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Sweden's Einride to Test Autonomous Trucks on U.S. Roads

WSJ.com: WSJD - Technology

Swedish autonomous-truck startup Einride AB will test its self-driving freight vehicles on public roads in the U.S. in an operation with GE Appliances after getting approval from federal regulators. Einride plans to put one of its chunky electric vehicles, which have no cabs for drivers, on a one-mile stretch of road between two warehouses in Tennessee for GE Appliances, a subsidiary of home appliances company Haier. "This is a step-by-step approach, and this is a major step forward, in that it's actually now on public roads," said Robert Falck, chief executive of the six-year-old Stockholm-based company. Einride is joining a growing field of autonomous-truck startups in the race to get their technology on the road and bringing in revenue. Companies including San Diego-based TuSimple Holdings Inc., Pittsburgh-based Aurora Innovation Inc., and Waymo LLC, a division of Google parent Alphabet Inc., have announced tests of their driverless-truck technology in commercial operations carrying freight.


Scientists Used a Netflix-Style Algorithm to Create Blueprint of Cancer Genomes

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An international team of researchers led by Dr. Nischalan Pillay (UCL Cancer Institute) and Dr. Ludmil Alexandrov (University of California, San Diego) used AI to identify 21 frequent faults in the structure, order, and quantity of copies of DNA present when cancer begins and progresses. These widespread errors, known as copy number signatures, could help doctors find medicines that match the tumor's characteristics. As the Netflix algorithm suggests new videos on the basis of a person's like and dislikes, the researchers developed a similar algorithm that can filter through thousands of lines of genomic data to find common patterns in the way chromosomes organize and arrange themselves. The system may then classify the patterns that develop, assisting scientists in determining the types of cancer faults that can form. DNA alterations, such as gains and losses, frequently occur in cancer and result from a variety of interconnected events, including replication stress, mitotic mistakes, spindle multipolarity, and breakage–fusion–bridge cycles, which can cause chromosomal instability and aneuploidy.


AI algorithm finding similar…cancer recommendations?

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An international team of researchers have used AI to map signals across the entire genome that herald the beginnings of cancer. The researchers, who say that their algorithm is similar to that used by Netflix, have identified 21 common faults that occur in human DNA when cancer begins to grow. "Cancer is a complex disease, but we've demonstrated that there are remarkable similarities in the changes to chromosomes that happen when it starts and how it grows," says Dr Ludmil Alexandrov, an associate professor at the University of California, San Diego, US, and co-lead author on a paper describing the research, published in Nature. "Just as Netflix can predict which shows you'll choose to binge watch next, we believe that we will be able to predict how your cancer is likely to behave, based on the changes its genome has previously experienced." The researchers used their algorithm to examine genomic data from 9,873 patients, who had 33 different types of cancer.


Researchers Create New AI Technique to Analyze Eelgrass Wasting Disease

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An interdisciplinary study group used ecological field methods combined with cutting-edge artificial intelligence to discover eelgrass-wasting disease at almost three dozen sites throughout a 1,700-mile length of the West Coast, from San Diego to southern Alaska. The important finding: Seagrass wasting, which is induced by the organism Labyrinthula zosterae and may be detected by lesions on grass blades that can be validated by molecular diagnostics, is linked to warmer-than-normal water temperatures, especially in early summer, regardless of location. Eelgrass is an important seagrass species for fish habitat, biodiversity, coastline protection, and carbon sequestration along the coast. Carla Gomes, the Ronald C. and Antonia V. Nielsen Professor of Computing and Information Science at the Cornell Ann S. Bowers College of Computing and Information Science, as well as Drew Harvell, professor emeritus in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; College of Arts and Sciences), led the Cornell research team, which published their findings in Limnology and Oceanography on May 27th, 2022. '18, a computer science doctoral student, and Lillian Aoki '12, a former postdoctoral researcher in Harvell's lab who is currently a research scientist at the University of Oregon, are co-lead authors.


