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In a First, Students Will Be Able to Major in AI at CMU
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In a First, Students Will Be Able to Major in AI at CMU

Carnegie Mellon University this fall will launch the first undergraduate degree program in artificial intelligence in the U.S.

Apple and Its Rivals Bet Their Futures on These Men's Dreams
From ACM News

Apple and Its Rivals Bet Their Futures on These Men's Dreams

Over the past five years, artificial intelligence has gone from perennial vaporware to one of the technology industry's brightest hopes.

In Silicon Valley, Chinese 'Accelerators' Aim to Bring Startups Home
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In Silicon Valley, Chinese 'Accelerators' Aim to Bring Startups Home

Beijing's unslakeable thirst for the latest technology has spurred a proliferation of "accelerators" in Silicon Valley that aim to identify promising startups and...

Inside Google, a Debate Rages: Should It Sell Artificial Intelligence to the Military?
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Inside Google, a Debate Rages: Should It Sell Artificial Intelligence to the Military?

Last July, 13 U.S. military commanders and technology executives met at the Pentagon's Silicon Valley outpost, two miles from Google headquarters.

W&M Computing Mentorship for Girls Receives ACM National Service Award
From ACM TechNews

W&M Computing Mentorship for Girls Receives ACM National Service Award

The College of William & Mary's Society of Women in Computing has been named to receive the ACM Outstanding Community Service Award.

If Knowledge is Power, then Coders like Fereshteh Forough and Barbara Liskov will Inherit the Earth
From ACM News

If Knowledge is Power, then Coders like Fereshteh Forough and Barbara Liskov will Inherit the Earth

Two women helping to lead the tech sector towards greater diversity and inclusion discuss the power of code to advance women from America to Afghanistan.

Stanford Researchers Investigate Behavior in Quantum Systems With a Toy-Inspired Technique
From ACM TechNews

Stanford Researchers Investigate Behavior in Quantum Systems With a Toy-Inspired Technique

Stanford University scientists have created a quantum version of Newton's cradle to study the emergence of quantum chaos and thermal equilibrium.

Brain Drain: Many Canadian Science, Tech Grads Heading to U.S. for Work
From ACM TechNews

Brain Drain: Many Canadian Science, Tech Grads Heading to U.S. for Work

Canada's loss of technology and innovation talent to the U.S. has surpassed levels previously identified as harmful to economic expansion.

Facebook Adds A.I. Labs in Seattle and Pittsburgh, Pressuring Local Universities
From ACM News

Facebook Adds A.I. Labs in Seattle and Pittsburgh, Pressuring Local Universities

At a conference in Silicon Valley this week, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's chief executive, vowed that his company would "keep building" despite a swirl of questions...

JPMorgan Taps Carnegie Mellon Professor for New AI Role
From ACM News

JPMorgan Taps Carnegie Mellon Professor for New AI Role

Manuela Veloso will build on the U.S. bank's existing work applying machine learning technology.

NASA's Swarmathon Improves Student Skills in Robotics, Computer Science
From ACM TechNews

NASA's Swarmathon Improves Student Skills in Robotics, Computer Science

College and university students recently participated in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's third annual Swarmathon, a robotic programming competition...

AI To Help Soldiers Learn Faster in Combat
From ACM TechNews

AI To Help Soldiers Learn Faster in Combat

A low-cost, lightweight hardware system can help soldiers learn more than 13 times faster than conventional methods.

Apps for Children Should Emphasize Parent and Child Choice, Researchers Say
From ACM TechNews

Apps for Children Should Emphasize Parent and Child Choice, Researchers Say

Preschoolers can benefit from using electronic devices with thoughtfully designed content that intentionally supports parent-child interactions, according to researchers...

Rice U. Turns Deep-Learning AI Loose on Software Development
From ACM TechNews

Rice U. Turns Deep-Learning AI Loose on Software Development

Rice University researchers have invented a deep learning software coding application to help programmers navigate growing numbers of application programming interfaces...

Dim Prospects for Junior Developers
From ACM News

Dim Prospects for Junior Developers

Employers prefer experience for even entry-level coding positions.

U.S. Army Makes a Virtual North Korea for Training
From ACM TechNews

U.S. Army Makes a Virtual North Korea for Training

The U.S. Army is creating a virtual duplicate of our planet in which to drill troops.

Scientists Plan European AI Hub to Compete With U.S.
From ACM TechNews

Scientists Plan European AI Hub to Compete With U.S.

Europe's leading scientists have crafted plans for a multinational European institute for artificial intelligence research.

Enigma Machine Collection Recalls Computer Science Victory
From ACM News

Enigma Machine Collection Recalls Computer Science Victory

Carnegie Mellon University will hire a researcher from the Library of Congress to help it decode a collection that includes two WWII German Enigma machines.

Finding a Healthier Approach to Managing Medical Data
From Communications of the ACM

Finding a Healthier Approach to Managing Medical Data

Researchers are exploring ways to put medical data to greater use while better protecting privacy.

Andrea Goldsmith Receives ACM Athena Lecturer Award
From ACM TechNews

Andrea Goldsmith Receives ACM Athena Lecturer Award

Stanford University professor Andrea Goldsmith has received the ACM Athena Lecturer Award.
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