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Tech Life discovers and explains the ways technology is changing our lives, wherever we are in the world. We meet the people with bright ideas for rethinking the way we work, learn and play, and get hands-on with the products they dream up. We hold tech giants to account for their huge power to affect our lives, and ask who wins, and who loses, in the technology transformation. Tech Life is your guide to a future being made, and remade, at lightning speed in front of our eyes.

Tech Life BBC World Service

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    • 4.3 • 164 Ratings

Tech Life discovers and explains the ways technology is changing our lives, wherever we are in the world. We meet the people with bright ideas for rethinking the way we work, learn and play, and get hands-on with the products they dream up. We hold tech giants to account for their huge power to affect our lives, and ask who wins, and who loses, in the technology transformation. Tech Life is your guide to a future being made, and remade, at lightning speed in front of our eyes.

    Space junk

    Space junk

    This week on Tech Life we are looking at the problem of space junk, the man-made debris hurtling around our planet. Could it threaten some of the everyday tech we all rely on?
    Also this week, don't you just hate it when stuff doesn't work? Are internet and social media outages becoming more frequent ?
    A doctor in Argentina has created a video game to help calm the nerves of children facing a hospital operation.
    And what weighs three tonnes and is the size of a mini-van ? It's the world's largest digital camera.
    Presenter: Chris Vallance
    Producer: Tom Quinn
    (Photo: A NASA illustration of space debris around Earth. Credit: Nasa/Getty)

    • 26 min
    Predicting the future of tech

    Predicting the future of tech

    The internet plays an important role in most of our lives today. What will it, and other tech, look like in the future ? We take a long view with a veteran of the tech industry. Also on Tech Life this week, some of the biggest social media platforms have been accused of obstructing information on abortion and reproductive healthcare in developing countries. And health tech helps to combat child malnutrition in Africa.
    Presenter: Shiona McCallum
    Producer: Tom Quinn
    (Photo: A photo of a computer taken in 1982. Credit: BBC)

    • 26 min
    Charging electric bikes and scooters

    Charging electric bikes and scooters

    Electric bikes and scooters are popular. But charging them can be inconvenient, and occasionally risky. We look at various approaches to charging batteries around the world. Also this week, our reporter Marc Cieslak meets schoolchildren involved in a project to introduce them to artificial intelligence and programming through skills acquired playing chess. And we try out the next generation of Bluetooth connectivity.
    Presenter: Zoe Kleinman
    Producers: Alasdair Keane and Tom Quinn
    (Photo: Charging an electric bike. Credit: Henglein and Steets/Getty Images)

    • 27 min
    Tech Life meets Spot the robot

    Tech Life meets Spot the robot

    There are hundreds of former nuclear reactors around the world, which are harmful for those trying to decommission them. That's where a four legged robot called Spot comes in and Tech Life have been to meet it. Also in this episode; the impact of auto-correct constantly misspelling names and how scientists are using AI and tourist boats to learn more about whales.
    Presenter: Shiona McCallum
    Producer: Alasdair Keane
    (Picture: Spot the robot at a decommissioned nuclear plant /BBC)

    • 26 min
    Mobile phones

    Mobile phones

    What do you look for when buying a mobile phone? And what do you do with your old phone? Have you thought about trading it in and recycling? Your needs might vary, depending upon where in the world you live. We explore the options. Also this week, find out about the digital repatriation of historical artefacts.
    (Photo: A pile of mobile phones. Credit: Peter Dazeley/Getty Images)

    • 27 min
    Exploring space

    Exploring space

    Zoe Kleinman visits a satellite earth station from the era of the first moon landings, and a spaceport developing horizontal rocket launches. Find out how tech is being used to communicate deep into space, and launch rockets from jet planes. Also on Tech Life, cyborg jellyfish could soon be swimming the ocean depths, providing valuable data to scientists. And an AI-generated internet radio station keeps you up to date with non-news.
    PHOTO: Zoe Kleinman at Goonhilly Earth Station. Credit: BBC.

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
164 Ratings

164 Ratings

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Underwhelming

Lacks substance and technical content. If it is as bad next week, I’ll unsubscribe. It’s worse the second week. Podcast could have been hosted by anyone as there is no technical knowledge demonstrated. BBC, you have lost a subscriber.

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