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been a relatively dry has been a relatively dry glastonbury compared to previous yea rs. glastonbury compared to previous years. when anshuman closes, people will hopefully have enjoyed a music filled and hopefully not free weekend. —— ed sheeran. today, a bit of a north, south divide. it will be cooler for the soul. outbreaks of light and patchy rain. the wind across the north of scotla nd the wind across the north of scotland eased down through the day. temperatures ranging 16—2021. this evening, it looks like a fine end to the day from any northern areas. cleaver and whether pushing its way southwards during the course of the night. by the end of the night, light winds. quite a cool night to come, temperatures in single figures and the countryside. from monday, we start conical note but bright, good
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spells of sunshine. —— on a cool note. outbreaks of rain in northern ireland. elsewhere, it will feel warm and the sunshine, particularly south and north east. hello. this is bbc news. the headlines at 12:30: cladding on 3a tower blocks in 17 council areas in england has failed fire safety tests, the government says. so far, every sample has failed the tests. camden council in london is making further attempts to persuade the remaining residents to leave four tower blocks, which have been declared unsafe. six people have been injured after a vehicle collides with pedestrians in newcastle. police say the incident is not terror—related. the brexit secretary, david davis, says he's not sure the uk will get a withdrawal deal with the eu and that we have to be prepared to walk away. there will be a deal, i'm pretty
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sure, i'm not certain, though. more than 140 people are feared to have been killed when a lorry transporting oil burst into flames in pakistan's punjab province. now on bbc news — click. this week... driving arizona. teaching tanzania. and clowning in california. this week... la la la los angeles.
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a city of many sights. there is the movies. the beaches. the high life. and in between each of them... a lot of this. with hardly any rail alternative, the traffic here drives the locals to distraction. it's led some of the bigger thinkers to suggest radical alternatives. electric car and space travel guru elon musk has even started digging a tunnel. he envisions an asimovian network of car and passenger carrying tubes underneath cities in the future. how boring. meanwhile back in the almost real world of marina del rey, a more modest way to reduce traffic. two electric cars that belong to a whole apartment block. envoy operates a closed car share system. the vehicles can be booked out by residents only and used for up
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to three hours at a time. now this is not a car that you would use to drive to work and back because you'd end up paying for and hogging it for the whole day. this is much more a car that you would use for convenience, popping out for the occasional errand. we believe that if it's a two car household we can hopefully reduce that to one. experts say that for every shared car it takes 11 off the road. so we are working with developers on communicating that with policymakers in the city, saying if we include car sharing within communities, we should be able to reduce our parking requirements on new developments. envoy is just starting out and hopes to roll out into new areas in southern california and then new cities across the us by the end of the year. and further into the future, aric would like to see shared vehicles available wherever there are large groups of people. now for some this kind of thing is going to be an interim stop before we get to fleets of self—driving vehicles cruising the streets,
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picking us up whenever we want and no one has to own a car at all. so how is that getting on? well, here's mark in phoenix. ride sharing company uber has been in the news recently — for all the wrong reasons. its founder and boss travis kalanick has resigned after coming under pressure from investors following a flurry of public controversies including complaints of sexual harassment and bullying at the company. kalanick‘s departure comes after the dismissal of 20 staff who've been fired as a result of the scandals plaguing the start—up. whilst uber‘s corporate culture may be in disarray, it is pressing ahead with an ambitious tech project. if you've used a ride sharing app before you know the drill. you have an app on your smartphone, you push a button and a car arrives, and it behaves very much like a taxi. but, here in arizona, if you push that button there's a good chance the car that will arrive will be
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a self—driving car. the sunny university city of tempe, arizona is one of two locations including pittsburgh in pennsylvania that uber is testing a fleet of autonomous vehicles. a host of sensors including lidar and cameras have been fitted to these volvo suvs. the sensors become the cars eyes on the road, informing systems that drive the car as well as trying to predict the actions of other road users and pedestrians. all right, we are engaged. all things which humans take for granted but are difficult for machines to achieve. i'm taking a ride in a self—driving car. there are however two guys in the front seat. what is it you guys are doing here? so in the driver's seat here i am monitoring what's going on around me.
