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Cody Clay and Hunter Prather

From June 19th to 23rd, Advantage Technology’s Cody Clay and Hunter Prather taught game design at BridgeValley CTC’s STEAM Academy in South Charleston. STEAM Academy is a week-long day camp for children going into the 5th through 10th grades hosted at the Advanced Technology Center at BridgeValley CTC. STEAM focuses on science and math education with the addition of the arts to help round out the student’s educational palette.

Just a few days ago, on June 19th, President Trump met in the Whitehouse with several Silicon Valley tech titans. This austere group included Apple’s Tim Cooke, Microsoft’s Satya Nadella, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and IBM’s Ginni Rometty among others.

The President wasn’t just interested in getting tips on Twitter etiquette, either. He was looking to find solutions to some big, big technology problem the US government is facing. Many information systems used by the government are terribly obsolete, and many things that should be digital aren’t.

How often does it happen that you’re working on something and have an error come up or something on the screen just looks? You call tech support and spend 20 minutes trying to describe what the screen looks like and then, after your blood pressure goes back down, the technician still has to come over to take a look or establish a remote session.

Spy Camera

In the last few years, digital assistants have become all the rage. Amazon has it’s Echo powered by Alexa, Alphabet has Google Home, and even Microsoft has partnered with Samsung to deliver Cortana into everyone’s living room. On top of that, you have your smartphones that records everywhere you've been and more and more people are putting cameras all over their house and office that send video back to Cloud. It’s easy, convenient and ubiquitous. But should you be worried about what data is being sent to mega-corporations or is the convenience worth it?