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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
From Communications of the ACM

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...

Computer Scientists Achieve 'Crown Jewel' of Cryptography
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Computer Scientists Achieve 'Crown Jewel' of Cryptography

A cryptographic master tool called indistinguishability obfuscation has for years seemed too good to be true. Three researchers have figured out that it can work...

Help Wanted: Quantum
From ACM News

Help Wanted: Quantum

How the U.S. can build a quantum workforce.

Teaching Cybersecurity
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Teaching Cybersecurity

U.S. cybersecurity education reboots for a wider reach.

The World of TFNP
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The World of TFNP

Finding a solution when you know one exists.

Schools Clamored for Seesaw’s App. That Was Good News, and Bad News.
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Schools Clamored for Seesaw’s App. That Was Good News, and Bad News.

It wasn't simple to become a do-it-all education tool almost overnight.

Faculty Expected to Return to Campus for Spring Semester per Updated Remote WorkPolicy
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Faculty Expected to Return to Campus for Spring Semester per Updated Remote WorkPolicy

While Northeastern University faculty are expected to return, requests for remote work will still be accepted and addressed on a case-by-case basis.
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