Funding inequities threaten student success at diverse UC Riverside. State bill could help

Los Angeles Times

Jordan Guillory, a UC Riverside junior, is never sure where his math class will meet. The class never received an assigned classroom as the Inland Empire campus grappled with a 4,450-seat shortfall in instructional space, the second-highest deficit in the University of California system. Guillory, a low-income transfer student from San Diego Miramar College, is already behind schedule to graduate in the expected two years. He wasn't able to get sufficient advising and missed taking a course in a needed math sequence, which will set back his graduation by at least a quarter. UC Riverside is short more than 700 staff members and 100 faculty members, compared with the UC systemwide average per-student ratios.


Clearspeed Joins Guidewire Insurtech Vanguards Program

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SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Clearspeed, a leader in AI voice analytics, announced that the company has joined the Guidewire Insurtech Vanguards program, a new initiative led by property and casualty (P&C) cloud platform provider Guidewire (NYSE: GWRE), to help insurers learn about the newest insurtechs and how to best work with them. Through its exceptionally high level of fraud detection accuracy ( 97%), Clearspeed helps carriers decide quickly and confidently whether claims should go straight through or be flagged for further follow up. "We are honored to be showcased as an Insurtech Vanguard by Guidewire," says Clearspeed CEO, Alex Martin. "Clearspeed's easy integration with a carrier's existing tools and processes could enable Guidewire's 450 insurance customers to optimize their claims service while significantly improving their combined ratios." Insurtech Vanguards is a community of select startups and technology providers that are bringing novel solutions to the P&C industry.


What Happened When I Zapped My Brain to Assess My Cognitive Health

Slate

I sat in a dark room, eyes closed, with a device strapped to my head that looked like a futuristic bike helmet. For 10 minutes, while I concentrated on not accidentally opening my eyes, the prongs sticking out of this gadget and onto my scalp measured a health marker I never thought to assess: my cognitive health. When I booked my brain wave recording (also known as electroencephalography, or EEG), I expected to pull up to an office park with medical clinic vibes, but instead my GPS led me to an ocean-view storefront decorated like a cross between a surf shop and a luxury spa, with a sign in the window promising "Mental Wellness, Reimagined." Located in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, a wealthy coastal town north of San Diego, Wave Neuroscience promises to help your brain perform better with a noninvasive treatment that uses magnets on the brain. We're talking mental clarity, improved focus and concentration, and even a shift in mood.


The future is now as driverless trucking hits nation's highways

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Many Americans might not realize that driverless tractor-trailers are currently navigating the nation's highways, hitting the open road with absolutely nobody behind the wheel. Many of us have ridden in a smaller car -- like a Tesla -- that has a driverless feature, but to be in a large freight truck that is maneuvering through cities and highways is a completely different ballgame. It's the future of the industry, but the future is already here. Autonomous driving technology company TuSimple was founded in San Diego in 2015 with a mission to improve the safety and efficiency of the trucking industry. TuSimple is a developer of heavy-duty, self-driving trucks and the autonomous startup has already created a freight network along the Sun Belt from Phoenix to Houston.


Using everyday WiFi to help robots see and navigate better indoors

ScienceDaily > Robotics Research

The technology consists of sensors that use WiFi signals to help the robot map where it's going. Most systems rely on optical light sensors such as cameras and LiDARs. In this case, the so-called "WiFi sensors" use radio frequency signals rather than light or visual cues to see, so they can work in conditions where cameras and LiDARs struggle -- in low light, changing light, and repetitive environments such as long corridors and warehouses. And by using WiFi, the technology could offer an economical alternative to expensive and power hungry LiDARs, the researchers noted. A team of researchers from the Wireless Communication Sensing and Networking Group, led by UC San Diego electrical and computer engineering professor Dinesh Bharadia, will present their work at the 2022 International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), which will take place from May 23 to 27 in Philadelphia.


Uber adds electric vehicle ride option and drone delivery

Mashable

Uber announced a few big plans at its product event on Monday, including autonomous deliveries and the ability to specify if you want your ride to be an electric vehicle. Now, to be clear, these new features will not be rolling out to everyone right away. Uber rolled out its Comfort Electric program in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, and Dubai, while promising it would add more cities soon. The feature lets riders choose an electric ride, similar to how you can order a larger vehicle (Uber XL) or a ride with your pet (Uber Pet). "It's as simple as tap a button and request a ride in a premium EV like a Tesla or Polestar," the company wrote in a press release.