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How digital technology affects our lives around the world.


  • Monday, January 16, 2017 6:00pm
    Cyborg Nest has developed a new ‘implanted’ device that will enable humans to always sense due north. Click talks to the developers about the cyborg-like device that they’ve recently had attached to their bodies. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this year the Zigbee Alliance launched a revolutionary new universal IOT language called dot dot. Click talks Tobin Richardson the CEO of the Zigbee Alliance about how this new development aims to further establish a standardised platform for digital devices to be able to talk to each other. Rebecca Allen’s VR work is part of a new show called Toute Seule that has just opened at London’s Gazelli Art House. She is an innovative and pioneering digital artist. She joins Click to discuss her work British researchers have been carrying out a massive content analysis project on material released by the British Library. The researchers have scrutinised local newspapers collected over the last 150 years to flesh out and confirm the build up to what then became historical events, and also to establish themes and shifts in culture. Click talks to Nello Cristianini, a professor of Artificial Intelligence, about what the analysis of big data tells us about British history. Producer: Colin Grant (Photo: North Sense device. © Cyborg Nest)
  • Monday, January 9, 2017 6:00pm
    How important is it that the data that humanitarian organisations hold on vulnerable people be secure and able to withstand attacks? Click talks to Charlotte Lindsey-Curtet from the International Committee of the Red Cross about securing the confidence of vulnerable people like refugees and asylum seekers. Two key subjects at Davos this year will be how to generate jobs and maintain the mental welfare of young people; and how to make the world and its democratic processes more robust and secure from cyber attacks. Click talks to Felix Marquardt who is heading to Davos to discuss his youth project Youthonomics as well as the possibility that AI might offer more robust protection from cyber attacks. Researchers have developed an ocean map that stitches together multiple sources to create a 3D survey. Click talks to Dawn Wright from ESRI about how a 3D map can help with marine conservation. Researches at MIT have developed an algorithm that could make taxi sharing even more efficient whilst not leaving drivers out of pocket. Click Talks to Professor Daniela Rus about the algorithm that works in real time to redirect cars according to incoming requests. Producer: Colin Grant (Photo: Migrants On Greece's Lesbos Island © Carl Court / Getty Images)
  • Monday, January 2, 2017 6:00pm
    At the recent Music 4.5, The New Creative Tech event in London, academics, technologists, entrepreneurs and innovators in virtual, augmented and mixed realities and artificial intelligence came together to explore some of the opportunities and challenges for music opened up by technology. There are countless examples of advances such as bands collaborating with companies to create Virtual Reality live concert experiences. Notably both Brian Eno and Björk are using Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence in their music videos. New technologies now also enable micro identification of stems of music that allow musicians to be better remunerated for their skill. Click is joined by a panel of experts including, Paul Crick from IBM, Rachel Falconer from Goldsmith College and Martin Gould from Sonalytic to discuss the potential new direction and developments for music. (Photo: Members of the press view part of the collection of art as MoMA presents Björk, a retrospective dedicated to the multifaceted work of the singer, composer, and musician © Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Monday, December 19, 2016 6:00pm
    In Kenya, it is possible to order and have a pizza delivered in minutes but in the event of an accident, you might wait for hours for an ambulance to turn up. To address this huge problem in Nairobi, Maria Rabinovich and her business partner Caitlin Dolkartat at Flare, tell Click how they are unrolling an Uber-like service, a new platform that will link up the various emergency services with people in need of them. The Virtual Forest Alzheimer’s Australia has launched The Virtual Forest, a screen-projected game designed to bring joy to the lives of people living with dementia through the use of Unreal Engine 4 game and sensor technology. Click talk to Tanya Petrovich from Alzheimer Australia about how the interactive game gives a person with dementia an element of control at a time in their life when so many choices are beyond them. Looking Forward to Likely Tech Trends In a special report Click looks forward to likely tech trends in the New Year. Helen Goulden of Nesta discusses whether 2017 heralds the end of the World Wide Web with people taking their news and sharing ideas in closed platforms; and the artist, Adham Faramawy explores the growth of VR in the art world. (Photo caption: Toni sampling an early version of the consumer app, Flare, giving him direct access to the most efficient and closest first responders – used with the kind permission of Maria Rabinovich) Producer: Colin Grant
  • 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