C. elegans is quickly becoming the mascot of AI. We have a complete circuit for its neurons and this has already resulted in some impressive achievements including building an artificial version of the worm's brain. Now we are moving into an era of using the circuits we have discovered creatively.
If you're looking for festive presents for programmers, the Free Software Foundation has some options that combine open software street cred with supporting open source and the GNU philosophy.
If you need to know what's important for the developer, IProgrammer Weekly puts the unmissable bits together in a handy digest together with our coverage of books. This week we also have a Programmer's Puzzle and an Android Programming tutorial about Barriers, the latest and somewhat mysterious addition to the ConstraintLayout.
Tomorrow marks the 111th anniversary of the birth of Grace Hopper. Considered "the first lady of software" she is the figurehead chosen for Computer Science Education Week, which is timed to coincide with her birthday. To celebrate the date we have an "Amazing Grace" cartoon comic that summarizes her story.
Author: John MacCormick
Publisher: Princeton U P, 2011
Audience: General reader interested in computing
Reviewed by: Mike James
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