A Q with the chancellor
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opinionHeadlinesLETTER: A low cost path forward on Grand Forks libraryMIKE JACOBS: Pipeline protest changes perceptions on the PlainsLETTER: The double boost of an indoor sports facility in Grand ForksOUR OPINION: Can Grand Forks help panhandlers find jobs?LETTER: Voter feels deceived by Measure 4On Aug. 24, North Dakota University System Chancellor Mark Hagerott sat down for an interview with the Herald Editorial Board. The transcript that follows has been edited for clarity and length.
Our family has been farming since the 1880s, and I recently discovered a cache of family photos. In the photos, you can track the transformation of the Hagerott farm. It goes from horse and human powered agriculture at first, to photos in which first the horses disappear, then the 15 man threshing crews disappear.
By 1938, you see my grandfather with his mechanical combine and Ford truck. One person could do the harvest.
Recently at a family reunion, my cousin had this drone that he built for less than $50. He stood with it by the old threshing machine that was in the earlier photos from 1910.
He was standing there with this drone, and we all knew it was happening again.
And this transformation is going to be just as profound as those earlier ones.
So it was exciting to be at the conference. While I was there, I spoke to several leading figures in “big data” from Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee and from Illinois. And the thing that should be music to all of your ears is why they practically tackled us, and why Northrop Grumman also asked for a meeting.
It’s that two massive events are happening. The first can be called “intelligent machines at rest”; that’s all the big data hubs, all the computers, the Google search engine stuff.
But the second development is that intelligent machines now are moving through three dimensional space in the air, on the roads and that has massive data implications.
But Illinois doesn’t have a test center. Oak Ridge doesn’t have a test center. Who has a test center for unmanned systems that’s integrated with a major university?
Right now, I think there’s one: at UND.
So they were very interested. And those excess buildings you have at UND right now? That could be a make lemonade out of lemons situation, because I’ll tell you that at Johns Hopkins University and MIT and so on, there is no space. People literally would be fighting over this, because if they see a group showing up to do unmanned systems, they’ll ask, “Who’s going to have to give up space for this?”
In contrast, here we have a wonderful campus and a wonderful town, in both of which there’s room to grow.
Q. Regarding the budget, there’s been discussion about recent cuts in university programs, including music therapy at UND. The thought was the schools should have checked with each other to coordinate their actions and lessen the impact on students.
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