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Amazon Expanding 'Upskill' Training for Software Developer Roles to Workers Outside Company
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Amazon Expanding 'Upskill' Training for Software Developer Roles to Workers Outside Company

Amazon is expanding its Amazon Technical Academy to train people outside the company for jobs in software engineering.

Lowe's Puts $1.5 Million Into AI Research at UNC Charlotte
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Lowe's Puts $1.5 Million Into AI Research at UNC Charlotte

Retailer Lowe's is providing the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with $1.5 million to install an endowed faculty position to lead artificial intelligence...

Where are the Women? Mapping the Gender Job Gap in AI
From ACM News

Where are the Women? Mapping the Gender Job Gap in AI

This policy briefing from the Turing Institute's Women in Data Science and AI project presents new research into gender gaps in artificial intelligence and data...

'Master,' 'Slave,' and the Fight Over Offensive Terms in Computing
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'Master,' 'Slave,' and the Fight Over Offensive Terms in Computing

Nearly a year after the Internet Engineering Task Force took up a plan to replace words that could be considered racist, the debate is still raging.

How Fortnite, Zelda Can Up Your Surgical Game (No Joke!)
From ACM TechNews

How Fortnite, Zelda Can Up Your Surgical Game (No Joke!)

Researchers suggest video games could be a beneficial tool for training surgeons.

AI Conferences Use AI to Assign Papers to Reviewers
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AI Conferences Use AI to Assign Papers to Reviewers

The Toronto Paper Matching System calculates the affinity between submitted papers and reviewers' expertise by comparing the text in submissions and reviewers'...

The Man Who Made Online College Work
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The Man Who Made Online College Work

Years before Covid, Zvi Galil launched Georgia Tech's successful online master's in computer science. Is Zoom U. the future?

Microsoft Targets 50,000 Jobs with LinkedIn 'Re-skilling' Effort
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Microsoft Targets 50,000 Jobs with LinkedIn 'Re-skilling' Effort

Microsoft said it will hire 50,000 people for jobs requiring technology skills over the next three years, as part of a broader campaign with LinkedIn to re-skill...

Higher Education Readies for a Quantum Leap
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Higher Education Readies for a Quantum Leap

The nascent quantum industry is calling on higher education to begin preparing a quantum workforce with a broader, less specialized range of technical skills.

The Worsening State of Ransomware
From Communications of the ACM

The Worsening State of Ransomware

Sophisticated, dangerous ransomware is the new normal … and there is no simple fix.

Learning Apps Have Boomed in the Pandemic. Now Comes the Real Test.
From ACM News

Learning Apps Have Boomed in the Pandemic. Now Comes the Real Test.

Start-ups hope there's no turning back for online learning, even as more students return to the classroom.

AI Can Stop the Cybersickness Some People Get When Using VR Headsets
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AI Can Stop the Cybersickness Some People Get When Using VR Headsets

Researchers at U.K. startup Kagenova have developed a system that can reduce nausea or cybersickness induced by virtual reality.

Valuing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Computing Community
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Valuing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Computing Community

Improving diversity is everybody’s job.

This 'One-Stop Shop' Aims to Create a Roadmap for Security Careers
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This 'One-Stop Shop' Aims to Create a Roadmap for Security Careers

The U.K. Cyber Security Council aims to serve as a "one-stop shop" for people seeking careers in information security.

In Memoriam: Ronald E. Anderson, 1941-2020
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In Memoriam: Ronald E. Anderson, 1941-2020

Better known as a sociologist than a computer scientist, Anderson specialized in secondary data analysis—finding new uses for data collected for another purpose...

Can the Biases in Facial Recognition Be Fixed; Also, Should They?
From Communications of the ACM

Can the Biases in Facial Recognition Be Fixed; Also, Should They?

Many facial recognition systems used by law enforcement are shot through with biases. Can anything be done to make them fair and trustworthy?

Edmund M. Clarke (1945–2020)
From Communications of the ACM

Edmund M. Clarke (1945–2020)

Edmund Melson Clarke, Jr., a celebrated American academic who developed methods for mathematically proving the correctness of computer systems, died on December...

Scientists Develop Computational Approach to Understand How Infants Perceive Language
From ACM TechNews

Scientists Develop Computational Approach to Understand How Infants Perceive Language

A  team of cognitive scientists and computational linguists has developed a modeling framework based on large-scale simulation of infants' language learning process...

F-35's Buggy Software Prompts Pentagon to Call in Universities
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F-35's Buggy Software Prompts Pentagon to Call in Universities

The Pentagon is consulting with U.S. universities to evaluate software on aerospace company Lockheed Martin's F-35 fighter jet in the hope of correcting the buggy...

Helping NASA Return to the Moon
From ACM News

Helping NASA Return to the Moon

Charlie Blackwell-Thompson is the first woman to serve as launch director for the U.S. space agency.
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