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Polite Robots That Make Way for People  

Autonomous robots with “socially aware navigation,” are being road-tested by MIT researchers to keep pace with foot traffic while observing these general codes of pedestrian conduct. Click talks to one of the researchers, Michael Everett. A coffee machine with a life of its own is dispensing coffee to punters with an ethical preference. Roland Pease reports on the Edinburgh University researchers looking into bitcoin and ethical trading Brighton Digital Festival this year with has a focus on what it calls ‘The Messy Edge’, exploring the frontiers of digital culture. Click talks to one of the key organisers, Laurence Hill. Should we be scared of the influence of toy robots on children? Click is joined by Mark Palatucci with Cozmo, a tiny robot toy with a "brain" and personality, and Professor Karen Panetta to discuss the growing role that artificial intelligence software and early-stage humanoid robots are playing in young children’s lives. (Photo caption: Engineers at MIT have designed an autonomous robot with “socially aware navigation” - courtesy of MIT researchers) Producer: Colin Grant

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Helping Sex-Trafficking Victims with Bitcoin  

A new tool developed by Rebecca Portnoff and colleagues at University of California, Berkeley ferrets out sex-traffickers. Portnoff describes how it uses machine learning to spot common patterns in suspicious ads and then uses information from bitcoin payments to help identify who placed them. This September, the first Deep Learning Indaba - a shared space to learn, to share, and to debate the state-of-the-art in machine learning and artificial intelligence – will take place in South Africa. Researchers from DeepMind discuss the potential benefits for Africa. To promote the film Marjorie Prime, volumetric capture start-up 8i captured the star Jon Hamm (an AI character in the movie). Click’s Simon Morton puts himself in the frame when he volunteers to have a hologram made of himself. It is estimated that there are over half a million open tech jobs in the United States and it is well known that the tech field has a dearth of women and minorities. The Tech Jobs Tour, a new initiative, aims to help solve these issues by bringing tech opportunities to non-traditional talent in 50 cities across the US. Alison van Diggelen reports. (Image caption: Single bitcoin coin in wooden desk © Getty Images) Producer: Colin Grant

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Blockchain Technology Cleaning the Niger Delta  

Environmental devastation in the Niger Delta as a result of oil exploration has lasted decades, with drilling and spills seriously affecting the eco-system and livelihoods of those living in the region. An NGO believes the answer to the problem is Blockchain, the technology underpinning cryptocurrency. The pirates of today aren’t like Blackbeard or Charles Vane. Now, in the 21st century, it’s Pirates 2.0. Hackers armed with a computer, safely on land but with the potential to cause mayhem to an industry that handles 90% of global trade. When we, or any other living organism, get injured, we can heal over time. Now, thanks to researchers in Belgium, robots can join that illustrious club. They have designed a soft robot which can heal itself, with the hope that in the future they could aid rehabilitation and prosthetics. According to over 100 leading robotics experts it’s time to stop the development of “killer robots”. In an open letter to the United Nations they have called for a ban on the use of Artificial Intelligence in managing weaponry before the technology reaches a “Pandora’s Box” moment. (Photo caption: Creeks and vegetations devastated as a result of oil spills in the Niger Delta © Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP/Getty Images) Producer: Jack Meegan

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Biometric Password Security  

How safe is the way we use passwords and should we embrace biometric technology? Would you use your unique physical characteristics, like fingerprints, to keep your data safe? Fake News Update After last week’s discussion about technology and fake news, this week we’re looking at Full Fact’s automated fact checking “immune system” to help journalists to spot fake news. Battery Free Phone Imagine that you have gone out for the evening and your phone runs out of battery, and you’ve forgotten your charger! We’ve all been there, but don’t worry, as the battery-free phone is on its way. GPS Spoofing GPS, so integral to modern life, is vulnerable to hacking and something called “spoofing”, which could be seriously dangerous. The shipping industry finds this vulnerability so serious that they are developing back-up systems based on old World War II radio technology. (Image caption: Reading fingerprint with valid access code © Getty Images) Producer: Jack Meegan

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