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Facebook, Linkedin Join to Help Women in Tech
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Facebook, Linkedin Join to Help Women in Tech

Facebook and LinkedIn have launched a collaborative initiative to boost the shrinking numbers of women studying engineering and computer science. 

The Invisible Network That Keeps the World Running
From ACM News

The Invisible Network That Keeps the World Running

It’s been just over 45 years since the Apollo Moon landings, and some would have it that we are failing to build big anymore; that we've since become too fascinated...

In Japan, Dog Owners Feel Abandoned as Sony Stops Supporting 'aibo'
From ACM News

In Japan, Dog Owners Feel Abandoned as Sony Stops Supporting 'aibo'

Yahui and Tatsuo Matsui met because of their dogs, Ai and Doggy.

From ACM News

Software Engineers with Autism Add Value to the Corporate Workplace

Companies are training workers with autism spectrum disorders for software testing, quality assurance

J. Craig Venter on Dna and Life's Mysteries
From ACM Opinion

J. Craig Venter on Dna and Life's Mysteries

J. Craig Venter is in the life business.

Society's View of It Workers As 'unwashed Nerds' Stops Women Entering Industry
From ACM TechNews

Society's View of It Workers As 'unwashed Nerds' Stops Women Entering Industry

Society needs to change the way it presents and views information technology careers if more women are to be encouraged to join the industry. 

­ber and CM­ Collaborating on Robotically Driven Cars in Lawrenceville
From ACM TechNews

­ber and CM­ Collaborating on Robotically Driven Cars in Lawrenceville

Uber and Carnegie Mellon University are jointly creating a robotics research lab and technology center at the RIDC Chocolate Factory in Pittsburgh.

Don't Call Them 'utility' Rules: The Fcc's Net Neutrality Regime, Explained
From ACM News

Don't Call Them 'utility' Rules: The Fcc's Net Neutrality Regime, Explained

Within a few weeks we’ll have a huge document full of legalese on the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules, to replace the near-200-page ...

Could a Robot Have Written This Story? The Rise of the Robo-Journalist
From ACM News

Could a Robot Have Written This Story? The Rise of the Robo-Journalist

At large news agencies where speed is crucial, template-style stories have long been used for company results, allowing journalists to simply key in the relevant...

'if We Want to Out Compete, We Have to Out Compute,' Witnesses Tell Congressional Science Committee
From ACM TechNews

'if We Want to Out Compete, We Have to Out Compute,' Witnesses Tell Congressional Science Committee

Experts in high-performance computing and science policy called for more funding for supercomputing resources and research.

Google Brain's Co-Inventor Tells Why He's Building Chinese Neural Networks
From ACM Opinion

Google Brain's Co-Inventor Tells Why He's Building Chinese Neural Networks

To chat with Andrew Ng I almost have to tackle him.

School Leaders Mostly Mystified by Computer Science Education
From ACM TechNews

School Leaders Mostly Mystified by Computer Science Education

A disparity exists in the type of computer science education available to students in higher- versus lower-income schools, according to a new survey of U.S. teachers...

I'll Be Back: The Return of Artificial Intelligence
From ACM Careers

I'll Be Back: The Return of Artificial Intelligence

The artificial-intelligence industry, a field that conjures up images of humanoid robots and self-aware computer systems, is making a comeback at Silicon Valley...

AI Won't End the World, But It Might Take Your Job
From ACM News

AI Won't End the World, But It Might Take Your Job

There's been a lot of fear about the future of artificial intelligence.

Associated Press Looks to Expand Its Automated Stories Program Following Successful Launch
From ACM News

Associated Press Looks to Expand Its Automated Stories Program Following Successful Launch

In the last three months of 2014, the Associated Press published 3,000 articles on the earning reports of U.S. companies. Previously it could publish only 300.

A Robot to Help Improve Agriculture and Wine Production
From ACM TechNews

A Robot to Help Improve Agriculture and Wine Production

A group of European researchers is developing an autonomous robot to help manage vineyards. 

New Rules in China ­pset Western Tech Companies
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New Rules in China ­pset Western Tech Companies

The Chinese government has adopted new regulations requiring companies that sell computer equipment to Chinese banks to turn over secret source code, submit to...

Can Drones Hunt With Wolf Pack-Like Success? DARPA Thinks So
From ACM TechNews

Can Drones Hunt With Wolf Pack-Like Success? DARPA Thinks So

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency wants to enable groups of drones to operate collaboratively under the supervision of a single human commander...

Csi Computer Science: Your Coding Style Can Give You Away
From ACM TechNews

Csi Computer Science: Your Coding Style Can Give You Away

Researchers have developed a code stylometry using natural language processing and machine learning to determine the authors of source code based on coding style...

Netflix's Secret Special Algorithm Is a Human
From ACM Opinion

Netflix's Secret Special Algorithm Is a Human

On the opening night of this year's Sundance Film Festival, two films, as usual, had their premières, gaining maximum exposure to reporters and critics.
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