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Nasa's Parker Solar Probe Mission
Kate Arkless Gray joins Click to discuss the origins of the world-first solar probe which is en route to "touch the Sun" The mass-surveillance activities of security agencies exposed in recent years ago have given all of us a jolt into our lack of privacy. How do we ensure that governments are held accountable for such infringements in the future? AUDIT uses several key cryptographic methods to ensure transparency. Click talks to the researcher Jonathan Frankle. A new study by the Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford suggests that while the flexibility and autonomy of remote gig work may be initially appealing and benefit some people, there may be some unforeseen consequences to their well-being. Click talks to Alex Wood. In India, two million professional astrologers regularly offer readings to a range of people from manual labourers to stock brokers. Increasingly astrology is relying on artificial intelligence to provide the number crunching that underpins astrology. Snezana Curcic’s report begins with Chandan Tiwari, a founder of Vedic Rishi, an astrology-technology services global provider. (Image caption: Illustration showing Nasa's Parker Solar probe © EPA/APL/Nasa/GSFC) Producer: Colin Grant
Aug 14, 2018
China and Google Self-Censorship
The online news site The Intercept claims Google is developing a version of its search engine that will conform to China's censorship laws. Click hears from Patrick Poon, a researcher with Amnesty International about what this might mean for freedom of expression, if true. Six people have been arrested in Venezuela in an apparent assassination attempt on President Nicolás Maduro, carried out with two drones loaded with explosives. Might drones be used in this way again in the future and what might be done to foil them? Click talks to Andrew Saxton from Radio Hill about disabling drones. Niger has only a short rainy season which lasts three months from June to August. But in that time there is often devastation from floods. Click talks to Fatima Alher about her work to collect data in areas susceptible to floods and about the inhabitants who are threatened by them. New Zealand has very strict biosecurity laws, and that’s because of the risk to valuable exports like wood, kiwi fruit, wine and milk powder. Simon Morton reports on a new system being developed that uses deep neural networks and machine learning to keep unwanted pests out - it’s called Biosecure-ID. (Photo: Google logo outside the Google China head office building in Beijing, China © VCG via Getty Images) Producer: Colin Grant
Aug 07, 2018
Most Login Attempts are Criminal
90% of retail attempts are hackers and not genuine customers - that's according to a new report by cyber security firm Shape Security. The airline and consumer banking industries are also at risk with 60% of login attempts coming from criminals. Shuman Ghosemajumder, CTO at Shape Security is one of those behind the report and he explains more. A newly identified group of materials could help recharge batteries much faster, thanks to research at the University of Cambridge. Although still in the early stages, the work could lead to cleaner transport and quick energy boosts to our mobile batteries. Fibre broadband connections are now the norm, according to new figures. Point Topic, an organisation dealing with global data, has collected the latest numbers on internet connections and found copper to be down by 7% while fibre connections are up by 23% - most of this increase has been in China. Dr. Jess Wade has written more than 270 Wiki entries about forgotten female scientists since the start of 2018. She tells Click why she’s doing it. (Photo: Woman's hands using a laptop keyboard © Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire) Producer: Ania Lichtarowicz
Jul 31, 2018
Pakistan Elections and Censorship
Social networking platforms will figure prominently in Pakistan’s elections. On the eve of the elections, Click talks to Umber Khairi and Samira Shackle who recently produced an Index on Censorship report on abuses through social network platforms. This edition of Click was recorded before polls opened and before the incidents of violence and deaths. US authorities are now convinced that Russia successfully interfered in the 2016 election – hacking both Democrats and Republicans. That belief has spurred fears of a recurrence in 2018. Marian K. Schneider discusses what can be done to secure voting in the midterm US elections. A company based in Wellington, New Zealand is using AI and software to standardise mammograms, so that these x-rays, which are mostly digital, can be used to accurately measure changes in a woman’s breast tissue, and then assess a woman’s risk from breast cancer. Simon Morton reports. Orbus Sign is a digital voice signature solution that allows users the option of signing electronically by pronouncing a word or expression. Conceived for signing one or multiple electronic documents by voice recognition, it offers a unique means of confirming identity. Sasha Gankin talks to Magat Mbaye one of the developers of the ORBUS Sign. (Photo: Students use their phones in Pakistan © AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images) Producer: Colin Grant
Jul 24, 2018
Can AI Ever Really Compete With Human Beings?
Robotics, virtual and augmented reality, implants and wearables are some of the machine/body interfaces that are moving us into a new era of healthcare. Over the last few years, machine-led caring has led to a wider acceptance of fully programmed machines looking after our well-being. This raises a number of ethical concerns; emotional attachment to social machines designed to create empathy and trust, addiction to personal fitness indicators, the harvesting of our personal information for health data commons, and the (biased) use of this for predictive modelling and monitoring. In a special edition of Click at this year's FutureFest, Gareth Mitchell is joined by a panel of experts including a VR specialist, a doctor involved in using AI for diagnosis and a leading roboticist to discuss whether this tech helps our health systems to become more, not less, human. Is it ever possible for a machine to be a substitute for human touch and intimacy? This debate was curated by Ghislaine Boddington as part of her co-curation of Nesta’s FutureFest. Picture: Realms of Possibility Installation by Glider (FutureFest), Credit: Christopher Ratcliffe Producer: Colin Grant
Jul 17, 2018