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Cirque du Click

Click reports from LA on the 'future of fun' plus Uber's plans for self-driving cars, and from Tanzania on the $15 million XPrize that's replacing teachers with tablets.


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for now. We will happen more in the next hour. Thank you, Holly.

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Headlines at the hour. Next up, Click.

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With hardly any rail alternative, the traffic here drives

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It's led some of the bigger thinkers to suggest radical alternatives.

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Electric car and space travel guru Elon Musk has even

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He envisions an Asimovian network of car and passenger carrying tubes

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Meanwhile back in the almost real world of Marina del Rey,

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Two electric cars that belong to a whole apartment block.

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Envoy operates a closed car share system.

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The vehicles can be booked out by residents only and used for up

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Now this is not a car that you would use to drive to work

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and back because you'd end up paying for and hogging it

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This is much more a car that you would use for convenience,

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popping out for the occasional errand.

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We believe that if it's a two car household we can

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Experts say that for every shared car it takes 11 off the road.

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So we are working with developers on communicating that

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with policymakers in the city, saying if we include car sharing

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within communities, we should be able to reduce our parking

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Envoy is just starting out and hopes to roll out into new areas

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in Southern California and then new cities across the US

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And further into the future, Aric would like to see shared

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vehicles available wherever there are large groups of people.

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Now for some, this kind of thing is going to be an interim stop

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before we get to fleets of self-driving vehicles

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cruising the streets, picking us up whenever we want

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Ride sharing company Uber has been in the news recently -

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Its founder and boss Travis Kalanick has resigned after coming under

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pressure from investors following a flurry of public

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controversies including complaints of sexual harassment and bullying

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Kalanick's departure comes after the dismissal of 20 staff

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who've been fired as a result of the scandals

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Whilst Uber's corporate culture may be in disarray,

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it is pressing ahead with an ambitious tech project.

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If you've used a ride sharing app before you know the drill.

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You have an app on your smartphone, you push a button and a car arrives,

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and it behaves very much like a taxi.

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But, here in Arizona, if you push that button there's

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a good chance the car that will arrive will be

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The sunny university city of Tempe, Arizona is one of two locations

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including Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania that Uber is testing a fleet

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A host of sensors including lidar and cameras have been fitted

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The sensors become the cars eyes on the road, informing systems that

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drive the car as well as trying to predict the actions of other road

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All things which humans take for granted but are difficult

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I'm taking a ride in a self-driving car.

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There are however two guys in the front seat.

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So in the driver's seat here I am monitoring

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I am still technically a driver, being that this vehicle has to be

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In event that the car does not know how to react to,

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So you are the safety driver if you like?

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Now you are the safety laptop operator?

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So what are you doing here with a laptop?

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From the laptop I can monitor a lot of the prediction software so I can

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see where the car is going, where the car wants to go,

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so this is all feedback which goes directly to all the engineers

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and they are able to interpret what's going on and improve

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So what you're hearing, the car is determining it

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wants to change lanes, but other vehicles around us

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are too close so it decides against it and stays in lane.

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Now you see it just change lanes there.

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Over the course of our ride, the driver does take

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control for a short time, but the majority of the ride

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Uber doesn't publicise how often the human drivers takeover however.

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It's not been plain sailing for this project.

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In January, one of the autonomous cars here in Phoenix

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Nobody was injured but a self-driving car was left

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And a pilot testing programme in San Francisco was called

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to a halt after a row with the California Department

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of Motor Vehicles over permits for autonomous cars.

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On top of all that, Waymo, the self-driving car company owned

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by Google's parent firm Alphabet, has accused Uber of

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Uber denies using or receiving stolen technology.

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Thankfully back in Arizona, my ride continues without incident.

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I'm in a robot car essentially, that's like something

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Because the car is driving itself without any hassles.

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And Uber isn't alone when it comes to self driving testing.

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The state of Arizona is very accommodating,

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allowing self-driving cars from Waymo, Ford, General Motors

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We're several years away from fully autonomous cars taking

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to the highways yet, and it seems that the road to fully

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self driving vehicles is still a bumpy one.

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Some American freeways have carpool lanes which you can only use

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if you are carrying more than one person in the car.

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The idea is those lanes at least are travelling at a decent speed.

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Well now they are also planning similar lanes for autonomous

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vehicles and they are calling them hyper lanes.

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This system will be controlled by a central computer and will whizz

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self-driving cars along at speeds of over 100 miles an hour.

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You would use access stations in your local

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neighbourhoods and once you enter the station your car will start

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driving itself and they will launch them onto a hyper lane.

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After that point the car would be able to drive itself and you can

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just sit back and sip your coffee and check your phone.

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The plan is to use existing highways to create these hyper lanes.

