SciTech Now Episode 11

Episode eleven of SciTech Now brings you the latest breakthroughs in science, technology and innovation. We look at how Detroit is using innovation to fight urban blight, how some buzzworthy apps will help you stay healthy, and we meet one girl who is determined to be the first person on Mars.

TRANSCRIPT

> COMING UP, TECHNOLOGY AN SOCIAL MEDIA COME TOGETHER T BATTLE URBAN BLIGHT.

HAVING THIS INFORMATION AVAILABLE LEADS TO EXACTLY WHA WE WANT, DATA DRIVER DECISIONS SO WE DECIDE WHERE WE HAVE A POINT TO FOCUS OUR ATTENTION AND OUR EFFORTS.

THE RISE OF A FITNESS APP

WE CAN BEGIN TO MONITOR VER INTERESTING THINGS WHAT OUR SLEEP IS, WHAT OU BLOOD SUGAR IS, AND HOW OU POSTURE IS

IT IS NEVER TOO EARLY T START CHASING OUR DREAMS, AN THAT IS WHAT ONE 13-YEAR-OLD I DOING.

SHE WANTS TO BE THE FIRST HUMA ON MARS.

YOU HAVE SOME EXPERIENCE WHEN YOU'RE A KID THAT TURNS YOU ON TO IT.

IT'S ALL AHEAD.

FUNDING FOR THIS PROGRAM IS MADE POSSIBLE BY CONTRIBUTIONS TO THIS STATION.

WELCOME TO SCI-TECH NOW LET'S GET STARTED.

DETROIT IS FACING THE LARGES BANKRUPTCY OF ANY CITY I AMERICA.

TO HELP TURN THE CITY AROUND THEY'RE FINDING INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS TO SAVE -- BLEXTING IS USED TO HELP THE BLIGHT IN URBAN AREAS.

> A DEMOLITION CREW AT WORK IN NORTHWEST DETROIT.

THIS ONE CREW WILL KNOCK DOWN UP TO TEN HOUSES IN ONE DAY VACANT FOR YEARS, TRESPASSER LOOTED IT OF ANYTHING OF VALUE

THE MAN DOWN THE STREET BOARDED IT UP, AND THEY USED T COME RIP THE BOARDS OFF AND THEY GO BACK IN THERE AND HE WOUL HAVE TO COME BOARD IT UP AGAIN

THERE ARE NEARLY 80,000 DILAPIDATED STRUCTURES ACROS THE CITY OF DETROIT.

A NUMBER SO HIGH BECAUSE O SCRAPPERS.

VANDALS TEARING EVERYTHING O VALUE DOWN THE HOUSES HAVE TO COME DOWN

YOU HAVE TO WATCH YOUR HOUS EVEN IF YOU'RE GO ON VACATION.

YOU CAN GO ON VACATION AND COM BACK AND YOUR HOUSE WILL B SCRAPPED

THE NEW MAYOR, MICHAE DOUGINS IS SEEING HOUSES STRIPPED BARE.

THE CITY HAS KNOCKED DOWN MAYBE 50 HOUSES A WEEK WE'RE NOW DOWN TO 200 OR 250 ERE YEAH

LAST YEAR THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION AND RIC SCHNEIDER HELPED CREATE TH DETROIT BLIGHT TASK FORCE.

IT BROUGHT TOGETHER GOVERNMENT PRIVATE FOUNDATIONS, AND GROUPS, SOME FOR THE FIRST TIME.

YOU DID NOT SEE IMPAC BECAUSE THERE WAS NO CONCENTRATED STRATEGY TO G NEIGHBORHOOD BY NEIGHBORHOOD WHERE YOU COULD SEE DIFFERENCE

AND YOU FINALLY HAVE IT

WE FINALLY HAVE IT.

YOU CAN'T DO ONE HOUSE ON TH EAST SIDE, ONE IN BRIGHTMORE ONE HOUSE SOME PLACE ELSE AN FEEL AS THOUGH YOU MADE A PLACE.

