tv Click BBC News February 11, 2017 3:30am-3:46am GMT
donald trump is hosting japan's prime minister in florida as he contemplates a new ruling to restrict immigration. both leaders travelled on air force one where mr trump told reporters that a "brand new order" banning people entering the us from seven mainly muslim countries could be issued as soon as monday. a controversial investigation costing tens of millions of pounds, into claims that british troops abused iraqi civilians, is to be shut down. it follows a report by mps into the iraq historic allegations team which it described as an unmitigated failure, investigating thousands of claims unsupported by "credible evidence". police in brazil have reached a deal to end a week long strike that has led to a wave of violence in the espirito santo region. officers had been demanding higher pay and their absence from the streets led to an increase in assaults, robberies and shootings. the hollywood film star george clooney and his wife,
the prominent human rights lawyer amal, are expecting twins. reports suggest that they are due thisjune. the news was confirmed by clooney‘s fellow actor and close friend matt damon, who said he was thrilled for the pair and that they were going to be awesome parents. david sillito reports. congratulations are in order for george and amal clooney! the news was broken by entertainment tonight. it is twins. it is confirmed the 55—year—old superstar and his highly accomplished 39—year—old attorney wife, are expecting twins. at 55, george clooney has hung back a bit before taking on fatherhood, but close friend matt damon has no doubts as to how suited he will be to his new role. he is a good man, incredibly smart, loving, funny guy, married to a spectacular woman who will be an amazing mother. and, uh...
again, those kids will be incredibly lucky. they're all gonna be fine. george clooney‘s marriage just over two years ago to the lawyer, amal alamuddin, finally took him off the list of hollywood's most eligible bachelors. the news has brought congratulations. in a little echo of beyonce‘s famous photo, posted to announce she was expecting twins, ellen degeneres posted this version of the famous picture. amal clooney, human rights lawyer, has worked on the case ofjulian assange and the campaign to return the elgin marbles to greece. she is the president of the clooney foundation forjustice. her twins are expected injune. the demands and pleasures of raising a family, now to add to hers and her actor husband's full and political life. in a moment we'll have newswatch,
but first, here's click. few things say the future better than robots. we seem to be in an era of massive advances at the moment. this week, a leaked video from boston dynamics shows off its latest machine, called handle, something its founder described as "nightmare—inducing". rolling on with the wheel theme, piaggio, known for its vespa motorcycles, has revealed a new robot servant called gita. this robo—suitcase follows
its owner's every move, using cameras in its body and in the user's belt. but sometimes it's good to look at where we've come from. the robots exhibition at london's science museum is a 500—year history of humanity's attempts to create robots that resemble us and our behaviours. there are more than 100 robots here, including some old friends that we've met before. and this amazing swan, made from silver, is all the more incredible because it was made over 200 years ago, in 1773. if you accept that these clockwork creations are indeed robots,
then you can also argue that the earliest robots were clocks. it was these mechanical marvels that made the industrial revolution possible, mobilising hundreds of workers to be at the same place at the same time, enabling goods to be transported, trains to run accurately, and allowing industry to become an efficient machine. the industrial revolution was also the catalyst for massive social change across the world, bringing about the rise of the working class, and sparking ideas like capitalism and marxism. now, in the west, cuba found itself at the epicentre of this shift. it was the poster child for communism in the west, right in the back garden of the us, the heart of capitalism. richard taylor has been to cuba to see how the island is now moving with the times. the iconic images are strikingly familiar. cuba today still feels in some ways otherworldly, stuck in a 50s time warp. life for most of its 11 million citizens is simple.
they've been living in a state—enforced digital wilderness. a decade ago, you needed a permitjust to buy a pc. today, if you're lucky enough to own a smartphone, chances are it's offline. there's no mobile data, so cuban apps are designed to work without a connection. until recently, even basic internet access could only be found at desktop computers inside state communication centres. long queues persist but now people are coming to buy internet scratchcards which can finally get them online elsewhere. in this havana park, small gatherings of cubans are all enjoying the internet. but getting online is slow, unreliable and, perhaps unsurprisingly, censored. luis rondon paz is a self—proclaimed hack—tivist, and as a former government it administrator, knows the system well. everything in cuba is restricted, filtered, as the rest of the world. basically, they censor
everything that might threaten government power. it might be porn, gay, or political things. basically, most political things. but the biggest barrier for locals — the price. a single hour of full web access costs $2, three days' salary. the government says expanding the internet is a priority and central havana is now conducting trials of in—home net access for 2,000 properties. and it boasts of a growing number of public wifi hotspots, too, around 300 in total, and growing. still, not exactly blanket coverage for a country 700 miles wide. cuba blames its ageing communications network on the six—decade—old trade embargo with the us. critics say that's a convenient excuse for a communist state that fears losing control over information. relations with america are now at best uncertain in the post—0bama era.
