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IBM Watson Goes to School

Computer science students attending seven US universities will be able to work with IBM's Watson cognitive-computing system in classes starting this fall. The participants, primarily seniors and graduate students, will access the supercomputer via the cloud and use it to develop cognitive computing applications, which could include an application for consumer shopping personalization, for one of several possible industries, such as retail, travel or healthcare. These cognitive-computing applications will be built on data students gather, which they will then use with Watson’s existing knowledge base and its learning technologies, such as natural language processing and machine learning. This program is part of IBM’s $1 billion investment in expanding Watson’s profile. Participating schools will include New York University; the University of Michigan; Carnegie Mellon University; Ohio State University; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; the University of Texas at Austin; and the University of California, Berkeley. (The Associated Press)(IBM)

Study: Many NYC Tech Jobs Don’t Need Employees with Four-Year Degrees

A new study of “accessible” technology jobs in New York City finds 44 percent – about 128,000 jobs – don’t require candidates to have a Bachelor's degree. Kate Wittels, a director at HR&A Advisors, a real-estate and economic-development consulting firm, wrote the report, which assessed tech-specific jobs and those jobs supported by technology. Among the jobs not requiring a four-year degree are computer user support specialists, customer services representatives, telecom line installers, and sales representatives. The study did not examine who holds those types of jobs and whether people with those types of jobs are under-employed. Many people holding these types of non-degree jobs may have degrees. New York Computer Help, for example, says roughly 75 percent of its 25 Manhattan-based employees hold a Bachelor’s degree and half are in IT-related subjects. (SlashDot)(Computerworld)(The New York City Tech Ecosystems)

Debates Surface over US Computer Science Degrees’ Return on Investment

A survey by PayScale of the return on investment (ROI) on US college degrees in various majors found that computer science graduates make the most money after graduation. However, the findings are only part of the debate over the best value for the educational dollar. PayScale—an online employee compensation-information company—calculated ROI based on the total amount graduates could expect to earn over the next 20 years above what they could expect to earn without a degree, minus the cost of the education. Nine of the survey’s top 10 college-major pairings in terms of ROI were computer science majors. A Stanford economics degree was the only other degree foundin the survey’s top 10 most valuable degrees. Some schools on the list of top-ranked colleges for computer science majors include public institutions such as the Colorado School of Mines (for in-state students) but consist mainly of private institutions like Harvey Mudd College, the California Institute of Technology, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Stanford University. On the other hand, IT World, an IT-information website, looked at ROI on computer-science degrees, and found the best value generally to be public schools for in-state residents. IT World’s top five schools were the University of Virginia; the University of Washington; the Georgia Institute of Technology; the University of California, Berkeley; and Harvard University. “If you're just thinking of college as a financial investment, studying computer science at one of your state's public universities is the way to go,” concluded IT World. “Of course, that's purely based on raw financial numbers and it doesn't take into account other important things that can affect one’s college experience, like the location, the choice of extracurricular activities, and the quality of the dining hall food. You (or your child) will have to do that math yourselves.” (SlashDot)(PayScale)(The Atlantic)(IT World)

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