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Higher Education Readies for a Quantum Leap
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Higher Education Readies for a Quantum Leap

The nascent quantum industry is calling on higher education to begin preparing a quantum workforce with a broader, less specialized range of technical skills.

The Worsening State of Ransomware
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The Worsening State of Ransomware

Sophisticated, dangerous ransomware is the new normal … and there is no simple fix.

Learning Apps Have Boomed in the Pandemic. Now Comes the Real Test.
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Learning Apps Have Boomed in the Pandemic. Now Comes the Real Test.

Start-ups hope there's no turning back for online learning, even as more students return to the classroom.

AI Can Stop the Cybersickness Some People Get When Using VR Headsets
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AI Can Stop the Cybersickness Some People Get When Using VR Headsets

Researchers at U.K. startup Kagenova have developed a system that can reduce nausea or cybersickness induced by virtual reality.

Valuing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Computing Community
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Valuing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Computing Community

Improving diversity is everybody’s job.

This 'One-Stop Shop' Aims to Create a Roadmap for Security Careers
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This 'One-Stop Shop' Aims to Create a Roadmap for Security Careers

The U.K. Cyber Security Council aims to serve as a "one-stop shop" for people seeking careers in information security.

In Memoriam: Ronald E. Anderson, 1941-2020
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In Memoriam: Ronald E. Anderson, 1941-2020

Better known as a sociologist than a computer scientist, Anderson specialized in secondary data analysis—finding new uses for data collected for another purpose...

Can the Biases in Facial Recognition Be Fixed; Also, Should They?
From Communications of the ACM

Can the Biases in Facial Recognition Be Fixed; Also, Should They?

Many facial recognition systems used by law enforcement are shot through with biases. Can anything be done to make them fair and trustworthy?

Edmund M. Clarke (1945–2020)
From Communications of the ACM

Edmund M. Clarke (1945–2020)

Edmund Melson Clarke, Jr., a celebrated American academic who developed methods for mathematically proving the correctness of computer systems, died on December...

Scientists Develop Computational Approach to Understand How Infants Perceive Language
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Scientists Develop Computational Approach to Understand How Infants Perceive Language

A  team of cognitive scientists and computational linguists has developed a modeling framework based on large-scale simulation of infants' language learning process...

F-35's Buggy Software Prompts Pentagon to Call in Universities
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F-35's Buggy Software Prompts Pentagon to Call in Universities

The Pentagon is consulting with U.S. universities to evaluate software on aerospace company Lockheed Martin's F-35 fighter jet in the hope of correcting the buggy...

Helping NASA Return to the Moon
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Helping NASA Return to the Moon

Charlie Blackwell-Thompson is the first woman to serve as launch director for the U.S. space agency.

How to Train a Robot (Using AI and Supercomputers)
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How to Train a Robot (Using AI and Supercomputers)

Computer scientists are using generative adversarial networks to train robots about objects.

Technological Responses to COVID-19
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Technological Responses to COVID-19

Companies are finding new ways to enforce social distancing, clean public spaces, and provide substitutes for human workers.

How England Implemented its Computer Science Education Program
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How England Implemented its Computer Science Education Program

Computer science concepts have been part of the official English curriculum for over a decade, but reforms have encouraged wider participation in the last six years...

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.
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