8 episodes

Teenagers from around the world talk to technology pioneers who have shaped their lives.

World Wise Web BBC

    • Technology

Teenagers from around the world talk to technology pioneers who have shaped their lives.

    Internet networks

    Internet networks

    Computer programmer Radia Perlman is often called "the mother of the internet". In the late 1970s, she started working in network routing – the way data is moved from one network to another – and made a huge contribution to the internet as we know it today. Seventeen-year-old Audrey from the Philippines, who is a budding developer herself, asks Radia about what it has been like working in a male-dominated field, and what she makes of the way we use the internet today.

    Credit: Algoryhme by Radia Perlman

    • 9 min
    Computer animation

    Computer animation

    In 1995, Pixar Animation Studios created Toy Story, the first feature length computer animated film, and a blockbuster that changed cinema history. Here we bring together Danielle Feinberg, director of photography for lighting at Pixar, and 16-year-old Robin, an aspiring animator himself. Danielle has worked on many films including Monsters Inc, The Incredibles and Finding Nemo. Hear about what inspired her to work in animation, and how to realise your own dreams.

    Made by BBC World Service and BBC Rewind.
    Produced by Tamsin Barber.

    • 9 min
    Google Search

    Google Search

    In 1998, a small company was launched offering a simple way to search the World Wide Web. That company was Google. Now every day billions of questions are put into the search engine. Ben Gomes, head of Google Search, talks about these early days - and what followed - to 17-year-old Osine from Nigeria.

    • 9 min
    GPS

    GPS

    The digital world only works if it is connected. In the early 1970s, Professor Bradford Parkinson was working with the United States Air Force as an engineer leading the team that developed the Global Positioning System, or GPS, which uses satellites to pinpoint users wherever they are. Sixteen-year-old Malak from Israel finds out from Professor Parkinson how it all came about, and why he still uses maps to sail by.

    • 10 min
    Lithium ion battery

    Lithium ion battery

    Forty years ago, Professor John Goodenough developed the lithium ion battery and kick-started the wireless revolution. From electric cars to mobile phones, the world now relies on rechargeable batteries. Now, 97, and just awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry, Professor Goodenough still works at the University of Austin in Texas. Seventeen-year-old Adam from Poland asks him about lessons from life as well as lessons from science, and why he still works on developing the lithium ion battery even further.

    • 10 min
    Socially assistive robots

    Socially assistive robots

    Assistive robots can act as companions and coaches to young and old alike, from autistic children to stroke survivors. Eighteen-year-old Saliha, from Bangladesh, talks to Professor Maja Mataric, from the University of Southern California, about why she is convinced technology can be a force for good. #WorldWiseWeb

    Producer: Tamsin Barber.

    World Wise Web is a co-production between BBC World Service and BBC Rewind.
    bbc.co.uk/archive

    Music composed by Nick Thorburn

    Archive: Robot archive is from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.

    • 9 min

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