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Do it in Software or Hardware? VR Audio Takes on the Perennial Question

Hardware and software engineers, as the perennial lightbulb jokes point out, see the world differently. The 737 Max design, reports are now indicating, turned out to involve a series of choices between solving problems in hardware or software.

Publish date: 05/23/2019

Learn to Code for Free

And 42—the school—is really free, Parenteau explained. Even housing is included: Besides the school building, 42 owns a nearby dorm that houses 600; the organization had counted on students from the local community to fill the additional slots.

Publish date: 05/16/2019

Advice for Women, From Women, on Dealing With Difficult Workplace Situations

Women have a more difficult time than men dealing with conflict, because they tend to foster a collaborative work environment, put higher value on fostering relationships with team members, and are more empathetic, says Charmaine Hammond, a conflict-resolution expert.

Publish date: 05/16/2019

Simple, Effective Public Speaking Tips for Engineers

There are few skills that can help you climb the career ladder faster than the ability to speak well in public. Senior management is always on the lookout for employees who can clearly and effectively communicate information, ideas, and new concepts throughout the organization.

Publish date: 05/16/2019

IEEE Survey Finds That Female Technologists Face Unequal Treatment and Sexist Workplaces

Female IEEE members say they face significant discrimination in the workplace, including demeaning comments, inappropriate job-interview questions, and exclusion from networking events and important business meetings.

Publish date: 05/15/2019

Kickstarter Workers Kick Off a Union Organizing Drive; NPM Allegedly Fires Engineers for Organizing Efforts

In January of 2018, Lanetix, a company that creates cloud-based tools for the shipping and transportation industry, fired 14 engineers shortly after they petitioned to be represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA).

Publish date: 05/08/2019

With “Leapfrog” Technologies, Africa Aims to Skip the Present and Go Straight to the Future

By 2022, forecasters estimate that sub-Saharan Africa will have nearly 1 billion mobile phones—enough for the vast majority of the projected 1.2 billion people who will live there. What it won’t have are the endless streams of telephone poles and wires that cascade across other continents.

Publish date: 05/08/2019

Should Data Scientists Need Certification?

In hopes of growing the supply of data scientists—and clarifying the definition—the Open Group, an IT industry consortium that offers certification programs in IT architecture and risk analysis, this week announced that it has established a certification program for data scientists.

Publish date: 05/08/2019

What Can Machine Learning Tell Us?

The breathless headline caught my eye: “Computer Shows Human Intuition—AI Breakthrough!” (or words to that effect). What fascinated me was how the program had been constructed. Instead of being tuned by expert players, AlphaZero initially knew nothing more than the rules of chess. It learned how to play, and to win, by playing against itself. Soon it got so good it could beat everyone and everything.

Publish date: 05/08/2019

Women Can’t Climb the Ladder, Leave Tech Jobs

While companies tout their diversity programs aimed at attracting women to tech, the percentage of women with computer science careers has fallen in recent years, and women leave the field at a much higher rate than men.

Publish date: 05/08/2019