YOU DO THREE HOUSES ON ONE BLOCK AND YOU HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE

I UNDERSTAND THERE WOULD BE A STAGGERING PRICE TAG TO GO WIT IT

PROXIMATELY $1 BILLION.

THE CITY HAS SOME OF THAT MONEY IN THE BANK, BUT IT IS NOWHERE NEAR ENOUGH TO REMOV ALL OF THE BLIGHT, ESTIMATED T TAKE 50 YEARS.

THE MONEY FIRST CAME IN TAR FUNDS FROM THE GOVERNMENT.

I HAVE AN APPLICATION IN NOW FOR ANOTHER $50 MILLION.

I THINK IF THEY CONTINUE TO SE THE PROGRESS WE'RE MAKING THEY WILL BE SUPPORTIVE

CITIZENS ARE USING A SMAR PHONE APP TO TRACK CHANGES I THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD FOR BETTER OR WORSE IF IS CALLED BLEXTING.

SHORT FOR BLIGHT TEXTING SANDRA U DOES COMMUNITY OUTREACH FOR THE PROGRAM.

MULTITECHNOLOGIES IS A TECH START UP IN DETROIT, AND IT IS JUST ABOUT PROPERTY WANTING TO BE USED.

NORMA IS THE PRESIDENT IN THE MIDTOWN AREA OF THE CITY BUT THIS IS A WAY THAT YOU KNO HOW TO SEE WHO OWNS TH PROPERTY YOU SEE EVERYTHING THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW.

WE WANT BLEXTING TO BE PART OF WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A CITIZEN.

MO'NIQUE TATE OF DATA DRIVE DETROIT TRAINS RESIDENTS ACROS THE CITY

HAVE THE INFORMATIO AVAILABLE LEADS TO WHAT WE WANT, DATA DRIVEN DECISIONS.

HOW WILL WE FOCUS OUR EFFORT AND OUR ATTENTION BECAUSE THEY CAN EASILY PULL UP ON THE PUBLIC DASHBOARD A MAP OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD TO SEE WHERE AR THE VACANCIES.

WHAT WE RECOMMENDED AND WHA THEY ARE ATTEMPTING TO DO IS LOOK AT WHAT WE'RE DEFINING AT TIPPING POINT NEIGHBORHOODS.

THOSE NEIGHBORHOODS WHERE LITTLE INVESTMENT WILL STOP TH DECLINE.

THIS IS THE MARY GROV NEIGHBORHOOD THERE IS LOTS OF STREETS LIK THIS ONE WITH HOMES THAT ARE WELL TAKEN CARE OF, AN SANDWICHED BETWEEN OTHERS THAT ARE VACANT AND RUN DOWN.

THEY'RE OFFERING INCENTIVES FO PEOPLE TO BUY HOMES LIKE THI ONE TO MOVE IN AND TO STAY HERE.

THIS HOME IS ABOUT TO B SEIZED BY THE DETROIT LAND BAN AUTHORITY.

THEY HAVE BEEN IN OPERATION FO YEARS WITH LITTLE NOTICE NOW THE MAYOR HIRED MORE STAFF INCLUDING ATTORNEYS, COMPUTE TECHES, AND A COMMUNICATIO DIRECTOR

THE DETROIT LAND BANK AUTHORITY IS PRETTY SIMPLE REALLY IT IS A CLEARING HOUSE FOR VACANT PROPERTY.

IN THE CITY OF DETROIT OUR GOAL IS TO EITHER SELL IT TO SOMEBODY THAT WANTS TO LIVE IN IT, AUCTION IT OFF TO GE SOMEBODY TO LIVE IN IT, AND WE IF DON'T HAVE OTHER OPTIONS WE WILL DEMOLISH THE PROPERTY

THE PROPERTIES TO BE AUCTIONS WILL BE ON THE CITY LAND BANK.

