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A few years ago, the leaders of the College Board, the folks who administer the SAT college entrance exam, asked themselves a radical question: Of all the skills and knowledge that we test young people for that we know are correlated…
President Trump signed an executive order on February 11 meant to shore up our competitive position in the international race for AI supremacy, but it is short on concrete steps.
The art of making perfumes and colognes hasn't changed much since the 1880s, when synthetic ingredients began to be used.
The US leads the world in artificial intelligence technology. Decades of federal research funding, industrial and academic research, and streams of foreign talent have put America at the forefront of the current AI boom.
Winston Smith works at the Ministry of Truth. Each day, the hero of George Orwell's "1984" "corrects" old newspapers to make sure that the information is in still accord with the current Party line.
It's hard not to feel some whiplash when reading news about the media business these days.
In his 2008 white paper that first proposed bitcoin, the anonymous Satoshi Nakamoto concluded with: "We have proposed a system for electronic transactions without relying on trust." He was referring to blockchain, the system …
The average person would have to spend 76 working days reading all of the digital privacy policies they agree to in the span of a year. Reading Amazon's terms and conditions alone out loud takes approximately nine hours.
From 550 feet in the air, Google's Scott Huffman peers down at the Las Vegas skyline. It's a sunny afternoon in early January and, at the moment, Google owns this town.
In his State of the Union address Tuesday, President Trump promised legislation to invest in "the cutting edge industries of the future." But the speech was characteristically backward-looking.
Researchers: Felice Frankel will make photographers of you all. Photography—both macro- and microscopic—is an essential tool in science, because pictures are both intuitive and emotionally resonant.
Retracing the pivotal privacy and security-related events and ensuing issues from the past year.
Carnegie Mellon University's successful efforts enrolling, sustaining, and graduating women in computer science challenge the belief in a gender divide in CS education.
Establish your hypotheses, methodologies, and expected results.
Considering the expression "computational thinking" as an entry point to understand why the fundamental contribution of computing to science is the shift from solving problems to having problems solved.
Seeking to promote regulations for reliable software for the long-term prosperity of the software industry.
Independent Audit of AI Systems is the next evolution of governance for artificial intelligence and automation.
Are we repeating the 1980's? It's even worse now.
A stab at a definition, for outsiders, of what we in computing mean by the term "variable" raises more questions …
Computer programming once had much better gender balance than it …
Spotting gravitational waves is due to become an almost hourly …
Here's some breaking fake news … Russia has declared war on …