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

  • MIT CSAIL Makes AI that Helps Drones Land Like a Helicopter, Fly Like a Plane
    Venture BeatResearchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), Dartmouth University, and the University of Washington are investigating new drone designs that combine the best aspects of quadcopters and fixed-wing airplanes. The team created a novel artificial intelligence (AI) system that allows users to develop drones of different […]
  • Java, Python in Demand as Skills Shortage Widens
    ZDNetNearly two-thirds of U.K. chief information officers say they find it difficult to hire the right staff, particularly developers skilled in Java and Python, according to a survey by Harvey Nash and KPMG. The study identified the biggest skills shortages as being in data science and analytics. In addition, companies with the biggest IT budgets […]
  • Robot-Ants Can Jump, Communicate, and Work Together
    Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de LausanneResearchers at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland have developed robots inspired by ants that can communicate with each other, assign roles among themselves, and complete complex tasks together. The robots can jump and crawl to explore uneven surfaces, and can quickly detect and overcome obstacles much larger and […]

RSS From Science Daily

  • Researchers use Twitter and AI to see who is hitting the gym July 18, 2019
    A new study used machine learning to find and comb through exercise-related tweets from across the United States, unpacking regional and gender differences in exercise types and intensity levels.
  • New laws of attraction: Scientists print magnetic liquid droplets July 18, 2019
    Scientists have made a new material that is both liquid and magnetic, opening the door to a new area of science in magnetic soft matter. The new material could lead to a revolutionary class of printable liquid devices for a variety of applications from artificial cells that deliver targeted cancer therapies to flexible liquid robots […]
  • New low-cost thermoelectric material works at room temperature July 18, 2019
    The widespread adoption of thermoelectric devices that can directly convert electricity into thermal energy for cooling and heating has been hindered, in part, by the lack of materials that are both inexpensive and highly efficient at room temperature. Now researchers have reported the discovery of a new material that works efficiently at room temperature while […]