The People vs TechGovernment vs The Robots add
Author Jamie Bartlett returns to the studio to discuss his new book The People vs Tech. Is democracy being fundamentally undermined by the advance of technology? Will we be asking Alexa who to vote for in the near future and why does mobile phone addiction matter? All this and more is up for discussion in the last episode before Government Vs The Robots takes a break for the summer...
Checking your factsGovernment vs The Robots add
This week we talk to Mevan Babakar. Mevan is Head of Automated Factchecking at the factcheking charity Fullfact. In this episode we talk about why facts are important to democracy, the prospects for realtime factchecking in politics and how AI can play a role in helping improve the quality of political debate across the world.
Blockchains and BitcoinsGovernment vs The Robots add
Rhian Lewis is a former Journalist for the The Times. Today she works as a programmer having founded a cryptocurrency portfolio tracker and established the London Women in Bitcoin network. In this episode we talk about why Rhian is such a big believer in Bitcoin, examine the potential of blockchains to decentralise politics and explore the possible political and environmental consequences of such technologies.
The Gig EconomyGovernment vs The Robots add
High tech firms, low wage jobs. What is life like working on zero hours for some of the world's biggest tech companies? James Bloodworth spent 6 months working undercover in low wage Britain for employers including Uber and Amazon. What he saw comprises a book which although not explicitly about technology and politics, offers an essential perspective on the role of big technology as an employer. James talks about the likelihood of robots taking the types of jobs he did for the book, the internal culture of Uber and Amazon and why we should we feel confident we can make a big difference to those currently working zero hours contracts for the minimum wage.
Future public servicesGovernment vs The Robots add
We talk to former Uber, Treasury and Policy Exchange man Chris Yiu about how he sees the prospects for public service delivery in an age of ever increasing technological possibilities. Chris now heads up technology policy work at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change and this discussion ranges from singularity, to GDPR and whether it's ever cool to work for Government.
More UnitedGovernment vs The Robots add
Is it time to move beyond party politics to build a better Britain? This week we talk to Bess Mayhew, CEO of More United. More United is a cross-party crowdfunding platform which supports MPs who subscribe to a series of shared values. They've recently campaigned in by-electionsand their member MPs in lots of constituencies at the General Election.
New PowerGovernment vs The Robots add
How do ideas spread in today's world? We talk to Henry Timms, one of the authors of the book New Power about why we need to rethink the way power flows through society. It's well established that people no longer trust institutions but do institutions trust people? The conversation draws on examples from Tetris to Texas to demonstrate the charactersitics of new power and you've ever wondered how climate change deniers are out communicating climate change campaigners then this is the episode for you.
Data for Development FestivalGovernment vs The Robots add
It's bumper show this week with Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees, the UK's top government statistician John Pullinger, Angelica Palma from the Government of Colombia and Argy Kavvada of NASA. We explore whether it is hard to be an authentic politician in modern Britain, the impact of Brexit on the type of statistics government needs and why Colombia is a trendsetter in the use of data for public policy making. All of these interviews were recorded at the Data for Development festival in Bristol.
The future of foodGovernment vs The Robots add
Will we print the ready meal of the future at home? What role does nanotechnology play in our processed food? What more can government do to promote transparency and protect consumers? In a break from the intense politics of recent epsidoes Jonathan talks to Nicola Temple, Author of Best Before: The evolution and future of processed food about what can expect from 21st Century food, how it affects climate change and public health and what might be needed to address inequalities in the food chain.
Are you good at the internet?Government vs The Robots add
Do you think you are good at the internet? this week we talk to Rachel Coldicutt, CEO of the internet think tank Doteveryone about how much Britain really knows about the internet. We cover the perils of public wifi, the possible need for a good technology trademark, why tech giants might find their business models under pressure in the next few years and whether it's right to assume people are ignorant or gullible when it comes to information online.
Political AdvertisingGovernment vs The Robots add
Did you know there is no regulation of political advertising in the UK?
Unlike companies political parties and campaign groups don’t have to clear factual claims before they share them with consumers.
No doubt by now you’re thinking of the infamous Brexit bus but that’s just one example of economy with the truth in what Benedict Pringle describes as ‘the grubby world of political advertising’.
In this week’s episode Pringle draws on the elections of 2017 to explain how recent electoral success has come to those politicians with a simple strategy.
As for 2018 he’s asking whether artificial intelligence could play a role in helping campaigns personalise messages to persuade voters to carry out a range of actions from refusing to take part on polling day to persuading friends and family to get behind their candidate.
With local elections in the UK as well as a referendum in Ireland we can anticipate a rise in partisan campaign groups that promote the messages candidates might not want to associate themselves with.
On a lighter note we also ponder when we might see the first use of holograms by a national politician - something already seen in India and elsewhere....
Bytes not BombsGovernment vs The Robots add
Cybersecurity is up for discussion this week with former GCHQ analyst Cameron Colqhoun. Cameron is Managing Director of the ethical intelligence company Neon Century and has written for Wired Magazine. Have a listen to find out what keeps him awake at night, why politics is being conducted with 'surgical precision' and just what it might be possible to find out about somebody on the internet....
Great expectations of GovernmentGovernment vs The Robots add
Former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith joins us in the studio to explain the true capacity of government to embrace emerging technology. We also had a visit from some very noisy builders so please forgive the odd bang in the background.
Producer: Cecelia Armstrong
Can things get even worse?Government vs The Robots add
We speak to Spectator Journalist, BBC Presenter, Author and Think Tank Man, Jamie Bartlett about technology and politics in 2018. Prepare to be provoked, to be fascinated and quite probably, to be pessimistic.
Editing: Cecelia Armstrong
Flying Pizza DeliveriesGovernment vs The Robots add
We talk to drones expert Daniel Ronen of UAVaid about how the use of drones might evolve in the coming years. From instant delivery in the UK and US to delivering urgent medical supplies in remote regions of poorer countries.
Production: Cecelia Armstrong
Online People PowerGovernment vs The Robots add
We get a bit more political this week whilst looking at just a few aspects of the impact of the internet on politics. Host Jonathan Tanner talks to Communications Guru John Coventry about the explosion in online petitions, what the means for public policy and the future of crowdfunded politics.
Production: Cecelia Armstrong
A doctor on your wristGovernment vs The Robots add
This fortnight, host Jonathan Tanner sits down with Ben Maruthappu to explore the possible impact of new technology on healthcare services. Ben was digital innovation advisor to the NHS Chief Executive Lord Stevens and now runs Cera, a start-up looking to reshape care provision at home.
Presenter: Jonathan Tanner @tannerjc
Producer: Cecelia Armstrong