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With Luis Alvarez

Alvarez Talks Tech – Electric Car of the Year – Tesla Motors Model S

Alvarez Talks Tech – Electric Car of the Year – Tesla Motors Model S

Automobile Magazine announced the 2013 Car of the Year, and for the first time ever an electric car was the winner. The Tesla Motors Model S, the car company’s all electric sedan. Despite the criticism that alternative fuels and the cars powered by them get, this is a real world validation of the growth and success of those technologies. It follows the trail blazed by the Toyota Prius which has been out there for a while. This represents a real shift in the public’s acceptance of electric cars that can only bode well for our nation in the future.

Luis Alvarez talks about streaming video

Luis Alvarez talks about streaming video

This was the second year that part of the festival was streamed live on the Internet. It’s a little experiment that we’re trying to see how receptive an audience might be to watching the jazz festival over streaming. I have to say we were amazed by how many people all over the world tuned in online, which is really a reflection of how Web streaming has come into the mainstream. It isn’t just something to entertain techies any more.

Luis Alvarez Talks With Rebecca Costa about 3D Printing

Luis Alvarez Talks With Rebecca Costa about 3D Printing

There are technological innovations that can be cold and boring, and we’ve seen lots of those. But then there are some really freakin’ cool technologies out there that make you say what the? … And I recently learned about one of these technologies. You watched “Star Trek” back in the day, right?

I know, we age ourselves. But since then, we’ve seen a lot of the “Star Trek” pretend gadgets turned into real devices that we use today. The communicator became the mobile phone. The tri-corder became the first tablet. But the device that most impressed me – aside from the transporter, by the way — was the replicator. If you recall, that was that magical gizmo that you were able to use to get anything you needed on demand, even food.