GETTING ALL OF THIS ONLINE IS CITY FRONTIER.

WE HAVE TO ADAPT AND LEAR FROM EACH OTHER AND FIND NEW STRATEGIES, FRANKLY, TO GE PEOPLE BACK INTO THE NEIGHBORHOODS.

AUCTION WINNERS CAN WIN UP TO $25,000 IF THEY FIX UP THEIR HOMES AND PROMISE TO LIVE IN THEM FOR FIVE YEARS.

IN MARY GROVE, HE TAKE POSSESSION OF THE HOUSE HE WANTS.

IT'S A DECENT SIZE AND I LIKE IT

MEEKS IS 29, A MOBILE Ph.

STUDENT THAT GREW UP NEAR BY

THIS IS NOT MIDTOWN, THIS I NOT DOWNTOWN, BUT THIS I NORTHWEST DETROIT.

WE'RE UP HERE, AND I'M EXCITED ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY FOR GREA THINGS TO COME AND MY ABILITY TO CONTRIBUTE TO THEM

IF THE PILOT PROJECT WORKS, OTHER PARTS OF DETROIT MIGHT GET FINANCIAL INCENTIVES LIKE THIS ONE.

THAT IS IF THEY COULD BRING MORE CHARITABLE LEADERS BACK.

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT BLEXTING, VISIT OUR WEBSITE.

> UP NEXT, IF YOU'RE NOT QUITE READY FOR A SMART WATCH TO MONITOR YOUR EVERY MOVE, JOINING US WITH HIGHLIGHTS IS A SERIAL ENTREPRENEUR FOR MANY YEARS AN ADVISOR TO MANY COMPANIES LIKE OUR OWN.

WHY DO YOU THINK RIGHT NOW THE HEALTH SECTOR IS EXPLODING S MUCH

I THINK THERE HAS BEEN QUANTIFIED SELF-MOVEMENT INDIVIDUALS ARE REALLY BECOMIN CURIOUS ABOUT HOW THEIR BODIES WORK NOT JUST THEIR WEIGHT AND THEI NUMBER OF STEPS IN A DAY, BUT AS TECHNOLOGY IMPROVES, WE CA MONITOR VERY INTERESTING THINGS.

HOW OUR SLEEP IT, OUR BLOO SUGAR, AND OUR POSTURE NOW TECHNOLOGY IS THERE TO B ABLE TO MEASURE THESE THINGS YOU CAN SEE DASHBOARDS AND GRAPHS TO REALLY CONSOLIDATE THAT

IT SEEMS LIKE WHEN A COMPAN LIKE APPLE HAS A SYSTEM, I VALIDATES THE MARKET IT'S NOT JUST THE NERDY PEOPLE LIKE MYSELF.

YOU KNOW YOU HIT IT WHE APPLE INCLUDES IT ON THEIR HOM SCREEN IT IS JUST LIKE PHONE AN CALENDAR THAT SAYS HELP.

AND IT HAS ALL OF THE DATA FRO ALL OF THE APP STORE DEVICES YOU MIGHT USE, BUT IT WILL USE HARDWARE TO MEASURE ADDITIONAL THINGS YOU CAN LOOK AT IT, BUT YOU CA SHARE WITH YOUR DOCTOR AT SOME POINT IT WILL ALSO GO TO YOUR PREMIUMS.

I WOULD NOT BE SURPRISED IF IT WAS GOING IN THAT DIRECTION.

FIRST, WHAT IS MEDICAST

THEY STARTED IN ATLANTA THEY DID AN ACCELERATOR IN MISSOURI, THEY CALL THEMSELVES THE UBER FOR HEALTH CARE THEY OFFER 24-HOUR ON DEMAND HOUSECALLS

THIS IS HOW IT USED T HAPPEN

YES, IT REALLY USES TECHNOLOGY TO BRING BACK A BELOVED AND USEFUL SERVICE THA HAD TIME

SO YOU CAN HAVE A DOCTOR SHOW UP, WILL YOUR INSURANCE COMPAN PAY FOR IT

IT COSTS THE CONSUMER IN ON OF THE MARKETS IT IS ABOUT $250 PER VISIT THEY GIVE YOU THE PAPERWORK, I YOU COMPARE IT TO THE COST O GOING TO AN URGENT CARE FACILITY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT, IT'S A PRETTY GOOD VALUE.

