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Diversity in Tech: How One VC Firm Is Partnering With Historically Black Colleges to Address the Pipeline Issue
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Diversity in Tech: How One VC Firm Is Partnering With Historically Black Colleges to Address the Pipeline Issue

Unusual Ventures this summer will launch a program designed to increase the number of black students working in technical internships.

Chinese Children Take to Coding Amid Country's Lofty Goals in AI
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Chinese Children Take to Coding Amid Country's Lofty Goals in AI

China's ambitions to become unparalleled in artificial intelligence and other advanced technologies are reflected in Chinese children's increasing enrollment in...

China Is Catching ­p to the ­S in A.I. Research, Fast
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China Is Catching ­p to the ­S in A.I. Research, Fast

At the world's top computer-vision conference last June, Google and Apple sponsored an academic contest that challenged algorithms to make sense of images from...

Top ­niversities Join to Push 'Public Interest Technology'
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Top ­niversities Join to Push 'Public Interest Technology'

Twenty-one leading U.S. universities have formed a group that aims to promote programs to teach students how to handle the consequences of technology.

Republicans Want Kaspersky, Huawei Banned from Sensitive ­niversity Research Projects
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Republicans Want Kaspersky, Huawei Banned from Sensitive ­niversity Research Projects

If Kaspersky, Huawei and ZTE are suspected of helping Russia and China spy on U.S. government computer systems, they shouldn't be allowed near sensitive academic...

Top ­niversities Join to Push 'Public Interest Technology'
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Top ­niversities Join to Push 'Public Interest Technology'

As technology becomes increasingly pervasive in American life, universities across the United States have been devising ways to teach students how to grapple with...

When Passion for Videogames Helps Land That Job
From ACM TechNews

When Passion for Videogames Helps Land That Job

Employers across a spectrum of industries are welcoming applicants with experience in making or playing videogames.

Computing the Future
From ACM TechNews

Computing the Future

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology hosted a fireside chat, featuring six of its professors who have received ACM's A.M. Turing Award.

Big Issues on the Table at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference 
From ACM News

Big Issues on the Table at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference 

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver listened to a question on stage Friday at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, paused for a moment, and delivered a surprising...

VR: The New Education Prescription
From ACM TechNews

VR: The New Education Prescription

Researchers have developed a virtual cleanroom environment to train pharmacy students on compounding procedures and technique.

Closing the Gender Gap in the Tech Industry
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Closing the Gender Gap in the Tech Industry

Some organizations hope to make the technology sector more inclusive by recruiting more women to the profession.

Amazon to Fund Computer Science Classes at 1,000 ­.S. High Schools Through Future Engineer Program
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Amazon to Fund Computer Science Classes at 1,000 ­.S. High Schools Through Future Engineer Program

Amazon’s Future Engineer program will fund computer science classes at more than 1,000 high schools in all 50 states by this fall.

Which Colleges Are Best and Worst for Women in Computer Science?
From ACM TechNews

Which Colleges Are Best and Worst for Women in Computer Science?

An analysis of U.S. Department of Education data found only four colleges in the United States with at least 50 bachelor's degree recipients in computer science...

Smart, Fluffy Storytelling Robot to Be Trialed in ­.S. Classrooms
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Smart, Fluffy Storytelling Robot to Be Trialed in ­.S. Classrooms

A cute, fluffy robot can help boost language skills in young children.

Seattle Mayor Forms Student Internship Program With Amazon, Expedia, Others
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Seattle Mayor Forms Student Internship Program With Amazon, Expedia, Others

Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan has launched a paid internship program for college students, in partnership with area companies.

North Dakota Looks to Teach Students About Cybersecurity
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North Dakota Looks to Teach Students About Cybersecurity

North Dakota wants to provide statewide student access to computer science and cybersecurity courses.

Electronics Need Rare Earths
From Communications of the ACM

Electronics Need Rare Earths

Demand is expected to spike over the next few years, leading to higher prices and international trade issues.

Exoskeletons Today
From Communications of the ACM

Exoskeletons Today

Wearable mobile machines integrate people and machines to assist the movement-impaired, and amplify the capabilities of industrial and defense workers while protecting...

The Two Codes Your Kids Need to Know
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The Two Codes Your Kids Need to Know

The College Board came up with a surprising conclusion about keys to success for college and life. By Thomas L. Friedman, Opinion Columnist.

Farmworker vs Robot
From ACM News

Farmworker vs Robot

Both human and machine have 10 seconds per plant. They must find the ripe strawberries in the leaves, gently twist them off the stems and tuck them into a plastic...
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