Technology

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Before Atari, Nintendo and PlayStation there was Fairchild Channel F. The 1976 model heralded an innovation that changed the gaming industry forever: interchangeable cartridges for consumer gaming consoles. The literal game changer was the brainchild of Jerry Lawson. 

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The Super Soaker toy gun was on the top of nearly every kid's wish list in the '90s, and it made summer heat a literal blast. The game-changing toy has racked up more than $1-billion in sales. It was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2015. 

The man who invented the Super Soaker is Lonnie Johnson. While the toy water gun may be Johnson's most widely known invention among consumers, he has made contributions to the world of nuclear and mechanical engineering far beyond pump action toy. 


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Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15 to 29-year-olds in the United States. A 2018 study from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention shows suicide rates increased by 16 percent in Georgia between 1996 and 2016.

 

Tech giant Facebook wants to help prevent suicide with artificial intelligence.

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It's Friday and you know what that means: It's time for On Second Thought's weekly roundtable. Today we gathered three people who work in tech to talk about their personal and professional relationships with the internet and technology.


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While Atlanta remains on Amazon’s short list for its second headquarters, not everyone likes what the company brings with it. Currently, the ACLU and Amazon employees have demanded the company to stop marketing its facial recognition technology to law enforcement. Amazon calls the technology Rekognition. It detects and analyzes not only faces, but objects and entire scenes. Ayanna Howard, chairman of the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech and Ali Breland, tech/policy reporter at The Hill spoke about the biases in artificial intelligence and privacy concerns with technology.

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In a world of screens, some teachers are putting their foot down with technology in the classroom. And research suggests there may be good reason behind that decision. A recent study from MIT found college students do better on exams when they’re not allowed access to computers.

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We're three months away until the Presidential election, and Georgia is seen as a key battleground state for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. But there could be problems with voting, according to the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University.

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Students across the Southeast took part in an underwater robotics competition last weekend. Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary hosted the event and created a variety of challenges for the robots to complete. Each team had to build and program a remotely operated vehicle. GPB Savannah’s Gabrielle Ware was at the competition and brings us this audio postcard.

 

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Given thousands of related job openings but only hundreds of computer science college graduates, Alabama is trying to ramp up its computer science education. That includes a new policy allowing those classes to count toward core math graduation requirements. WBHM’s Dan Carsen concludes the Southern Education Desk series “Priming the Pipeline for STEM in the South” with a visit to a Birmingham-area class that’s leading the way.

Hoover High School junior Griffin Davis is all about his computer science class.

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Florida students don’t have to take a foreign language to graduate from a public high school, but the state’s public university system does require at least two years of study in another language. Computer Coders have found a champion in Florida Senator Jeremy Ring. Ring, a former Yahoo! executive, believes coding and technology is an art, rather than a science. The Margate Democrat says why not broaden the language offerings? Instead of the usual suspects, like French or Spanish, and for those who are true romantics—Latin… why not something like Python? Or C++?