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Britain has never had a champion in the event.

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But it has yet another in Sir Mo Farah, the greatest

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In a few minutes, it'll be time for the Film Review.

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They're ugly, huge and they ruin the landscape,

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but we do kind of need them to get from A to B.

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But sometimes a road can be more than just a road.

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And that's the idea behind a French government backed initiative

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using the massive space given over to the transport network

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to also capture the Sun through solar roads.

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I mean, look at this road, what's it doing right now,

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And it's estimated that even busy roads can see the sky

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But it's not all plain... Sunning.

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The problem with putting photovoltaic cells into roads

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is the slightest bit of pressure, the slightest bend, and...

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So the cells are stuck onto slabs and covered with crushed glass

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At the facility near Versailles, in France, these seven millimetre

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thick panels are being tested for their strength and durability

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so they can withstand heavy traffic as well as ensuring

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We have the cell and on each face we added polymer to increase

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the stiffness and the durability of the cells itself.

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So do they bend or are they just resistant to bending?

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Yes, of course they bend, but just a little bit.

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Although the panels can be laid over existing roads,

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this one-kilometre stretch in Normandy covering 2,800 square

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That's an estimated 4-6 times the price of covering the area

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Currently, yes, of course the cost is quite high.

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After concerning the interest it's really a political approach.

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Critics have questions about the viability of panels

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on busy roads and the efficiency of laying panels down flat

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The angle or the tilt angle of the panels will also

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If we have them lying on the floor, on the road,

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then we are influencing the tilt angle.

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One possible advantage of having the panels flat on the ground

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is that in the future they could be used to charge electric vehicles

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And charging vehicles as they move is another idea on the horizon.

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Developed by Qualcomm Technologies, this 100-metre stretch

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of dynamically charging road is also being trialled in Versailles.

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I do like the idea that although the road networks have

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obviously been a major source of the planet's pollution problems,

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they could also be, in the future, one of the solutions

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And with the UK Government phasing out diesel and petrol vehicles,

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renewable transport solutions like this might just be the ticket.

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Stationery induction charging works like wirelessly charged phones,

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producing a magnetic field that's converted to DC power.

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Though this technology has been with us for a while, dynamic roads

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How accurately do you have to park this thing so

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At the moment we're talking about an area the size

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of about a dinner plate, as long as that's aligned on both

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sides you should be able to send the charge through that.

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You have a line of these on a road and you simply connect them all up

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and that would effectively give you a charging road.

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As long as the car was obviously aligned with that,

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and the technology was all linked and synced up, the car

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could actually charge while it's driving along using exactly the same

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Critics though worry about the infrastructure cost

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Others point to the rapid developments in electric vehicle

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battery capacity that may remove the need for electric cars

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But if solar roads can be made cheaply enough

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and withstand heavy traffic, this could be one to watch

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Hello and welcome to The Week in Tech.

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It was the week that the script for an unseen episode of Game

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of Thrones, as well as those from other HBO shows, was leaked

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An new version of Bitcoin was mined for the first time as the crypto

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And the US Navy's launched its first fighter jet powered

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The high-tech, high speed, Hyperloop One has

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A test that propelled this pod through a tube

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in the Nevada desert at 192 mph, edging closer to its eventual aim

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of one day transporting passengers at speeds of up to 650 mph.

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Meanwhile a security researcher managed to hack an Amazon Echo,

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making it possible to remotely stream audio from someone's device.

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The attack could only work on pre-2017 versions though,

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and physical access to the Echo is needed first.

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And finally the team behind the hand-held spray

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printer painting device, which we showed you a couple

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of months ago, have developed a robotic version that made it

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possible to paint this giant masterpiece on an abandoned power

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station, using five different colours at once.

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I'm Scott Helm, here to give you a 101 to Black Hat,

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BSides and DEF CON, which all happen during one crazy week in Las Vegas.

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This is a very, very popular course, we've got some of the latest stuff

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that we've found in our own hacking that we do for clients

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The good guys have got to learn it because the bad guys already do.

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I've embedded some code into the page and then when you load

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the page it puts that message up, that it's not supposed to do.

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It was a nice introductory level course.

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So obviously this could be used for harm and the flip side of this

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is, if you were setting up to be a cybercriminal would you come

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to a formal conference like this and register to do a training course

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Or would you go and learn how to do this on the dark web somewhere else?

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I don't think we would really expect to see criminals coming

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So we are in the vendor hall right now.

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This is where all the different companies have their stands,

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This represents what they do inside your network,

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in that an attacker now doesn't know where the real target

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We're in the desert, drink plenty of water.

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Get a goodie bag and fill it with swag.

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So we've just checked in B-Sides, I have my bag, everyone that attends

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the conference gets a little bag of goodies so we're just

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Got a few stickers here, the little Hawaiian necklaces,

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It's very corporate, it's very kind of official and formal.

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This is like a much more relaxed setting, it's much more enjoyable.

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The opening key note is taking place just behind me,

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and we're going to go and take a look around the vendors around

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So, the Wi-Fi network is here is monitored,

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and the screen behind me shows you things that people

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So we managed to just get the BBC Click logo and Rory

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The whole idea is it's analysing the network,

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and then carving out images real time, and displaying them up

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So anything that anybody is looking at on the network,

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I found some ex-colleagues of mine from England.

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I'm going to the banking on insecurity nets,

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Yes, so being members of the press at BSides,

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we can't go into the underground track, which is no

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Most people don't even use their real names in the schedule,

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and unfortunately we're banned, we can't go in there.

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It's a tech conference, it's a hacker conference.

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People often think it might be less sociable,

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but this is where most of us do our networking.

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We're in the middle of filming and somebody has just hacked the PA

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Effectively, this badge is like a tiny computer,

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and I can make it do like really cool stuff.

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Yeah, we have come to the chill out zone just to take a little break.

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I bumped into an old work colleague and friend of mine, Andy.

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He's a goon here, at DEF CON this year.

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Most people probably won't know what being a goon is, so...

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So being a goon is basically the enforcement of fun.

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So we were walking the corridors earlier today, and we heard some

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numbers being thrown around, in the region of 50-60,000

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attacks a day are launched against the DEF CON network,

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It's what you would expect of a hacking conference's network.

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There's no official challenge, but hackers going to hack.

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Federal agents attend the Conference dressed in plain clothing.

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It's easy for them to blend in, and there's a running competition

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every year to try and spot and identify federal agents.

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My guesses would be they're looking out for people they may

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need to keep an eye on, and the other side of

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So we were watching somebody get their first implant.

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I'm kind of wondering, how much it will hurt.

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I'm going to apply a little bit of pressure.

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It was literally like something poking around inside my hand.

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My front door lock at home, I'm going to replace

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it with an NFC lock, and it will sense the chip in my

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When you're at DEF CON, you just never know

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what is going to happen next, it could be a complete surprise.

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You will find more on privacy, security, and hacking on our website

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and social media as part of BBC media's hacking season. That is the

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short version of Click for this week. The full version is online.

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Thank you for watching and we will see you soon.

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