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AI Judges and Juries
From Communications of the ACM

AI Judges and Juries

Artificial intelligence is changing the legal industry.

Playing Catch-Up, Germany Throws Money at AI
From ACM News

Playing Catch-Up, Germany Throws Money at AI

Germany plans to invest more than 3 billion euros ($3.39 million) by 2025 to beef up its artificial intelligence capabilities and appoint 100 professors to lecture...

FUNecole: Social-Emotional Learning Meets Computer Science and Digital Literacy
From ACM TechNews

FUNecole: Social-Emotional Learning Meets Computer Science and Digital Literacy

A European company has combined social-emotional learning with computer science into an elementary education digital curriculum that may soon be offered to U.S....

Computers + Collaboration = Student Learning, According to New Meta-Analysis
From ACM TechNews

Computers + Collaboration = Student Learning, According to New Meta-Analysis

An international research team analyzed 425 studies conducted since 2000 and concluded computers that support student collaboration beneficially affect learning...

Researchers Rev Up Review of Peer Review
From ACM News

Researchers Rev Up Review of Peer Review

Although the global scientific community is becoming more diverse, developing ways to make certain peer reviewers are true "peers" is lagging behind.

STEM Firms to Run U.K. National Center for Computing Education
From ACM TechNews

STEM Firms to Run U.K. National Center for Computing Education

U.K. companies in the science, technology, engineering, and math sectors will work together to create and lead a U.K. National Center for Computing Education.

Google in China: When 'Don't Be Evil' Met the Great Firewall
From ACM News

Google in China: When 'Don't Be Evil' Met the Great Firewall

If you're planning on moving to China anytime soon, here's a piece of advice: Get yourself a WeChat account.

A Robot Scientist Will Dream Up New Materials to Advance Computing and Fight Pollution
From ACM News

A Robot Scientist Will Dream Up New Materials to Advance Computing and Fight Pollution

In a laboratory that overlooks a busy shopping street in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a robot is attempting to create new materials.

San Francisco Program Trains Homeless for Tech Jobs
From ACM TechNews

San Francisco Program Trains Homeless for Tech Jobs

A formerly homeless man has created a nonprofit organization to combat homelessness in San Francisco by teaching needy individuals the skills needed to work in...

Can a Robot Learn a Language the Way a Child Does?
From ACM TechNews

Can a Robot Learn a Language the Way a Child Does?

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a method to train semantic parsers by mimicking the way a child learns language.

Oregon Schools to Receive Federal Grant Funds to Boost Computer Science Education
From ACM TechNews

Oregon Schools to Receive Federal Grant Funds to Boost Computer Science Education

Schools in three Oregon counties will use a federal grant to help high school students in Career Technical Education programs transition to post-secondary education...

Colleges Grapple With Teaching the Technology, Ethics of AI
From ACM TechNews

Colleges Grapple With Teaching the Technology, Ethics of AI

Many U.S. colleges and universities are investing in and expanding artificial intelligence education, confronting new challenges for teaching the discipline.

English Has the Scientific Edge, for Now 
From ACM News

English Has the Scientific Edge, for Now 

For centuries, science was a multilingual affair, powered by French, German, English and other tongues. But since the early 1970s, English has become the undisputed...

UC Berkeley's Fastest-Growing Class Is Data Science 101
From ACM TechNews

UC Berkeley's Fastest-Growing Class Is Data Science 101

The University of California, Berkeley's introduction to data science course is the fastest-growing class on campus.

Sarita Adve Named Recipient of ACM-IEEE CS Ken Kennedy Award
From ACM News

Sarita Adve Named Recipient of ACM-IEEE CS Ken Kennedy Award

The University of Illinois professor helped develop memory consistency models.

Japan Preschools Using Tablets to Prep Tots for Digital Age
From ACM TechNews

Japan Preschools Using Tablets to Prep Tots for Digital Age

Almost 400 kindergartens and nursery schools in Japan are using smartphone software applications on tablet computers to enable "digital play" among preschoolers...

A New Movement in Seismology
From Communications of the ACM

A New Movement in Seismology

Unused telecom fiber might be used to detect earthquakes, uncover other secrets in the soil.

What Comes After the Roomba?
From ACM News

What Comes After the Roomba?

It has been 16 years since the Roomba robot vacuum cleaner was introduced by iRobot.

Robot 'Talks' to MPs About Future of AI in the Classroom
From ACM TechNews

Robot 'Talks' to MPs About Future of AI in the Classroom

A robot recently addressed the U.K.'s Parliament on the future role of artificial intelligence in British education.
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