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Robot researcher combines nature to nurture 'superhuman' navigation

Computer modelling of the human eye, the brain of a rat and a robot could revolutionise advances in neuroscience and new technology, says a QUT leading robotics researcher. Dr Michael Milford from QUT's Science and Engineering Faculty...Show More Summary

Mozilla: Just 5 percent of computer science kids go into nonprofits. We’re going to change that.

Public interest groups say there aren't nearly enough tech geeks working for nonprofits and in government. New research from Mozilla and its partner, the Ford Foundation, finds that barely 10 percent of computer science students wind up working in those sectors. The vast majority go to big, wealthy tech companies. While that's great for Google and […]

the declining role of simulations in sociology

Over the weekend, I got into an exchange with UMD management student Robert Vesco over the computer science/sociology syllabus I posted last week. The issue, I think, is that he was surprised that the course narrowly focused on topic modelling – extracting meaning from text. Robert thought that maybe there should be a different focus. […]

Computer Sciences Jumps: Bloomberg Says Talking to Blackstone, Bain

Shares of tech consultancy Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) jumped $2.99, or 5.3%, to $59.62, toward the latter part of the day’s regular session, following an article by Bloomberg‘s Alex Sherman, Devin Banerjee, and Jeffrey McCracken...Show More Summary

Wouldn’t trade places

Last week at the Heidelberg Laureate Forum, I was surrounded by the most successful researchers in math and computer science. The laureates had all won the Fields Medal, Abel Prize, Nevanlinna Prize, or Turing Award. Some had even won two of these awards. I thought about my short academic career [1]. If I had been […]

Inferring algebraic effects

Logical methods in computer science just published Matija Pretnar 's latest take on algebraic effects and handlers : We present a complete polymorphic effect inference algorithm for an ML-style language with handlers of not only exceptions, but of any other algebraic effect such as input & output, mutable references and many others. Show More Summary

Why Free Online Classes Are Still the Future of Education

Don't give up on MOOCs yet. That's the message from MIT computer science professor Anant Agarwal, also the founder and CEO of the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based non-profit, edX. The post Why Free Online Classes Are Still the Future of Education appeared first on WIRED.

A Nightmare Future of Higher-Ed

Minding the Campus: A Nightmare Future of Higher-Ed, by Lee Kottner: A favorite trope of science fiction dystopias is a classroom of students wearing metallic skull caps wired to a blinking, monolithic computer, and staring vacantly into space while the propaganda and “facts” that pass for knowledge and education are...

A new wearable could secure your computer

A computer science student from Dartmouth College has come up with a new, more secure way to make sure no one can see what you’re working on when you step away from your computer. Of course, if you’re dealing with sensitive info, like other people’s medical or employment records (or maybe the horrors of your own overdraft), you should log... Show More Summary

A "Learn To Code" Startup For Instagram-Loving Teenage Girls

Vidcode uses video editing to hook girls on creative coding--and doesn't mind if boys come along for the ride. Ninth grader Emma Farrell never imagined that she would be interested in computer science. "I didn't think coding was something I wanted to pursue because I like drawing and photography, not making websites," says the young New Yorker. Show More Summary

Microsoft SVC

By now, the news that Microsoft abruptly closed its Silicon Valley research lab—leaving dozens of stellar computer scientists jobless—has already been all over the theoretical computer science blogosphere: see, e.g., Lance, Luca, Omer Reingold, Michael Mitzenmacher.  I never made a real visit to Microsoft SVC (only went there once IIRC, for a workshop, while a grad […]

Octobot, A Cephalopod-Inspired Robot That Propels Itself With Eight Arms

last weekOdd : Laughing Squid

The Octopod is an aquatic robotic created by the Institute of Computer Science in Greece that takes inspiration from the octopus vulgaris (common octopus), using eight arms to help quickly propel itself through the water. A squishy membrane connecting the robo-tentacles helps it swim through the water at speeds of up to seven inches a […]

sample computer science/sociology syllabus

Loyal orgtheorista and sociologist Amy Binder has forwarded me this course syllabus for a course at UC San Diego. It is called Soc 211 Computational Methods in Social Science and was taught by Edward Hunter and Akos Rona-­Tas. The authors are working on a textbook, the course was made open to a wide range of […]

Octobot: robot inspired by octopus

last weekOdd : Boing Boing

Researchers at Greece's Institute of Computer Science have demonstrated the Octobot, a shoebox-sized swimming robot propelled by eight webbed arms. Video below. (more…)

Towering Solitude and Pazuzu: Let the Beauty of Hyde Park Possess You

While earning my Master’s in Computer Science at U of C, I worked in the Harper Center as a member of the Chicago Booth staff. There I found myself in an architecturally impressive, award-winning building adjacent to two of Hyde Park’s most notable landmarks: the towering structure of the Rockefeller Chapel to the west and […]

This 19-Year-Old Developer Is So Successful, He Turned Down Apple

Last week, 19-year-old John Meyer dropped out of a prestigious university computer science program to work full-time on his tech startup, Fresco News. His parents weren't happy at first. He was attending NYU where his mom is a professor, he told Business Insider. Show More Summary

Irate NSA Staffer Doesn't Like Being Filmed

The Intercept: The National Security Agency sent someone bearing the nametag "Neal Z." to the University of New Mexico's Engineering and Science Career Fair in the hopes of recruiting young computer geniuses to help manage the yottabytes of data it is collecting about you. Show More Summary

‘Soft’ Robots From MIT and Harvard Open Up Possibilities for New Class of Bots

The science of soft robotics is making big leaps as teams from MIT and Harvard have recently shown off new prototypes, hoping to challenge the way people imagine the future of robotics. MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, led by director Daniela Rus, already has a portfolio of untraditional robots, […]

Climate Science is not settled

http://online.wsj.com/articles/climate-science-is-not-settled-1411143565 The only reason that climate science is not settled is that 1 mol of molecules contains 6.023E23 molecules (Avogodros number) and that makes computation of cloud...Show More Summary

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