Diversity in Computer Science

Google has been in the news for all the wrong reasons recently. It started when one of their software engineers wrote a blog post that argued that the reason why relatively few woman worked for Google was because men were kind of biologicaly better suited to coding. Once the blogger was identified Google fired him. He’s now suing the company for infringing his freedom of speach. 60 female Google employees are considering suing as well, claiming sexism and a pay gap. The Guardian has written an article titled “Why are there so few women in tech? The truth behind the Google memo“. 

from The Universal Machine http://universal-machine.blogspot.com/2017/08/diversity-in-computer-science.html

“A new study shows…”

Apparently “A new study shows…” are the four most dangerous words in science. A fascinating article in Wired profiles John Arnold, a billionaire who is spending his fortune on the Reproducibility Project. What they are finding, somewhat worryingly, is that the majority of published research can’t be reproduced. They argue that the current competitive and often secretive science model is flawed and that science should be more open and collaborative. It’s hard to disagree.

from The Universal Machine http://universal-machine.blogspot.com/2017/08/a-new-study-shows.html