Technology http://nhpr.org en 7.02.14: Amateur Sleuths, A Pet Owl and Oculus Rift http://nhpr.org/post/70214-amateur-sleuths-pet-owl-and-oculus-rift <p>The National Institute of Justice estimates that up to 40,000 unidentified human remains have been collected and stored in evidence rooms across the country. Today, we talk to Deborah Halber about the growing number of internet sleuths trying to solve America’s coldest cases. Then, we look into the growing digital house key market. Plus, a heartwarming tale of a man and his owl.&nbsp;</p><p>Listen to the full show and click <strong>Read more</strong> for individual segments.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 17:15:55 +0000 Word of Mouth 51211 at http://nhpr.org 7.02.14: Amateur Sleuths, A Pet Owl and Oculus Rift 6.24.14: Preserving The Past For The Good Of The Future http://nhpr.org/post/62414-preserving-past-good-future <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From </span>tailfins<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to compact </span>discs<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, America’s economy hums along on technology that goes out of date. Today on Word of Mouth, the collectors, sentimentalists and other hold-outs to market obsolescence. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:00:00 +0000 Word of Mouth 50367 at http://nhpr.org 6.24.14: Preserving The Past For The Good Of The Future 6.24.14: Not Dead Yet! http://nhpr.org/post/62414-not-dead-yet <p>From tailfins to compact discs, America’s economy hums along on&nbsp; technology that goes out of date. Today on Word of Mouth, the collectors, sentimentalists and other hold-outs to market obsolescence.&nbsp; We take a look at why the Smithsonian Archive is cooking, freezing and drowning CDs. And then, teaching penmanship is considered passé in the age of the keyboard, but new research suggests that handwriting is essential to learning. Plus, we’ll hear from the world record holder for the largest video game collection.</p><p>Listen to the full show and click <strong>Read more</strong> for individual segments.</p><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 15:43:57 +0000 Word of Mouth 50110 at http://nhpr.org 6.24.14: Not Dead Yet! 6.10.14: The Exo-Skeleton Kicking Off The World Cup And Why Reading YA Is Embarassing http://nhpr.org/post/61014-exo-skeleton-kicking-world-cup-and-why-reading-ya-embarassing <p>The world cup kicks off in Sao Paulo this Thursday amid controversy, corruption, and protest. Today, a profile of the neuroscientist behind a bionic exoskeleton that will make a miraculous kickoff at the world cup possible. But first, Stephen Dubner, co-author of <em>Freaknomics</em>, explains some of the decisions that are part of playing in the world cup. And then, a conversation with Ruth Graham, who triggered a fury among young adult fans by claiming "Adults should be embarrassed about reading literature for children".</p><p>Listen to the full show and click <strong>Read more</strong> for individual segments.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 17:39:02 +0000 Word of Mouth 49976 at http://nhpr.org 6.10.14: The Exo-Skeleton Kicking Off The World Cup And Why Reading YA Is Embarassing Tech, Environmentalism And Agriculture Converge For iFARM http://nhpr.org/post/tech-environmentalism-and-agriculture-converge-ifarm <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: medium; line-height: 1.5;">A big part of farming and conservation is finding creative solutions on a budget.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"> Fri, 23 May 2014 10:55:00 +0000 Michael Samuels 49006 at http://nhpr.org Tech, Environmentalism And Agriculture Converge For iFARM WOM Covered 5 Of The 10 Biggest Breakthroughs In MIT Tech Review http://nhpr.org/post/wom-covered-5-10-biggest-breakthroughs-mit-tech-review <p></p><p>Each spring, <em>MIT Technology Review</em> puts out its <a href="http://www.technologyreview.com/lists/technologies/2014/" target="_blank">list of the 10 biggest breakthrough technologies</a> – and every year we check that list to see how many of them have been covered on Word of Mouth. We’re happy to report another strong affinity. Here to recap twelve months’ worth of amazing – and useful -- scientific advances is <a href="https://twitter.com/BrianBergstein" target="_blank"><strong>Brian Bergstein </strong></a>- deputy editor of <em>MIT Technology Review</em>.</p><p>Listen to Virginia's conversation with Brian below:</p><p> Tue, 13 May 2014 15:57:15 +0000 Word of Mouth 48397 at http://nhpr.org WOM Covered 5 Of The 10 Biggest Breakthroughs In MIT Tech Review N.H. Internet Speed Ranking Slips Slightly, State Still In Top 10 http://nhpr.org/post/nh-internet-speed-ranking-slips-slightly-state-still-top-10 <p>New Hampshire ranked seventh in the nation for Internet speed in 2013, according to a new report.&nbsp; That’s a slip from the state’s position in fourth place the previous year.</p> Fri, 09 May 2014 18:56:54 +0000 Jack Rodolico 48236 at http://nhpr.org N.H. Internet Speed Ranking Slips Slightly, State Still In Top 10 5.8.14: Defending Millennials, Wheelchair Motocross & 'I Didn't Type This Article' http://nhpr.org/post/5814-defending-millennials-wheelchair-motocross-i-didnt-type-article <p></p><p><span class="st"><em>"No man ever steps in the same river</em> <em>twice" </em>- Heraclitus</span>, pre-Socratic Greek philosopher</p><p>While the philosophy of Heraclitus and his pre-Socratic peers is debatable, fans of <strong>Word of Mouth</strong> can attest that they never listen to the same WoM show twice. Ideas change. Concepts Change. Times change. Even when the segments stay the same, the takeaway, the emotion, the value in context of your life can change. Today, we bring you new ideas, old sound with new meaning, and new sound with retrospective importance. So join us, scholars of WoM, for today's show, and share your thoughts on <a href="https://twitter.com/wordofmouth" target="_blank">Facebook </a>and <a href="https://twitter.com/wordofmouth" target="_blank">Twitter</a>.