Computer Science Archive

  • Minecraft Education Portal: Teach Your Kids with Minecraft!

    Do your kids (or the kids you teach) love Minecraft?  While it might seem counter intuitive to bring video games into the classroom (kids are addicted to their phones enough as it is) Minecraft thinks it has something to offer teachers with its “Minecraft in Education” portal. While not a TON of details about the program have been unveiled yet, teachers can sign up on the program’s website to stay updated, and right now, their landing page boasts: “Minecraft in education is a way to teach, learn and inspire. It’s students visiting ancient civilizations to create and play out their

  • Humans Feel Compassion for Machines

    Have you ever found yourself having feelings for a machine? How about your vacuum? “My wife makes fun of me for carrying the Roomba up to my home office during the day, but he keeps me company.  Wen he’s not feeling well, I suffer along with him.  When his infrared receiver broke, the poor little guy went blind.  He was just crashing around the living room, unable to see the IR “gates” we had set up.  He tried to escape out the back door.  And then, saddest of al, he couldn’t find his way back to the dock and eventually

  • The Phonograph is Back with Sonic 3D Models

    Blair Neal, a Brooklyn based artist, has created an application called “Sound Structures”.  The product? Exactly what it sounds like. You probably already know sound is measured in waves.  Just import a sound into editing software and watch the peaks and valleys of the noise as you play it back. According to Make Magazine, the software isn’t perfect yet, but will work with most songs.  “’s been working on this software since May 2013 as a study in how music occupies physical space and how it can be translated from intangible sounds to physical structures.” The software can turn your

  • Teaching Computers to See

    Fei-Fei Li, computer science specialist and director of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Labs, is working to teach computers to see. With everything that computers can do nowadays, it may slip our minds that they’re still incapable of a lot of simple tasks.  Li points out that even a small child can identify objects in a still image, but computers are, for the most part, blind. So she and her team have spent years creating an algorithm that allows a computer to recognize places, people and things.  The key to this technology is a gigantic image library (Image-net.org) that has allowed