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Rice's Lydia Kavraki Wins ACM Athena Lecturer Award
From ACM TechNews

Rice's Lydia Kavraki Wins ACM Athena Lecturer Award

Rice University professor and ACM Fellow Lydia Kavraki will receive this year's ACM Athena Lecturer Award.

Artificial Intelligence Expert Shares His Vision of the Future of Education
From ACM TechNews

Artificial Intelligence Expert Shares His Vision of the Future of Education

University of Idaho professor Joseph Qualls says he envisions education being transformed by artificial intelligence.

Geeks v Government: The Battle Over Public Key Cryptography
From ACM News

Geeks v Government: The Battle Over Public Key Cryptography

Two graduate students stood silently beside a lectern, listening as their professor presented their work to a conference.

Scientific Discovery Game Significantly Speeds Up Neuroscience Research Process
From ACM TechNews

Scientific Discovery Game Significantly Speeds Up Neuroscience Research Process

Mozak is a new scientific discovery game enabling citizen scientists to generate three-dimensional reconstructions of neurons in different regions of human and...

Can Facebook Fix Its Own Worst Bug?
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Can Facebook Fix Its Own Worst Bug?

In early January, I went to see Mark Zuckerberg at MPK20, a concrete-and-steel building on the campus of Facebook's headquarters, which sits across a desolate highway...

Why Google's Made With Code Is Helping Women Get Into STEM for Earth Day
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Why Google's Made With Code Is Helping Women Get Into STEM for Earth Day

This year's "Made with Code" initiative paired women from three non-government agencies with student scientists to address environmental challenges.

Inside China's Plans for World Robot Domination
From ACM Careers

Inside China's Plans for World Robot Domination

Scenes from China's quest to dominate the robotic future: At startup E-Deodar, a human-looking droid serves coffee to employees who are building $15,000 industrial...

Why is Russia So Good at Encouraging Women Into Tech?
From ACM Careers

Why is Russia So Good at Encouraging Women Into Tech?

Irina Khoroshko, from Zelenograd near Moscow, had learned her times tables by the age of five.

Harry Huskey, Pioneering Computer Scientist, Is Dead at 101
From ACM News

Harry Huskey, Pioneering Computer Scientist, Is Dead at 101

Huskey was a pioneering computer scientist who worked on early computing systems, and later helped universities around the world establish computer centers and...

50 Years Ago, a Computer Pioneer Got a New York Subway Race Rolling
From ACM Careers

50 Years Ago, a Computer Pioneer Got a New York Subway Race Rolling

Fifty years ago, Peter Samson, one of the inventors of Spacewar, considered the world's first video game, began another craze underground.

Find Out If a Robot Will Take Your Job 
From ACM Careers

Find Out If a Robot Will Take Your Job 

At a community college in upstate New York, 12 cafeteria workers recently learned that they will lose their jobs—and be replaced by self-serve machines.

From Coal to Code
From ACM News

From Coal to Code

Coal miners find new lives as programmers.

Introducing 'Operator 4.0,' a tech-augmented human worker
From ACM Opinion

Introducing 'Operator 4.0,' a tech-augmented human worker

The Fourth Industrial Revolution has arrived.

Georg Gottlob honoured with Lovelace Medal
From ACM News

Georg Gottlob honoured with Lovelace Medal

Georg Gottlob been selected by the Awards Panel of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, as the 2017 winner of the Lovelace Medal.

New Tools Needed to Track Technology's Impact on Jobs, Panel Says
From ACM TechNews

New Tools Needed to Track Technology's Impact on Jobs, Panel Says

New tools must be developed to track and measure the impact of artificial intelligence and automation on the U.S. job market, according to a report from an expert...

State Progress on K-12 Computer Science Ed Policies: 'We Have a Long Way to Go'
From ACM TechNews

State Progress on K-12 Computer Science Ed Policies: 'We Have a Long Way to Go'

A new study from six organizations summarizes state-by-state surveys on U.S. computer science education policies for grades K-12. "There are simply not enough adequately...

Science, Engineering Studies Are Still a Hard Sell to Women
From ACM TechNews

Science, Engineering Studies Are Still a Hard Sell to Women

Women earned just 21% of U.S. undergraduate engineering degrees and an even smaller share of computer science degrees, according to new data from the National Student...

New Approach Developed by Humanists and Scientists Maps Evolution of Literature
From ACM TechNews

New Approach Developed by Humanists and Scientists Maps Evolution of Literature

Researchers have partly developed a new approach for identifying subtle patterns to map out how ancient Latin and Greek texts relate to each other.

Canada Tries to Turn Its A.I. Ideas Into Dollars
From ACM Careers

Canada Tries to Turn Its A.I. Ideas Into Dollars

Long before Google started working on cars that drive themselves and Amazon was creating home appliances that talk, a handful of researchers in Canada—backed by...
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