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Phil Kingery CEDIA Instructor PCC Products Manager Advanced Control Technology In the movie Contact, talk show host Larry King asks Matthew McConaughey's character, Palmer Joss, "Are you anti-technology? Are you anti-science?", to which he replies, "No, not at all. The question I'm asking is, are we happier? As a human race, is the world fundamentally a better place because of science and technology? We shop at home, we surf the Web, but at the same time, we feel emptier, lonelier, and more cut off from each other than at any other time in history." We make our living with technology, specifically technology intended

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