technology

A recently announced New York state grant program aims to form 16 public-private partnerships to prepare students for high-skill jobs. 

Leading companies across New York in areas of manufacturing, clean technologies, healthcare, and other sectors are teaming up with high schools and community colleges in an effort to train students for the high-skill jobs in their area.

Jesse Feiler - WiFi

Aug 22, 2013

    

  This morning we will discuss the mysteries of wi-fi. Our Tech Guru, Jesse Feiler, says there is new technology out there (specifically the new 802.11ac standard from the Wi-Fi Alliance and Quip) – changing where and when we can get on line.

One of the largest companies in Saratoga County could be expanding, as local officials work to develop a new economic plan for the region.

At a meeting Monday evening, the Malta Town Board voted unanimously to approve zoning legislation to allow GlobalFoundries, a computer chip manufacturer, to expand by building a second facility.

The company had been working with the town since it submitted its proposal for the 575,000 square-foot Fab 8.2 project last winter.

  The Capital Region is remaking itself as a tech hub.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Paul Tonko tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock about his recent meetings with the Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy.

Local Museums Embracing Technology

Aug 15, 2013
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Despite their reputation as repositories for the past, many regional museums are embracing technology to adapt to the 21st century.

“One of the things that museums are challenged with is to assert our relevance in a modern era," said Betsy Feathers, the Research and Grants Officer at Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield.

Sciences the Focus for Upcoming 3rd Thursday

Aug 14, 2013
Berkshire STEM Pipeline Network

Pittsfield’s upcoming 3rd Thursday will showcase the best of Berkshire County’s science and technology initiatives.

“There’s going to be robots, rockets, rocket launchers, an air cannon, and one of my personal favorites, the Mentos and soda-pop experiment," said the city’s Cultural Development Director Megan Whilden.

    

  In The End of Big, social media pioneer, political and business strategist, and Harvard Kennedy School faculty member Nicco Mele offers a fascinating, sometimes frightening look at how our ability to stay connected - constantly, instantly, and globally - is dramatically changing our world.

    Facebook, Twitter, and even mobile apps aren't just communication tools.

They're highly automated systems that provide a vast storehouse of data you can use to measure your organization's reach and influence -- and to help with grant-writing and fundraising.

Our tech guru, Jesse Feiler, joins us to tell us more.

    Ask our tech guru, Jesse Feiler, what he wants to talk about this morning and he will tell you – Intimate Objects. Our job is to find out what they are and what they are not. Jesse is here to provide answers to both questions.

A decades-old problem that plagues large cities is about to meet a new, digital foe.

The city of Albany is turning to smartphone technology in the fight against urban blight: Mayor Jerry Jennings announced the activation of The Graffiti Buster.   The free app was about a year in the making, the brainchild of Tim Varney, a partner at Troy Web Consulting. Albany's Department of General Services cleans up hundreds of incidents of graffiti every year.
 

  This is the moment we’ve been waiting for, explains award-winning media theorist Douglas Rushkoff, but we don’t seem to have any time in which to live it. Instead we remain poised and frozen, overwhelmed by an always-on, live-streamed reality that our human bodies and minds can never truly inhabit. And our failure to do so has had wide-ranging effects on every aspect of our lives.

Well, the future’s arrived. We live in a continuous now enabled by Twitter, email, and a so-called real-time technological shift. Yet this “now” is an elusive goal that we can never quite reach. And the dissonance between our digital selves and our analog bodies has thrown us into a new state of anxiety: present shock.

Douglas Rushkoff brings together seemingly disparate events and trends into a rich, nuanced portrait of how life in the eternal present has affected our biology, behavior, politics, and culture.

3/26/13 - Panel

Mar 26, 2013

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Newsman Ray Graf and Times-Union Associate editor, Mike Spain. Joe Donahue moderates.

This morning our discussion topics include:
Hillary Clinton and Rand Paul 2016 Presidential talk
Why are many of us slaves to technology
As Supreme Court considers gay marriage, abortion comparisons rise
Senators blast NRA for robocalls in Newtown

What holds energy tech back? The infernal battery

Jan 23, 2013
Mark Hunter / Flickr

WASHINGTON (AP) -- As 21st century technology strains to become ever faster, cleaner and cheaper, an invention from more than 200 years ago keeps holding it back. It's why electric cars aren't clogging the roads and why Boeing's new ultra-efficient 787 Dreamliners aren't flying high.

And chances are you have this little invention next to you right now and probably have cursed it recently: the infernal battery.

  tw telecom is one of the top three Business Ethernet providers in the U.S. and have a heavy presence in our region. They manage the high-speed fiber optic network that is contributing to the growth in semiconductor manufacturing we are seeing at the Luther Forest Technology Campus in Malta.

It is the end of a calendar year and that time when the media makes lists. Best of the year, worst of the year and the, ever fun, predictions for the New Year. The 2013 tech predictions are already in and our Jesse Feiler is here to help us handicap the future.

Education and business officials came together today in Saratoga County with the high tech future in mind.  GlobalFoundries and the Center for Economic Growth organized the meeting at the Saratoga Technology and Energy Park to develop a regional 13 county laboratory to promote the future of an educational system that must meet the needs of a growing technology sector. Michael Tucker is the CEO and executive director of the Center for Economic Growth. He spoke with WAMC’s Brian Shields.

With the release this week of Apple’s iPhone 5, the Pew Research Center reports 45% of American adults own smartphones. They are particularly popular with young adults and those living in relatively higher income households; 66% of those ages 18-29 own smartphones, and 68% of those living in households earning $75,000 also own them. Duh, right?

Our tech guru Jesse Feiler says there is more to the story.

Jesse joins us to talk about technology use at the national political conventions.

A computer virus named Stuxnet has drawn the attention of security and utility experts around the globe over the past two years or so. The experts say the virus has the potential to knock out power grids, leaving millions in the dark. It has already been used against the Iranians to slow down their nuclear development programs. Dan D’Ambrosio, a business reporter for the Burlington Free Press has been researching the story of Stuxnet. He spoke with WAMC’s Brian Shields.

Garret Keizer - Privacy

Aug 23, 2012

We speak with Garret Keizer, essayist and Harper’s contributing editor, about his book, Privacy (Big Ideas//Small Books) .

In a recent TV interview on a Public Television Educational Update program, New York State’s Education Commissioner stated that one of his major goals was to make “Digital Literacy” a primary factor in the lives of rural, poverty-riddled and largely minority populated areas of the state’s cities.  While this commentator totally understands the importance of bringing these areas to equal status with use and availability of the latest ‘on-line’ computer equipment, the term “Digital Literacy” struck a chilling chord in one’s consciousness.  Especially, given the spate of recent studies which

Jesse Feiler joins us, as he does monthly, to talk tech. This month we learn from Jesse what developers talked about at Apple's Developer Conference.

 

Max Frisch, the 20th Century Swiss architect, novelist, playwright, philosopher wrote of many things but on one subject, he was most intensely prescient.  Of technology, he wrote—“Technology is the knack of arranging the world, so that we don’t have to experience it.”

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