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The Morning After: Saturday, January 7th 2017

Engadget

CES 2017 is in full swing, and we're ready to hand out some hardware. Find out how you can participate in our Best of CES 2017 awards, and catch up on some of the action from yesterday's Engadget live stream. The Saturday stage schedule includes Geohot, Aisha Tyler and more. CES is almost over, which means it's time to hand out some "Best of" hardware. Get your vote in by 6PM ET to have a say in who receives the coveted People's Choice award.


Presenting the Best of CES 2017 winners!

Engadget

One of us even yelled. After a long night of going through our list of finalists, our editors have finally settled on our winners for the official Best of CES awards. Below is our list of winners for each category, including our Best of the Best and our People's Choice winner too. Whill's Model M is an electric wheelchair meant to boost mobility for people with disabilities. Powered wheelchairs have been around for decades, but this new version from Whill has a compact, sturdy design that allows people to move across different surfaces independently.


The Start-up That Watches Corn Grow, From Orbit

The Atlantic - Technology

The continental United States, from sea to shining sea and across all those purple mountains, stretches some 3.1 million square miles. About four percent of that land, some 150,000 square miles, is devoted to growing just one kind of amber grain: maize. Corn is the dominant American crop, produced in greater quantities in the United States than anywhere else. From Midwestern soil it flows to popcorn bags, feed troughs, car gas tanks, and a widely used sugar substitute. The U.S. goes to enormous pains to understand and underwrite this economic engine.


Food Waste Is a Serious Problem. AI Is Trying to Solve It

#artificialintelligence

You're probably familiar with the oft-quoted statistics from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations by now: Globally, about one-third of food is lost or wasted each year from the farm to the refrigerator, representing about 1.3 billion tons. The economic price tag is estimated at nearly $1 trillion annually. The refrain from the FAO goes even further: If we could reverse this trend, we would have enough food to feed the world's undernourished population, as well as help meet the nutritional needs of a planet estimated to reach nearly 10 billion people by 2050. Technology has long been helping to hack world hunger. These days most conversations about tech's impact on any sector of the economy inevitably involves artificial intelligence--sophisticated software that allows machines to make decisions and even predictions in ways similar to humans.


New problems arise for crop storage as planet gets warmer

Associated Press

For generations, Brian Sackett's family has farmed potatoes that are made into chips found on grocery shelves in much of the eastern U.S. About 25% of the nation's potato chips get their start in Michigan, where reliably cool air during September harvest and late spring has been ideal for crop storage. That's a big reason why the state produces more chipping potatoes than any other. But with temperatures edging higher, Sackett had to buy several small refrigeration units for his sprawling warehouses. Last year, he paid $125,000 for a bigger one.