Topic: computer science

SD Times news digest: Neo4j raises $80 million, Amazon Future Engineer and Google’s new security controls

Graph database solution provider Neo4j has closed an Series E round of funding at $80 million. This brings the company’s total growth funding to $160 million since 2007. The funding will be used to help the company power business applications with graph databases as well as increase the product to support popular use cases such … continue reading

National Coding Week kicks off today

There are hundreds if not thousands of efforts going on every year to get more people into the world of computer science. For instance, every year Computer Science Education Week kicks off with its Hour of Code to get students to dedicate one hour to coding. This week the National Coding Week kicks off, and … continue reading

Higher education benefits are win/win for software engineers

American scientist Neil Degrasse Tyson said, “There is no greater education than one that is self-driven.” That couldn’t be more true than in the fields of software engineering and computer science today. While an undergraduate degree often opens the door to an entry-level job in a chosen field, a higher degree like a Masters or … continue reading

Researchers create new platform for developing data-intensive, distributed computing code

Researchers have developed a new system designed to tackle complex objects and workflows on Big Data platforms. Computer science researchers from Rice University’s DARPA-funded Pliny project has announced PlinyCompute. The project is funded through DARPA’s Mining and Understanding Software Enclaves (MUSE) initiative. The Pliny project aims to create systems that automatically detect and fix errors … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Carnegie Mellon’s AI degree, Firefox for enterprises, and Rust 1.26

Carnegie Mellon University has announced this fall it will begin offering an undergraduate degree in artificial intelligence as part of its School of Computer Science. Carnegie Mellon is the first university in the United States to offer such a degree. The degree will focus on how complex inputs are used to make decisions or enhance … continue reading

How developers can upgrade their skill sets to boost their careers

Despite the large computer science skills gap, the field is becoming more competitive than ever. As the industry and technology is constantly evolving, developers need to stay on top of the latest trends. The lessons and skills learned in a computer science course almost a decade ago may not match the expertise and knowledge necessary … continue reading

MIT launches new human and machine intelligence initiative

MIT has announced the MIT Intelligence Quest (IQ), a new initiative to learn about the foundations of human intelligence and drive technological innovations that will positively influence many aspects of society. These innovations will range from foundational knowledge such as finding new ways to teach machines, to practical tools such as disease diagnosis, drug discovery, materials and … continue reading

Amazon releases new compiler for AI frameworks

Amazon is addressing artificial intelligence development challenges with a new end-to-end compiler solution. The NNVM compiler, developed by AWS and a team of researchers from the University of Washington’s Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering, is designed for deploying deep learning frameworks across a number of platforms and devices. “You can choose among multiple … continue reading

New algorithm uses deep learning to diagnose heart arrhythmias

Stanford computer scientists believe they have developed an algorithm that can diagnose heart arrhythmias with cardiologist-level accuracy. The new deep learning algorithm sifts through hours of data to find irregular heartbeats. Typically, arrhythmias are detected with an electrocardiogram, but doctors often prescribe a wearable ECG to continuously monitor a patient’s heartbeat. This wearable device results … continue reading

DeepMind’s AI behavior research, Windows 10 Insider Preview for PC, and the Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality — SD Times news digest: July 10, 2017

The DeepMind team is releasing three new papers demonstrating how they plan on bringing flexible and natural behaviors to artificial intelligence. The team aims to make these capabilities reusable and adaptable. The papers includes locomotion behaviors, the ability to learn human behaviors from motion capture, and imitation of diverse behaviors. “True motor intelligence requires learning … continue reading

New York City to become major cybersecurity hub as part of new 10-year plan

New York City may turn into the next cybersecurity hub of the United States, thanks to New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s 10-year plan to invest in new technological industries, raise wages, train New Yorkers, and overall strengthen the middle class. Today, the mayor announced “New York Works,” a series of 25 initiatives to spur … continue reading

10 strategies for beating “programmer’s block”

“Writer’s Block” is a real thing, but “Programmer’s Block?” According to computer science professor at Oregon State University, Heather Knight, programmers are just as subject to getting blocked as writers, but programmers do not have a host of self-help resources with insights applicable to programming. However, she discovered that many of the writing books for … continue reading

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