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December 7, 2011: New York Times Special Science Section Illuminates How Computing Is Changing the World

Today's Topic: New York Times Special Science Section Illuminates How Computing Is Changing the World

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The New York Times December 6 Science Times section tapped several computer science luminaries to describe the tectonic shifts affecting the world of innovation. Mixing stories from its technology and science reporters with perspectives from innovators like former ACM president David Patterson and ACM-Infosys Foundation Award winner Daphne Koller, the section assesses "The Future of Computing" from a global viewpoint. The text is replete with intriguing graphics and photos and invites readers to make their own predictions on an interactive timeline.

Articles include the evolution of Silicon Valley; China's aims for high-tech primacy; the promise of quantum computing; the outlook for self-driving cars; prospects for research taking root in Africa; technology's role in personalized education; innovating in an open-source society; and the potential for computer scientists to help cure cancer, among others.

Underscoring the importance of these changes is Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek), a global event taking place this week to raise awareness of the impact of computing on our daily lives.