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Silicon Valley Recap: Two and a Half Erlichs

Twenty-five years ago, my computer science degree manifested itself as a blood-spattered piece of paper scrawled entirely in Latin. This exceptionally expensive declaration was bestowed upon me by the Jesuits, a group of fine educators who taught me many things. Unfortunately, Latin was not one of those things, so as... More »

My Top 100 Programming, Computer and Science Books: Part One

I was recently interviewed by Fog Creek and one of the questions was about my favorite programming, coding and development books. I got very excited by this question as I'm a huge book nerd. And by a huge book nerd I mean I'm crazy about science, computer and programming books. Show More Summary

Links 4/25/15

Links for you. Science: Facts Are Your Friends — Vaccinate Your Children A vaunted new study says women have it easy in STEM fields. Don’t believe it. It’s the WaterMAN award, afterall… Apollo-era computer auction brings back memory to a … Continue reading ?

Carnegie Mellon wagers that an AI can take on the world’s top poker players

How much would you be willing to bet that a computer program could go toe-to-toe with professional poker players? Carnegie Mellon University researchers have taken that wager. Computer science professor Tuomas Sandholm, alongside researchers...Show More Summary

Woman’s Massive Brain Tumor May Have Been Her Unborn Twin Sibling

In 2014, 26-year-old Yamini Karanam moved from India to Indiana to get her PhD in computer science but became bedridden by a tumor growing on her pineal gland. On her blog, she explained that she became very tired, slept for two weeks straight and even had to miss school. Karanam said, “Then came the headaches. […]

Learn Key Computer Science Concepts with These Everyday Analogies

What’s the difference between computer science and programming? How do you explain Big Data to a non-technical person? Sometimes, everyday analogies are better than the technical explanations. This list has 40 key computer science concepts simply explained. Read more...

13 Of 2015's Hottest Topics In Computer Science Research

What are currently the hot topics in computer science research? This question was originally answered on Quora by Igor Markov.

Want to get girls into computer science? Here's what parents can do

Inspired by her daughter, Robin Hauser Reynolds directed "Code: Debugging the Gender Gap" to explore the lack of women in technical fields.

Algerian Islamist Accidentally Shoots Himself Before Attack on Paris Church

Aurelie Chatelain was shot dead in her car by an Islamist on Sunday. Chatelain appeared to have been killed at random and ballistics evidence linked her death to the suspect. The Islamist, a computer science student, 24, wanted to steal … Continue reading ?

“Code” and the Quest for Inclusive Software

A couple of years ago, Robin Hauser Reynolds, a filmmaker and photographer in the Bay Area, learned that her daughter, who had been taking computer-science classes, had decided that she wasn’t cut out to pursue computer science as a career. Show More Summary

Fugs and Pieces, April 17th, 2015

First! A reminder that we are going to be at the Los Angeles Festival of Books on Sunday. Our panel is called Fiction: Famous By Association, with a signing to follow. The panel will be in  Salvatori Computer Science Center 101, on the USC campus. It’s moderated by Heather Havrilesky, and the other panelists are Read More...

Can androids pray for digital salvation?

Can robots make good Christians? As computer science races ahead, at least one forward-looking Florida pastor sees a future for the faith in whatever passes for a soul in robots, androids, cyborgs and other forms of artificial intelligence.

Binary Bias: Recoding Women's Place in Technology

How do you solve a problem like Maria, especially when our hypothetical heroine has a knack for computer science and radiates all of the key qualities of a technology leader? By all accounts, Maria solves a lot of critical problems on...Show More Summary

Here’s why we should be really excited about quantum computers

Even if the word "quantum" doesn't immediately scare you away, a quantum computer still sounds like a wacky concept grounded in science fiction, not reality. But recent breakthroughs in the field suggest these crazy fast computers might be coming sooner than we think. Show More Summary

How Lord Byron's Scandals Led Ada Lovelace To Become A Mathematician

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Ada Lovelace is now most famously known as the mother of computer science, but during her lifetime, she was also well known on account of her famous father: Lord Byron. Although Ada never met her father, his scandalous behavior had a profound effect on how she was raised — on a strict diet of mathematics. Read more...

Chef Watson Dishes Up Unique Recipes Using Cognitive Computing

IBM’s Watson is a cognitive computer designed to handle complex problems and learn from and interact with humans. And, with the Chef Watson app, it can create novel recipes through an understanding of food science and people’s taste preferences. Read more...

Reading, Writing, ’Rithmetic, ’Rogramming

This spring, at St. Anne’s-Belfield School in Charlottesville, Virginia, the fifth-grade Spanish class programmed computers to produce bilingual, animated photo albums. The seventh-grade science class rejiggered the code behind climate models. Show More Summary

The Science Behind How PepsiCo Gives Customers Exactly The Flavors They Want

It involves grilled ribs. And computer modeling. And knowing if a chip should be called Max or Maxx. On this week's edition of Innovation Undercover, step into PepsiCo's savory Culinary Innovation Center in Valhalla, New York to discover the secrets behind potato chip flavors like Flaming Crispy Chicken and Cheeseburger. Show More Summary

This Student-Made Black Box Is Teaching Braille to Blind Children in India and Zambia

I’m in the computer science building at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa., in the windowless basement office of Dr. Bernardine Dias, and she is telling me about the moment in 2006 when she knew her school’s computerized Braille tutor for blind children could change lives.  “When we took the first version of this to Mathru,” Dr. Show More Summary

Techdirt Podcast Episode 20: How The Patent System Is Broken

last weekIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Hersh Reddy, co-host of the Techdirt Podcast who has been away the past few weeks, is a patent attorney with a computer science degree and a long history of working in the tech industry. In this first half of a double episode, he discusses the many ways in which the patent system is broken, and how it got that way. Show More Summary

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