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Pentagon says killer robots have no place in US military

September 20, 2016

Hollywood may depict the next-generation battlefield as having fully autonomous killer robots but Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said the U.S. military has no plans to ever use them. Carter, who this week made a trip to the tech cities of San Francisco and Austin, has been an advocate of high-tech weapon systems as a way to counter the growing military threat posed by Russia and China.

Facebook steps up fight against fake news

September 19, 2016

Facebook says it is working to fight the spread of fake news on its platform after false stories claiming the 9/11 attacks were a conspiracy and that Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly was backing Hillary Clinton appeared among its “trending topics.” The trending section is supposed to include news stories that are popular among users, but the algorithms used to determine their selection have backfire

Maryland school district showcases computer science education at all levels

September 19, 2016

To visit the Charles County Public Schools in southern Maryland, about an hour outside of Washington, D.C., is to get a sense of what computer science education may look like nationwide in the near future. "Charles County Public Schools has been a leader in providing STEM education for its students," said Kimberly Hill, CCPS superintendent.

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