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Privacy Battle Erupts Over Smart Building Sensors
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Privacy Battle Erupts Over Smart Building Sensors

A project at Carnegie Mellon University to build a secure Internet of Things infrastructure has erupted into a dispute over monitoring and privacy.

The Women Who Left Their Jobs to Code
From ACM TechNews

The Women Who Left Their Jobs to Code

Some U.K. women are defying the trend of lower female representation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) compared to men by becoming programmers...

Historically Black University Created Its Own Tech Intern Pipeline
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Historically Black University Created Its Own Tech Intern Pipeline

Last year, the computer science department of Bowie State University established an internship program in partnership with several companies and government agencies...

ChatGPT is Going to Change Education, Not Destroy It
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ChatGPT is Going to Change Education, Not Destroy It

The narrative around cheating students doesn't tell the whole story. Meet the teachers who think generative AI could actually make learning better.

Preschoolers Prefer Learning from a Competent Robot Than an Incompetent Human
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Preschoolers Prefer Learning from a Competent Robot Than an Incompetent Human

"By age five, children are choosing to learn from a competent teacher over someone who is more familiar to them—even if the competent teacher is a robot."

The Technion Mourns the Passing of Distinguished Professor Jacob Ziv
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The Technion Mourns the Passing of Distinguished Professor Jacob Ziv

In addition to his scientific achievements, Ziv will be remembered for his kindness, generosity, and dedication to the next generation of scientists.

School District Offers Blueprint for Increasing CS Student Numbers
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School District Offers Blueprint for Increasing CS Student Numbers

New York's Mineola school district has boosted the numbers of its students taking computer science by infusing the subject into curricula as early as pre-kindergarten...

Lack of Computer Science Teachers Holding Irish Students Back, says Report
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Lack of Computer Science Teachers Holding Irish Students Back, says Report

New research has found that as of August 2022, there were only 34 accredited computer science teachers in Ireland.

VR Is Revolutionizing Therapy. Why Aren't More People Using It?
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VR Is Revolutionizing Therapy. Why Aren't More People Using It?

VR therapy has been studied since the 1990s. But as of 2023, we're still talking about its potential.

. . . And the Computer Plays Along
From Communications of the ACM

. . . And the Computer Plays Along

Software can improvise on the spot to accompany the performance of live musicians.

'Spell-Checker for Statistics' Reduces Errors in Psychology Literature
From ACM TechNews

'Spell-Checker for Statistics' Reduces Errors in Psychology Literature

The statcheck online tool developed by Michèle Nuijten at Tilburg University in the Netherlands has reduced statistical errors in scientific papers.

COVID Modelers Expand their Missions
From ACM News

COVID Modelers Expand their Missions

Team science is writ (very) large.

Amazon Funded Program Teaches DC Inmates Cloud Computing Skills
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Amazon Funded Program Teaches DC Inmates Cloud Computing Skills

A pilot program at a jail in Washington, D.C., funded by an Amazon grant, gave inmates access to a course in basic cloud computing skills.

Factsheet Highlights Gender Disparities in Innovation, Technology
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Factsheet Highlights Gender Disparities in Innovation, Technology

On International Women’s Day, UNESCO released its latest #HerEducationOurFuture factsheet on gender equality in education, which cites persistent gender inequity...

VR Trains Responders for Mass Casualty Events
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VR Trains Responders for Mass Casualty Events

Ohio State University said researchers at its College of Medicine have developed a virtual reality training program that represents a mass casualty event realistically...

African Girls Can Code Initiative Builds Digital Skills, Momentum Towards Better Future
From ACM TechNews

African Girls Can Code Initiative Builds Digital Skills, Momentum Towards Better Future

The African Girls Can Code Initiative holds coding camps to teach girls across Africa digital skills.

How a Small Class at Caltech Helped Launch a Computer Revolution
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How a Small Class at Caltech Helped Launch a Computer Revolution

Carver Mead will delivery his Kyoto Prize Presentation on March 15.

Neural Networks for Drug Discovery and Design
From Communications of the ACM

Neural Networks for Drug Discovery and Design

Architectures suited for molecules streamline the identification of pharmaceutical candidates.

Roger C. Schank, Theorist of Artificial Intelligence, Dies at 76
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Roger C. Schank, Theorist of Artificial Intelligence, Dies at 76

He combined linguistics, cognitive science and computing with the goal of "trying to understand the nature of the human mind."

Harvard Shutting Down Project Studying Social Media Misinformation
From ACM TechNews

Harvard Shutting Down Project Studying Social Media Misinformation

Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government announced that next year it will close a research facility that studied online misinformation.
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