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Pittsburgh Gets a Tech Makeover
From ACM Careers

Pittsburgh Gets a Tech Makeover

In 2015, Monocle magazine, a favorite read of the global hipsterati, published an enthusiastic report on Lawrenceville, the former blue-collar neighborhood here...

China's Got a Huge Artificial Intelligence Plan
From ACM News

China's Got a Huge Artificial Intelligence Plan

China aims to make the artificial intelligence industry a "new, important" driver of economic expansion by 2020, according to a development plan issued by the State...

DeepMind's Founder Says to Build Better Computer Brains, We Need to Look at Our Own
From ACM Opinion

DeepMind's Founder Says to Build Better Computer Brains, We Need to Look at Our Own

After decades in the wilderness, AI has swaggered back onto center stage.

At Cybersecurity Camps, Teen Girls Learn About Protecting Nation, Breaking Barriers
From ACM TechNews

At Cybersecurity Camps, Teen Girls Learn About Protecting Nation, Breaking Barriers

A growing number of cybersecurity camps are helping to prepare young women to work in this field, as women remain underrepresented in the information security workforce...

The 2017 Top Programming Languages
From ACM TechNews

The 2017 Top Programming Languages

Python is now the top programming language, according to IEEE Spectrum's recently released fourth interactive ranking of the leading languages.

Milner Award and Lecture
From ACM News

Milner Award and Lecture

Announcing the Milner Award Medallist 2018.

Code @ TACC Robotics Camp Delivers on Self-Driving Cars
From ACM TechNews

Code @ TACC Robotics Camp Delivers on Self-Driving Cars

The Texas Advanced Computing Center last month hosted a week-long summer camp during which 34 students received instruction from five staff scientists and two guest...

A Computer Science Legacy Extends 70 Years
From ACM News

A Computer Science Legacy Extends 70 Years

Valerie Barr has been selected the first person to hold the Jean E. Sammet Chair in Computer Science at Mount Holyoke College.

US to Create Independent Military Cyber Command
From ACM Careers

US to Create Independent Military Cyber Command

After months of delay, the Trump administration is finalizing plans to revamp the nation's military command for defensive and offensive cyber operations in hopes...

President of ACM Awarded Honorary Degree
From ACM News

President of ACM Awarded Honorary Degree

World-leading computer scientist professor Vicki Hanson has been awarded an honorary degree from Newcastle University.

Iran's Newest Robot Is an Adorable Dancing Humanoid
From ACM TechNews

Iran's Newest Robot Is an Adorable Dancing Humanoid

Researchers at the University of Tehran have developed Surena Mini, a small robot with a 3D-printed body, articulated limbs, and a round head with two camera-eyes...

11,000 Girls Compete in International Mobile App Challenge
From ACM TechNews

11,000 Girls Compete in International Mobile App Challenge

Girls ages 10-18 from around the world are competing in the Technovation Challenge, a global effort to learn and apply technology to try to solve problems in their...

California Moves to Expand K-12 Computer Science Instruction
From ACM TechNews

California Moves to Expand K-12 Computer Science Instruction

California's 2017-2018 state budget includes funding for initiatives to broaden K-12 student access to computer science coursework and instruction.

Robocalypse Now? Central Bankers Argue Whether Automation Will Kill Jobs
From ACM News

Robocalypse Now? Central Bankers Argue Whether Automation Will Kill Jobs

The rise of robots has long been a topic for sci-fi best sellers and video games and, as of this week, a threat officially taken seriously by central bankers.

UC Santa Cruz Launches New Data Science Research Center
From ACM TechNews

UC Santa Cruz Launches New Data Science Research Center

The University of California, Santa Cruz has launched a new data science research center that provides a platform for collaboration between industry and academia...

CMU Scientists Harness 'Mind Reading' Technology to Decode Complex Thoughts
From ACM TechNews

CMU Scientists Harness 'Mind Reading' Technology to Decode Complex Thoughts

Researchers have combined machine-learning algorithms with brain-imaging technology to "mind read."

New Natural Selection: How Scientists Are Altering DNA to Genetically Engineer New Forms of Life
From ACM News

New Natural Selection: How Scientists Are Altering DNA to Genetically Engineer New Forms of Life

Before human beings wrote books or did math or composed music, we made leather.

New Girl Scout Badges Focus on Cybercrime, Not Cookie Sales
From ACM News

New Girl Scout Badges Focus on Cybercrime, Not Cookie Sales

The goal is to prevent cyber attacks and restore trust in digital operations.

How Silicon Valley Pushed Coding Into American Classrooms
From ACM Careers

How Silicon Valley Pushed Coding Into American Classrooms

At a White House gathering of tech titans last week, Timothy D. Cook, the chief executive of Apple, delivered a blunt message to President Trump on how public schools...

Code.org Gears Up to Get 30,000 Students Psyched Up About Computer Science
From ACM TechNews

Code.org Gears Up to Get 30,000 Students Psyched Up About Computer Science

Code.org recently launched a free, year-long course that is designed to provide more than 30,000 low-income students the opportunity to learn how to program.
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