GYM PACT?

YEAH, THEY JUST SWITCHE THEIR NAME AND THEY GO BY PACT NOW.

YOU CAN MAKE REAL MONEY BETS WITH YOURSELF AND WITH THE COMMUNITY.

YOU SET YOUR OWN GOAL.

I WANT TO GO TO THE GYM, TRACK MY NUTRITION, I WANT TO EAT FIVE SERVINGS OF VEGGIES A DAY.

IF YOU MAKE YOUR GOAL, YOU KEE YOUR MONEY, IF YOU LOSE IT, YO TO PAY THE MONEY IF YOU MAKE YOUR GOAL, YOU GET MONEY OUT OF THE POOL FROM THE PEOPLE WHO MISSED THEIR GOALS.

SO IT IS LIKE BEHAVIORA ECONOMICS, MODIFYING M BEHAVIOR IT'S KIND OF LIKE WHEN WE PA FOR A PERSONAL TRAINER TO YELL US AT.

YEAH, AND THE ANGLE CAME FROM THE FOUNDERS WHO WERE TW UNDERGRADUATES THAT STUDIED IT AND THEY FOUND THAT REWARDS DO ENCOURAGE BETTER BEHAVIOR, AND THAT PUNISHMENT WORKS EVEN BETTER

WHAT IS THE KIND OF COMMUNITY MEMBERS OUT THERE TALKING ABOU AND THINKING ABOUT AS THIS BIG CHANGE HAPPENS

I THINK THE INTERESTING THING IS THAT ALL OF THESE TECHNOLOG ENABLED APPS AND SO FORTH RELY ON INDIVIDUAL CHOICES THAT INDIVIDUALS MAKE THEY CAN ENCOURAGE OR DISCOURAGE YOU.

BUT IN THE END, IT REALLY COME DOWN TO CHOICES YOU MAKE ABOUT WHAT YOU EAT, HOW YOU EXERCISE HOW YOU LIVE YOUR LIFE AND YOU KNOW THERE IS ALL OF THIS HYPE ABOUT HOW THIS WIL CHANGE THE LANDSCAPE OF HEALTH IN THE END IT IS REALLY JUST HUMAN BEHAVIOR IT IS TRYING TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR YOU TO TRACK AND MONITOR WHAT YOU'RE TRYING TO DO

IT IS NEVER TOO EARLY T START CHASING YOUR DREAMS AN THAT IS WHAT A 13-YEAR-OLD I BATON ROUGE WANTS TO BE TH FIRST ON MARS.

WHY MARS

WHEN I WAS LITTLE, AFTE THAT, I WAS TOLD THAT -- AND AFTER THAT, IT NEVER WENT AWAY

YOU'RE WEARING A SPACE SUIT IT LOOKS LIKE YOU'RE A CERTIFIED SPACE CAMP GOING I THINK YOU PROBABLY HAVE TH RECORD, HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN INTERESTED IN THIS

FIRST WHEN I WAS THREE, AND THEN IT JUST SLOWLY DEVELOPE INTO MORE OF AN INTEREST I WANTED TO LEARN MORE AND MOR AS I GREW OLDER.

SO YOU DID SAY THAT YOU FIRST GOT INTERESTED AT THE AGE OF THREE?

YES

SO I HAVE TO ASK MAYBE A DUMB QUESTION, BUT WHY DO WE WANT T EXPLORE MARS, IT LOOKS LIKE BIG OLD DESERT THAT GETS HOT DURING THE DAY AND COLD AT NIGHT AND HAS NO WATER SO WHY DO WE WANT TO DO?

