World Wise Web

By BBC World Service

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Teenagers from around the world talk to technology pioneers who have shaped their lives.

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Socially assistive robots
Assistive robots can act as companions and coaches to young and old alike, from autistic children to stroke survivors. Eighteen-year-old Saliha, from Bangladesh, talks to Professor Maja Mataric, from the University of Southern California, about why she is convinced technology can be a force for good. #WorldWiseWeb Producer: Tamsin Barber. World Wise Web is a co-production between BBC World Service and BBC Rewind. Music composed by Nick Thorburn Archive: Robot archive is from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.
Jan 17, 2020
The iPod
The breakthrough design of the iPod - a portable music player that made the CDs and cassette tapes that had gone before redundant - totally changed our listening habits. Tony Fadell is its inventor. Speaking to 17-year-old budding designer Anna Zanelli in London, he explains how his love of DJing inspired his iconic creation. And, he tells her, the design would go on to transform how we talk to each other, with the launch of the iPhone. #WorldWiseWeb Producer: Tamsin Barber World Wise Web is a co-production between BBC World Service and BBC Rewind. Music composed by Nick Thorburn
Jan 10, 2020
The preview
From GPS to Google search, meet the innovators and engineers who shape our digital world. Teenagers from around the globe talk to the tech pioneers who have changed our lives. Hosted by 17-year-old Anna Zanelli – herself a budding designer from London – we find out about the trials, errors, incredible hard work and sometimes just plain luck that made some of the most important digital inventions possible. And in the process of describing how they achieved their goals, we hear some words of wisdom for a new generation of innovators. Using the BBC and other archives we’ll also hear journalists, experts and the public talking at the time, giving their first reaction when the technology was launched. Episode one is available Friday 10 January 2020. #WorldWiseWeb
Dec 24, 2019