The very best bits of the tech show from 2017 including tech for cats, a visit to Fukushima, the X-Prize in Africa, and elevators that go sideways.
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It is just after half past midnight.
At this festive time of year it is
time to join the team of Click had a
2017, the year of curious cat 's,
haunting holograms, and trigger
Hello. It is time to look back on
the year in tech. As 2017 fades
away, we could tell you about all
the technology news that has
happened, at the hacking, be
launching, the automatic driving,
but that would be just like last
year and, come to think of it, the
year before that. So we prefer to
share with you some unforgettable
memories from our year on Click as
we travelled far and wide to bring
you some extraordinary moment is.
And we start with a personal
highlight for me. Back in October we
travelled to Japan and we got rare
access to see how robots are helping
with the dangerous task of cleaning
up the bookish EMA nuclear power
plant after a 's meltdown in 2011.
-- Fukushima. Scary? No. I have worn
a plenty of protective suits in my
time, but they have always been to
protect the environment from my
body. This time it is different. We
are going inside unit five, which is
identical to the units which were
wrecked by the explosions. As you
can imagine, it is really hot inside
this tube. It is a confusing jumble
of walkways and machinery, it is to
be built to appreciate that someone
in here is a seven story Sankai of
water called the primary containment
vessel, the PCV, it is time to go
right underneath the reactor. They
think what happens after the
meltdowns is that the molten fuel
just burned through the bottom of
the Fukushima and came to adhere to
the pedestal. That is where they
think the fuel is now. -- PCV. It is
difficult enough getting through
this place on foot, now imagine
trying to remote control a robot
through this after the whole place
has been mangled by an explosion. Oh
yes, and do it in the dark. This is
a scorpion, its mission was to hunt
for fuel in unit two. Time is of the
essence for any Fukushima robot. The
radiation will eventually damage and
disable its cameras, rendering it
useless. The entire mission can also
be upset by something far more
basic. This is service hatch letter
X six, they were hoping to set a
scorpion robot down this ramp to
fuel the -- filmy molten fuel at the
bottom. It never made it. They did
not get any footage or evidence of
where the fuel was. In unit three
the water is much higher, so they
had to think of another way to get a
robot in. That is where the
miniature fish came in. That is
where it came in. Built to fit
through this 15 centimetre Pipe, it
is a tiny underwater robot with by
propellers, two cameras, and for
human operators. 300 kilometres away
from Fukushima I came face to face
with the star of the investigation.
After two months of practice and
that of the flooded at a still, it
was successful in finding melted
plums of material that could be in
unit three. The commissioning the
site could take up to 40 years and
it could take 8 trillion yen. Those
little robots have a lot riding on
their tiny back.
Ever wondered what get up to when no
one is there? -- cats. Meet Roxie
and Zara who seemed agreeable in
taking part in some gadget testing.
Sorry. If you have ever wanted to
watch, talk to, or even play with
your cat is when you are not with
them, then this could help. Once the
device is connected to your home
Wi-Fi you can log in via the Apa
anywhere you can get your phone
online -- app. There is a laser game
to play, snacks at the tap of an
icon, and a function to make and
share videos and cat snaps. This
rather unusual looking setup works
in quite a similar way. There is a
camera so you can see the cats
remotely, also the ability to give
them food wherever you are. Plus
this toy, which is apparently
something that might like to play
with. -- cats. Zara and Roxie were
possibly slightly intimidated by the
jolting of the battery thing and the
app was extremely temperamental,
making set up a tedious experience.
-- feathery. The Pepe smart goal has
been around for quite awhile and is
available for and dogs. It allows
owners to keep an eye on Tevita,
pulse, breathing rate, heartrate
variability, and even the positions
the pet is in, it can be particular
beneficial if there are health
concerns or an injury to keep an eye
on. Meanwhile, there seems to be a
game of cat and mouse going on. The
latter played by a remote-controlled
rodent. Although it actually
consists of the mouse chasing the
cat, which probably says it all
about my day's filming.
That was Lara with some pretty
disinterested interviewees. You
can't win them all. You know us, we
will report from wherever we find a
good story. There have been semi
great ones. Semi successful ones in
Africa this year. Back in June, Dan
Simmons went to Tanzania to see the
first stages of what could be a
global revolution in education.
