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June, 2015

IS YOUR JOB IN DANGER?

Sophisticated technology is taking over white-collar tasks that were once thought immune from automation

  A reliable cell phone signal is still hard to find in the sleepy town of Kaunakakai, but the robots have arrived.   Kim Svetin’s family owns Molokai Drugs, the island’s only drugstore. Behind the counter, it’s Svetin’s Uncle Jon, her sister Kelly – and the Parata Max, a pharmacy robot that fills prescriptions for Read the full article…

June, 2015

NEW SOURCE FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY

Natural gas from decomposing sewage and trash could generate electricity and power cars on Oahu

Decomposition – the kind that occurs at landfills and wastewater treatment plants – creates natural gas, and there are moves locally to harvest that gas and use it for energy. Natural gas is primarily methane, which can be burned to create electricity with a turbine or power the engine of a natural-gas vehicle. But the Read the full article…

June, 2015

HAWAIIAN TELCOM BRINGING MORE BANDWIDTH TO THE ISLANDS

$25 million Investment ensures a new undersea cable stops here, instead of just connecting Southeast Asia and the mainland U.S.

“When we log onto our computers to check email, buy something from Amazon or watch a movie on Netflix, it seems almost magical. We don’t see the inner workings that make this happen. What enables all of these things we take for granted are transpacific cables,” says Su Shin, executive director of corporate communications at Read the full article…

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June, 2015

THESE CANOES VIRTUALLY CONNECT UH CAMPUSES

A professor creates a tool that helps video-game students work together from different locations, among other uses

At UH, you can walk into a classroom on the West Oahu campus to take a course on video game development with students who are 20 miles away in Manoa. Forget what you thought you knew about distance learning. These student-developers aren’t passively watching a lecture or talking via teleconference. On both campuses, students and Read the full article…

June, 2015

KABOOMERS!

10 Ways Our Aging Baby Boomer Population Will Transform Hawaii

“ABOUT $1.1 BILLION A YEAR IS PAID OUT IN PENSION BENEFITS NOW (TO STATE AND COUNTY WORKERS). IN THE NEXT 10 TO 20 YEARS, THAT’S PROJECTED TO GROW TO ABOUT $2 BILLION A YEAR.” –WESLEY MACHIDA Director, State Department of Budget and Finance Baby Boomers have wreaked demographic havoc on both Hawaii and the nation Read the full article…

June, 2015

TURNING UNUSED BUSES INTO SHELTERS AND SHOWERS

A group of architects and their supporters have a plan to transform unused buses into shelters and hygiene facilities for homeless people, and are now looking for funding and a nonprofit partner. “This is not a solution to housing,” says Jun Yang, executive director of the Honolulu Mayor’s Office of Housing, “but, using what we Read the full article…