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Customers would pay surge pricing in order to ease congestion

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and arrive at their destinations as quickly as possible.

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There are also plans to use the service for parcel delivery

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However, to put even a test version of this in place

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is going to cost $12 million - per mile.

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So from the time being it looks like autonomous cars

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are going to be stuck in traffic with the rest of us.

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It's time for this week's tech news and boy, what a week.

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You thought Google Glass was dead, but it's not.

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It released its first update for three years.

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A US official from the Department for Homeland Security said this week

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that Russian Hackers targeted election systems in 21 states

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And Netflix has announced two interactive TV shows

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They said it was designed for kids but come on, that looks fun.

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And could we soon be seeing the Queen in a G-Whiz?

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But the Queen's Speech outlined plans for petrol stations around

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It's part of a government plan to push more electric

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And more news from the UK's roads this week.

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Driverless cars are being given the green light to begin

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A collaboration between Jaguar Land Rover, Ford

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and Tata Motors has been showing off how autonomous cars can talk

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together to provide real-time traffic information.

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And what if you could tackle a Mario level while out and about?

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One man has done just that, creating a Super Mario Brothers

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level in an augmented New York Central Park.

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He created the whole thing for the Microsoft HoloLens,

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which unfortunately isn't yet available for the general consumer.

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The abundance of everything here in the US is evident,

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and it's thanks in no small part to having one of the best

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educated and most skilled workforces in the world.

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And it is from right here that the XPRIZE

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Now this is a competition that encourages entrepreneurs

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Now the finalists have been announced in London this week

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and Dan will take a look at some of them in a minute.

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But first he travels to Tanzania to see what's in store for those

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hoping to offer something new to the next generation.

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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.

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We are putting up a tablet, the first one.

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The interesting thing here is that most of these children,

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about all of them, have not seen a tablet before.

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But not only that, a lot of them wouldn't have gone

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to school even before, so the learning process

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The whole programme is in Swahili so the local

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I think they are going to need more tablets!

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This is one of about 150 villages in Tanzania chosen as the test-bed

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Within a few months, 4000 tablets will be given out.

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The challenge, to teach a 7-11-year-olds to read,

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write and do maths over the next year.

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The most effective app will win $10 million.

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The prize here though will be much more valuable.

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Older children can walk up to four hours to get to and from school.

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For younger ones like seven-year-old Amina, that's simply too far.

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She's been lucky, she is one of those that's been chosen to take

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At the start she has not seen a tablet before, so she's not used

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And when it comes to reading she does not know more than one

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But John, who is with the project, thinks the tablet will help her

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Back in the capital Dar es Salaam, the World Food Programme is testing

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solar panel stations that will monitor the progress of each

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That way if a tablet breaks, the youngster can get a new one

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without having to start lessons from the beginning again.

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In London, this week 11 semifinalists from seven

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were chosen from the nearly 200 teams that entered.

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They will refine their software before the final five are chosen

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to go to Tanzania to start the year-long project

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So the problem is that there are about 60-100 million kids

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who have no access to school because school is too far.

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Then you have 250 million more who go to school and leave

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without ever having learned to read or write a word.

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And these are kids in Botswana, Boston, Brighton -

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Kids go to school all over the world and they go,

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That's the question we are trying to address.

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In our greatest desire, every single child on planet Earth

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has access to a world-class education in the palm of their hand.

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Every single child has his or her potential fulfilled.

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That's the dream and it's not a far-fetched dream.

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We are hoping to be back next year to see how the teams get along

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but for now it's time to say goodbye.

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We brought some biscuits to say thank you and suddenly

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the difficulties the team will face when they arrive become clear.

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With just 20 or so tablets per village there simply won't be

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To reduce potential jealousy, the tablets will be locked to only

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A village mama has been chosen to settle any disputes,

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and the schemes partners UNESCO will be asking some other important

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We are doing an assessment of the social and emotional

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Because we expect quite some criticism from that side.

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We are engaging with the psychologists, anthropologists,

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educationalists, to try to understand what does

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Because children go to school, they are socialised also,

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it's not only the learning, it's learning much more,

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Now they've got tablets they are not really talking to anybody.

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This is my first time to see people learning by using tablets.

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So the scene is set, there are about six or seven

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children around each individual tablet and we've seen more.

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The Education Department from Tanzania is here too looking

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at this project so there's a lot at stake.

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It's not just $10 million, it could be the answer to the whole

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Virtual reality is no longer in its infancy.

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So here at this years Sheffield Doc Fest, content

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makers are trying new ways of grabbing our attention.

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This is First Impressions, were I can see the world

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through the eyes of a baby over its first few days of life.

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Why is someone putting a toy in front of my face?

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The trend may seem to be moving towards how far we can go

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with the medium to make the virtual world feel realistic.

