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Technological and digital news from around the world.

Episodes

  • Internet of Things - what can we expect?

    Apr 16 2019

    Internet of Things encompasses all devices connected to the internet, which can be further connected. This means that all of our “things” can talk to each other to provide an autonomous action. Imagine a system where your fridge decides when to order your groceries, or your dishwasher decides when to wash your dishes. Outside of your smart home, Internet of Things promises even more, such as smart cities, where traffic lights are connected to millions of sensors that can direct your self-driving...more

  • Shut down of Google’s Ethics Panel

    Apr 09 2019

    Shut down of Google’s Ethics Panel Google announces an advisory artificial intelligence ethics board and then closes it down within a fortnight, following a row over the choice of its members. BBC Technology reporter Jane Wakefield explains why the now ex-Advanced Technology External Advisory Council has been disbanded. Do robots have morals? Who is responsible for incidents involving autonomous machines? A paper considering the moral responsibilities of robots has been published, prompting the...more

  • #ShareNoEvil

    Apr 02 2019

    #ShareNoEvil A new Chrome browser extension aimed at blocking terrorist content following the mosque shooting in Christchurch in New Zealand has been launched. It blocks the alleged Christchurch shooter’s name from appearing in any search on Chrome and replaces any mention of the blocked name with the words Share No Evil. Simon Morton explains how internet service providers and mobile telecom companies in New Zealand have been blocking videos of the Christchurch attack. Digital diplomacy S...more

  • Tech help after Cyclone Idai

    Mar 26 2019

    As the death toll across Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi rises following Cyclone Idai, families are desperately trying to find missing loved ones. To help reunite families, the International Committee of the Red Cross has launched a dedicated digital website in English and Portuguese. We hear about the difficulties of gathering this data when there is no electricity in some places, let alone connectivity. Decentralising the Web Following 30th anniversary of the World Wide Web we look at how the...more