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

  • Adobe Co-Founder Charles Geschke, Pioneer of Desktop Publishing and PDFs, Dies at Age 81
    The Wall Street JournalACM Fellow Charles Geschke, co-founder of software giant Adobe, has died at the age of 81. Geschke formed Adobe with John Warnock, a fellow researcher at Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center, based on their work on software that eventually would translate words and images on a computer screen into printed documents. Adobe […]
  • NASA's Ingenuity Helicopter Makes Historic First Flight on Mars
    ABC News (Australia)The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)'s Ingenuity helicopter has become the first aircraft to achieve powered flight on Mars. Ingenuity accompanied the Perseverance rover, which landed on Mars in February; it operates autonomously based on preprogrammed instructions and uses its cameras and sensors to navigate. For its first Martian flight, the […]
  • Robotic Elephant Trunk Can Learn Tasks on Its Own
    New ScientistResearchers at Germany's University of Tubingen used three-dimensional (3D) printing to create a robotic elephant trunk that utilizes artificial intelligence (AI) to emulate how sensory input triggers synaptic chain reactions in organic brains. Tubingen's Sebastian Otte and colleagues assembled the device from modules with gear-driving motors that tilt up to 40 degrees in two […]

RSS From MIT News

RSS From Science Daily

  • Designing healthy diets with computer analysis April 20, 2021
    A new mathematical model for the interaction of bacteria in the gut could help design new probiotics and specially tailored diets to prevent diseases.
  • Helpful, engineered 'living' machines in the future? April 20, 2021
    Engineered, autonomous machines combined with artificial intelligence have long been a staple of science fiction, and often in the role of villain like the Cylons in the 'Battlestar Galactica' reboot, creatures composed of biological and engineered materials. But what if these autonomous soft machines were ... helpful?
  • Combining light, superconductors could boost AI capabilities April 20, 2021
    As artificial intelligence has attracted interest, researchers are focused on understanding how the brain accomplishes cognition so they can construct systems with general intelligence comparable to humans' intelligence. Researchers propose an approach to AI that focuses on integrating photonic components with superconducting electronics; using light for communication and complex electronic circuits for computation could enable […]