We are travelling a long way from
any town or city to visit some of
the 200 children in this village in
northern Tanzania. We are beating up
the Tablet, the first one. The whole
programme is in sight Healy so the
local children can understand. I
think they are going to need more
tablets. This is one of about 150
villages in Tanzania chosen as the
testbed for the global learning X
prize. Within a few months 4000
others will be given out, the
challenge to teach 7- 11-year-old to
read, write, and do maths over the
next year. The most effective app
will win $10 million. The price he
will be much more valuable. Older
children can walk up to four hours
to get to and from school, for
younger ones like this
seven-year-old that is too far. She
has been lucky, she is one of those
who has been chosen to take part in
the challenge. At the start she has
not seen a tablet before so she is
not used to touching screens. When
it comes to reading, she does not
know more than one or two words in a
sentence. But John, who was with the
project, thinks The Tablet will
eventually to read fluently.
problem is that there are about 60-
100 million kids who have no access
to school because it is too far.
Then you have 250 million more to go
to school and to leave without ever
having learnt to read or write a
word. They are in Botswana, Boston,
Brighton, it does not matter. Could
go to school all over the world and
they go and do not learn. Why is
that? That is 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 her hand.
We are hoping to be back next you to
see how the teams get along. For now
it is time to say goodbye. We have
brought some biscuits to say thank
you. And suddenly the difficulties
the team faced when they arrived
became clear. We just 20 or so
tablets per village, there simply
won't be enough for everyone to take
part. To reduce potential jealousy,
the tablets will be locked to only
run the educational software, but
everyone wants one. A village of
mamma has been chosen to settle any
dispute. In the skin's partners,
UNESCO, will be asking some other
important questions about tablets as
well -- scheme stipulate we are
doing assessments of the social and
emotional impact of such learning,
because we expect some criticism
from that site. We are engaging with
the psychologist, anthropologist,
educationalists, to try to
understand what does it do to the
Is it an option that is
ethical because children go to
school, they are socialised also, it
is not only the community of
learning, it is learning to be part
of the group.
It is just like back
at home. Now they have all got
tablets. They are not really talking
That was down in Tanzania. Next, we
are off to Germany with K2 has found
an elevator that goes sideways --
Kate. This picturesque town in
Germany, home to this and dogs,
chocolate box buildings, and a 246
metre tower holding the tallest
observation deck in Germany. But
this tower is not just about great
views. Built by an elevator company,
it has wild lift shaft running
inside it. One is used to transport
passengers to be top, the other to
test the latest in technology.
in the core of the tower. Only a few
people really have the chance to see
what we have built and what is
running Bear. An elevator without
any ropes. -- running there.
revolutionary. The cabin is carried
by linear motors, it is the same
technology that creates Japan's will
train. As well is eliminating the
speed and height restriction of
today's technology, this allows
passengers to travel sideways as
well as up and down, just like Willy
Wonka's fantastic elevator in
Charlie and the chocolate factory.
Behind the scenes, behind the car,
we changed this. Get prepared for
the horizontal movement. As soon as
the doors close we can go sideways
to the next shaft. And this is the
most important thing that we come
back to a circulating system.
Reinventing the Paternoster.
this circulating pattern means a
lift shaft could hold ten or more
caverns, much more efficient than a
single up and down right that
today's elevator is our limited to.
And this will only become more
important when we start looking at
elevator is reaching perhaps 1000 or
more metres into the sky.
That was Kate going sideways. And so
are we. We are off to the place
where China makes the world Tech,
the city of Shenzhen, where last
month I got exclusive prelaunch
access to see how when you smart
phone is born.
-- how when you smart phone. They
make loads of different types of
phones in this factory, so to keep
the secret from other workers,
everything happens behind the blue
shroud of secrecy. Are you ready?
Thank you. Come in.
Welcome to production
Welcome to production line
Welcome to production line 27.
Welcome to production line 27. The
phone starts life as just a tiny
camera, there and it is gradually
assembled around this you shaped
production line, which means by the
time it gets to the end it is a
fully featured phone. Just about
there. This is the reasons China has
come to dominate technology
manufacturing, a disciplined
workforce, each person has one
particular job which has precision.
A single speck of dust and a single
phone will be rejected. What I found
most surprising about this is it is
all people stop it I would have
thought with this kind of high
precision job the stones would have
been built solely by machines but it
is pretty much all humans. This is
where an unlucky few phones are
pulled off the production line to
check extreme tolerance. Elsewhere,
other test phones escape that a
plunge but instead are drop 5000
times each. Others have their
charging point whittled and buttons
pressed 10,000 times. With the
launch over, one class will
nervously await first reviews and
more importantly, the transporters.
