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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With hardly any rail alternative, the traffic here drives
It's led some of the bigger thinkers to suggest radical alternatives.
Electric car and space travel guru Elon Musk has even
He envisions an Asimovian network of car and passenger carrying tubes
Meanwhile back in the almost real world of Marina del Rey,
Two electric cars that belong to a whole apartment block.
Envoy operates a closed car share system.
The vehicles can be booked out by residents only and used for up
Now this is not a car that you would use to drive to work
and back because you'd end up paying for and hogging it
This is much more a car that you would use for convenience,
popping out for the occasional errand.
We believe that if it's a two car household we can
Experts say that for every shared car it takes 11 off the road.
So we are working with developers on communicating that
with policymakers in the city, saying if we include car sharing
within communities, we should be able to reduce our parking
Envoy is just starting out and hopes to roll out into new areas
in Southern California and then new cities across the US
And further into the future, Aric would like to see shared
vehicles available wherever there are large groups of people.
Now for some, this kind of thing is going to be an interim stop
before we get to fleets of self-driving vehicles
cruising the streets, picking us up whenever we want
Ride sharing company Uber has been in the news recently -
Its founder and boss Travis Kalanick has resigned after coming under
pressure from investors following a flurry of public
controversies including complaints of sexual harassment and bullying
Kalanick's departure comes after the dismissal of 20 staff
who've been fired as a result of the scandals
Whilst Uber's corporate culture may be in disarray,
it is pressing ahead with an ambitious tech project.
If you've used a ride sharing app before you know the drill.
You have an app on your smartphone, you push a button and a car arrives,
and it behaves very much like a taxi.
But, here in Arizona, if you push that button there's
a good chance the car that will arrive will be
The sunny university city of Tempe, Arizona is one of two locations
including Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania that Uber is testing a fleet
A host of sensors including lidar and cameras have been fitted
The sensors become the cars eyes on the road, informing systems that
drive the car as well as trying to predict the actions of other road
All things which humans take for granted but are difficult
I'm taking a ride in a self-driving car.
There are however two guys in the front seat.
So in the driver's seat here I am monitoring
I am still technically a driver, being that this vehicle has to be
In event that the car does not know how to react to,
So you are the safety driver if you like?
Now you are the safety laptop operator?
So what are you doing here with a laptop?
From the laptop I can monitor a lot of the prediction software so I can
see where the car is going, where the car wants to go,
so this is all feedback which goes directly to all the engineers
and they are able to interpret what's going on and improve
So what you're hearing, the car is determining it
wants to change lanes, but other vehicles around us
are too close so it decides against it and stays in lane.
Now you see it just change lanes there.
Over the course of our ride, the driver does take
control for a short time, but the majority of the ride
Uber doesn't publicise how often the human drivers takeover however.
It's not been plain sailing for this project.
In January, one of the autonomous cars here in Phoenix
Nobody was injured but a self-driving car was left
And a pilot testing programme in San Francisco was called
to a halt after a row with the California Department
of Motor Vehicles over permits for autonomous cars.
On top of all that, Waymo, the self-driving car company owned
by Google's parent firm Alphabet, has accused Uber of
Uber denies using or receiving stolen technology.
Thankfully back in Arizona, my ride continues without incident.
I'm in a robot car essentially, that's like something
Because the car is driving itself without any hassles.
And Uber isn't alone when it comes to self driving testing.
The state of Arizona is very accommodating,
allowing self-driving cars from Waymo, Ford, General Motors
We're several years away from fully autonomous cars taking
to the highways yet, and it seems that the road to fully
self driving vehicles is still a bumpy one.
Some American freeways have carpool lanes which you can only use
if you are carrying more than one person in the car.
The idea is those lanes at least are travelling at a decent speed.
Well now they are also planning similar lanes for autonomous
vehicles and they are calling them hyper lanes.
This system will be controlled by a central computer and will whizz
self-driving cars along at speeds of over 100 miles an hour.
You would use access stations in your local
neighbourhoods and once you enter the station your car will start
driving itself and they will launch them onto a hyper lane.
After that point the car would be able to drive itself and you can
just sit back and sip your coffee and check your phone.
The plan is to use existing highways to create these hyper lanes.
Customers would pay surge pricing in order to ease congestion
and arrive at their destinations as quickly as possible.
There are also plans to use the service for parcel delivery
However, to put even a test version of this in place
is going to cost $12 million - per mile.
