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How digital technology affects our lives around the world.


  • Tuesday, October 9, 2018 3:00pm
    Apple and Amazon have strongly denied they have been subject to a Chinese cyber-attack, following a report by Bloomberg Businessweek. BBC Technology Correspondent Mark Ward tells Click more and if such a spy chip attack could even be possible. Scientists at Drexel University in the US have created spray on antennas that perform as well as current antennas found in phones, routers and other gadgets. They have used a 2D metallic material called MXene which they say can be painted onto everyday objects, widening the scope of the Internet of things considerably. Would you like to have a top of the range sound system in your living room without the hefty price tag? A new project by a number of UK universities and the BBC allows our mobiles, laptops and tablets to enhance our listening experience. The UK’s first ever interactive film will be broadcast live in cinemas and online across Europe this weekend. Reporter Madeleine Finlay has had a sneak preview. (Photo caption: Workers prepare for the opening of an Apple store in Hangzhou – credit: Reuters) Producer: Ania Lichtarowicz
  • Tuesday, October 2, 2018 3:00pm
    Could a complex prototype system of sensors and cables on the sea floor in Indonesia warn scientists of future tsunamis? Professor Louise Comfort from the University of Pittsburgh explains how this might work. What could be the consequences of hidden messages encoded into audio that voice recognition systems can hear, but we can’t? Professor Dorothea Kolossa from the University of Bochum has been hacking into these systems to find out. Is the age of tech fibre really upon us? Professor Yoel Fink from MIT says his team is on the verge of developing true tech clothes that will be able to warn us that a car is approaching. The power and the value of water is explored in a new art installation in Liverpool in the UK. Housed in the Toxteth Reservoir – a huge and empty space which was at the cutting edge of design and engineering in Victorian times – the exhibition uses sensors and hydrophones to track visitors and enhance their experience. (Photo credit: A bridge sits destroyed after being hit by an earthquake and tsunami – credit: Getty Images) Producer: Ania Lichtarowicz
  • Tuesday, September 25, 2018 3:00pm
    The digital era gives us everything to own, but nothing to touch. At the same time there is an increasing craving for tactile, physical analogue experiences. In recent years there has been a return to vinyl with record shops opening up across the world; in Berlin alone there are more than 100. It is not just nostalgia. Many new sales are coming from young people who have been brought up in a digital age. Perhaps for a heathy life we need an analogue ying to our digital yang. In the BBC Radio Theatre, London, Click brings together innovators and musicians to perform and to explore how we balance out analogue and digital lives. Rachel Chinouriri is a young performer of Zimbabwean origin in London, and a recent graduate of BRIT School famed for such alumni as Adele. Chinouriri has embraced new technological tools to produce an EP in a day. She is joined by the artist/musician, Stephen Mallinder from Cabaret Voltaire, who has specialised in working in both digital and analogue. And from Finland, Gemma Paintin from Oh Europa: Action Hero, proxies in from her mobile home which doubles as a DIY recording studio. Producer: Colin Grant (Photo: Video cassettes, audio cassettes, and USB, flash drive. Credit: Getty Images)
  • Tuesday, September 18, 2018 3:00pm
    Using a laser to detect the effect of radio waves on certain atoms is the basis for a new kind of antenna that resists interference and can receive a wider range of signals. Click talks to David Anderson who has reinvented the antenna from scratch. 4D printing allows 3D objects to can change shape reacting to external inputs such as pressure, temperature, light or other environmental stimuli, making 4D printed creations interactive. Researchers in Wellington, New Zealand are using biology as inspiration for their 4D designs. Click’s Simon Morton reports. Dan Hett’s “The Loss Levels” appears as part of the Alternate Realities tour at the Brighton Digital Festival. “The Loss Levels” is a deeply personal and experimental arcade game that narrates the artist’s experience in 2017 when he lost his brother in the Manchester Arena terror attack. Click talks to Dan Hett. The digital era gives us everything to own, but nothing to touch. In recent years there has been a return to vinyl with record shops opening up across the world: in Berlin alone there are more than 100. As a preview to Click’s special Radio Theatre programme next week, Snezana Curcic examines the relationship between analogue and digital. (Image caption: Vacuum tube, radio – credit: Getty Images) Producer: Colin Grant