technology

traffic lights
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

When you talk about safety in vehicles, you usually think of seatbelts, brakes and airbags. But future safety will literally mean our cars and trucks communicating with stop lights! 


Rick Snyder and Richard Harrington
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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and a British government official have signed a memorandum of understanding designed to strengthen the production of advancements in automotive technology and mobility.

Anand Chandrasekhar and Ramakrishna Mukkamala photo with blood pressure cell phone app
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

High blood pressure can be a killer, and millions of people don’t know they have it. Knowing that you have hypertension and treating it with lifestyle changes and-or medication can prevent heart attacks and strokes. Researchers at Michigan State University are developing a device that they hope will one day make it easier to monitor blood pressure.


keyboard
flickr/ginny

STEM education in mid-Michigan is getting an economic boost from one of the world’s foremost technology companies. 

light imaging and detection
CANVAS Program / Michigan State University

Just as it did in the 20th century, Michigan is leading a transportation revolution in the 21st. 

At the former Willow Run bomber plant near Ypsilanti, the new American Center for Mobility is emerging as one of the world’s premiere test sites for self-driving cars.  The center is working with Michigan State University and other institutions across the state to train the next generation of autonomous vehicle engineers.

 


car and buildng
Courtesy / General Motors

The automotive industry has been and remains one of the main anchors of business in Michigan.  WKAR's Jim Peck takes a look at what the future may hold.


woman near computer screen
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

Is it a school?  Is it a bus?  Is it a school bus?  The answer to all those questions is yes -- sort of.


I-T insider: Lansing area has lots of jobs

Nov 2, 2016
Andrea Ragan photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Information Technology insiders say the Lansing area has hundreds of IT jobs that need filling. Current State talks about careers in IT with Andrea Ragan of the Capital Area IT Council.


Claude Shannon photo
Tekniska museet / flickr creative commons

Claude Shannon was a mid-20th century professor at the University of Michigan and MIT, and was one of the fathers of today’s digital age. Current State's Peter Whorf brings us the story from a recent Michigan History Magazine profile.

Andy Keen supercomputer photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

Michigan State University is cutting the ribbon tomorrow on its new supercomputer. Current State’s Kevin Lavery has a report.


Rocket Fiber truck photo
Courtesy photo / Rocket Fiber

Fiber internet isn’t just the fastest form of internet, it’s one of the fastest ways to bring technological advancement to a city. Detroit internet company Rocket Fiber is bringing high-speed fiber internet to the Motor City. We speak with co-founder and CEO Marc Hudson.


517ARTsearch app photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

A new app is making it easier to find interesting works of art in the Lansing area. Current State’s Scott Pohl has the story of the 517ARTsearch app.


two men building skateboard ramp
Jerry Norris

Many businesses get their start with the help of an incubator, a company that offers support and training to startups. Current State talks to some of the people behind Grand Ledge Fledge, a local incubator trying to enhance the culture and fill vacant storefronts in the city's downtown.  

U of M study: Facebook = :(

Nov 6, 2014
Flickr - Maria Elena

Over the past decade, social media has transformed the way we communicate. Walk into any restaurant or coffee shop and you’ll probably see more people with their eyes glued to their smartphones than talking to the person sitting next to them. The latest Nielsen report says Americans spend an average of 12 hours using Facebook alone every month. But how does the time we spend in the digital world impact how we feel about our actual lives?

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Thousands of farmers from all over Michigan will take some time away from the fields next week to visit the Michigan State University campus for Ag Expo. Starting Tuesday, the MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources will be joined by MSU AgBioResearch scientists and MSU Extension educators to conduct education programs. And, farm equipment producers always bring the latest in farming technology to display.

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