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Decoding crop genetics with artificial intelligence

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We live in a time when it's never been easier or less expensive to sequence a plant's complete genome. But knowing all a plant's genes is not the same thing as knowing what all those genes do. Michigan State experts in plant biology and computer science plan to close that gap with the help of artificial intelligence and a new $1.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation. Ultimately, the goal is to help farmers grow crops with genes that give their plants the best chance to withstand threats such as drought and disease. To get to that point, though, researchers still need to reveal the fundamental role of many of the genes found in plants.


Apple's automotive ambitions dealt blow as car chief joins Ford

The Guardian

Apple has lost the executive in charge of its below-the-radar car project to Ford, dealing a further blow to the iPhone maker's automotive ambitions. Doug Field, Apple's vice-president of special projects, had also worked on Tesla's Model 3 vehicle under Elon Musk. Field, who rejoined Apple in 2018 after a previous stint at the business, is the fourth senior member of the company's car team to leave since February. He will become Ford's chief advanced technology and embedded systems officer with immediate effect, a critical post as the auto industry moves to adopt vehicles powered by electricity and guided by computers. This year Ford signed a six-year deal with Google that includes using Android software in the Michigan carmaker's vehicles.


Decoding Crop Genetics With Artificial Intelligence

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East Lansing, MI (July 13, 2021) - We live in a time when it's never been easier or less expensive to sequence a plant's complete genome. But knowing all of a plant's genes is not the same thing as knowing what all those genes do. Michigan State experts in plant biology and computer science plan to close that gap with the help of artificial intelligence and a new $1.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation. Ultimately, the goal is to help farmers grow crops with genes that give their plants the best chance to withstand threats such as drought and disease. To get to that point, though, researchers still need to reveal the fundamental role of many of the genes found in plants.


Help name one of Ann Arbor's new autonomous shuttles

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ANN ARBOR – A free autonomous shuttle service is coming to Ann Arbor in October and providers are turning to the public to name one of the vehicles. The A2GO ride service is a collaboration between May Mobility, University of Michigan's Mcity and Ann Arbor SPARK and will operate around U-M's central campus, the State Street corridor and Kerrytown. May Mobility will operate a fleet of five autonomous shared vehicles, which include four hybrid-electric Lexus RH 450h cars and one Polaris GEM fully electric vehicle, which will have capacity for one wheelchair passenger. "We're looking for a creative, clever and memorable name," reads the contest page. "There's only one rule - the shuttle's name has to start with an'M'!" Name suggestions can be submitted now through Sept. 8. Voting on semifinalists will be open from Sept. 14-23 and the winning name will be announced on Oct. 11 -- the scheduled start date for the service.


Tesla on autopilot smacked into Florida Highway Patrol cruiser that stopped to help disabled vehicle

Daily Mail - Science & tech

A Tesla Model 3 driving on'autopilot' smacked into a Florida Highway Patrol cruiser on Saturday morning, narrowly missing the driver of the cruiser who had stopped in order to help a disabled vehicle. The incident is the 12th such smash involving a Tesla on autopilot mode and an emergency vehicle. All the cars which have been struck had their lights flashing, or had deployed an emergency flare, illuminated warning sign or cones, raising questions about whether they may have confused the Tesla's sensors. Saturday's smash happened after when the 28-year-old trooper, who has not been named, stopped shortly after 5 am on August 28 on I-4 near downtown Orlando while responding to a broken down car. He put his emergency lights and was walking over to a disabled vehicle when the Tesla hit the cruiser's left side, according to a copy of the police report seen by DailyMail.com.


Saints Row, the funhouse mirror version of Grand Theft Auto, will reboot in 2022

Washington Post - Technology News

"Saints Row" began life in 2006 as a series about a small-time Michigan gang that ends up taking over the fictional city of Stilwater. "Saints Row 2" in 2008 experienced even greater success critically and commercially. The cartoonish absurdity of "Saints Row: The Third" in 2011 was an attempt to distinguish itself from the Grand Theft Auto series, which had become more focused on depicting serious crime drama. In 2013′s "Saints Row IV," the gang members become superheroes in a virtual alien world. Eventually, players become the galaxy's rulers, even conquering hell itself.


Big data and AI play a part in improving field service work

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ManpowerGroup reported in 2018 that 70% of companies interviewed in a survey said that they expected a skills shortage in field service personnel over the next 10 years. Field service workers are those who travel to locations to repair goods and services onsite. Among the contributing factors were an aging (and retiring) workforce and a lack of enthusiasm among millennials for field service careers. "For large enterprises, field service must address an entire lifecycle of a product or service," said Arka Prava Dhar, CEO and founder of Zinier, which provides field service AI solutions. Field service starts with work orders, then the work is done by the field service worker, then it's either verified or forwarded to an expert, Dhar said.


The Pain Was Unbearable. So Why Did Doctors Turn Her Away?

WIRED

One evening in July of 2020, a woman named Kathryn went to the hospital in excruciating pain. A 32-year-old psychology grad student in Michigan, Kathryn lived with endometriosis, an agonizing condition that causes uterine-like cells to abnormally develop in the wrong places. Menstruation prompts these growths to shed--and, often, painfully cramp and scar, sometimes leading internal organs to adhere to one another--before the whole cycle starts again. For years, Kathryn had been managing her condition in part by taking oral opioids like Percocet when she needed them for pain. But endometriosis is progressive: Having once been rushed into emergency surgery to remove a life-threatening growth on her ovary, Kathryn now feared something just as dangerous was happening, given how badly she hurt.


The Computer Scientist Training AI to Think with Analogies

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning book Gödel, Escher, Bach inspired legions of computer scientists in 1979, but few were as inspired as Melanie Mitchell. After reading the 777-page tome, Mitchell, a high school math teacher in New York, decided she "needed to be" in artificial intelligence. She soon tracked down the book's author, AI researcher Douglas Hofstadter, and talked him into giving her an internship. She had only taken a handful of computer science courses at the time, but he seemed impressed with her chutzpah and unconcerned about her academic credentials. Mitchell prepared a "last-minute" graduate school application and joined Hofstadter's new lab at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.


Intel's AI degree program expands to 18 additional community colleges in 11 states

Engadget

Following an online pilot in the fall of 2020 with Maricopa County Community College District, Intel is expanding its AI for Workforce Program to include 18 additional schools in 11 states, including California, New Mexico and Michigan. With the expansion, more than 800,000 students can take part in a curriculum designed by the company, at the end of which they can earn a certificate or associate degree in artificial intelligence. The program includes courses on data collection, computer vision, model training, coding and AI ethics. In addition to designing the curriculum, Intel has provided training and technical advice to the college faculty involved in the program. Dell is also helping with technical and infrastructure expertise.