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A trusty robot to carry farms into the future

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Farming is a tough business. Global food demand is surging, with as many as 10 billion mouths to feed by 2050. At the same time, environmental challenges and labor limitations have made the future uncertain for agricultural managers. A new company called Future Acres proposed to enable farmers to do more with less through the power of robots. The company, helmed by CEO Suma Reddy, who previously served as COO and co-founder at Farmself and has held multiple roles and lead companies focused on the agtech space, has created an autonomous, electric agricultural robotic harvest companion named Carry to help farmers gather hand-picked crops faster and with less physical demand. Automation has been playing an increasingly large role in agriculture, and agricultural robots are widely expected to play a critical role in food production going forward.


A trusty robot to carry farms into the future

ZDNet

Farming is a tough business. Global food demand is surging, with as many as 10 billion mouths to feed by 2050. At the same time, environmental challenges and labor limitations have made the future uncertain for agricultural managers. A new company called Future Acres proposed to enable farmers to do more with less through the power of robots. The company, helmed by CEO Suma Reddy, who previously served as COO and co-founder at Farmself and has held multiple roles and lead companies focused on the agtech space, has created an autonomous, electric agricultural robotic harvest companion named Carry to help farmers gather hand-picked crops faster and with less physical demand. Automation has been playing an increasingly large role in agriculture, and agricultural robots are widely expected to play a critical role in food production going forward.


University of Lincoln leads project to build world's first robotic farm – IAM Network

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The University of Lincoln is leading on a project to create what is widely considered to be the world's first robotic farm. A consortium responsible for delivering'Robot Highways' has won a bid to create the robotic arm after Innovate UK allocated funding of £2.5 million. With an aim to be delivered by 2025 across the UK, a fleet of robots will perform a multitude of on-farm functions as one operation, powered by renewable energy. The project aims to reduce sector reliance on seasonal labour, estimating a 40% reduction in the workers required. It will also provide solutions for moving the sector toward a carbon zero future.


The Peggy Smedley Show: Voice Leads Business

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Peggy and Chris Vandersluis, president and founder, HMS Software, talks about how voice is leading the way in how enterprises function. He explains that using technology has become natural now and will be the default in business. They also discuss privacy and security considerations.


When Tech and Biotech VCs agree: Platform Companies and AI Drug Discovery

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Shaywitz and Gibson make the implicit assumption that AI will be considered unproven by Biotech investors until assets picked by machines make it through clinical trials. But "not yet in the clinic" is too powerful an objection -- that benchmark would exclude many of the most exciting and best-funded biotech platform companies. To me, the more interesting questions are "Why do these platform companies get funded?" Because many of the most interesting therapeutic targets have zero lead compounds and are considered undruggable, the value of AI can be -- and has been! The clinic is a powerful conceptual and practical boundary, and so it is easy to assume that the IND divides drug discovery into an easy-and-cheap domain before and a difficult-and-expensive domain after.


Nissan picks new CEO to lead recovery from Carlos Ghosn scandal

The Japan Times

Nissan Motor Co. named the head of its China joint venture as chief executive officer, as the carmaker looks to heal divisions caused by its former chairman's arrest and repair fraught relations with partner Renault SA. Makoto Uchida, 53, will work alongside Ashwani Gupta, who was named chief operating officer while Jun Seki, the former chief of Nissan in China, will become deputy chief operating officer, the board said Tuesday. Nissan's third boss in as many years will need to address deteriorating profits and strained relations with Renault as well as executing a massive restructuring. Nissan's relationship with its French partner in a global alliance with Mitsubishi Motors was rocked by the arrest nearly one year ago of their former leader, Carlos Ghosn, for financial crimes, which he has denied. Uchida ran Nissan's joint venture in China.


Insilico's AI networks generate custom lead compounds for fibrosis in less than 50 days

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In the gold rush to bring artificial intelligence to the healthcare and biopharma industries, AI has long been pitched as a way to accelerate the pace of drug development and discovery. Sometimes vaguely and sometimes not, many companies have claimed their code can help early research get done quicker, deeper and cheaper. Now, Insilico Medicine may have hit pay dirt, demonstrating in a paper published in Nature Biotechnology that its computer networks could potentially shave years off of traditional hit-to-lead timelines. Over 21 days, the startup and its partners used its AI programs to conceptualize and generate 30,000 novel small molecules that may work against fibrosis. Within 25 more days, they had screened out and synthesized the six most promising compounds, tested them in vitro for selectivity and metabolic stability and had the lead candidate go on to show favorable activity in live mouse models.


The moment is now: how HR will lead business growth in the AI era - IBM UK THINK

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Welcome to our HR Modernization Playbook: Tomorrow's people – Why HR matters more than ever in the age of artificial intelligence. Digital transformation is happening faster than ever. The adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) and automation will redefine jobs, enhance employee productivity and accelerate workforce development. In fact, skills and culture – not technology – are the biggest barriers to business growth in the AI era. This means CEOs are looking to their CHRO to lead culture change, manage talent and drive down costs.


Arm Leads Project to Develop an Armpit-Sniffing Plastic AI Chip

IEEE Spectrum Robotics

Body odor is a stubborn problem. Sensors and the computing attached to them struggle to perceive armpit odors in the way humans do, because B.O. is really a complex mix of dozens of gaseous chemicals. The UK's PlasticArmPit project is designing the first machine learning–enabled flexible plastic sensor chip. Its target audience: those who think they might stink. The prototype chip will be manufactured and tested in 2019.


Cadillac outranks Tesla in Consumer Reports semi-autonomous tests

Engadget

It's tempting to assume that Tesla's Autopilot represents the gold standard for semi-autonomous driving features, but Consumer Reports would beg to differ. The publication has released the results of its first rankings for automated driving systems, and Cadillac's Super Cruise edged out Autopilot to receive the top rating. Both rivals fared well in terms of abilities -- Cadillac's advantage was in safety. Autopilot currently checks for driver attention solely through the steering wheel, sending a warning (and if necessary, stopping the car) if you take your hands away for 24 seconds. Super Cruise, however, uses a camera to track your gaze and will deliver a warning if you look away for just four seconds.