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i am still technically a driver, being that this vehicle has to be taught what's going on around it. in event that the car does not know how to react to, that's where i can take over. so you are the safety driver if you like? i am the safety driver. now you are the safety laptop operator? laughter. so what are you doing here with a laptop? from the laptop i can monitor a lot of the prediction software so i can see where the car is going, where the car wants to go, so this is all feedback which goes directly to all the engineers and they are able to interpret what's going on and improve for the next iteration. so what you're hearing, the car is determining it wants to change lanes, but other vehicles around us are too close so it decides against it and stays in lane. now you see itjust change lanes there. over the course of our ride, the driver does take control for a short time, but the majority of the ride is performed autonomously. uber doesn't publicise how often the human drivers takeover however. it's not been plain
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sailing for this project. injanuary, one of the autonomous cars here in phoenix was involved in an accident. nobody was injured but a self—driving car was left crashed on its side. and a pilot testing programme in san francisco was called to a halt after a row with the california department of motor vehicles over permits for autonomous cars. on top of all that, waymo, the self—driving car company owned by google's parent firm alphabet, has accused uber of stealing trade secrets. uber denies using or receiving stolen technology. thankfully back in arizona, my ride continues without incident. i'm in a robot car essentially, that's like something from a science fiction movie. and i'm a tiny bit disappointed. because the car is driving itself without any hassles. this is like any normal cab ride. and uber isn't alone when it comes
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to self driving testing. the state of arizona is very accommodating, allowing self—driving cars from waymo, ford, general motors and intel on its roads. we're several years away from fully autonomous cars taking to the highways yet, and it seems that the road to fully self driving vehicles is still a bumpy one. some american freeways have carpool lanes which you can only use if you are carrying more than one person in the car. the idea is those lanes at least are travelling at a decent speed. well now they are also planning similar lanes for autonomous vehicles and they are calling them hyper lanes. this system will be controlled by a central computer and will whizz self—driving cars along at speeds of over 100 miles an hour. you would use access stations in your local neighbourhoods and once you enter
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the station your car will start driving itself and they will launch them onto a hyper lane. after that point the car would be able to drive itself and you can just sit back and sip your coffee and check your phone. the plan is to use existing highways to create these hyper lanes. customers would pay surge pricing in order to ease congestion and arrive at their destinations as quickly as possible. there are also plans to use the service for parcel delivery and autonomous buses. however, to put even a test version of this in place is going to cost $12 million — per mile. so from the time being it looks like autonomous cars are going to be stuck in traffic with the rest of us. it's time for this week's tech news — and boy, what a week. you thought google glass was dead, but it's not. it released its first
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update for three years. a us officialfrom the department for homeland security said this week that russian hackers targeted election systems in 21 states during last year's campaign. and netflix has announced two interactive tv shows where you can pick the storyline. they said it was designed for kids but come on, that looks fun. and could we soon be seeing the queen in a g—whiz? probably not. but the queen's speech outlined plans for petrol stations around the uk to go electric. it's part of a government plan to push more electric cars onto the road. and more news from the uk's roads this week. driverless cars are being given the green light to begin trials later this year. a collaboration between jaguar land rover, ford and tata motors has been showing off how autonomous cars can talk together to provide real—time traffic information. and what if you could tackle a mario level while out and about? one man has donejust that, creating a super mario brothers level in an augmented new york central park.
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he created the whole thing for the microsoft hololens, which unfortunately isn't yet available for the general consumer. the abundance of everything here in the us is evident, and it's thanks in no small part to having one of the best educated and most skilled workforces in the world. and it is from right here that the xprize in education was born. now this is a competition that encourages entrepreneurs to use technic to teach. now the finalists have been announced in london this week and dan will take a look at some of them in a minute. but first he travels to tanzania to see what's in store for those hoping to offer something new to the next generation. we are travelling a long way from any town or city to visit some
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of the 200 children in a village in northern tanzania. we are putting up a tablet, the first one. the interesting thing here is that most of these children, in fact all of them, have not seen a tablet before. but not only that, a lot of them wouldn't have gone to school even before, so the learning process itself is brand—new. the whole programme is in swahili so the local children can understand. i think they are going to need more tablets! laughter. this is one of about 150 villages in tanzania chosen as the test—bed for the global learning xprize. within a few months, 4000 tablets will be given out. the challenge, to teach a 7—11—year—olds to read, write and do maths over the next year. the most effective app
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will win $10 million. the prize here though will be much more valuable. older children can walk up to four hours to get to and from school. for younger ones like seven—year—old amina, that's simply too far. she's been lucky, she is one of those that's been chosen to take part in the xprize challenge. at the start she has not seen a tablet before, so she's not used to touching screens. and when it comes to reading she does not know more than one or two words in a sentence. butjohn, who is with the project, thinks the tablet will help her eventually to read fluently. back in the capital dar es salaam, the world food programme is testing solar panel stations that will monitor the progress of each child when they recharge. that way if a tablet breaks, the youngster can get a new one without having to start lessons from the beginning again. in london this week 11 semifinalists from seven different countries
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were chosen from the nearly 200 teams that entered. they will refine their software before the final five are chosen to go to tanzania to start the year—long project with the children. so the problem is that there are about 60—100 million kids who have no access to school because school is too far. then you have 250 million more who go to school and leave without ever having learned to read or write a word. and these are kids in botswana, boston, brighton — it doesn't matter. kids go to school all over the world and they go, they don't learn and why is that? that's the question we are trying to address. in our greatest desire, every single child on planet earth has access to a world—class education in the palm of their hand. every single child has his or her potential fulfilled. that's the dream and it's not a far—fetched dream. it is possible.
