Artist R Luke DuBois’ Eye-Opening Data Portraits

At this year’s TED conference, artist R Luke DuBois shared with the audience a few of his latest works. While he doesn’t paint, draw or take photos, DuBois can weave together incredibly complex portraits of his subjects through unconventional applications of programming and code. In one project, he downloads millions of dating profiles to map out the way people speak about themselves across the country. …

AI Lands a Historic Victory Over the Human Mind

The field of artificial intelligence landed a significant victory over the human mind today, as Google’s AlphaGo program was able to defeat legendary player Lee Se-dol at the game of Go. AI has previously been unable to master the ancient Chinese board game like it has with chess or checkers, as Go requires much more intuition and evaluation. AlphaGo’s creators developed the program using a …

Eight Ways to Encourage Girls to Code

Many people understand there are a lot fewer women in computer science, but don’t know what to do about it—or, worse yet, just fall into acceptance. For those who wish to help but aren’t sure where to start, Mashable has published a simple list of steps to encourage girls to take up coding and other engineering subjects at an early age—like leading a coding club …