</p><p>Listen to the full show and click <strong>Read more </strong>for individual segments</p><p></p><p> Thu, 08 May 2014 18:26:11 +0000 Word of Mouth 48086 at http://nhpr.org 5.8.14: Defending Millennials, Wheelchair Motocross & 'I Didn't Type This Article' Flying Car Will Be Tested At Pease http://nhpr.org/post/flying-car-will-be-tested-pease <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Massachusetts-based company Terrafugia will test a flying car at the Pease Airport in Portsmouth over the next two weeks. &nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The vehicle caters to recreational pilots who live near an airport and don’t want to rent a hangar. the "Transition" vehicle being tested at Pease looks like a small plane with wings that fold. &nbsp;When folded, it fits into a one-car garage.&nbsp; The vehicle is legal for driving on public roads, and is expected to cost $280,000.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 18:51:33 +0000 Emily Corwin 45309 at http://nhpr.org Flying Car Will Be Tested At Pease Network Project Brings Broadband To Towns Where Dial-Up Has Ruled http://nhpr.org/post/network-project-brings-broadband-towns-where-dial-has-ruled <p>For years people in New Hampshire have gone without broadband internet access - and now, some of them have it, through a project called Network NH Now.</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 22:48:13 +0000 Brady Carlson 42209 at http://nhpr.org Network Project Brings Broadband To Towns Where Dial-Up Has Ruled How Are Electric Cars Faring In N.H.? http://nhpr.org/post/how-are-electric-cars-faring-nh <p>There’s a growing number of electric cars on New Hampshire roads these days. But this part of the auto market may grow slowly in New Hampshire.</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 22:46:34 +0000 Brady Carlson 41770 at http://nhpr.org How Are Electric Cars Faring In N.H.? Rethink 2014: Teens and Technology http://nhpr.org/post/rethink-2014-teens-and-technology <p>Teenagers are the most tech-savviest among us with their heads glued to their screens, posting stylized selfies on Instagram and compulsively checking Facebook. Or are they? Our guest Cliff Watson challenged our conceptions about the digitally-driven lives of teens. <a href="https://medium.com/understandings-epiphanies/aae8d5f880cc">“Teens aren’t abandoning ‘social,’ he writes in an article for Medium, “they’re just using the word correctly.” </a> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 18:35:50 +0000 Virginia Prescott 41396 at http://nhpr.org Rethink 2014: Teens and Technology Tech Trends To Look Forward To In 2014 http://nhpr.org/post/tech-trends-look-forward-2014 <p>50 years ago, inspired by the 1964 World’s Fair, Isaac Asimov wrote an article for the New York Times envisioning what the world might look like in 2014. Among his predictions: “By 2014, electroluminescent panels will be in common use. ceilings and walls will glow softly, and in a variety of colors that will change at the touch of a push button.&nbsp; Gadgetry will continue to relieve mankind of tedious jobs. Breakfasts will be "ordered" the night before to be ready by a specified hour the next morning. Communications will become sight-sound and you will see as well as hear the person you telephone. The screen can be used not only to see the people you call but also for studying documents and photographs and reading passages from books.” While we may not have “automeals,” many of Asimov’s predictions were remarkably prescient. <a href="http://techland.time.com/2013/12/30/the-2014-consumer-electronics-show-8-trends-to-watch/">Now that we have time on our side, let’s discuss the technology forecast for 2014</a>. Tech analyst and writer Tim Bajarin joins us. Thu, 02 Jan 2014 18:44:10 +0000 Virginia Prescott 41131 at http://nhpr.org Tech Trends To Look Forward To In 2014 Clive Thompson's "Smarter Than You Think" http://nhpr.org/post/clive-thompsons-smarter-you-think <p>When the IBM supercomputer dubbed “Deep Blue” defeated chess champion Garry Kasparov in 1997, it was considered a major blow for human intelligence, and a big moment for artificial intelligence.&nbsp; But, as Clive Thompson explains in his new book, Kasparov went on to outsmart computers with human-machine teams.&nbsp; It turned out that the combination of computers and human intelligence was unbeatable.&nbsp; With digital realms at our fingertips, Thompson argues, our abilities have been enhanced to an extraordinary degree. Mon, 23 Dec 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Brady Carlson 40540 at http://nhpr.org Clive Thompson's "Smarter Than You Think" What Does Quality Mean In the Age Of Hi-Def? http://nhpr.org/post/what-does-quality-mean-age-hi-def <p>Whether scoping out plasma-screen HDTV’s, or picking up a PlayStation 4, consumers upgrading their entertainment systems this Christmas are generally looking for products promising a better picture, superior sound, or next-generation graphics.&nbsp; We’ve come a <em>very</em> long way since the VHS and Atari 2600.&nbsp; So far, in fact, that one may wonder how much better the visuals, sound and graphics on entertainment systems can get – and would the casual user even be able to tell the difference? &nbsp;</p><p>Joining the conversation about where entertainment technology can go from here is <a href="http://killscreendaily.com/archive/author/jamin-warren/" target="_blank"><strong>Jamin Warren</strong></a> – founder and editor-in-chief at <a href="http://killscreendaily.com/" target="_blank"><em>Killscreen</em></a>, a videogame arts and culture magazine, <em>Slate</em> music columnist <a href="http://www.slate.com/authors.carl_wilson.html" target="_blank"><strong>Carl Wilson</strong></a>, and, <a href="http://davidmewalt.com/" target="_blank"><strong>David Ewalt</strong></a>, contributing editor at <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidewalt/" target="_blank"><em>Forbes</em></a>.</p><p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 18:53:32 +0000 Virginia Prescott 40300 at http://nhpr.org What Does Quality Mean In the Age Of Hi-Def?