Episode 1 Technobytes


Episode 1

Investigating new and future technology. This episode features robots doing human jobs and explores a future world with no physical money.


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Hello!

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This is Technobyte! Your snackable, nutritionally balanced,

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perfectly presented - if I do say so myself - taste of techno-babble.

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Let's see who's made it onto our randomly-named messaging app!

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In the future, will robots take our jobs?

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Now, there's a question, Lucy.

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And something of a coincidence, because I'm going to need

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a bit of help with this one. Time to bring in the big guns.

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The big new guns. The big new LUCY guns!

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Looking good, Luce!

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It's Lucy, actually. But thanks, Vlogster!

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How can I help?

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Do you fancy some lunch? There's a chippy around the corner.

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-Yeah, why not?

-Really? I thought you'd say no!

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Oh, I'll need to wash and find something to wear.

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-But first, I need your help.

-Go on, I'm listening.

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I need you to find out some information for one of our

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delightful babblers.

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Great, well I'll just get myself out of my kit and I'll head off.

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Good-oh. You'll get a real "kick" out of this one.

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SHE LAUGHS

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Kick. As in kick a ball.

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We're doing something football related, right?

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Oh, you got it. I thought I was being mysterious.

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I'm sending Lucy to a university to

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check out their football team of robots.

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She's going to meet up with Dr Daniel Polani, the team's

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founder, to discover more about this interesting take on the sport.

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So why robot football?

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Robot football looks fun but it's incredibly difficult to do

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when you actually have to explain to a robot how to do it.

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So, how DO you get a robot to play football?

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Well, that is a lot of work.

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I mean, this team, for example,

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contains work of three years of coding,

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of writing software,

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of a team of around four people

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who basically write the software

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to make these robots do what they do.

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Because the first thing you have to do is recognise - what's a ball?

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So you see, that is a blob. In our case,

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the ball is still red. So if you have a red shirt and if you have,

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for example, a kid sitting outside of the field with

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a red shirt you have to understand this kid is not the ball.

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It would chase the kid!

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Exactly. And it has happened.

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So what happens during a live match?

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You know, are programmers inputting data in real time during

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-the match or is it all pre-programmed?

-Very good question.

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Because you are not allowed to do

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anything to the robots while they are in the game.

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So basically you can take a time-out for the robots when

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you can fix stuff but when they're on the field the only person

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that can give a command to the robot

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is the referee saying start, stop, whatever.

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Do you think this is the future of sport?

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Well, depends on the audiences. Some audiences will

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be interested in doing sports themselves and watching

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humans do it, of course.

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Other audiences will be interested in the technological aspect.

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So where do you see the future of robots and football?

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Well, the grand vision of course, is in 2050 to have

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a robot footballer team play against a world champion and win.

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But of course the goal is to improve artificial intelligence,

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-to improve robotics.

-Now, can I be a little bit cheeky?

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I fancy myself as a bit of a Beckham. Please can I have a go?

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Well, go ahead. Boot it like Beckham.

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Oh, he's fast, this one.

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He just knocked me on the floor. This way, this way.

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That is so cool, the way he dribbles.

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I'm setting you up for a goal here.

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GOAL!

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SHE LAUGHS

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What do you think, Vlogster? Fancy a kickabout?

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You may not have noticed, Lucy, but I don't have any legs. So, no.

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But, it does look like robots could soon replace humans in all

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kinds of jobs. First, meet Robear, a Japanese nursing care robot.

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Robear is designed to lift patients out of bed and into

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a wheelchair with extending legs to stop from toppling over.

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This bear-bot can also support people who need help to stand up.

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He's a gentle giant. What's next?

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Is time to take out the trash.

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A European team of Techsperts

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has developed robots to help with household chores.

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Controlled using a tablet,

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the domestic robot, apartment robot and outdoor robot work

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together to complete jobs around the home, like putting the rubbish out.

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Go on, amaze me.

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Japanese shoppers of the future might get to meet Aiko Chihira.

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Dressed in a kimono, smiling, and helping with directions,

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she's getting a tryout in a Tokyo department store,

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but Aiko isn't your usual assistant.

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She's a humanoid robot who uses 43 motors to move and

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interact, just like a real person.

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I wonder if she could help me make some shopping decisions.

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She probably could, Lucy.

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But you'd have to fly to Japan to find out.

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Oh, here's another message and another question that is

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burning a hole in someone's tech pocket.

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Ouch.

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-Will we always use money in the future?

-KERCHING!

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Right on the money there, Benji.

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Money has been changing hands for thousands of years, but it hasn't

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always been coins and notes like today.

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Lots of things from sea snail shells to chocolate have been

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used to pay for stuff.

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Most current banknotes are made out of cotton paper but the

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Bank Of England has announced it will soon replace ours with

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a plastic polymer version, starting with the five pound note.

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That'll definitely make it harder to blow my nose.

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HE SNEEZES

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The plastic notes are longer lasting,

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harder to forge, and won't fall

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apart if you accidentally put them through the washing machine.

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Across the UK, there is £57 billion of printed money in wallets,

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cash machines and under mattresses.

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But people are starting to use other ways to pay each other

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without the need for cash at all.

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Sweden is likely to be the first

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cash free country in the world by 2030.

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And Denmark is letting shops decide

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if they take cash or not from next year.

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Most new debit and credit cards now have

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Near Field Communication technology.

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That's Contactless to you and me.

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So you can pay for things without

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even having to remember your pin number.

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Smartphones are using smart tech too, adding extra security by

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using biometrics - like fingerprint recognition that identifies

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you from someone else.

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Or facial scanning for online shopping, where you confirm

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a payment on your phone just by blinking at the screen.

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And then there's virtual money, cryptocurrencies like bitcoins

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and dogecoins which have never physically existed at all.

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They're a digital currency that people can trade person to person.

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And using phones or computers, people can also pay for things

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with these digital coins across the world

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as some shops are now starting to accept them.

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Exciting stuff, but now, as is often the case in life,

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one thing starting means another thing finishing so that's all

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we've got time for. See you next time for more techie treats!

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Bye!

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Technobtyes is the snack-size version of CBBCs Technobabble, which investigates new and future technology. This episode features robots doing human jobs and explores a future world with no physical money.


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