WE HAVE TO DISCOVER THAT IF WE WERE TO WARM UP THE PLANET, WE COULD MAKE IT INTO ANOTHE EARTH.

SO IT WOULD CREATE AN ATMOSPHERE AROUND THE PLANET, IT WOUL BRING UP OCEANS AND TREES AN YOU WOULD HAVE A SECOND EART AND A SECOND PLACE FOR HUMANS TO LIVE GOING TO MARS IS THE FIRST BAB STEP SO AFTER WE GET TO MARS, THE NEXT GENERATION WILL BRING U OUT OF THIS SOLAR SYSTEM AND HOPEFULLY AFTER THAT OUT OF TH GALAXY

YOU SAID BEFORE THAT YOU AR THE MARS GENERATION, WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

IT MEANS IN THE PAST WE HAD LIKE -- IT IS A SPECIFIC TER THAT PEOPLE USE, BUT YOU HAVE GENERATION OF KIDS THAT WERE THERE TO LIVE THROUGH THE MOON LANDING AND THE MOON LAUNCH, AND NOW IT'S THE SAME FOR THE MARS GENERATION YOU HAVE PEOPLE THAT WILL BE WORKING IN A FIELD TO STUDY IT OR THEY WILL WITNESS A MAR LANDING.

SO THIS IS PART OF THE GENERATION WHERE WE ARE GOING TO MARS, WE WILL MAKE IT AND LAND THERE.

A COUPLE OF PEOPLE WILL SAY DOES SHE KNOW HOW LONG IT TAKE TO GET THERE, IT'S NOT EASY TO GET TO MARS.

RIGHT, IT WOULD TAKE LIKE SIX MONTHS TO GET THERE, AND YOU WOULD BE THERE A YEAR OR TWO AND THEN SIX MONTHS TO GET BACK.

WHAT DO YOU THINK WILL CHANGE BY THE TIME YOU'RE HOLD ENOUGH TO BE AN ASTRONAUT TO GO

THE MAIN REASON RIGHT NOW I BECAUSE WE HAVE DEVELOPED TH LAUNCH SYSTEM, AND NOW WE'RE BUILDING IT.

RIGHT NOW WE'RE BUILDING THE ROCKET TO SEND HUMANS TO MARS.

WHAT ABOUT WHAT YOU'RE GOIN TO DO FOR THOSE SIX MONTHS WE DON'T HAVE THOSE CRAZY SCI-FI SLEEP CHAMBERS YET, ISN'T IT HARD TO SURVIVE?

ON THE WAY THERE, WHAT YO WOULD BE DOING IS PLANNING OUT WHAT YOU WILL DO ONCE YOU GET ON THE SURFACE, AND DOING EXPERIMENTS SO THAT WHEN YOU GET THERE AND MAKING SURE ALL OF YOUR OXYGEN IS WORKING PROPERLY, EVERYTHING HAS ALL OF THE RIGH PIECES THERE ARE MULTIPLE IDEAS O THAT THE OUTSIDE OF THE SHIP COUL COLLECT WATER, AND USING A 3-D PRINTER TO PRINT YOUR FOOD T EAT.

AND THEN YOU COULD HAVE ON MACHINE.

THERE ARE MULTIPLE OPTIONS

HOW HAVE YOU BEEN PREPARING FOR THIS IDEA BESIDES GOING TO SPACE CAMP, WHAT ELSE ARE YO DOING?

THIS YEAR I'M STARTING ON M SCUBA DIVING CERTIFICATION T GET THAT READY AS WELL AS TH NEXT SUMMER I'M GOING TO OHIO TO START WORKING ON MY MASTERS.

YOUR MASTERS IN WHAT?

IN SPACE ENGINEERING.

OKAY, SO, I'M TOTALLY STUNNED.

