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Should All Children Learn to Code by the End of High School?
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Should All Children Learn to Code by the End of High School?

Supporters say coding know-how is good for students in an increasingly digital world. Opponents say public schools shouldn't serve as job-training sites for tech...

Across the Language Barrier
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Across the Language Barrier

Translation devices are getting better at making speech and text understandable in different languages.

Algorithms to Harvest the Wind
From Communications of the ACM

Algorithms to Harvest the Wind

Wake steering can help ever-larger turbines work together more efficiently on wind farms.

Mapping Coronavirus: South Koreans Turn to Online Tracking as Cases Surge
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Mapping Coronavirus: South Koreans Turn to Online Tracking as Cases Surge

Private software developers have launched websites and apps to help people in South Korea track cases of coronavirus and avoid places where infected people have...

$1.3M in State Funding to Support Virginia's CS SOLs
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$1.3M in State Funding to Support Virginia's CS SOLs

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said his state is providing more than $1.3 million in grants to school systems to help prepare students for Virginia's Computer Science...

Half of Technology Workers Want to Find a New Job in 2020
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Half of Technology Workers Want to Find a New Job in 2020

A survey by recruitment firm Harvey Nash found half of 1,200 technology professionals in the U.K. would like to switch jobs in 2020, with salary and work-life balance...

The High Cost of a Free Coding Bootcamp
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The High Cost of a Free Coding Bootcamp

Students at Lambda School say the program hasn't delivered on its promise.

Google, LinkedIn, Others Send Employees Into New York Classrooms
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Google, LinkedIn, Others Send Employees Into New York Classrooms

Tech companies with offices in New York City—including Google, LinkedIn, and Spotify—are sending employees to teach 22 computer science courses at the City University...

Making 3D Printing Smarter with Machine Learning
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Making 3D Printing Smarter with Machine Learning

Researchers have spent six years to improve the printing accuracy of three-dimensional (3D) printing software by 50% or more. 

Improving AI's Ability to Identify Students Who Need Help
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Improving AI's Ability to Identify Students Who Need Help

A new artificial intelligence model can predict the extent of students' absorption of knowledge via educational gameplay.

How to Design AI that Eliminates Disability Bias
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How to Design AI that Eliminates Disability Bias

AI has proven to magnify the prejudices that skew human decision making against women and ethnic minorities.

Facebook, Google and Twitter Scramble to Stop Misinformation About Coronavirus
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Facebook, Google and Twitter Scramble to Stop Misinformation About Coronavirus

Facebook, Google, and Twitter are struggling to prevent misinformation on their platforms about the outbreak of the coronavirus.

Seeking Tech Talent, Companies Kickstart Apprenticeship Programs
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Seeking Tech Talent, Companies Kickstart Apprenticeship Programs

Companies are launching apprenticeship programs to recruit nontraditional staff for entry-level positions in the midst of a technology talent shortage.

Scientists Try to Help Congress Get Smarter About Tech
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Scientists Try to Help Congress Get Smarter About Tech

Government scientists and technologists are trying to help U.S. lawmakers become more technology-savvy.

A $100 Million Bet That Vacationland Can Be a Tech Hub, Too
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A $100 Million Bet That Vacationland Can Be a Tech Hub, Too

Portland, ME, has unveiled a technology research institute which local officials hope will drive the local economy.

Virginia Schools Steer Students to Computer Science Careers
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Virginia Schools Steer Students to Computer Science Careers

Virginia school districts are starting to offer high school students dual-enrollment computer science courses that count as credit at local community colleges,...

VR Therapy is Taking Paralyzed Veterans to New Places
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VR Therapy is Taking Paralyzed Veterans to New Places

The St. Louis Veterans Affairs hospital has incorporated virtual reality into its therapy for paralyzed patients, who wear goggles and use joysticks to engage with...

Tracking Shoppers
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Tracking Shoppers

Retailers of all stripes are using technology to follow consumers through their brick-and-mortar stores in order to develop detailed profiles of their shopping...

Dark Web's Doppelgängers Aim to Dupe Antifraud Systems
From Communications of the ACM

Dark Web's Doppelgängers Aim to Dupe Antifraud Systems

Digital doppelgängers that fool online payment fraud detection systems are a threat to your bank balance.

Gov. Murphy Aims to Train More Workers for High-Tech Jobs
From ACM TechNews

Gov. Murphy Aims to Train More Workers for High-Tech Jobs

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has announced a new program that would help train workers for careers in computer science and other high-tech jobs.
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