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Technological and digital news from around the world.

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Sagrada Família: Can tech complete the build of the basilica?

A work permit for the unfinished church designed by the architect Antoni Gaudi, 137 years after construction started has been issued. Tristam Carfrae, deputy chair of engineering and design company ARUP tells us how technology will help complete the original design of the Sagrada Família basilica. Africa Tech – Increasing African IT Skills A new report shows that the demand for digital skills in Sub-Saharan Africa is expected to grow at a faster rate than in other markets. Entitled Digital Skills in sub-Saharan Africa: Spotlight on Ghana, it estimates that 230 million jobs in sub-Saharan Africa will require digital skills by 2030. One of the authors of the report – Maryanna Abdo – explains how most workers will need to retrain across their careers in the future. Oluwatobi Otokiti, technology product manager from Andela.com, joins us in the studio to tell us how they are promoting African IT talent across the continent. They have offices in seven countries and they run training c...

38 MIN6 days ago
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Sagrada Família: Can tech complete the build of the basilica?

Marine accident investigation technology

Marine accident investigation technology On Sunday on the Giudecca Canal in Venice a giant cruise ship crashed into a docked tourist boat. Mike Travis, of the Marine Accident Investigation Branch in the UK, explains how technology will help accident investigators determine what happened Cancer data and AI Scientists have been gathering petabytes of data from cancer patients in a bid to find new treatments. To be able to analyse some of this massive volume of data, they are harnessing machine learning and AI. Dr. Shamith Samara-Jiwa of the MRC Cancer Unit in Cambridge in England tells us about the difference AI is making in cancer research. Human and AI smart speakers A project that combines AI with human researchers is being trailed in India. Smart speakers, positioned in the street, allow people to ask questions, pick up a ticket and return later for the answer. Some speakers have human intelligence behind them, while others have algorithms. Dr. Jennifer Pearson from Swansea Univer...

41 MIN1 weeks ago
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Marine accident investigation technology

Genderless voice assistants

The world’s first genderless voice assistant has been unveiled to the public, and it goes by the name Q. Reporter Tom Stephens met with Emil Asmussen, associate creative director of VICE Media’s creative agency VIRTUE, who was involved in Q’s creation to discuss the voice of the future. Detecting bladder problems Dr Elfed Lewis from the University of Limerick and his team has created an optical sensor that can be inserted into the bladder, during other procedures, that monitors pressure in the urinary tract. Internet of Bats Professor Kate Jones from UCL has put up sensors in the Queen Elizabeth Park in East London to record the activities of bats. She talks to Gareth about how this information will in the future help to manage the ecosystem for the benefit of wildlife, including the bat populations. Cocktail party hearing aid One of the most impressive properties of the human auditory system is the way most of us can overhear or eavesdrop on specific voices in an otherwise crowd...

36 MIN2 weeks ago
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Genderless voice assistants

Latest Episodes

Sagrada Família: Can tech complete the build of the basilica?

A work permit for the unfinished church designed by the architect Antoni Gaudi, 137 years after construction started has been issued. Tristam Carfrae, deputy chair of engineering and design company ARUP tells us how technology will help complete the original design of the Sagrada Família basilica. Africa Tech – Increasing African IT Skills A new report shows that the demand for digital skills in Sub-Saharan Africa is expected to grow at a faster rate than in other markets. Entitled Digital Skills in sub-Saharan Africa: Spotlight on Ghana, it estimates that 230 million jobs in sub-Saharan Africa will require digital skills by 2030. One of the authors of the report – Maryanna Abdo – explains how most workers will need to retrain across their careers in the future. Oluwatobi Otokiti, technology product manager from Andela.com, joins us in the studio to tell us how they are promoting African IT talent across the continent. They have offices in seven countries and they run training c...

38 MIN6 days ago
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Sagrada Família: Can tech complete the build of the basilica?

Marine accident investigation technology

Marine accident investigation technology On Sunday on the Giudecca Canal in Venice a giant cruise ship crashed into a docked tourist boat. Mike Travis, of the Marine Accident Investigation Branch in the UK, explains how technology will help accident investigators determine what happened Cancer data and AI Scientists have been gathering petabytes of data from cancer patients in a bid to find new treatments. To be able to analyse some of this massive volume of data, they are harnessing machine learning and AI. Dr. Shamith Samara-Jiwa of the MRC Cancer Unit in Cambridge in England tells us about the difference AI is making in cancer research. Human and AI smart speakers A project that combines AI with human researchers is being trailed in India. Smart speakers, positioned in the street, allow people to ask questions, pick up a ticket and return later for the answer. Some speakers have human intelligence behind them, while others have algorithms. Dr. Jennifer Pearson from Swansea Univer...

41 MIN1 weeks ago
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Marine accident investigation technology

Genderless voice assistants

The world’s first genderless voice assistant has been unveiled to the public, and it goes by the name Q. Reporter Tom Stephens met with Emil Asmussen, associate creative director of VICE Media’s creative agency VIRTUE, who was involved in Q’s creation to discuss the voice of the future. Detecting bladder problems Dr Elfed Lewis from the University of Limerick and his team has created an optical sensor that can be inserted into the bladder, during other procedures, that monitors pressure in the urinary tract. Internet of Bats Professor Kate Jones from UCL has put up sensors in the Queen Elizabeth Park in East London to record the activities of bats. She talks to Gareth about how this information will in the future help to manage the ecosystem for the benefit of wildlife, including the bat populations. Cocktail party hearing aid One of the most impressive properties of the human auditory system is the way most of us can overhear or eavesdrop on specific voices in an otherwise crowd...

36 MIN2 weeks ago
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Genderless voice assistants

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