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Tech Tuesday: CGI and Tech Training

Sep 3, 2019
color photo of people sitting in a dark movie theater watching a bright white blank screen
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Computer-generated imagery, or CGI, has transformed the film industry.  Since its inception, the software has continued to create mesmerizing visuals in order to suspend the audience’s disbelief. But while visual effects are on the rise, have we left true movie magic behind?  Today on All Sides, CGI, tech training, and more.  


Tech Tuesday: Social Media Censorship

Aug 13, 2019

The White House is calling for significant changes in how large tech companies manage speech on their websites.

A draft executive order from the White House would put the Federal Communications Commission in charge of developing new regulations clarifying how and when the law protects social media websites when they remove or suppress speech on their platforms.

Today on Tech Tuesday on All Sides with Ann Fisher: social media censorship and more.

Tech Tuesday: DNA And Law Enforcement

Jul 9, 2019
Forensic analyst India Henry works on evidence in a sexual assault case in the biology lab at the Houston Forensic Science Center Thursday, April 2, 2015, in Houston.
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An increasing number of amateur genealogists have turned to DNA testing for part of their query, uploading the data to websites that point them to otherwise unknown or distant relatives, sometimes entire branches of a family tree.

But, what they upload in the process may qualify as evidence for law enforcement, which has found a measure of success using DNA databases to track down alleged criminals. 

Last month, DNA evidence for the first time helped convince a jury to find a person guilty of murder. As long as law enforcement is required to first get a court order, such databases should be available, say supporters of the trend.

But some privacy advocates call the use of DNA databases for such purposes an unlawful invasion of privacy. 

Today on Tech Tuesday on All Sides with Ann Fisher, DNA databases and law enforcement. 

Police And Technology

Jun 19, 2019

Columbus Police released body-camera footage after an officer punched a civilian in the throat, giving more context to a cell phone video that went viral on social media.

These cameras can both clear officers and expose behavior that they would like to keep hidden. 

Roughly half of the 18,000 law enforcement agencies in the U.S. now employ body-camera technology. Many of those programs are pilots, and the expense is a barrier for many others.

Today on All Sides, how technology is changing the job of policing.

Tech Tuesdays: Hacking A City

May 28, 2019
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Hackers seized control of the computer systems that run Baltimore's government.

The city was the victim of a ransomware attack. Authorities were notified and the computers were taken offline, but the attack impacted voicemail, email, online payments for parking fines, and delayed 1,500 home sales. 

Cleveland's airport experienced a ransomware attack last month, but refused to pay hackers for access to its computers.

Coming up on Tech Tuesday, hacking a city, the kilogram and more. 

Tech Tuesday: Closing The Skills Gap in Tech

May 21, 2019
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Microsoft plans to train 15,000 people in artificial intelligence, machine learning, data science, cloud and data engineering as part of a movement to close the tech skills gap.

The tech giant is looking ahead to 2022 when as many as 133 million new jobs will have been created from new technologies. The problem is finding enough people to fill those roles.

Coming up on Tech Tuesday, we’ll hear about an apprenticeship program at the Columbus branch of Accenture, a professional-service company and consulting firm. 

That’s today on All Sides with Ann Fisher.

Tech Tuesday: The Impact Of Space Travel On Humans

May 7, 2019
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Scientists have struggled to understand the effects of space on the human body in large part because it’s difficult to blame changes on spaceflight alone. 

Twin studies are the closest scientists can get to such understandings.

But identical twins who are both astronauts is a rare occurrence.

We hear about the latest results in the first-of-its-kind longitudinal study of twins Scott and Mark Kelly, both astronauts, one of whom spent a year onboard the International Space Station.

Today on Tech Tuesday on All Sides, the impact of space travel on humans, and more. 

Tech Tuesday: Google Removes Apps And More

Apr 30, 2019

Google removed 46 apps from a developer from Play store last week after a BuzzFeed News investigation revealed that Android developer DO Global had, among other things, committed ad fraud.

Today on Tech Tuesday, DO Global, mental health apps and privacy, and more.

Tech Tuesday: Amazon Abandons Queens

Feb 19, 2019
Amazon distribution center in Groveport, Ohio.

Amazon canceled its highly anticipated Long Island City, Queens campus after fierce backlash from union leaders, activists and lawmakers.

Activists questioned the incentive package Amazon had been promised and lawmakers in New York followed suit. 

Today on Tech Tuesday, Amazon abandons its Queens, New York headquarters, smart home devices that cull data, and more. 

Tech Tuesday: Hyperloop One & Facebook's New Feed

Jan 23, 2018
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The travel time from Columbus to Chicago or Pittsburgh may soon be cut down to just a few minutes. Hyperloop One is looking to bring high speed transportation to the Midwest with futuristic tube technology. We'll take a look at how the project is coming along and what the next steps will be.

Also, a look at how Facebook is changing its News Feed feature and Russell Holly joins us to talk about the latest in tech industry and retail news. 

Coding in Classrooms

Dec 22, 2017
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Proposed legislation in Ohio would allow computer coding to replace some math courses. We weigh the pros and cons as many schools work to include more computer science in curriculums in place of math and foreign language.

Coding in Classrooms

Dec 7, 2017
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Proposed legislation in Ohio would allow computer coding to replace some math courses. We weigh the pros and cons as many schools work to include more computer science in curriculums in place of math and foreign language.

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This week on Tech Tuesday, we'll discuss the recent uptick in Bitcoin's value and volatility and what that means for the future of the cryptocurrency. Then, navigating social media can come with a number of psychological and behavioral pitfalls in its design and use. Author Guy Harrison offers critical thinking strategies to resist misinformation and manipulation online.

Mary Kidd pops a VHS tape in the deck and rewinds. Two kids appear on the screen, dancing to music and laughing.

Kidd and her colleagues meet in this loft in Tribeca in New York City every Monday to digitize tapes like this one. The loft has racks of tape decks, oscilloscopes, vector scopes and wave-form monitors that help ensure a quality transfer from analog to digital.

Steve Brown

Chris Kowalski has had a rough go of it lately.

The owner and operator of Jack's Downtown Diner lost his wife to cancer in 2015. He closed the diner later that year, and when he reopened in 2016, the normally-quaint Lynn Street was a full-blown construction site.