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As Amazon Pushes Forward With Robots, Workers Find New Roles
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As Amazon Pushes Forward With Robots, Workers Find New Roles

Nissa Scott started working at the cavernous Amazon warehouse in southern New Jersey late last year, stacking plastic bins the size of small ottomans.

In the Future, Warehouse Robots Will Learn on Their Own
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In the Future, Warehouse Robots Will Learn on Their Own

The robot was perched over a bin filled with random objects, from a box of instant oatmeal to a small toy shark.

New App Could Transform Music Teaching in Schools
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New App Could Transform Music Teaching in Schools

Syncphonia is a new application that enables a music teacher to deconstruct a piece of music into its component parts, so each player's part is displayed individually...

Meet Marie desJardins, 2017 Educator ABIE Award Winner
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Meet Marie desJardins, 2017 Educator ABIE Award Winner

An interview with University of Maryland educator Marie desJardins, this year's A. Richard Newton Educator ABIE Award winner.

For Superpowers, Artificial Intelligence Fuels New Global Arms Race
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For Superpowers, Artificial Intelligence Fuels New Global Arms Race

For many Russian students, the academic year started last Friday with tips on planetary domination from President Vladimir Putin.

Our Weather-Prediction Models Keep Getting Better, and Hurricane Irma Is the Proof
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Our Weather-Prediction Models Keep Getting Better, and Hurricane Irma Is the Proof

By Wednesday of last week, even as Tropical Storm Harvey continued to rain devastation on the Gulf Coast, a new storm, Irma, was taking shape in the eastern Atlantic...

In a High-Tech World, Car Designers Still Rely on Clay
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In a High-Tech World, Car Designers Still Rely on Clay

Car designers have every kind of software and virtual reality tool. But when they want to make sure a car's curves look just right, they rely on one of the world's...

Microsoft and Cornell Tech Announce New Partnership
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Microsoft and Cornell Tech Announce New Partnership

Microsoft is partnering with the Cornell Tech-based Initiative for Cryptocurrencies and Contracts.

The Effectiveness of Coding Camps
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The Effectiveness of Coding Camps

Do coding schools really get you working faster, with better pay, than college computer science courses?

Fear of Robots Taking Jobs Spurs a Bold Idea: Guaranteed Pay
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Fear of Robots Taking Jobs Spurs a Bold Idea: Guaranteed Pay

Driverless trucks. Factory robots. Delivery drones. Virtual personal assistants.

Most TV Computer Scientists Are Still White Men. Google Wants to Change That
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Most TV Computer Scientists Are Still White Men. Google Wants to Change That

Google is urging Hollywood to diversify the gender and ethnicity of computer scientists appearing on TV and film.

Putin: Leader in Artificial Intelligence Will Rule World
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Putin: Leader in Artificial Intelligence Will Rule World

Russian President Vladimir Putin says that whoever reaches a breakthrough in developing artificial intelligence will come to dominate the world.

NYU Steinhardt Awarded More Than $4 Million From National Science Foundation for STEM Education Research
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NYU Steinhardt Awarded More Than $4 Million From National Science Foundation for STEM Education Research

The National Science Foundation has awarded New York University grants totalling more than $4 million for research to improve computer science and computational...

2 to Receive 2017 ACM/IEEE George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowships
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2 to Receive 2017 ACM/IEEE George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowships

The Fellowships honor exceptional Ph.D. students worldwide whose research focuses on high-performance computing, networking, storage, and large-scale data analysis...

Why AI Visionary Andrew Ng Teaches Humans to Teach Computers
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Why AI Visionary Andrew Ng Teaches Humans to Teach Computers

Stanford University professor Andrew Ng's current area of concentration is teaching next-generation artificial intelligence specialists to train computers.

NSF Announces $17.7M in Awards for Cross-Disciplinary Data Sciences Projects
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NSF Announces $17.7M in Awards for Cross-Disciplinary Data Sciences Projects

The U.S. National Science Foundation will allocate $17.7 million to fund 12 Transdisciplinary Research in Principles of Data Science projects that support research...

With the USS McCain Collision, Even Navy Tech Can't Overcome Human Shortcomings
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With the USS McCain Collision, Even Navy Tech Can't Overcome Human Shortcomings

In the darkness of early morning on August 21, the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain collided with a tanker in the Strait of Malacca off Singapore.

Teaching Kids Coding, by the Book
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Teaching Kids Coding, by the Book

Girls Who Code has arranged a deal with Penguin to release 13 books over the next two years.

Turing Laureates Celebrate Award's 50<sup>th</sup> Anniversary
From Communications of the ACM

Turing Laureates Celebrate Award's 50th Anniversary

ACM recently held a conference in celebration of the first 50 years of the ACM A.M. Turing Award.

Charles W. Bachman
From Communications of the ACM

Charles W. Bachman: 1924-2017

An engineer best known for his work in database management systems, and in techniques of layered architecture that include Bachman diagrams.
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