So from the time being it looks like autonomous cars
are going to be stuck in traffic with the rest of us.
It's time for this week's tech news and boy, what a week.
You thought Google Glass was dead, but it's not.
It released its first update for three years.
A US official from the Department for Homeland Security said this week
that Russian Hackers targeted election systems in 21 states
And Netflix has announced two interactive TV shows
They said it was designed for kids but come on, that looks fun.
And could we soon be seeing the Queen in a G-Whiz?
But the Queen's Speech outlined plans for petrol stations around
It's part of a government plan to push more electric
And more news from the UK's roads this week.
Driverless cars are being given the green light to begin
A collaboration between Jaguar Land Rover, Ford
and Tata Motors has been showing off how autonomous cars can talk
together to provide real-time traffic information.
And what if you could tackle a Mario level while out and about?
One man has done just that, creating a Super Mario Brothers
level in an augmented New York Central Park.
He created the whole thing for the Microsoft HoloLens,
which unfortunately isn't yet available for the general consumer.
The abundance of everything here in the US is evident,
and it's thanks in no small part to having one of the best
educated and most skilled workforces in the world.
And it is from right here that the XPRIZE
Now this is a competition that encourages entrepreneurs
Now the finalists have been announced in London this week
and Dan will take a look at some of them in a minute.
But first he travels to Tanzania to see what's in store for those
hoping to offer something new to the next generation.
We are travelling a long way from any town or city to visit some
of the 200 children in a village in northern Tanzania.
We are putting up a tablet, the first one.
The interesting thing here is that most of these children,
about all of them, have not seen a tablet before.
But not only that, a lot of them wouldn't have gone
to school even before, so the learning process
The whole programme is in Swahili so the local
I think they are going to need more tablets!
This is one of about 150 villages in Tanzania chosen as the test-bed
Within a few months, 4000 tablets will be given out.
The challenge, to teach a 7-11-year-olds to read,
write and do maths over the next year.
The most effective app will win $10 million.
The prize here though will be much more valuable.
Older children can walk up to four hours to get to and from school.
For younger ones like seven-year-old Amina, that's simply too far.
She's been lucky, she is one of those that's been chosen to take
At the start she has not seen a tablet before, so she's not used
And when it comes to reading she does not know more than one
But John, who is with the project, thinks the tablet will help her
Back in the capital Dar es Salaam, the World Food Programme is testing
solar panel stations that will monitor the progress of each
That way if a tablet breaks, the youngster can get a new one
without having to start lessons from the beginning again.
In London, this week 11 semifinalists from seven
were chosen from the nearly 200 teams that entered.
They will refine their software before the final five are chosen
to go to Tanzania to start the year-long project
So the problem is that there are about 60-100 million kids
who have no access to school because school is too far.
Then you have 250 million more who go to school and leave
without ever having learned to read or write a word.
And these are kids in Botswana, Boston, Brighton -
Kids go to school all over the world and they go,
That's the question we are trying to address.
In our greatest desire, every single child on planet Earth
has access to a world-class education in the palm of their hand.
Every single child has his or her potential fulfilled.
That's the dream and it's not a far-fetched dream.
We are hoping to be back next year to see how the teams get along
but for now it's time to say goodbye.
We brought some biscuits to say thank you and suddenly
the difficulties the team will face when they arrive become clear.
With just 20 or so tablets per village there simply won't be
To reduce potential jealousy, the tablets will be locked to only
A village mama has been chosen to settle any disputes,
and the schemes partners UNESCO will be asking some other important
We are doing an assessment of the social and emotional
Because we expect quite some criticism from that side.
We are engaging with the psychologists, anthropologists,
educationalists, to try to understand what does
Because children go to school, they are socialised also,
it's not only the learning, it's learning much more,
Now they've got tablets they are not really talking to anybody.
This is my first time to see people learning by using tablets.
So the scene is set, there are about six or seven
children around each individual tablet and we've seen more.
The Education Department from Tanzania is here too looking
at this project so there's a lot at stake.
It's not just $10 million, it could be the answer to the whole
Virtual reality is no longer in its infancy.
So here at this years Sheffield Doc Fest, content
makers are trying new ways of grabbing our attention.
This is First Impressions, were I can see the world
through the eyes of a baby over its first few days of life.
Why is someone putting a toy in front of my face?
