How to think about 3D printing in 2020

One of the most consequential aspects of 3D printing is the capability to produce objects that cannot be manufactured using any other existing technology. At a fundamental level, 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, can consolidate parts in a single assembly. . . . At a higher level, the technology allows the creation of “previously unimagined complex shapes. That creates unprecedented design opportunities, but to take full advantage of them, design engineers need to retool their thought process. “You have a world of designers who have been trained in and grown up with existing technologies like injection molding. Because of this, people unintentionally bias their design toward legacy processes and away from technologies like 3D printing,” said Paul Benning, Chief Technologist for HP Printing & Digital Manufacturing. full article . . . .

Amazon Wants to “Upskill” Workers into Tech Professionals

Amazon plans on spending $700 million to retrain 100,000 members of its U.S. workforce over the next six years, according to the company. 

This initiative, dubbed “Upskilling 2025,” will focus on several different types of employees. For example, the Amazon Technical Academy will attempt to move “non-technical Amazon employees” to software engineering roles. Meanwhile, those employees with some technical background will have the opportunity to participate in Machine Learning University, which will (theoretically) impart them with the skills needed for machine-learning and artificial intelligence (A.I.) roles.  more . . . .

Autodesk Says Construction sites will become automated factories

A new wave of technology is coming out of the world of design software for automated construction and environmental improvements. This is good news for cities where buildings must be built in cramped spaces – buildings can be assembled in modules and brought to constructions sites. But is it also an important consideration regarding jobs and the automation of work. Full story

Future of Technology & Entertainment: Jobs, Business Potential and Policy Questions

As the epicenter of digital entertainment creation and entertainment jobs, keeping up with tech and entertainment is part of our mandate. With the dawn of AI and the rise of social media, technology is scarier — and more exciting — than ever. Here’s how it’s changing music, TV, sports and more.

Virtual reality is going hyper-real. CGI is bringing back the old stars. A recent concert used no less than 157,000 multidirectional speakers to send the music to its audience! One car company is doing away with speakers and simply turning. the entire car body into a speaker. Machine made music, anyone? AI songwriting is gaining traction. Several artists using a songwriting algorithm called Flow Machines already have appeared in Spotify.

But in addition to innovations and job potential, there are policy questions in need of addressing when it comes to entertainment technology, just as there are in other tech fields. For instance, according to Rolling Stone Magazine, ” Taylor Swift fans mesmerized by rehearsal clips on a kiosk at her May 18, 2019 Rose Bowl show were unaware of one crucial detail: A facial-recognition camera inside the display was taking their photos. The images were being transferred to a Nashville “command post,” where they were cross-referenced with a database of hundreds of the pop star’s known stalkers, according to Mike Downing, chief security officer of Oak View Group, an advisory board for concert venues including Madison Square Garden and the Forum in L.A. “Everybody who went by would stop and stare at it, and the software would start working,” …. Despite the obvious privacy concerns — for starters, who owns those pictures of concertgoers and how long can they be kept on file? — the use of facial-recognition technology is on the rise at stadiums and arenas, and security is not the only goal. . . . “ full article

3rd Annual Disability Resource Fair – Oct 23, 2019

Over 100 job seekers and community partners were in attendance at the Disability Resource Fair on Wednesday, October 23 at the Verdugo Jobs Center, organized in partnership with the Department of Rehabilitation and the State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD). Tabling employers included Goodwill, the U.S. Census Bureau, and Access. Keynote speaker Christopher Arroyo of SCDD kicked off the event; Jose Gonzalez, an alumnus of the CNC Machinist Academy, and Olga Cervantes, an Employment Development Department (EDD) success story, also discussed their career journeys.