in the aftermath of the president's historic visit here two years ago, prospects for american companies doing digital business on the island have improved. amongst them, google. company boss eric schmidt inking a deal in december that gives cubans fast access to content from services like youtube and gmail. the thing is, when you're running an internet—based business, the last thing you want to do is traipse across town to find a connection. so some cubans who are fed up with the government strategy on access have come up with their own rather inventive solutions. the results are found on rooftops in towns and cities across the nation, in the form of pole—mounted antennaes which are pointed towards the local communications centre, giving them internet access and even wifi. the practice isn't exactly legal, but as i discovered that minor detail doesn't deter cubans from getting their information fix. this is the paquete semanal, literally the weekly packet. it refers to a highly organised service in back streets and front
rooms across the country, giving locals content downloaded often only hours earlier via satellite. there's pirated movies, news shows, documentaries, dramas, magazines and mobile apps. it's hugely popular with customers who can fill their usb drives with an entire terabyte, hundreds of hours, for the price of a single hour online. and the rise of the paquete is the price the cuban regime itself is paying, a reaction to the state dogma of keeping its people restricted. cuban authorities should be less afraid of the free flow of information because the need for information functions as a hunger. people need information and people will get information, no matter if you are going to provide it or not. there's a political need to understand differently what internet means. progress is undoubtedly too slow for many cubans. but recent overtures do at least give some people
here cause for hope. ever wondered what cats get up to when no one's there? meet roxy and zara, who seemed agreeable to taking part in some gadget testing. sorry. if you've ever wanted to watch, talk to or even play with your cats when you're not with them, then this could help. once the device is connected to your home wifi, you can login anywhere you can get your phone online. there's a laser game to play, snacks at the tap of an icon, and a function to proudly make and share videos and cat snaps. this rather unusual looking setup works in quite a similar way.
this smart collar has been around a little while now and is available for cats and dogs. it allows owners to keep an eye on temperature, pulse, breathing rate, heart rate variability and even the positions a pet is in, so could be particularly beneficial if there are health concerns or an injury to keep an eye on. meanwhile, there seems to be a game of cat and mouse going on here, the latter played by a remote control rodent. although it actually consists of the cat being chased by the mouse, which probably says it all about my day's filming. that was lara, and this is maria, the first blockbuster robot from the ground—breaking 1927 film metropolis. the visual effects in that movie were absolutely stunning, given that it is actually 90 years old. next, we are going to continue our look at some of the visual effects behind the latest
blockbuster movies. we have adam valdes, bafta and oscar nominee, to tell us more about the visual effects he used to bring back to life thejungle book. every time you see the world injungle book, someone has fabricated plants, trees, the dead twigs and leaves on the floor, all of it. and it's only really when the surrounds around him makes him feel present within it that the magic trick comes off, that you believe that this is just a photograph, that we went somewhere and shot it. so we take a shot like mowgli saying goodbye to his mother and we say, john really wants some sort of physical contact. it needs to be an intimate moment, their eyes need to be locked onto each other. we can't have a feeling that he's acting to a tennis ball,
a stick or some marker. we really need to feel the scene emotionally. you can locate the positions of his hands, the puppet for the mother wolf. and we can track it really carefully in three dimensions with our computer software. that way we make sure the contact is correct, and then we simulate the fur on the mother's neck. and we actually replace the better part of his hand with the digital double of his hand, so that the cg hand and the cg fur of the mother wolf are actually in the computer together, and when we put our lighting on that and create the final images, they really look connected. the magic trick is blending the hand into his arm. the render power required to generate a movie like this,
i think it was 240 million renderer hours, or something like that. which means if it was one computer it would have taken 3000 years, some number like that. these individual frames that you see can be 40, 50, 60 hours on a computerjust rendering one frame. we'll see more and more imagery where we really start to not be able to tell the difference between something that's computer—generated and real. that was adam valdes on the magic behind the jungle book. and that's it for the shortcut of click and the robots at the london museum. i'll put a load of photos up on twitter for you to browse through at bbc click. the full version of click is up on iplayer for you to view whenever you fancy. thanks for watching and, yeah... we'll be back.
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