Computing in the News

Tips and Options for Using Computing News in Class

    • Present a current news story about a computing innovation (including a video if there is one), then ask the students what they think about it, what computer science concepts are involved, and what the positive and negative implications are.
    • Once you’ve modeled the process several times, you can ask students to bring stories to the group.
    • Can be used as a five-minute bellringer every day, or save news for Fridays and give it more time.
    • If the discussion is going well, let it continue!
    • It can be easy — maybe a little too easy — to highlight the positive elements of a new innovation (especially when news stories are based on press releases!). So it’s important for students to see the negative (often unintended) implications as well — and to put some thought into how potential negative consequences could be prevented or mitigated.

Why Use News?

Highlights from the news make a great attention-grabber at the beginning of class, and provide handy concrete examples for thinking about the global impacts of computing. (In fact, there’s a move to use news in all undergrad CS classes at UC Berkeley!)

Three Ways to Find Computing News

News Stories Curated for CSP by TGI (this page)

2016-17 news highlights that demonstrate computing impacts. Each one lists relevant CSP learning objectives and essential knowledge, along with suggested discussion questions. Scroll article snippets or search by CSP framework tag.

Ongoing TGI “Computing in The News” Forum

Uncurated news spotted by our site users, and comments on our curated news articles.  Peruse, or join in and share a story! (Forum RSS feed)

Current Uncurated News from Other Sources

Some of our favorite live news feeds: ACM Tech News, MIT News, Science Daily.

News Stories Curated for CSP by TGI

2016-17 Highlights

(Team TGI: Anna Clark, Tyler Daniell, Michael Morguarge, Nnamdi Onwumere, and Jonathan Corley at University of West Georgia and Julia Bernd at ICSI)

Ongoing TGI “Computing in The News” Forum

Uncurated news spotted by our site users, community contributions, and comments on our curated news articles. Peruse or join in and share a story!

Current Uncurated News from Other Sources

Some of our favorite sources for computing news!

RSS From ACM Tech News

  • Computer Science's Challenges, as Seen by Its Pioneers
    Inside Higher EdPioneering recipients of prestigious computer science (CS) awards attending this year's Laureate Heidelberg Forum in Germany discussed the field's challenges. ACM Prize in Computing recipient Alexei Efros said rapid technological development complicates CS education because knowledge quickly becomes outdated. ACM Turing Award laureate Barbara Liskov cited a lack of clarity about incorporating ethics […]
  • Cassie the Running Robot Achieves Guinness World Record in 100-Meter Dash
    USA TodayA robot developed at Oregon State University's Agility Robotics set a Guinness World Record for a bipedal robot running the 100-meter dash, completing the run in 24.73 seconds. The robot, known as Cassie, uses machine learning to control its gait when running on outdoor terrain. Said Oregon State's Devin Crowley, "Machine learning approaches have […]
  • 3D Printing Can Manufacture Customized Sensors
    KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden)A new three-dimensional (3D) printing method could cost-effectively fabricate insect-sized electronic sensors for robots and medical devices. Scientists at Sweden's KTH Royal Institute of Technology led the technique's development to overcome the limits of conventional microelectromechanical system (MEMS) manufacturing. The researchers enhanced two-photon polymerization, a process that can generate high-resolution […]

RSS From MIT News

RSS From Science Daily

  • The road to future AI is paved with trust September 30, 2022
    The place of artificial intelligence, AI, in our everyday life is increasing and many researchers believe that what we have seen so far is only the beginning. However, AI must be trustworthy in all situations. A new project has drawn up a research-based roadmap intended to guide research funding bodies and decision-makers towards the trustworthy […]
  • Collective effort needed to help children thrive following exposure to online risks September 30, 2022
    Helping children become more 'digitally resilient' needs to be a collective effort if they are to learn how to 'thrive online', according to new research. Digital resilience is the capability to learn how to recognize, manage and recover from online risks -- such as bullying and inappropriate content -- and has the potential to buffer […]
  • Neural net computing in water September 30, 2022
    A team of researchers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed an ionic circuit comprising hundreds of ionic transistors and performed a core process of neural net computing.