Digital Planet on KTTZ-HD2

How digital technology affects our lives around the world.


  • Monday, December 5, 2016 6:00pm
    Digital Catapult hosts a conference which looks at the wide-ranging, social and economic impact that machine learning and artificial intelligence is likely to have on traditionally conservative human-to-human industries. Click is joined by Jeremy Silver. 100 Women Wikipedia Edit-a-thon project The BBC 100 Women 2016 project includes the question: is the internet sexist? On 8th December, 100 Women is joining up with Wikipedia to hold a 12 hour edit-a-thon, to intervene in that story of the place of women online. Click talks to the BBC’s Fiona Crack. Sigurlina Ingvarsdottir Sigurlina Ingvarsdottir is one of the key producers of the Star Wars battlefront game. Click talks to her about her focus on diversity in video games – not just in the people who make the games but in the content. She also discusses her commitment to the Future Is Ours campaign. Swachh Bharat Toilet Locator A team in India has developed a toilet app for people to locate the nearest toilet in northern Punjab. The app is called Swachh Bharat, meaning ‘clean India’ in Hindi, and Click talks to one of the designers Vipul Ujwal. (Photo: Prototype robot with two arms, which can move to a location, take items off shelves and put them into boxes automatically, in place of employees. For Hitachi, Japan. © Toru Yamanaka/AFP/Getty Images) Producer: Colin Grant
  • Monday, November 28, 2016 6:00pm
    More than 350 teams have been selected for the 2017 European Astro Pi Challenge to compete to send their computer codes to the International Space Station. Click talks to Monica Talevi from the European Space Agency. Automatic Speech Analysis In rural Uganda radio serves as a vital platform for public discussion, information sharing and news. Paula Hidalgo-Sanchis and John Quinn describe how the UN initiative Pulse Lab Kampala is developing a prototype that makes it possible to conduct analysis of public discussions on the radio across Ugandan English, Luganda and Acholi. Style Transfer on Facebook Style Transfer is one of the latest developments in machine learning and the practice and deployment of AI. Anand Jagatia talks to Facebook’s Yann LeCun, a recent recipient of a Lovie Award, about how this new and exciting technique enables users of smart phone cameras to produce an image in the style of a desired (possibly famous) painting. 3D Printed Corset for Scoliosis Scoliosis is a debilitating orthopaedic condition and corsets are often made to help with correcting the effects of the condition but getting the right shape is often problematic. Click talks to Lelio Leoncini, a surgeon who specializes in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and who has been experimenting with 3D printing orthopaedic corsets. (Photo caption: The European Astro Pi Challenge by ESA: Run your code in space! © ESA) Producer: Colin Grant
  • Monday, November 21, 2016 6:00pm
    A conference on online privacy in Pakistan looks at the impact of recent legislation. Nighat Dad of the Digital Rights Foundation discusses criticisms that the new laws threaten freedom of speech. Airway-on-a-Chip Researchers have developed an airway-on-a-microchip that supports living small-airway-lining cells from normal or diseased human lungs and a robotic instrument that "breathes" cigarette smoke in and out over these chips. Click talks to Professor Donald Ingber from the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University. Fusing Robotics With Textiles Make:Shift is a conference by the UK’s Craft Council that has featured pioneering makers, scientists and technologists presenting how the distinctive characteristics of craft are enabling innovation in a number of industries. Click talks to Annie Warburton, Creative Director of Crafts Council and the artist Karina Thompson about fusing robotics and textiles. FarmCrowdy FarmCrowdy is Nigeria’s first online platform to unite investors with millions of small farmers in the country and to release the potential of millions of acres on unutilised arable land. Click talks to the CEO Onyeka Akumah. (Photo caption: Two Pakistani women walks past as an announcement of 'No Internet' pasted on a wall outside an internet café in Islamabad © Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images) Producer: Colin Grant
  • Monday, November 14, 2016 6:00pm
    The mystery of the lost Beagle 2 lander on Mars appears to have been solved. Click talks to Professor Mark Sims, former Beagle 2 Mission Manager and Professor of Astrobiology and Space Instrumentation at the University of Leicester. Internet Saathi Bicycle riding internet advocates are getting women online in rural India. Click hears how from Mr Prabhat Pani from the Tata Trusts. Caterthuns The Caterthuns is an experimental film by Kieran Baxter exploring how aerial photography and creative visualisation technologies can be used to connect the archaeological interpretation of ancient monuments with the evocative landscapes of which they form part. Kieran Baxter talks about The Caterthuns which has just won an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Research in Film Award in the UK. Indoor Navigation Professor Nico Van de Weghe has spent many years researching the problem of navigating indoors where GPS/satellites do not work. He demonstrates an app he has developed called SoleWay to address the problem. (Image caption: Beagle 2 model on a simulated Mars surface © Everett Gibson JSC/Beagle 2) Producer: Colin Grant
  • Monday, November 7, 2016 6:00pm
    How safe are the electronic voting machines in the US election? A leading expert in the field, Professor Alex Halderman, discusses the potential vulnerabilities. MozFest Kate Arkless Gray reports from Mozilla’s annual festival which brings together digital technologists and thinkers to explore how to bring the values and opportunities of the internet to the next one billion users in the developing world. Kate reports on the launch of a $250,000 competition encouraging innovators and entrepreneurs from around the world to submit ideas to give everyone the same opportunities when it comes to the internet. Digital Life Digital Life is an ambitious project that aims to create 3D models of all the creatures on earth. Click talks to Professor Duncan Irschick and the photographer, Christine Shepard. Horus Horus is a new wearable device that helps blind people navigate – providing an audio commentary about people and objects; it recognises and remembers faces and reads texts and street signs. Click talks to Saverio Murgia. (Photo caption: A voter casts an electronic ballot © Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images) Producer: Colin Grant