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we are hoping to be back next year to see how the teams get along but for now it's time to say goodbye. we brought some biscuits to say thank you and suddenly the difficulties the team will face when they arrive become clear. with just 20 or so tablets per village there simply won't be enough for everyone to take part. to reduce potentialjealousy, the tablets will be locked to only run the educational software. but everyone wants one. a village mama has been chosen to settle any disputes, and the schemes partners unesco will be asking some other important questions about tablets too. we are doing an assessment of the social and emotional impact of such learning. because we expect quite some criticism from that side. we are engaging with the psychologists, anthropologists, educationalists, to try to understand what does it do to the child? is that an option that is ethical? because children go to school, they are socialised also,
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it's not only the learning, it's learning much more, to be part of the group. it's just like back at home. now they've got tablets they are not really talking to anybody. this is my first time to see people learning by using tablets. it's my first time. so the scene is set, there are about six or seven children around each individual tablet and we've seen more. the education department from tanzania is here too looking at this project so there's a lot at stake. it's notjust $10 million, it could be the answer to the whole country's education problems. and even the whole of africa's. virtual reality is no longer in its infancy. so here at this years
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sheffield doc fest, content makers are trying new ways of grabbing our attention. this is first impressions, were i can see the world through the eyes of a baby over its first few days of life. why is someone putting a toy in front of my face? it's quite unnerving. the trend may seem to be moving towards how far we can go with the medium to make the virtual world feel realistic. in my shoes aims to create a sense of intimacy. i've been to some amazing places in vr, i've even had some workouts in virtual reality. but one thing i haven't tried yet, which i'm about to, is the idea of it trying to create some sort of emotional engagement. now, this is going to require a second player, here i've got ollie who is willing to take part. very willing. thank you for doing so. first of all we are going to pretend to be strangers, which isn't entirely true, we've met a couple of times. then we're going to pretend we are in a long—term relationship —
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things are moving fast around here! and thirdly were going to be on a tinder date. say something. i can hear what he's thinking, who wants that on a date? i'm actually the man. i'm a man on a date with a lady. i'm not a murderer. the situation is feeling a bit intense. that's good to know. no, but you know what i mean. you can meet people online and they can turn out to be murderers. yeah. i'm just saying that i'm not. oh no, get me out of here. i'll hold your hand. do it. she's touching my hand. he likes that, look at that smile. this date is terrible, why are we holding hands? goodness, goodness no, this date is going really badly. oh, crikey. it was really, really good
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fun, the experience. and i can see that it is possible to engage you in an emotional way and i think the fact that i could feel that uncomfortable really was quite something. i wanted to get up and leave the date when it got awkward and when you tried to hold my hand, we are acting, i wasjust like no, no, get me out of here! meanwhile here's something else to stir up the senses. with your help to share our story, we can finally have our lands legally recognised as ours and we can continue to fight these dams. commissioned by greenpeace, munduruku is the story of the indigenous people of the amazon rainforest. and to help make it feel real, a humidifier, heaters, fans and grace the sensory technician with some fragrances
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to hand, are all around. ok, that really smells like a forest, that's amazing, that smell is really good. i don't know why the chair‘s vibrating, i don't know what that means. this project is part of our amazon rainforest campaign and we've been working with the munduruku to try and build solidarity between urban and indigenous populations in brazil, to protect that land where they are facing huge threats from logging, from hydroelectric dams and from mining. what we wanted to do with the multisensory side of it is really emphasise that sense of presence that you get within virtual reality. it's very difficult sometimes when you can just see something to really feel like you're there. we wanted to make it as vivid and immersive as possible. elsewhere companies are working on the next generation of 3—d sound for vr. this software is developed by a company whose audio optimisation is already used in over 150 million smartphones. the sound is great, no questions about that and i could certainly feel like something was coming from a speaker over there. now this head tracking device
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which is attached to the top means that if i was wearing a virtual reality headset, then when i turned my head backwards or around, if there was a sound overhead, say it should sound like it's coming from up there. obviously i couldn't test that element but long term that is certainly the plan this software hopes to be able to achieve. whilst the experiences are becoming more real, the kit is still pretty bulky so you are unlikely to forget that you're wearing it. although maybe some sort of reminder of reality is still a good thing anyway. right, what should we play, what's your favourite game? i think we should do... we should do flags and i'll take you both on. that was lara, and now time for some fun and games with these two clowns. not being rude, they are actually trained circus clowns. but they're also the bosses of a company called two bit circus, and they want to build an enormous
