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Last month, Mark Clattenburg, who is generally regarded as one of the finest referees in professional soccer, left England's Premier League for a better-paying position in Saudi Arabia.
The AI revolution may take longer than some expect to spread from Silicon Valley into other industries.
After Congress handed President Trump legislation Tuesday that would wipe away landmark privacy protections for Internet users, we received a lot of reader questions about what happens next.
Watch enough science fiction movies and you'll probably come to the conclusion that humans are living on borrowed time.
On Tuesday afternoon, while most people were focused on the latest news from the House Intelligence Committee, the House quietly voted to undo rules that keep internet service providers—the companies like Comcast, Verizon and…
Shortly after arriving at the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) in April 1958, the new chief scientist presented a plan to the agency's director.
"Think of the marvels we can achieve if we simply set free the dreams of our people," President Trump said in his speech to Congress last month, after summoning a list of technological triumphs from America's past.
We've discovered that evolution strategies (ES), an optimization technique that's been known for decades, rivals the performance of standard reinforcement learning (RL) techniques on modern RL benchmarks (e.g. Atari/MuJoCo), …
Andrew Ng helped create two of Silicon Valley's leading artificial intelligence labs.
New immigration policies, coupled with xenophobic rhetoric and actions both before and after the election, are undoing the compact between the United States and those seeking opportunity from around the world.
If you've been feeling a little paranoid lately—like even your standing mixer may be spying on you—rest assured that Trump senior counselor Kellyanne Conway shares your struggle.
Amid an opioid epidemic, the rise of deadly synthetic drugs and the widening legalization of marijuana, a curious bright spot has emerged in the youth drug culture: American teenagers are growing less likely to try or regularly…
Serial entrepreneur Andrew "Bunnie" Huang believes that consumer product companies should make their hardware designs publicly available so that anyone can study and modify them.
Tuesday's WikiLeaks release exposing thousands of detailed documents on CIA hacking tools is an unbridled attack on U.S. intelligence operations with little or no public benefit.
During the Obama administration, R. David Edelman was one of the president's top advisers. As a part of Obama's National Security Council and his National Economic Council, Edelman was among those responsible for crafting U.S…
Alumnus Professor Francis Allotey has worked tirelessly to promote math, physics, and computer science in Ghana and Africa more widely. Now he is working with Imperial College London to create a network of math researchers in…
Artificial intelligence is everywhere and it's here to stay.
Computer science is an especially male-dominated university course all over the world. I have some ideas about how to throw open more doors for women computer scientists.
President Donald Trump set the political and national security community on fire Saturday morning, starting the day with a four-part Twitter rant alleging that former President Barack Obama had "tapped" his phones during the …
They weighed heavy in pockets and jackets and bags, for they were thick and bulky, not lithe and narrow.
Two new public marches and demonstrations focused on science and climate change have been scheduled for April. I plan to be at both.
If you're ever feeling down, do yourself a favor and watch some footage from the 2015 Darpa Robotics Challenge.
Examining professional misconduct among academic publication examiners.
Considering the challenges, commitments, and quandaries.
Considering influences leading to the recent U.S Supreme Court decision in a years-long case that Apple filed against Samsung over iPhone design infringement.
Common misconceptions about computer science hinder professional growth and harm the identity of computing.
Who is Camille Noûs, who has contributed to hundreds of papers on Google Scholar?
By 2019, I generally thought there wasn't much that could surprise me about organizing meetups. Then Covid-19 hit. I was …
Napier's multiplication and division rods, deriving from the basic multiplication table, simplify calculations considerably.