technology

The Source - March 25, 2014
12:30 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

The Source: Robots And Your Job

The Sandia Hand addresses challenges that have prevented widespread adoption of other robotic hands, including cost, durability, dexterity and modularity.
Sandia Labs (Flikr User: Sandialabs)

250 years ago the world was turned upside down by the industrial revolution. Many are saying that a new industrial revolution, a robotic revolution, is already upon us.

Bill Gates of the American Enterprise Institute predicts that in 20 years there will be a completely different employment landscape in the country and that the demand for labor will be much less, especially in low-skill jobs.

"Technology, over time, will reduce the demand for jobs, particularly at the lower end of the skillset." - Bill Gates, March 13, 2014

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The Source - March 12, 2014
1:17 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

The Source: Policing In HD

Nick Hall, Flikr User: nickhall cc

Very soon traffic stops, and every other public interaction the community has with the police, could be videotaped. 

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The Source - February 24, 2014
9:24 am
Mon February 24, 2014

The Source: Massive, Intelligent & Free: MOOCs And Education

edX is one MOOC provider along with Coursera.

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) being offered for free by the nation's best universities were going to change everything about education. The most prestigious institutions in America threw open their doors to the masses. Millions of people poured in, taking everything from computer science to "The Greatest Unsolved Mysteries of the Universe." 

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Community
12:38 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Google, Comcast, FCC Changing The Face Of San Antonio Broadband

Google-Fiber's expansion plan 9 cities
Google

Google has indicated it wants to expand its Google-Fiber network to 9 additional cities, including San Antonio. TPR's live call-in show "The Source" tackled the topic of our broadband landscape's big changes. Along with Google Fiber, the FCC and Comcast's merger are all reshaping what we know.

The difference between a fiber connection and what San Antonio has now is substantial.

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Internet
5:13 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

San Antonio Selected As Potential Google Fiber Network Site

Mark Strama, Head of Google Fiber in Austin, stands with city leaders at the initial announcement of Fiber
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

Google Fiber has selected San Antonio as one of nine metro areas to potentially receive its super fast internet connection.

With the ability to download 1 gigabyte per second, it’s already 100 times faster than what’s available for most homes in San Antonio. Google and the city announced that plans to bring Google Fiber to the Alamo city are in motion.

“It’ll mean faster internet speeds and also competition that will create lower rates so access is more affordable," said Mayor Julián Castro. "That’s good for business, it’s good for education.”

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Science & Technology
5:06 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

New Study On Renal Stents Could Save Millions In Medical Costs

Biliary stent.
Flickr user jill570641 cc

A San Antonio physician has completed a study that shows renal artery stents should no longer be recommended for patients with chronic kidney disease and high blood pressure. The new recommendations are predicted to save millions of dollars in future medical costs.

Dr. William Henrich, president of San Antonio’s UT Health Science Center, found that millions of renal stents placed in older patients with kidney disease and high blood pressure may not have done any good -- and created billions of costs in Medicare dollars.

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The Source - November 6, 2013
1:28 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

The Source: The Answer Is In Your Genes | Innovation In San Antonio

The diagram of consciousness from Robert Fludd's "Utriusque Cosmi, Maioris scilicet et Minoris, metaphysica, physica, atque technica Historia."
Robert Fludd Public domain (copyrite expired)

In the first segment:

Your "senior moment" -- forgetting where your keys are -- reciting the wrong child's name -- is the result of normal aging, but what makes up normal is defined by what makes up you -- that is to say your genes affect the way your brain declines.

Studying extended families, the Texas Biomedical Research Institute and Yale University published a study showing just how much that decline is influenced by your genetics.

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Local Business
4:57 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

New Startup To Train Students For Tech Jobs In San Antonio

Codeup staff, from top left: CEO Michael Girdley, Chris Turner, Director of Curriculum & Lead Instructor, Jason Straugh, CTO, and Samantha Atkins, Director of Operations
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A new bundle of joy has arrived at San Antonio's Geekdom, "the place where startups are born."

Michael Girdley's baby is a company called Codeup, and he's hoping it will be San Antonio's answer to every tech company's long-burning problem of not having enough qualified people to hire.

"Codeup is a nine week boot camp, and the idea is we take people who are non-techies and we turn them into web programmers with a job guarantee," Girdley said.

"We have tons of great jobs down here," said Girdley emphatically.

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Abortion In Texas
3:53 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Online Game Explores What It's Like To Be A Woman Getting An Abortion In Texas

Leah is one of the characters in Choice: Texas. Here she is as illustrated by our team's artist, Grace Jennings.
Choice: Texas

Two women from the Austin area are launching a new online video game where the gamer steps into the shoes of several women in different socioeconomic, geographic and demographic brackets who are all faced with getting an abortion under Texas abortion restrictions.

The game is called Choice: Texas and allows users to pick from a set of women with different life scenarios and then chose which direction they will take based on the state’s abortion restrictions.

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CodeHS
9:50 am
Thu August 29, 2013

The First Step In Computer Programming Begins For Highlands Freshmen

A screenshot depiciting one of the more advanced beginner levels of CodeHS.
CodeHS.com

By end of this school year, freshmen at Highlands High School will have learned the basics of computer coding. A new program called CodeHS introduced this year aims to make these ninth graders fluent in programming.

"It is like another language," said Chelsea Cook, the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) magnet coordinator at Highlands. "It’s like learning how to read and wright, we’re learning how to code and program."

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