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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.

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
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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...

Learning to Think Like a Computer
From ACM TechNews

Learning to Think Like a Computer

The number of computer science majors has more than doubled since 2011, according to the Computing Research Association.

How Artificial Life Spawned a Billion-Dollar Industry
From ACM News

How Artificial Life Spawned a Billion-Dollar Industry

Scientists are getting closer to building life from scratch and technology pioneers are taking notice, with record sums moving into a field that could deliver novel...

Apprenticeship Emerging To Fill Skills Gaps
From ACM News

Apprenticeship Emerging To Fill Skills Gaps

New approaches to apprenticeship aim to provide talented, if not traditionally trained, computing professionals.

Learning to Think Like a Computer
From ACM News

Learning to Think Like a Computer

In "The Beauty and Joy of Computing," the course he helped conceive for nonmajors at the University of California, Berkeley, Daniel Garcia explains an all-important...

Vector Institute Is Just the Latest in Canada's AI Expansion
From ACM News

Vector Institute Is Just the Latest in Canada's AI Expansion

Canadian researchers have been behind some recent major breakthroughs in artificial intelligence. Now, the country is betting on becoming a big player in one of...

Stanford Researchers Adapt a DIY Robotics Kit to Give STEM Students Tools to Automate Biology Experiments
From ACM TechNews

Stanford Researchers Adapt a DIY Robotics Kit to Give STEM Students Tools to Automate Biology Experiments

Researchers have modified a commercially available do-it-yourself kit for building and programming robots capable of transferring exact amounts of fluids between...

I Took the AI Class Facebookers Are Literally Sprinting to Get Into
From ACM Careers

I Took the AI Class Facebookers Are Literally Sprinting to Get Into

Chia-Chiunn Ho was eating lunch inside Facebook headquarters, at the Full Circle Cafe, when he saw the notice on his phone: Larry Zitnick, one of the leading figures...

Evidence That Robots Are Winning the Race for American Jobs
From ACM News

Evidence That Robots Are Winning the Race for American Jobs

Who is winning the race for jobs between robots and humans?
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