They will decide whether these
people will be joined by hundreds
more or not. A fascinating points
behind the curtain in China. And now
it is time to leave Earth entirely
for a few minutes to remember how
the click crew explore the final
frontier in VR.
Virtual reality game Star Trek
Bridge crew brings together up to
four players, each taking a
different role on the bridge of a
That is brilliant.
Oh my goodness, Mark!
are walking everybody.
We don't have time to sightseeing as
we received a distress signal from a
you transport the survivors back
I don't know.
you transport the survivors back
I don't know.
at this moment that the action takes
a turn which will appeal to Star
Trek super fans.
It has defied one
cruiser. It is a Klingon D5 cruiser.
OK, target it!
Target to sure it! --
It feels like VR at its
Adjudication is a must, you
would complete the mission.
A couple of sticky
moments but only think we managed to
keep it together as a crew and the
result was a successful mission.
Now, one thing we love to do on
Click is to look at how things might
change significantly in the future.
One area that we think is about to
pop onto the scene and possibly on
to many people 's plates is lab
grown meat. I am talking burgers,
steaks and fish. Got a taste for it?
Back in July, Cap Hawkins visited
the cultured food capital, San
Francisco, to see what is cooking. I
have come to this lab in the heart
of Silicon valley to visit
impossible to. They claim to have
invented food of the future on a
completely meatless meat made
entirely of plants. Impossible foods
found that the key ingredient that
gives meet its characteristic taste
is a molecule found in most living
things and especially in animal
must. It luckily, it is also found
This is your magic
ingredient, your plate -based blood.
Right and it provides the explosion
of flavour that you get, it is the
different between white meat chicken
with a beef burger.
The company has
recently flipped the switch on its
meatless meatpacking factory as it
rents up reduction. This will
eventually make 4 million burgers
are months and the next aim is to
move into chicken, pork and lamb.
But it is one thing being a
scientist who is enthralled by food
tech and another to be a chef using
the ingredient produced on a
carefully crafted menu.
I think we
eat way too much meat in general, so
it is a good way to be as close as
possible to meet that looks and
The impossible burger is now
the only one Rocco has on his menu
and he sells 250 of them are weak.
It seems like at this stage it might
be a novelty for Silicon valley
diners, but of course, as always,
the true test is in the tasting.
it is about to happen. It's really
good. The texture is just like meat.
It doesn't taste like Vince beef. A
little bit like mushrooms, but I
know there is no mushrooms in there.
-- mints. What comes across as
important is that it is important
that the flavour tastes close to
meet while being ethical. What if
you could serve up animal flesh
without the single creature being
harmed? That is what this company is
working on. They plan to grow actual
fish from stem cells. Phyllis Booth
takes a small sample of cells from a
real fish and conjures it up. One
cell can theoretically come one ton
of fish meat but they are not there
Will be on the market in three
years with products that are a new
version of fish that people haven't
had before and in five to six years
we will have steaks and fillets,
just like the fish you normally see
in the ocean.
Cap Hawkins reporting
back in this summer. From California
to the Netherlands where Nick
witnessed a dense with a new
hologram effect. -- VR. Today
choreographers and dancers are
working with a new medium for
artistic expression. They are taking
to excerpts from so-called stop
ocean and are adapting it to include
holographic projection is.
It is a
really, treaty, almost an IMAX type
experience of. -- dance. Every
detail has been carefully crafted.
They are projecting a fall in the
white giant and dust onto a black
back drop playing with the themes of
light and dark and destruction.
Technology needs to embrace the art.
But not be sticking out all by
itself. It needs to help, it is like
a glove to the art to expression.
The holographic elision is created
with the help of two very high end
projectors and a special lightweight
mesh screen. -- illusion. By playing
out videos on the front mesh and
back will it creates an optical
illusion of 3-D depth.
performers it is actually really
good, they can see the projections
on the side while they are on stage
performing. With other systems, you
don't really get that same wall.
Dancers into position, standby
lighting and music, Kew projection
and action! -- cue.
After all that globetrotting, I have
to say there is no place like home.
There's no place like home. There's
no place like home. There's no place
Yes, banks, voting
systems and the NHS were not the
only ones to have been under attack
in 2017. Even in my own castle I
have my hands full with this lot. We
even lost our first guest on the
show. Sorry can. And in 2018 we will
be going back into battle again,
reporting from wherever we find the
best technology from around the
globe and home. We will see you next