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Britain has never had a champion in the event.
But it has yet another in Sir Mo Farah, the greatest
In a few minutes, it'll be time for the Film Review.
They're ugly, huge and they ruin the landscape,
but we do kind of need them to get from A to B.
But sometimes a road can be more than just a road.
And that's the idea behind a French government backed initiative
using the massive space given over to the transport network
to also capture the Sun through solar roads.
I mean, look at this road, what's it doing right now,
And it's estimated that even busy roads can see the sky
But it's not all plain... Sunning.
The problem with putting photovoltaic cells into roads
is the slightest bit of pressure, the slightest bend, and...
So the cells are stuck onto slabs and covered with crushed glass
At the facility near Versailles, in France, these seven millimetre
thick panels are being tested for their strength and durability
so they can withstand heavy traffic as well as ensuring
We have the cell and on each face we added polymer to increase
the stiffness and the durability of the cells itself.
So do they bend or are they just resistant to bending?
Yes, of course they bend, but just a little bit.
Although the panels can be laid over existing roads,
this one-kilometre stretch in Normandy covering 2,800 square
That's an estimated 4-6 times the price of covering the area
Currently, yes, of course the cost is quite high.
After concerning the interest it's really a political approach.
Critics have questions about the viability of panels
on busy roads and the efficiency of laying panels down flat
The angle or the tilt angle of the panels will also
If we have them lying on the floor, on the road,
then we are influencing the tilt angle.
One possible advantage of having the panels flat on the ground
is that in the future they could be used to charge electric vehicles
And charging vehicles as they move is another idea on the horizon.
Developed by Qualcomm Technologies, this 100-metre stretch
of dynamically charging road is also being trialled in Versailles.
I do like the idea that although the road networks have
obviously been a major source of the planet's pollution problems,
they could also be, in the future, one of the solutions
And with the UK Government phasing out diesel and petrol vehicles,
renewable transport solutions like this might just be the ticket.
Stationery induction charging works like wirelessly charged phones,
producing a magnetic field that's converted to DC power.
Though this technology has been with us for a while, dynamic roads
How accurately do you have to park this thing so
At the moment we're talking about an area the size
of about a dinner plate, as long as that's aligned on both
sides you should be able to send the charge through that.
You have a line of these on a road and you simply connect them all up
and that would effectively give you a charging road.
As long as the car was obviously aligned with that,
and the technology was all linked and synced up, the car
could actually charge while it's driving along using exactly the same
Critics though worry about the infrastructure cost
Others point to the rapid developments in electric vehicle
battery capacity that may remove the need for electric cars
But if solar roads can be made cheaply enough
and withstand heavy traffic, this could be one to watch
Hello and welcome to The Week in Tech.
It was the week that the script for an unseen episode of Game
of Thrones, as well as those from other HBO shows, was leaked
An new version of Bitcoin was mined for the first time as the crypto
And the US Navy's launched its first fighter jet powered
The high-tech, high speed, Hyperloop One has
A test that propelled this pod through a tube
in the Nevada desert at 192 mph, edging closer to its eventual aim
of one day transporting passengers at speeds of up to 650 mph.
Meanwhile a security researcher managed to hack an Amazon Echo,
making it possible to remotely stream audio from someone's device.
The attack could only work on pre-2017 versions though,
and physical access to the Echo is needed first.
And finally the team behind the hand-held spray
printer painting device, which we showed you a couple
of months ago, have developed a robotic version that made it
possible to paint this giant masterpiece on an abandoned power
station, using five different colours at once.
I'm Scott Helm, here to give you a 101 to Black Hat,
BSides and DEF CON, which all happen during one crazy week in Las Vegas.
This is a very, very popular course, we've got some of the latest stuff
that we've found in our own hacking that we do for clients
The good guys have got to learn it because the bad guys already do.
I've embedded some code into the page and then when you load
the page it puts that message up, that it's not supposed to do.
It was a nice introductory level course.
So obviously this could be used for harm and the flip side of this
is, if you were setting up to be a cybercriminal would you come
to a formal conference like this and register to do a training course
Or would you go and learn how to do this on the dark web somewhere else?
I don't think we would really expect to see criminals coming
So we are in the vendor hall right now.
This is where all the different companies have their stands,
This represents what they do inside your network,
in that an attacker now doesn't know where the real target
We're in the desert, drink plenty of water.
Get a goodie bag and fill it with swag.
So we've just checked in B-Sides, I have my bag, everyone that attends
the conference gets a little bag of goodies so we're just
Got a few stickers here, the little Hawaiian necklaces,
It's very corporate, it's very kind of official and formal.
This is like a much more relaxed setting, it's much more enjoyable.
The opening key note is taking place just behind me,
and we're going to go and take a look around the vendors around
So, the Wi-Fi network is here is monitored,
and the screen behind me shows you things that people
So we managed to just get the BBC Click logo and Rory
The whole idea is it's analysing the network,
and then carving out images real time, and displaying them up
So anything that anybody is looking at on the network,
I found some ex-colleagues of mine from England.
I'm going to the banking on insecurity nets,
Yes, so being members of the press at BSides,
we can't go into the underground track, which is no
Most people don't even use their real names in the schedule,
and unfortunately we're banned, we can't go in there.
It's a tech conference, it's a hacker conference.
People often think it might be less sociable,
but this is where most of us do our networking.
We're in the middle of filming and somebody has just hacked the PA
Effectively, this badge is like a tiny computer,
and I can make it do like really cool stuff.
Yeah, we have come to the chill out zone just to take a little break.
I bumped into an old work colleague and friend of mine, Andy.
He's a goon here, at DEF CON this year.
Most people probably won't know what being a goon is, so...
So being a goon is basically the enforcement of fun.
So we were walking the corridors earlier today, and we heard some
numbers being thrown around, in the region of 50-60,000
attacks a day are launched against the DEF CON network,
It's what you would expect of a hacking conference's network.
There's no official challenge, but hackers going to hack.
Federal agents attend the Conference dressed in plain clothing.
It's easy for them to blend in, and there's a running competition
every year to try and spot and identify federal agents.
My guesses would be they're looking out for people they may
need to keep an eye on, and the other side of
So we were watching somebody get their first implant.
I'm kind of wondering, how much it will hurt.
I'm going to apply a little bit of pressure.
It was literally like something poking around inside my hand.
My front door lock at home, I'm going to replace
it with an NFC lock, and it will sense the chip in my
When you're at DEF CON, you just never know
what is going to happen next, it could be a complete surprise.
You will find more on privacy, security, and hacking on our website
and social media as part of BBC media's hacking season. That is the
short version of Click for this week. The full version is online.
Thank you for watching and we will see you soon.