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How digital technology affects our lives around the world.


  • Monday, April 17, 2017 7:00pm
    On the eve of the Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards ceremony Gareth Mitchell talks to its Head of Advocacy, Melody Patry, and one of the finalists, Alp Toker, the founder of Turkey Blocks, an organization that monitors real-time censorship data in Turkey. Ken Banks, mobile technologist, is in the studio to discuss how broadband could be expanded across Africa. The think tank Demos has just published a report on how they have used Natural Language Processing algorithms, a form of artificial intelligence, to analyse over one million posts on mental health issues that people have put on online forums. Josh Smith explains what data scraping from many chat rooms can reveal about what people are really thinking about mental health services. Hollywood studios are commissioning Virtual Reality experiences as new ways to showcase their latest releases. One example is the Ghost in the Shell, a sci-fi blockbuster starring Scarlett Johansson, that premiered in March this year. Alongside the film there is also a four-minute VR taster experience, which drops you in the middle of the action. Anthony Huertas from AMD, that provides the hardware that runs VR experiences, placed a headset on reporter Marnie Chesterton. (Photo: Boarded up laptop © Getty Images) Editor: Deborah Cohen
  • Monday, April 10, 2017 7:00pm
    In a special edition, Click sets up at Convergence, a five-day event in London’s East End bringing together technology, music and art. It is not just a gadget fest but a chance to find out how everything from wearable tech to big data is changing our lives and the way we express ourselves through music, dance, coding and politics. Click hears from the Artistic Director, Glenn Max, the Creative Director of Another Space, Alexandros Tsolakis, the Designer of Extreme Experiences, Nelly Ben Hayoun, the musician Gwilym Gold and the choreographer, Holly Blakey. (Photo caption: Trying out an exhibit at Convergence 2017 © Antonio Pagano) Producer: Colin Grant
  • Monday, April 3, 2017 7:00pm
    A report from CSAIL and CIS at MIT in Boston urges President Trump to take action on cybersecurity. Joel Brenner talks to Click about how to protect infrastructures like the electric grid from getting hacked. Mark O’Connell, the author of To Be a Machine, discusses transhumanism, cyborgs and whether technology will ever enable us to defer death indefinitely. The Rover Outreach Vehicle App is an android app to help the homeless help themselves. It is the brainchild of Karen Addato, the Hi Tech Rover founder, who drives a high-tech camper van kitted out with technology to help the homeless improve their lives and work prospects. Alison van Diggelen reports from Silicon Valley on this altruistic initiative. The musician Gwilym Gold has developed Bronze, a tool which allows for an individual recording never to sound the same on subsequent playbacks. Gwilym Gold talks to Click about the myriad editions of a single piece of music. Producer: Colin Grant. (Photo: USA map – cybersecurity © Getty Images)
  • Monday, March 27, 2017 7:00pm
    Michela Magas talks to Click about her recent top award at the European Prize for Women Innovators. Michela is founder of Stromatolite Design Innovation Labs, building a new generation of creative technology toolkits for innovation. Industry leaders from more than forty African countries gathered in Lagos last week to address The Future of Finance. Africa’s financial industry is attempting to adapt itself to the on-going disruptions in the Fintech space in light of the increasing demands of young and energetic customers. Click talks to Emmanuel Okoegwale, the organiser of Cashless Africa. One of the challenges for VR is getting enough data to each eye, so you are tricked into thinking that what you are seeing is actually real. A team of computer scientists in New Zealand think they may be a step closer to making VR more real. Andrew Chalmers gives Click’s Simon Morton a demonstration. This Thursday the UK interactive art studio Invisible Flock, and Quicksand, an Indian research and design lab, unveil DUET – an ambitious and evolving artwork, a series of dynamic interactive animated-light panels created from raw, single-line, real time conversations between two anonymous individuals across two continents. Click talks to Victoria Pratt from Invisible Flock. (Photo caption: Michela Magas named European Women Innovator of the Year © Music Tech Fest) Producer: Colin Grant