computers

WATCH: Cybersecurity showdown

Feb 9, 2016
Jim Day

Universities from around the country gather to compete for a different kind of goal: to defend against hackers and protect a theoretical computer network.

The competition is not only designed to crown a champion team, it's also used to showcase young talent to companies such as Amazon, Raytheon and the U.S. Department of Defense.

These technology giants are eager to hire security network professionals because the need for cybersecurity experts is outpacing the number of students being trained.

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Jenna Flanagan / Innovation Trail

New York Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture mixed technology with activism to increase the searchable content on Wikipedia.

Billed as an Edit-a-Thon, the downstairs research room of the Harlem branch of the library filled up with people eager to learn how they can become a Wiki-Editor.

“There is a lack of people of color involved in creating for Wikipedia and as the subjects found in Wiki-Searches.”

International organization empowering women to code

Jun 18, 2013
Ashley Hassett / WBFO

An international non-profit organization Girl Develop It or GDI works to help empower women through technology particularly by training them to write their own software.

Chapter Leader of Girl Develop It in Buffalo Elena Moiseeva came to the U.S. from Russia with her computer science degree.

IBM

Nearly two years after an IBM supercomputer named Watson stole the spotlight on Jeopardy! by beating two human champions, the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy will become the first university in the world to receive its own version of Watson, to help further computer science research.

Courtesy: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

A new Center for Cognition, Communication, and Culture (CCC) at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will focus on improving ways humans can interact with, and learn from computers.

The interdisciplinary center was launched earlier this week, and it will be housed within the school's Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center in Troy.

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