On this next edition of MetroFocus, Albany Public TV’s Innovation Trail reporter Jenna Flanagan takes us to the State University of New York at New Paltz, where 3D printing is breaking new ground. The university recently opened the MakerBot Innovation Center using hardware from the Brooklyn-based 3D printing company, MakerBot. It aims to bring together science and technology with the fine arts in what could be the next manufacturing revolution.
As part of our “Listening In” series, we hear an excerpt from a panel of top technologists at the Council on Foreign Relations’ Emerging Technology series. They tackle the question: “Driverless Cars: Silicon Valley Dream or Next Big Thing?” Erik Brynjolfsson, director of the MIT Center for Digital Business, says he believes people will “…come to accept this technology the way we have so many other technologies. You know, elevators used to have humans in them to make sure people felt comfortable riding in them.”
Decades ago, Lewis Cullman began donating his money and you can see the Cullman name on many of New York’s leading cultural and educational institutions. But as PBS NewsHour Weekend anchor Hari Sreenivasan reports, Lewis Cullman is probably most proud of an organization he founded called Chess-in-the-Schools. It’s a nonprofit organization that works to improve academic performance and build self-esteem among inner-city public school children through chess. Cullman says, “It teaches them about planning ahead, it teaches them about strategy, and about critical thinking.”
And on Wednesday, April 9th, PBS’ Nature is premiering a new documentary, “My Bionic Pet.” It profiles animals left without limbs, tails, or fins being given a second chance at life with the help of humans and innovative prosthetics. MetroFocus host Rafael Pi Roman meets two stars of the documentary, owner Ron Graff and his dog, Journey, a golden retriever born without his front left paw, and now fitted with a prosthetic leg. “Having the prosthetic takes the pressure off of his hips and his spine,” Graff said. “It’ll give him a longer life, a better quality of life.”