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Virtual Exam Case Primes Privacy Fight Over College Room Scans
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Virtual Exam Case Primes Privacy Fight Over College Room Scans

Cleveland State University asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit to review a district court ruling that "room scans" by exam proctoring software...

University of Texas Will Offer Large-Scale Online Master's Degree in A.I.
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University of Texas Will Offer Large-Scale Online Master's Degree in A.I.

Amid a boom in new tools like ChatGPT, the Austin campus plans to train thousands of students in sought-after skills in artificial intelligence.

Tennessee High School Students Build Robotic Hand for Classmate
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Tennessee High School Students Build Robotic Hand for Classmate

Students at Henderson high school in Tennessee constructed a robotic hand for classmate Sergio Peralta, whose right hand was not fully formed.

Teaching In The Age Of AI Means Getting Creative
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Teaching In The Age Of AI Means Getting Creative

ChatGPT and similar AI systems are being used in realms beyond education, but classrooms seem to be where fears about the bot's misuse — and ideas to adapt alongside...

Can AI Demonstrate Creativity?
From Communications of the ACM

Can AI Demonstrate Creativity?

When fed a sufficient amount of training data, artificial intelligence techniques can be used to generate new ideas in several different ways. Is that creativity...

Alarmed by A.I. Chatbots, Universities Start Revamping How They Teach
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Alarmed by A.I. Chatbots, Universities Start Revamping How They Teach

With the rise of the popular new chatbot ChatGPT, colleges are restructuring some courses and taking preventive measures.

NYC Education Dept. Blocks ChatGPT on School Devices, Networks
From ACM News

NYC Education Dept. Blocks ChatGPT on School Devices, Networks

It's unclear if or how many other districts are banning the program.

Is A.I. the Future of Test Prep?
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Is A.I. the Future of Test Prep?

Riiid is one of a handful of companies that believe that A.I. algorithms are perfectly suited to track student performance and give individualized attention.

Cambridge Researchers Develop VR Tool for Cancer Treatment
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Cambridge Researchers Develop VR Tool for Cancer Treatment

Video game designers and cancer researchers have teamed up at the University of Cambridge's IMAXT Laboratory to turn spreadsheet data into highly detailed virtual...

Universities, Rich in Data, Struggle to Capture Its Value
From ACM TechNews

Universities, Rich in Data, Struggle to Capture Its Value

Universities are struggling to make sense of their vast administrative datasets, according to researchers Christine L. Borgman at UCLA and Amy Brand at MIT.

OpenAI's ChatGPT Raises Alarm Over Student Cheating
From ACM TechNews

OpenAI's ChatGPT Raises Alarm Over Student Cheating

Universities need new ways to assess and respond to threats to academic integrity posed by AI tools that students could use to cheat on written assignments.

The Number of Master's Degrees in This Field Nearly Tripled in a Decade
From ACM News

The Number of Master's Degrees in This Field Nearly Tripled in a Decade

While lucrative jobs may be the primary driver of demand in computer science, there are other reasons that students are pouring into these programs.

Making Traffic a Thing of the Past
From Communications of the ACM

Making Traffic a Thing of the Past

New AI technologies are making it possible to autonomously reduce traffic.

In Memoriam: Frederick P. Brooks, Jr. 1931-2022
From Communications of the ACM

In Memoriam: Frederick P. Brooks, Jr. 1931-2022

Frederick P. Brooks, Jr. "was a statesman in the best sense of the word, as well as a great leader, a very kind man, and a fine engineer," said fellow ACM A.M....

Remembering Valérie Issarny
From Communications of the ACM

Remembering Valérie Issarny

Computer scientist Valérie Issarny, a director of research at France's National Institute for Research in Digital Science and Technology and chair of the ACM Europe...

How Ada Lovelace Used Embroidery to Create the First Computer Program
From ACM News

How Ada Lovelace Used Embroidery to Create the First Computer Program

The female computing pioneer drew on lessons from her artistic pursuits.

The Highest-Paying College Majors in 2022, Ranked
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The Highest-Paying College Majors in 2022, Ranked

PayScale's annual ranking of the highest-paying college majors ranks electrical engineering and computer science at No. 1.

We Could Run Out of Data to Train AI Language Programs
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We Could Run Out of Data to Train AI Language Programs

Researchers at the Epoch artificial intelligence research and forecasting organization warn of the potential depletion of data for training AI language algorithms...

Bowers CIS Community Celebrates Life of Juris Hartmanis
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Bowers CIS Community Celebrates Life of Juris Hartmanis

A dozen colleagues spoke about Hartmanis' significant contributions to the field of computer science.

K-12 Cyber Maturity Improving, but Still Lags Other Sectors
From ACM News

K-12 Cyber Maturity Improving, but Still Lags Other Sectors

U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency director Jern Easterly said ransomware and other cyber threats targeting primary and secondary schools are...
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