I'M SURE THAT MOST ADULTS YO SPEAK WITH ARE, WHEN DO YOU HAVE TIME TO BE A 13-YEAR-OLD

EVERY DAY IS PRETTY MUC NORMAL, AND SOMETIMES I HAVE A INTERVIEW OR I HAVE TO GO SOME PLACE, BUT FOR THE MOST PART I LIVE A REGULAR LIFE.

ALL RIGHT, IF WE'RE GOING T MAKE IT YOU'RE GOING TO HELP US.

GOOD LUCK ON MAKING IT TO MARS AND THE REST OF SCHOOL TODAY

THANK YOU

CURRENTLY ONLY 16% OF HIG SCHOOL SENIORS ARE PROFICIENT IN MATHEMATICS AND INTERESTED IN S.T.E.M. CAREER.

ONE WAY TO MAKE -- WE GO INSID ONE MUSEUM THAT FOUND A WAY TO BRING SCIENCE TO LIFE FO STUDENTS

WALK THROUGH THE LIBERT SCIENCE 12 EXHIBITION HALLS AN YOU WILL NOT SEE A SINGLE DO NOT TOUCH SIGN

THIS IS AN ACTIVITY CENTER.

THERE IS A TOUCH TUNNEL.

THERE IS A MAZE TO NAVIGATE.

IT IS AMONG HUNDREDS OF CENTERS AND MUSEUMS AROUND THE WORLD TO MAKE S.T.E.M.

ACCESSIBLE TO THE PUBLIC ESPECIALLY BUDDING YOUNG SCIENTISTS

THE BEST WAY TO GO INTO THE SCIENCES IS NOT BECAUSE IT I DRILLED INTO YOU, BUT YOU HAVE AN EXPERIENCE THAT TURNS YOU O TO IT.

MY NEIGHBOR LET ME LOOK THROUG A TELESCOPE AND I SAW THE RING OF SAT EARN AND THE CRATERS ON THE MOON AND I WAS HOOKED.

IN 1993, THE CENTER OPENE IT'S DOORS IN THE FIRST 12 YEARS, SOME NINE MILLION PEOPLE VISITED THE FACILITY NOW AVERAGE 600,000 VISITS ANNUALLY.

ABOUT 200,000 STUDENTS VISIT EACH YEAR AND THERE IS FRE REIGN.

IN THE 300,000 SQUARE FOO CENTER, GUESTS CAN SEE THE EFFECTS OF EROSION, LEARN ABOU THEIR IMMUNE SYSTEM, AND EXPERIENCE WITH DIFFEREN ENERGY

YOU'RE LEARNING BUT YOU'R NOT BEING FORCED TO READ ABOUT IT, YOU'RE DOING IT BECAUS YOU'RE HAVING FUN.

IF WE CAN INCREASE THAT SENSE OF EXCITEMENT, THAT WOW FACTOR THAT SCIENCE BRINGS TO ME AND WE CA IMPART THAT TO A NEW GENERATION, WE'LL HAVE MORE MEN AND WOME GOING THROUGH THE JOBS THAT TH S.T.E.M. INDUSTRY NEEDS.

80% OF THE COUNTRY'S FASTES GROWING OCCUPATIONS REQUIRE MATH AND SCIENCE SKILLS

WE HAVE ENTRY LEVEL JOBS THAT CAN'T BE FILLED BECAUSE WE'R NOT TURNING OUT ENOUGH CHILDRE WITH THE DEVELOPMENT THEY NEED IN SCIENCE AND MATH.

THE TEACHER WORKSHOPS COVER SUBJECT MATTER AND METHODS T ENGAGE STUDENTS.

THERE IS A REACH BEYOND TH WALLS AND INTO THE CLASSROOM

THE MISSION IN THIS IS TO GET LEARNERS TO TURN THE NEX GENERATION OF KIDS ON TO SCIENCE.

AND THAT WRAPS IT UP FOR THIS TIME FOR MORE ON SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, AND INNOVATION, FIND US ON FACEBOOK THANK YOU FOR WATCHING

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