Women equal men in computing skill, but are less confident

The gender gap in computing performance has dramatically narrowed, but a confidence gap remains.

William Wagner, Associate Professor of Accountancy & Information Systems, Villanova University • conversation
yesterday ~4 min

Tags: computing computer-science employment women stem bias quick-reads research-brief technology sexism careers confidence workplace workforce men performance gender-gap young-women

A language generation program's ability to write articles, produce code and compose poetry has wowed scientists

GPT-3 is the biggest, most creative language generation program to date. But with awesome power comes awesome responsibility.

Prasenjit Mitra, Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Information Sciences and Technology, Pennsylvania State University • conversation
Sept. 23, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  artificial-intelligence  computer-science  writing  technology  editing

The US has lots to lose and little to gain by banning TikTok and WeChat

Banning the Chinese-owned social media platforms raises free speech concerns and could worsen the US-China trade war.

Jeremy Straub, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, North Dakota State University • conversation
Aug. 28, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: social-media cybersecurity china disinformation gdpr data-privacy technology privacy censorship free-speech authoritarian-regimes tiktok us-china-relations wechat first-amendment dissent dissidents

The tech field failed a 25-year challenge to achieve gender equality by 2020 – culture change is key to getting on track

Diversifying leadership can change organizational cultures, which removes barriers to women in the tech industry and academia.

Francine Berman, Hamilton Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute • conversation
Aug. 26, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: computer-science equality women stem technology gender-pay-gap diversity supercomputers equal-pay female-leadership womens-representation organizational-managmeent pay-gap

A little-known technology change will make video streaming cheaper and pave the way for higher quality

A new standard for how videos are sent through the internet and read by your computer could make the digital world more inclusive, says media scholar Jason Schmitt.

Jason Schmitt, Professor and Chair, Department of Communication, Media & Design, Clarkson University • conversation
Aug. 19, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: media internet technology video-streaming online-video

The road to electric vehicles with lower sticker prices than gas cars – battery costs explained

EVs will have lower sticker prices than gas vehicles when batteries are cheaper. Getting there comes down to knowing where to cut costs.

Shashank Sripad, Ph.D. Candidate in Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University • conversation
July 27, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: chemistry electric-vehicles technology batteries cobalt lithium-ion nickel evs

Twitter hack exposes broader threat to democracy and society

Hackers demonstrated they can take over Twitter's technology infrastructure, a brazen move that hints at how such an attack could destabilize society.

Laura DeNardis, Professor and Interim Dean, American University School of Communication • conversation
July 17, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: social-media cybersecurity hacking internet cybercrime twitter technology technology-companies

COVID-19 and telehealth may be changing how much you know about your therapist

With most therapy sessions now online, a psychologist explores whether more self-disclosure by therapists – sharing more about their own lives – might help their patients.

Adrienne Lapidos, Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Michigan • conversation
July 1, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: health psychiatry covid-19 coronavirus psychology pandemic telehealth mental-illness therapy telemedicine covid-19-front-lines technology psychotherapy

COVID-19 and teletherapy may be changing how much you know about your therapist

With most therapy sessions now online, a psychologist explores whether more self-disclosure by therapists – sharing more about their own lives – might help their patients.

Adrienne Lapidos, Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Michigan • conversation
July 1, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: health psychiatry covid-19 coronavirus psychology pandemic telehealth mental-illness therapy telemedicine covid-19-front-lines technology psychotherapy

China and AI: what the world can learn and what it should be wary of

The world needs to engage seriously with China’s AI development and take a closer look at what’s really going on.

Hessy Elliott, Researcher, Nesta • conversation
July 1, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: artificial-intelligence china technology

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