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"Quoted by Lifewire, Professor Kentaro Toyama, 'No, Google AI Isn't Self-Aware, Experts Say'" Headshot of Kentaro Toyama.

Toyama: Google’s AI isn’t sentient– but human-like intelligence is possible

Did Google engineers achieve AI sentience? Probably not, says professor Kentaro Toyama, but their project could have human-like intelligence. 

 

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Baby wearing a long-sleeve pink shirt and holding a remote to their mouth.

UMSI students partner with engineers to save babies and toddlers

Each year, more than 3,500 people swallow small batteries. The risk of accidental swallowing is particularly significant for babies and toddlers. Students at Michigan Engineering and the School of Information partnered to help create a solution through an innovative battery storing device. 

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"Named to AAAS Community Advisory Board, Lionel Robert, Associate professor." Headshot of Lionel Robert.

Lionel Robert joins AAAS Community Advisory Board

Associate professor Lionel Robert was invited to be an AAAS Community Advisory Board member. The organization works to create an inclusive and welcoming community for scientists and nonscientists alike.

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"Eight UMSI faculty earn NSF CAREER and DARPA awards" inside a laurel leaf half circle. Words that describe their research float on the opposite side, including human-centered, voice technology, privacy, justice, Parsons problems, marginalized communities, disinformation, and social media.

Eight UMSI Faculty Celebrate Distinguished Early Career Awards

Since 2020, eight UMSI faculty members have earned some of the field’s most significant awards for their research endeavors. UMSI recently celebrated their achievements and heard research updates from the awardees.

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New website provides information for marginalized communities after social media bans

A new online resource helps marginalized people who have experienced social media content takedowns. The website is an interdisciplinary collaboration between scholars from UMSI and Harvard Cyberlaw Clinic, and the newsletter Salty.

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"Awarded Honorary Doctor of Science, Northwestern University, Judith Olson, Emerita professor." Headshot of Judith Olson.

Judith Olson receives honorary Doctor of Science from Northwestern University

Judith Olson, charter faculty member of UMSI, former associate dean of academic affairs, and emerita professor of information, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Northwestern University.

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"ADVANCE Program, Elizabeth C. Crosby Research Award, Michaelanne Thomas, Assistant professor." Headshot of Michaelanne Thomas.

Assistant professor Michaelanne Thomas earns a Crosby Research Award

Assistant professor and former Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow Michaelanne Thomas was awarded a Crosby Grant to support new research working with the Latinx community in Flint. Thomas hopes to better understand how the community uses technology to help solve problems.

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"Quoted by Crain's Detroit Business, Assistant professor Julie Hui, Jefferson East Inc., UM team up for tech program aimed at aiding small businesses." Headshot of Julie Hui.

Hui: Program pairs local, newly-trained tech pros with Detroit small business owners

UMSI scholars are teaming up with Jefferson East Inc. to bring tech support to Detroit’s entrepreneurs.

 

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"Quoted by PNAS, Assistant professor Misha Teplitskiy, Wealthy nations rake in the citations while poorer countries go under-acknowledged." Headshot of Misha Teplitskiy

Teplitskiy: Geography can influence research citations, but journal quality also matters

Misha Teplitskiy, assistant professor and expert on science metrics, was quoted by PNAS’s Journal Club about new research on research citations. Are scientists from poorer countries really cited less often?

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Mike, Sierre and Alice sit on a couch at the Duo headquarters in Ann Arbor

3 UMSI alumni share insights on UX design and their work at Duo

Solving problems, brainstorming ‘infinite possibilities’ and cultivating empathy: UMSI alumni share insight on why they love UX design and how they’re balancing ease of use with safety

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