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high—tech fun house in downtown los angeles. protect that ball. so we are building what we call a micro amusement park. it's a 50,000 square feet entertainment complex dedicated to the future of fun. the future of fun! that's a catchphrase. well, you know, here's the thing. there is this period of time when kit comes out of the lab, before it's ready for the home, that it's perfect for out—of—home. you know, you can do some vr in your home right now, but it is so much cooler if it's social like this and has environmental effects and all sorts. motion platforms, your friends can play with you. brent and eric have been making high—tech games and showpieces for corporate events for a few years. their planned amusement complex will be a permanent home to some of their greatest hits. along with new experimental experiential oddities
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being developed by their team of computer scientists, roboticists and engineers. we've got machines that can cut metal and cut wood, we can prototype our circuit boards here, we have people writing software. and the beautiful thing about this place is that at the end of almost every day, there is something new to play with. it is maximum fun. the philosophy here seems to be tinker first, think later. i don't actually know the point of this game. neither does anyone else here. this is the ultimate play space and a great coming together of people with many different skills. we are drawing on multiple industries. so we have a lot of people from the games industry here. so all of the development that's gone into sophisticated 3—d game engines like unity and unreal, we can put that to work building immersive environments. my background and the background of some others here is in immersive environments.
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my background and the background of some others here is in robotics and sensors. and we bring, we come with a completely different toolkit. but the combination of those two things makes programming around here really exciting. but there is still one big build remaining. we are standing right in the middle of our micro amusement park. most of it is going to be a big open space. the kitchen will be in that corner. a 100 seat interactive supper club is going to be over there. with $15 million backing from companies including intel and japanese ventures, brent hopes that this 50,000 square feet space in downtown la will become the first of many two bit circuses around the world. —— two bit circuses. you are opening in... february? early, early 2018. ok, i think you've got a bit of work to do. we've got some work to do, it's a little empty, you can see, it will be a lot more fun
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when we are done. but, yeah, from the moment we break ground to the moment we are ready to open, it's four, five months. well, if they can pull it off, this is going to be an incredible space and a perfect excuse for us to come back here in january to see how they got on. ok, that's it for this week, follow us on twitter and facebook for loads more stuff throughout this and every week. thanks for watching and we'll see you soon. good morning. the second part of the weekend looks similar to the first part. it's going to be a bit cooler today but there are some good breaks in the clouds this morning, allowing some sunshine.
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in england and wales, likely to turn cloudy with outbreaks of rain, thanks to this weather front. the low—pressure system scooting to the north of the uk, bringing a windy day on saturday, will continue to move away into scandinavia. we will see the winds easing down here. we should see a good deal of sunshine across scotland and pushing into northern ireland and filtering into northern england. slightly cooler air coming in from the north—west. you will notice that. temperatures at best around mid—teen celsius. if you add in the wind across the far north east, which will continue to eased down, it will feel quite chilly. a few shoppers around in northern and western scotland. the sunshine not too bad. turning brighter edge in northern england. the weather front struggling parts of england and wales will bring outbreaks of light and patchy rain. quite a great day for most, temperatures around 18-21 day for most, temperatures around 18—21 celsius. splits and spots of
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rain at glastonbury. rather cloudy, temperatures around 18—19d. in london, a bit warmer. the wind is coming in from the west. the weather front is bringing the cloud and patchy rain to central and southern areas, eventually clearing away this evening, overnight train from most and skies are clear. temperatures dropping down to single figures in the countryside. into monday, not too bad, high pressure dominating much of the country, this area of low pressure coming into play through the course of the day. eventually, some missed in northern ireland. the bulk of the country, it should be dry. we could be looking at highs of 211—25 degrees, but for
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the rest of the week, low—pressure dominates and we could see some spells of heavy rain and greasy. —— and it will be greasy. hello, good afternoon. tests are continuing on cladding from tower blocks around the country after it was revealed every one of the 3a samples tested so far has failed to meet fire safety standards. the towers tested so far are in 17 local council areas. the tests were ordered following the grenfell tower fire in which 79 people last their lives. meanwhile, residents of four tower blocks evacuated in camden on friday evening are spending a second day in temporary accommodation as simon jones reports.
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