Digital Planet on KTTZ-HD2

How digital technology affects our lives around the world.


  • Tuesday, February 2, 2016 3:00pm
    Aviation authorities are becoming increasingly worried about the incursion of drones into their airspace and getting close to planes. But if the near misses are unintentional, what are the threats posed by the intentional incursions? Civilian drones can potentially be used by terrorists. A new report by the think tank Open Briefing for the Oxford Research Group suggests stricter regulation and countermeasures are needed. Click talks to the author of the report, Chris Abbott. Self-Regulating Batteries The danger of batteries causing fires when they get too hot has been a constant cause of concern. But researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution – a battery that shuts off when it gets too hot and starts back up when it cools down. Click talks to the leading researcher, Professor Zhenan Bao. Electronic Superhighway (Part One) The world of art has incrementally embraced digital technologies over the last 50 years. A spectacular new exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery in London charts the inexorable rise of digital art. In the first of two reports, Lauren Hutchinson talks to the curator Omar Kholeif and the author and designer Douglas Coupland about how artists have exploited technological advances in their work. Fabulous Beasts Alex Fleetwood’s Fabulous Beasts has already been hailed as a pioneering game. It was nurtured through the REACT Play Sandbox scheme and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The game has already picked up a best new tech award along the way to its recent kickstarter campaign - 3D printing, Arduino, and Autodesk have all been employed in bringing a game to life that ultimately aims to make the digital world physical. Alex Fleetwood demonstrates his game on Click. (Photo: A drone flies at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas © Jae C. Hong/AP)
  • Tuesday, January 26, 2016 3:00pm
    Baroness Joanna Shields believes the internet is under siege and under threat and that there needs to be greater international governmental co-operation to see off the threats of groups such as so-called Islamic State. The UK Minister for Internet Safety and Security joins Click to discuss some of her ideas about making the world a safer place online and offline. Data Mining and Counter-Terrorism The White House asked internet companies during a recent counter terrorism summit to consider using their technology to help “detect and measure radicalisation.” Click talks to Bruce Schneier, the cryptologist, and fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society about why it might be an improbable solution. Freedom of Speech on Fifth Anniversary of Egyptian Revolution The fifth anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution was marked by a clampdown on activists. The internet and social media in the hands of digital natives played a significant role in bringing about political change five years ago but what lasting freedoms, in terms of the dissemination of information, have been wrought by the revolution. Click talks to a leading professor of communication, Sahar Khamis. Selfies on Mars At a recent hack day at an astronomy conference in the USA, delegates, in the course of just a few hours, developed a number of serious and not so serious projects including working out how to take selfies on Mars. Jonathan Webb reports. (Photo caption: Baroness Joanna Shields © Rebecca Reid)
  • Tuesday, January 19, 2016 3:00pm
    Social media and SMS platforms are often promoted as tools to collect feedback from disaster affected populations and to increase accountability and transparency. But does it actually work? The Humanitarian Technologies research Project, has just published a report on the use of digital communication technologies following Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. Click discusses digital humanitarianism with Ushahidi’s Juliana Rotich and Ken Banks of GyroGlove The GyroGlove developed by medics offers potential benefit to patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease. The doctors have developed a prototype glove that use gyroscopes to instantaneously and proportionally resist a person’s hand movement, thereby dampening any tremors in the wearer’s hand. The developer, Faii Ong, from Imperial College London, demonstrates the glove. Ambulance Chasers and Social Networks A US politician wants to introduce a bill to fine people who take out their phones at the site of an accident and then post pictures of the scene up on social network sites. John Carney has said he really wants to start a debate about the morality of amateurs taking and posting such photos. Click talks to Tiger Robinson, a first responder to emergencies in Arkansaw and also hears from James Temperton from Wired. The Europeana Sounds Project The Europeana Sounds project gathers sound files (speech, radio programmes, environmental sounds) to make them more widely available. One way of doing this is to release them under Creative Commons licenses, uploading them to Wikimedia and holding editathons where participants learn how to add these audio files to Wikipedia pages. Click’s Julia Lorke reports. (Photo: Residents walk through debris and toppled power lines in Tacloban City, Philippines, three days after devastating Typhoon Haiyan © Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Tuesday, January 12, 2016 3:00pm
    Facebook’s free internet service, Free Basics, has been suspended in Egypt. Click talks to Sahar Mohamed Khamis, professor of Communication at the University Maryland and an expert on Arab media, about what this tells us about the digital landscape in Egypt and what the fallout has been. Strawberry Benches London’s Canary Wharf recently set up a high profile competition initiative Cognicity Challenge and invited start-up companies around the world with cutting-edge technology solutions for cities. The winning projects are being embedded into the existing landscape but also in its future buildings. One of them is Serbia’s Strawberry Bench, the outdoors smart bench with solar panels that provide free battery charging for smart devices. Click’s Snežana Ćurčić reports. MSF Takes a Punt on 360 Degree Videos 360 degree films have been used by concerned individuals and relief organisations over the last year to demonstrate the difficulties for instance that people have faced in the aftermath of Ebola in Sierra Leone and also following the earthquake in Kathmandu. And now a team from Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has recently conducted an experiment into the logistics and use of such films. They produced a short film focussing on one of their programs at Shamwana, in Katanga, Democratic Republic of Congo. Click hears more from MSF’s Olga Victorie. Video Game Music: The Young People’s Soundtrack Click talks to the composer, Grant Kirkhope, one of the leading composers of music for video games, about how and why such music is often more sophisticated than the music produced for films scores for Hollywood blockbusters. (Photo: An Egyptian man holding up a sign, joins others in Cairo's Tahrir Square © Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Tuesday, December 22, 2015 2:47pm
    In 1968 when Stanley Kubrick was filming 2001: A Space Odyssey he asked scientists to help him imagine the future. Among the scientists' proposals was a kind of phone that allowed you to see the person you were calling on a television monitor and sliding doors that only opened once they recognised your voice. Science has always influenced the depiction of space but is it equally true that science fiction writers, film-makers and artists have also influenced scientists in the design of space suits, space craft and even space stations? In a special edition of Click, a panel of experts explore the connections between the world of space exploration and art. Joining Gareth Mitchell and LJ Rich in the BBC Radio Theatre will be professor Sanjeev Gupta who remotely controls the Mars Rover from the computer at his desk, Catherine Allen on the transformative technology of virtual reality in capturing space, Robert Alexander who is helping Nasa make new discoveries by turning raw data into music, ESA's Mark McCaughrean who reflects on the impact of films such as Gravity and The Martian on our understanding of the challenges of space exploration, musician and animator Matthew Robins who brings his harmonium and shadow puppetry to the Radio Theatre to perform space songs. And, Click’s regular tech expert, Bill Thompson, will also proxy into the show from Italy. (Photo caption: Looking Up at Mars Rover Curiosity in 'Buckskin' Selfie © NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS) Producer: Colin Grant