Digital Planet on KTTZ-HD2

How digital technology affects our lives around the world.


  • 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
  • Tuesday, September 20, 2016 5:00pm
    Researchers using the freely available Torch deep learning library can probably figure out who you are if there are other pictures of you online. Click hears from the researchers Vitaly Shmatikov and Richard McPherson. Games for Phones: Mobile Phones Distracting Africans Arun Babu from Deloitte discusses a recent survey that shows a surge in mobile phone use in Africa and that perhaps unsurprisingly Africans too are distracted by their phones – a third of African phone users check their phones every five minutes. Being There: Emotionally Sensitive Robots Hatice Gunes discusses whether robots will ever be truly sensitive to our emotions. Screen Machine: a Fascinating Telepresence Artwork at the Brighton Digital Festival Colin Grant reports on an exhibition in which audiences in different locations interact using a live system of chroma-key video mixers. (Photo caption: handout issued by the Polish police pixelated to conceal the identity of persons featured © Jacek Bednarczyk/AFP/Getty Images) Click was presented by Bill Thompson with comments from Ghislaine Boddington Producer: Colin Grant
  • Tuesday, September 13, 2016 5:00pm
    FutureFest, hosted by the UK's innovation foundation Nesta, confronts how the world we know is changing. Technology is transforming the way we live and love; work is being automated; politics is being reset; and old certainties are disappearing. Through live performances, presentations and immersive experiences FutureFest explores the future in themes central to all our lives, including love, play, and work. As we look ahead to the first ever Bionic Games 'Cybathlon' on 8 October, Click looks at the future of sports. What can we really expect from the emerging era of human enhancement? As the physical and virtual worlds blend thanks to the commercialisation of immersive VR and AR technologies, will our future love-lives increasingly take place in 3D virtual real-time environments? With personalised avatars that allow us to be and find the lover (or lovers) of our choice, how will this affect our social abilities in the real world in the future? Gareth Mitchell and Bill Thompson are joined by a panel of experts including Professor Andy Miah, Chair in Science Communication & Future Media, at the University of Salford, Manchester, body technologist and Reader at University of Greenwich, Ghislaine Boddington who is also one of the curators of FutureFest and Marie Horner, a Broadcast and Digital Programme Producer. (Photo: Meeting The Blind Robot © Louis-Philippe Demers)
  • Tuesday, September 6, 2016 5:00pm
    Computer scientist Matt Jones looks into the future of screen technology. He and his team have been exploring displays that mutate to create virtual 3D controls. Greek Lawspot The unprecedented and ongoing Greek economic crisis has left many ordinary Greek citizens deeply affected - without a job, livelihood or home. Laws and crucial pieces of regulations are changing almost on a weekly basis and are making people’s lives even more difficult and uncertain. A new start-up initiative Lawspot has established itself as Greece’s first open online platform to provide its citizens with free and direct access to the law and help them follow and understand what exactly is going on. Snezana Curcic reports from Athens. The Cyber Effect Mary Aiken is a pioneering cyber-psychologist who attempts to explain how human behaviour changes online. She discusses our online lives in her new book, The Cyber Effect. Brighton Digital Festival Bill Thompson reports from the opening of the Brighton Digital Festival. The highlights include an interview with a “cyborg” who is connected with hardware and software to help her manage her chronic pain. (Photo: A group of people sitting down using their smartphones © Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images)