Digital Planet on KTTZ-HD2

How digital technology affects our lives around the world.


  • Tuesday, October 18, 2016 5:00pm
    We visit the recently opened Francis Crick Institute in London. It is a biomedical research centre with gene sequencing machines and computer systems that crunch petabytes of data. As part of a special series of programmes from the Institute, Gareth Mitchell and Bill Thompson explore the hope that the data collected and analysed will lead to personalised medicines. They talk to researchers including the Institute’s Greg Elgar about the developments in reading the human genome. (Photo: A general view inside the new Francis Crick Institute at King's Cross, 25 August 2016 © Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
  • Tuesday, October 11, 2016 5:00pm
    In a week which saw reports of Twitter being bought come and go, its Head of Public Policy in India, Mahima Kaul tells Click about efforts to use Twitter to promote social justice, such as empowering women, encouraging citizenship for youngsters and even helping in emergencies. Sovereign Internet Identity Who are you? How do I know you are you and not some other you? Is there someone I ask? Doc Searls has been thinking in the field of Internet Identity for many years. Ahead of this month’s Internet Identity Workshop in the US, he talks to Click about the current trends and dangers. WILD App for Conservation In Kenya a new app is available to help conservation agencies and scientists track real world animals and wildlife. The BBC’s Michael Kaloki spoke to Tirus Kamau, of @iLab, Strathmore University, about the hopes and dangers. A Naked Mole-Rat Eutopia At an exhibition in London’s Somerset House, a new piece by Julie Freeman uses data from a live naked mole-rat colony to ask questions about a possible future of human society to ask possible questions about human society. Julie joins Click to explain more. (Photo caption: Indian women check their mobile telephones © Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty Images) Producer: Alex Mansfield
  • Tuesday, October 4, 2016 5:00pm
    A ruling by the European Court has drawn some critics to suggest that free Wi-Fi might fall foul of copyright laws. Click talks to the MEP, Julia Reda. Online Map Charting Food Loss/Waste A non-profit organisation in Singapore has launched a plan for an online map to show innovation and curb loss in the food chain. Click hears from Gwyneth Marcelo Fries from Forum for the Future. Zipline to the Rescue Zip is a small robot airplane designed for a high level of safety, using many of the same approaches as commercial airliners. Keller Rinaudo from Zipline explains how the Zip drone planes will be used to carry vaccines, medicine, or blood in Rwanda. Playable City The fourth international Playable City Award has just unveiled its shortlist. The producer, Hilary O'Shaughnessy discusses how to make cities smarter and more playful. (Photo caption: A festival goer walks past a plastic cow provided by a mobile telecoms company enabling free Wi-Fi for festival goers at Glastonbury © Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images) Producer: Colin Grant
  • Tuesday, September 27, 2016 5:00pm
    Dr Patricia Lewis discusses her new research on the threat of cyberattacks in space. Satellites and other space assets, just like other parts of the digitized critical infrastructure, are increasingly vulnerable to cyberattack. Cardboard VR App for Smartphones Enables Reality of Dementia Through EDIE’s Eyes Rajesh Vasa discusses a new virtual reality smartphone app, released by Alzheimer’s Australia Vic, to enable people to see the world through the eyes of a person living with dementia. Lionfish Robot Zappers Tech entrepreneurs are developing a lionfish zapper robot with the aim of controlling the population of invasive lionfish. Lionfish, a species artificially introduced by humans into the Atlantic 25 years ago, are affecting the ecosystem and coral reefs. Silicon Forest Alison van Diggelen reports on Portland’s growing rivalry to Silicon Valley with a focus on automated cars and drones. (Photo caption: Soyuz TMA-19M in space © Tim Peake/ESA/NASA) Producer: Colin Grant