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In My Shoes aims to create a sense of intimacy.

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I've been to some amazing places in VR, I've even had some

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But one thing I haven't tried yet, which I'm about to, is the idea

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of it trying to create some sort of emotional engagement.

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Now this is going to require a second player, here I've got Ollie

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First of all we are going to pretend to be strangers,

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which isn't entirely true, we've met a couple of times.

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Then we're going to pretend we are in a long-term relationship -

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And thirdly we're going to be on a Tinder date.

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I can hear what he's thinking, who wants that on a date?

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The situation is feeling a bit intense.

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You can meet people online and they can turn

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This date is terrible, why are we holding hands?

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Goodness, goodness no, this date is going really badly.

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It was really, really good fun, the experience.

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And I can see that it is possible to engage you in an emotional way

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and I think the fact that I could feel that uncomfortable

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I wanted to get up and leave the date when it got awkward

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and when you tried to hold my hand, we are acting, I was just like no,

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Meanwhile here's something else to stir up the senses.

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With your help to share our story, we can finally have our lands

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legally recognised as ours and we can continue

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Commissioned by Greenpeace, Munduruku is the story

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of the indigenous people of the Amazon rainforest.

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And to help make it feel real, a humidifier, heaters,

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fans and Grace the sensory technician with some fragrances

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OK, that really smells like a forest, that's amazing, that

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I don't know why the chair's vibrating, I don't

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This project is part of our Amazon rainforest campaign and we've been

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working with the Munduruku to try and build solidarity

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between urban and indigenous populations in Brazil,

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to protect that land where they are facing huge

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threats from logging, from hydroelectric

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What we wanted to do with the multisensory side

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of it is really emphasise that sense of presence that you get

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It's very difficult sometimes when you can just see something

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We wanted to make it as vivid and immersive as possible.

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Elsewhere companies are working on the next generation

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This software is developed by a company whose audio

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optimisation is already used in over 150 million smartphones.

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The sound is great, no questions about that and I could certainly

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feel like something was coming from a speaker over there.

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Now this head tracking device which is attached to the top means

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that if I was wearing a virtual reality headset, then

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when I turned my head backwards or around,

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if there was a sound overhead, say it should sound like it's

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Obviously I couldn't test that element but long term

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that is certainly the plan this software hopes to be

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Whilst the experiences are becoming more real,

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the kit is still pretty bulky so you are unlikely to forget

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Although maybe some sort of reminder of reality

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Right, what should we play, what's your favourite game?

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We should do flags and I'll take you both on.

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That was Lara, and now time for some fun and games with these two clowns.

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Not being rude, they are actually trained circus clowns.

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But they're also the bosses of a company called two Bit Circus,

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and they want to build an enormous high-tech fun house

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So we are building what we call a micro amusement park.

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It's a 50,000 square feet entertainment complex dedicated

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There is this period of time when kit comes out of the lab,

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before it's ready for the home, that it's perfect for out-of-home.

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You know, you can do some VR in your home right now,

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but it is so much cooler if it's social like this and has

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Motion platforms, your friends can play with you.

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Brent and Eric have been making high-tech games and showpieces

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for corporate events for a few years.

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Their planned amusement complex will be a permanent home to some

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Along with new experimental experiential oddities

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being developed by their team of computer scientists,

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We've got machines that can cut metal and cut wood,

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we can prototype our circuit boards here, we have people

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And the beautiful thing about this place is that at the end

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of almost every day, there is something new to play with.

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The philosophy here seems to be tinker first, think later.

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I don't actually know the point of this game.

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This is the ultimate play space and a great

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coming together of people with many different skills.

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We are drawing on multiple industries.

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So we have a lot of people from the games industry here.

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So all of the development that's gone into sophisticated 3-D game

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engines like Unity and Unreal, we can put that to work building

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My background and the background of some others here is in

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And we bring, we come with a completely different toolkit.

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But the combination of those two things makes programming around

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But there is still one big build remaining.

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We are standing right in the middle of our micro amusement park.

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Most of it is going to be a big open space.

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A 100 seat interactive supper club is going to be over there.

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With $15 million backing from companies including Intel

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and Japanese ventures, Brent hopes that this 50,000 square

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feet space in downtown LA will become the first of many two

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OK, I think you've got a bit of work to do.

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We've got some work to do, it's a little empty, you can see,

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it will be a lot more fun when we are done.

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But, yeah, from the moment we break ground to the moment

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we are ready to open, it's four, five months.

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Well, if they can pull it off this is going to be an incredible space

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and a perfect excuse for us to come back here in January

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OK, that's it for this week, follow us on Twitter and Facebook

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for loads more stuff throughout this and every week.

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Thanks for watching and we'll see you soon.

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