116 episodes

Rory Cellan-Jones on the latest stories in the tech world.

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    • 4.4 • 141 Ratings

Rory Cellan-Jones on the latest stories in the tech world.

    Wikipedia’s editing war

    Wikipedia’s editing war

    Can the online encyclopaedia be impartial in a world of hotly-contested narratives? Plus, is Apple struggling to innovate? And the privacy implications of Facebook’s smart sunglasses. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with BBC senior tech reporter Jane Wakefield. Produced by Jat Gill.

    • 24 min
    El Salvador's Bitcoin experiment

    El Salvador's Bitcoin experiment

    El Salvador becomes the first country to adopt Bitcoin as legal tender. Cryptocurrency fans celebrate, but will Salvadorans benefit? Rory Cellan-Jones speaks to Alex Gladstein from the Human Rights Foundation, who says Bitcoin can help give citizens of poorer countries more economic freedom. Also on the programme, Facebook's algorithm is accused of perpetuating gender stereotypes in the way it shows job adverts to men and women. Naomi Hirst from the campaign group Global Witness explains. And what will a world powered by artificial intelligence look like in 20 years' time? AI pioneer Kai-Fu Lee paints a picture of life in 2041.

    (Photo: A woman buys in a store that accepts bitcoins in El Zonte, La Libertad, El Salvador. Credit: Getty Images)

    • 24 min
    China's video games ban

    China's video games ban

    China announces plans to restrict children to just three hours of video games a week. How will gamers cope and what does it mean for China's booming video games industry? We speak to Rui Ma, China tech watcher and host of the Tech Buzz China podcast, and to games industry analyst Lisa Cosmas Hanson from Niko Partners. Plus the battle over the video game streaming market hots up, with major streaming stars switching from Twitch to YouTube. Can YouTube ever challenge Twitch's dominance? Louise Shorthouse from Ampere Analysis explains. And the BBC's cyber security correspondent Joe Tidy tells us about the strange case of a fake Banksy NFT, and why one collector paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for it. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with BBC technology reporter Jane Wakefield.

    (Photo: A gamer yawns during an esports tournament in Shanghai, China. Credit: Getty Images)

    • 24 min
    AI: Reality and hype

    AI: Reality and hype

    Is language-based artificial intelligence as capable as it seems? We visit a theatre production that places the GPT-3 algorithm at its heart. Plus, why attempts at using AI to help diagnose and treat Covid-19 don’t yet appear to have yielded significant results. And how sensors and AI might help provide better care for vulnerable people in their own homes. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with BBC senior tech reporter Zoe Kleinman. Produced by Jat Gill.

    • 24 min
    Fears over Afghan biometric data

    Fears over Afghan biometric data

    Human rights activists say that the Taliban could use databases compiled by the previous government and coalition forces to target citizens. Plus, why is there a flurry of investment in undersea internet cables. And the amazing stories behind some emoji characters. Presented by Zoe Kleinman, with BBC tech reporter Chris Vallance. Produced by Jat Gill.

    (Image: Representation of a fingerprint scan, Credit: Getty Images).

    • 23 min
    Removing carbon from the air

    Removing carbon from the air

    Can tech to capture and store carbon prevent a climate catastrophe? Plus how cyber criminals can now check whether their planned cryptocurrency transfers will raise suspicions. And is there any significant market for folding phones? Presented by Joe Tidy, with BBC Click tech reporter Jen Copestake. Produced by Jat Gill.

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
141 Ratings

141 Ratings

Whawho ,

Insightful Podcast into Tech

This is an insighful Podcast into the world of tech. My only grips is that even though they are short we still have a "coming up next" and recap parts of the show. My suggestion would be to forget these parts & either shorten the Podcast or find additional material. Other than that it's a worthy listen.

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Awaiting every week.

Real amazing podcast.thanks all produce fellows.

WindyAndy80 ,

Real bad podcast

Rory is the technology correspondent for the BBC and therefore supposed to be fair and unbiased. However he spends the two episodes I’ve listened to dismissing cryptocurrency and NFTs.

While these things may be a flash in the pan or trends which will eventually fail, they are technolgy and should be reported upon without derision.

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