Episode 3 Technobytes


Episode 3

Investigating new and future technology. Featuring a robot that can draw and a look at whether another Earth could be created on Mars.


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This is Technobytes.

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Just think of it as Technobabble that has shrunk in the wash,

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but it's definitely not been ruined.

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And that's our randomly-named messaging app with our first

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quality query.

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Vlogster, what will art be like in the future?

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At last, something sensible. Great question, Cameron.

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And I know just the girl to help us out.

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Morning, Maya.

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-Oh, Vloggie, hi, I was literally just thinking about you.

-Were you?

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-No. I'm guessing this is business and not pleasure.

-Ooh, how rude.

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I just like to keep you busy.

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I've got something for you to investigate.

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One of our lovely Babblers wants to know what art

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is going to be like in the future.

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-OK, perfect. Can I just finish my story first?

-Absolutely not.

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-All right, let's do it.

-Good. I'm looking forward to this one.

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I'm quite DRAWN to it, in fact. DRAWN to it, as in art.

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Oh, I'm funny. Whoa, hey! What are you doing?

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Ow!

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I'm sending Maya off to meet a robot called Paul.

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Paul has been designed by a rather clever man called Patrick

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to draw portraits like an artist, a real human artist.

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Could you describe to me what each part of Paul does?

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This arm is a little bit like a human arm, for articulation.

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And then it only moves like that. And then...

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And then there's an eye that either it moves like that,

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-so he can look for something to draw.

-Mm-hm.

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And then inside there's a computer that processes the information.

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The images from the camera go into the computer and then there is

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a programme that reacts to what it sees

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and it reacts by making movements.

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-And how did you make Paul draw?

-There's two sides.

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You have to programme it how to see, how to react

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to what it sees and how to move.

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I mean, they draw what I'd like to draw when I was a painter.

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Because they do what I like to do.

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You've programmed it to your own personality, basically,

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-what you would like to draw.

-Yeah, in a certain way.

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-Maya, Maya!

-Yes, Vlogster.

-You can draw, right?

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Erm, yeah, I mean, I'm OK.

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Dare I say it, I think it might be time for a Technobabble challenge.

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Great, I'm up for that. Patrick, would you mind being our model?

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-Nope, no problem.

-Perfect.

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In the red corner, he's drawn over 10,000 portraits and is ready

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for his next, it's Paul the robot artist!

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And in the blue corner, she once drew a picture when she was

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ten and it was pinned to her mum's fridge for several years, it's Maya!

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Double whammy, double whammy. I've ruined your face.

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I've added glasses for special effect. Oh, no!

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-Totally wrong.

-I went for circle ones.

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BELL RINGS

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And that is time. Artists, stop drawing!

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All right, so this is my painting, picture, drawing, masterpiece.

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Can I see what Paul has done? Right. Lovely.

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So, Vlog, what do you think of my picture?

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I mean, Maya, that's fantastic, if Patrick was a... What is that?

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The winner of the Technobabble challenge is Paul.

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BELL RINGS

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Right, Vlogster, hold still while I draw a portrait of you.

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Make sure you get my best side.

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Right, let's see what happens when tech meets art.

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Tech-sperts in the Czech Republic want you to stop sketching on

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flat paper and start drawing in three dimensions.

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To do this, you'll need a 3-D pen, which lets you draw up, down,

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backwards, forwards... You get the idea.

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You can also solder, burn and cut with it,

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opening up loads of creative possibilities.

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Brilliant, Vlogster,

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but you wouldn't want to chew the end of THAT pen.

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I don't have any teeth, so that's not a worry.

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Next up, researchers at MIT in America have developed

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a tiny origami robot that can fold itself up from a flat sheet of

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plastic and then walk, swim, climb or carry a load twice its weight.

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This self-folding robot only measures 1cm and

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weighs less than 1g.

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But even smaller versions could be injected into the human body

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to make medical repairs, then dissolve away to nothing.

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That is awesome. Kind of puts my origami hat skills to shame.

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Er, yeah, slightly.

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If you've ever wanted to step inside a painting, then American

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artist Mackenzie Cauley has brought that dream one step closer.

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He's transformed Vincent van Gogh's The Night Cafe into a virtual

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3-D environment.

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By digitising parts of the original painting into

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some clever computer software, the masterpiece comes alive.

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Going to an art gallery may never be the same.

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That's VAN GOGH the chart, Vlogster.

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Hey, Maya, I do the puns around here and I'll let you,

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the viewers, DRAW your own conclusions

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about Maya's arty efforts.

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Get in. Right, I reckon it's time for another curious question.

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Vlogster, could we make another Earth?

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Let me see what I can find out.

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Maths-mad university students at

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Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, America have already worked out

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what it might take to build a Death Star, a moon-sized world just

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like the one that Luke Skywalker blew up at the end of Star Wars.

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The cost of this man-made Earth would be a bank-breaking

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£541 trillion, which is more than all the money in the world.

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So, what's plan B, I hear you ask?

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Nasa scientists have found the most Earth-like planet ever...

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Catchy name, isn't it?

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Experiments show Kepler is in a Goldilocks zone,

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a bit of space that's just the right temperature -

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not too hot, not too cold for the planet to have water on the surface,

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and that means it could support life.

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But don't get too excited just yet. In our fastest spacecraft,

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it would take almost 25,000,000 years to get there.

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Not even my batteries would last that long. So, here comes plan C.

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Closer to home, space scientists are preparing missions for humans

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to live on Mars permanently.

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Mars doesn't have much of an atmosphere,

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a bit like one of Uncle Alan's parties.

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It's freezing, with little oxygen and lots of radioactive solar rays,

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so you would have to spend all your time indoors.

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So people are working on terraforming, where you can change

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the atmosphere and environment of a planet to be similar to Earth.

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One far-flung idea is to fire lasers at asteroids,

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making them collide with Mars.

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This would release organic matter and powerful greenhouse gases,

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creating more atmosphere and warming things up.

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But terraforming Mars could take thousands of years.

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If you're lucky, your great-great- great-great-great-great-great

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grandkids' kids might be Martians living on an Earth-like world.

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Well, at least that gives me time to save up for the rocket flight.

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They are very expensive, you know.

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And on that note, it's time for me to blast off elsewhere. Laters!

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Technobtyes is the snack-size version of CBBC's Technobabble which investigates new and future technology. This episode features a robot that can draw and looks at whether another Earth could be created on Mars.


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