs in the Year Ahead
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10 Most 'Disruptive' IT Jobs in the Year Ahead

Software company Burning Glass Technologies projected quantum computing and connected technologies will be among the 10 most "disruptive" information technology...

A Quick Look Under the Skin
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A Quick Look Under the Skin

Researchers have developed self-learning algorithms that can help analyze medical image data.

First-Ever Quantum Chess Tournament Won by Amazon Researcher
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First-Ever Quantum Chess Tournament Won by Amazon Researcher

Amazon researcher Aleksander Kubica won the world's first quantum chess tournament during the virtual Practical Quantum Computing (Q2B) conference.

Adding AI to Education
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Adding AI to Education

Some fear artificial intelligence could replace teachers, but it has a long way to go.

Obituary: Edmund M. Clarke, CMU Professor who Won Computer Science’s Nobel Prize Equivalent
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Obituary: Edmund M. Clarke, CMU Professor who Won Computer Science’s Nobel Prize Equivalent

Clarke was best known for his work in model checking, an automated method for detecting design errors in computer hardware and software.

To the Brain, Reading Computer Code Is Not the Same as Reading Language
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To the Brain, Reading Computer Code Is Not the Same as Reading Language

Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Tufts University neuroscientists have found that reading computer code activates different brain regions than reading...

AI Needs to Face Up to its Invisible-Worker Problem
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AI Needs to Face Up to its Invisible-Worker Problem

Machine-learning models are trained by low-paid online gig workers. They're not going away—but we can change the way they work, says Saiph Savage.

Scientists Decode Neural Mechanisms of Computer Programming
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Scientists Decode Neural Mechanisms of Computer Programming

Johns Hopkins University scientists mapped computer programmers' brain activity during coding exercises to uncover the underlying neural processes.

Amazon Wants to Train 29 Million People to Work in the Cloud
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Amazon Wants to Train 29 Million People to Work in the Cloud

Amazon plans to help train 29 million people worldwide to work in the cloud by 2025.

Computer Science Professor,  Postdoc Launch Online Database on History of Slavery
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Computer Science Professor, Postdoc Launch Online Database on History of Slavery

"Enslaved: Peoples of the Historical Slave Trade," a database collecting archives and entries documenting the lives of those who were enslaved, owned slaves, or...

Mathematicians Apply 19th Century Ideas to Modern Computerized Algebra Systems
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Mathematicians Apply 19th Century Ideas to Modern Computerized Algebra Systems

Mathematicians have added new symbolic integration functionality to the Sage computerized algebra system.

Worries of Widespread 'Tech Addiction' May Be Overblown, Says Study
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Worries of Widespread 'Tech Addiction' May Be Overblown, Says Study

Researchers found a weak relationship between early technology use and later technology use, indicating fears of widespread, long-lasting tech addiction may be...

IBM Apologizes For Firing Computer Pioneer For Being Transgender...52 Years Later
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IBM Apologizes For Firing Computer Pioneer For Being Transgender...52 Years Later

You've likely never heard of 82-year-old computer scientist Lynn Conway, but her discoveries power your smartphones and computers.

AI Research Finds 'Compute Divide' Concentrates Power, Accelerates Inequality in Era of Deep Learning
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AI Research Finds 'Compute Divide' Concentrates Power, Accelerates Inequality in Era of Deep Learning

An unequal distribution of compute power in academia is exacerbating inequality in deep learning, say researchers at Virginia Tech and Western University.

Schools Struggling to Stay Open Get Hit by Ransomware Attacks
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Schools Struggling to Stay Open Get Hit by Ransomware Attacks

Schools struggling to stay open during the Covid-19 pandemic are being targeted by ransomware, as hackers threaten to post sensitive student information online....

The Role of LARPing in Computer Science Education
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The Role of LARPing in Computer Science Education

´╗┐Live-action roleplaying (LARPing) could make computer science education more engaging and effective.

Technologies for the Visually Impaired
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Technologies for the Visually Impaired

The last decade has seen major advancements in technology for the blind and visually impaired, but problems remain.

Surviving Weed-Out Classes in Science May Be a State of Mind
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Surviving Weed-Out Classes in Science May Be a State of Mind

Social ties to classmates and how students feel could be more important than innate ability when it comes to enduring early STEM courses.

Computer Scientists Launch Counteroffensive Against Video Game Cheaters
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Computer Scientists Launch Counteroffensive Against Video Game Cheaters

University of Texas at Dallas computer scientists have developed a countermeasure against video game cheaters.

Study Outlines Steps Higher Education Should Take to Prepare Quantum Workforce
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Study Outlines Steps Higher Education Should Take to Prepare Quantum Workforce

Researchers interviewed managers at quantum technology companies to determine how U.S. colleges and universities could help prepare the workforce for quantum technology...
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