The trend may seem to be moving towards how far we can go
with the medium to make the virtual world feel realistic.
In My Shoes aims to create a sense of intimacy.
I've been to some amazing places in VR, I've even had some
But one thing I haven't tried yet, which I'm about to, is the idea
of it trying to create some sort of emotional engagement.
Now this is going to require a second player, here I've got Ollie
First of all we are going to pretend to be strangers,
which isn't entirely true, we've met a couple of times.
Then we're going to pretend we are in a long-term relationship -
And thirdly we're going to be on a Tinder date.
I can hear what he's thinking, who wants that on a date?
The situation is feeling a bit intense.
You can meet people online and they can turn
This date is terrible, why are we holding hands?
Goodness, goodness no, this date is going really badly.
It was really, really good fun, the experience.
And I can see that it is possible to engage you in an emotional way
and I think the fact that I could feel that uncomfortable
I wanted to get up and leave the date when it got awkward
and when you tried to hold my hand, we are acting, I was just like no,
Meanwhile here's something else to stir up the senses.
With your help to share our story, we can finally have our lands
legally recognised as ours and we can continue
Commissioned by Greenpeace, Munduruku is the story
of the indigenous people of the Amazon rainforest.
And to help make it feel real, a humidifier, heaters,
fans and Grace the sensory technician with some fragrances
OK, that really smells like a forest, that's amazing, that
I don't know why the chair's vibrating, I don't
This project is part of our Amazon rainforest campaign and we've been
working with the Munduruku to try and build solidarity
between urban and indigenous populations in Brazil,
to protect that land where they are facing huge
threats from logging, from hydroelectric
What we wanted to do with the multisensory side
of it is really emphasise that sense of presence that you get
It's very difficult sometimes when you can just see something
We wanted to make it as vivid and immersive as possible.
Elsewhere companies are working on the next generation
This software is developed by a company whose audio
optimisation is already used in over 150 million smartphones.
The sound is great, no questions about that and I could certainly
feel like something was coming from a speaker over there.
Now this head tracking device which is attached to the top means
that if I was wearing a virtual reality headset, then
when I turned my head backwards or around,
if there was a sound overhead, say it should sound like it's
Obviously I couldn't test that element but long term
that is certainly the plan this software hopes to be
Whilst the experiences are becoming more real,
the kit is still pretty bulky so you are unlikely to forget
Although maybe some sort of reminder of reality
Right, what should we play, what's your favourite game?
We should do flags and I'll take you both on.
That was Lara, and now time for some fun and games with these two clowns.
Not being rude, they are actually trained circus clowns.
But they're also the bosses of a company called two Bit Circus,
and they want to build an enormous high-tech fun house
So we are building what we call a micro amusement park.
It's a 50,000 square feet entertainment complex dedicated
There is this period of time when kit comes out of the lab,
before it's ready for the home, that it's perfect for out-of-home.
You know, you can do some VR in your home right now,
but it is so much cooler if it's social like this and has
Motion platforms, your friends can play with you.
Brent and Eric have been making high-tech games and showpieces
for corporate events for a few years.
Their planned amusement complex will be a permanent home to some
Along with new experimental experiential oddities
being developed by their team of computer scientists,
We've got machines that can cut metal and cut wood,
we can prototype our circuit boards here, we have people
And the beautiful thing about this place is that at the end
of almost every day, there is something new to play with.
The philosophy here seems to be tinker first, think later.
I don't actually know the point of this game.
This is the ultimate play space and a great
coming together of people with many different skills.
We are drawing on multiple industries.
So we have a lot of people from the games industry here.
So all of the development that's gone into sophisticated 3-D game
engines like Unity and Unreal, we can put that to work building
My background and the background of some others here is in
And we bring, we come with a completely different toolkit.
But the combination of those two things makes programming around
But there is still one big build remaining.
We are standing right in the middle of our micro amusement park.
Most of it is going to be a big open space.
A 100 seat interactive supper club is going to be over there.
With $15 million backing from companies including Intel
and Japanese ventures, Brent hopes that this 50,000 square
feet space in downtown LA will become the first of many two
OK, I think you've got a bit of work to do.
We've got some work to do, it's a little empty, you can see,
it will be a lot more fun when we are done.
But, yeah, from the moment we break ground to the moment
we are ready to open, it's four, five months.
Well, if they can pull it off this is going to be an incredible space
and a perfect excuse for us to come back here in January
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