thousands of people are being evacuated from five tower blocks in north london, so that urgent safety firework can be carried out. the buildings in camden had the same type of cladding that contributed to it in blaze last week at grenfell tower. europe's most senior official has criticised the uk's offer to eu nationals after brexit, claiming it could "worsen the situation" for them. european council president donald tusk said the plan was "below expectations" and german chancellor angela merkel said there had been "no breakthrough". qatar's neighbours have called for the closure of aljazeera, as the gulf‘s political crisis escalates. the broadcaster says it's a bid to silence freedom of expression. the white house says the tension between qatar and other gulf nations is a family issue which should be resolved locally. in about ten minutes we'll have this week's edition of newswatch. but now on bbc news, click. la la la los angeles.
a city of many sights. there's the movies. the beaches. the high life. and in between each of them... ..a whole lot of this. with hardly any rail alternative, the traffic here drives the locals to distraction. it's led some of the bigger thinkers to suggest radical alternatives. electric car and space travel guru elon musk has even started digging a tunnel. he envisions an asimovian network of car and passenger carrying tubes
underneath cities in the future. how boring. meanwhile, back in the almost real world of marina del rey, a more modest way to reduce traffic. 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 to three hours at a time. 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 for the whole day. 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 hopefully reduce that to one. 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 requirements on new developments. 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 in education was born. now this is a competition that encourages entrepreneurs to use technic to teach. 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 booting 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 itself is brand—new. the whole programme is in swahili so the local children can understand. i think they are going to need more tablets! laughter this is one of about 150 villages in tanzania chosen as the test—bed for the global learning xprize. 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 part in the xprize challenge. at the start she has not seen a tablet before, so she's not used to touching screens. and when it comes to reading, she doesn't know more than one or two words in a sentence. butjohn, who is with the project, thinks the tablet will help her eventually to read fluently. back in the capital, dar es salaam, the world food programme is testing solar panel stations that will monitor the progress of each child when they recharge. 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 different countries 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 with the children. 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 — it doesn't matter. kids go to school all over the world and they go, they don't learn and why is that? 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. it is possible. 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've 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 enough for everyone to take part. to reduce potentialjealousy, the tablets will be locked to only run the educational software. but everyone wants one. a village mama has been chosen to settle any disputes, and the schemes partners unesco will be asking some other important questions about tablets too. we are doing an assessment of the social and emotional impact of such learning. because we expect quite some criticism from that side. we are engaging with the psychologists, anthropologists, educationalists, to try to understand what does it do to the child? is that an option that is ethical? because children go to school, they are socialised also, it's not only the learning, it's learning much more,
to be part of the group. it's just like back at home. now they've got tablets they are not really talking to anybody. this is my first time to see people learning by using tablets. it's my first time. 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 notjust $10 million, it could be the answer to the whole country's education problems. and even the whole of africa's. right, what should we play, what's your favourite game? i think we should do... we should do flags and i'll take you both on. that was dan, 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 in downtown los angeles. protect that ball. so we are building what we call a micro amusement park. it's a 50,000 square feet entertainment complex dedicated to the future of fun. the future of fun! that's a catchphrase. well, you know, here's the thing. 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 environmental effects and all sorts. 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 of their greatest hits. along with new experimental experiential oddities being developed by their team of computer scientists, roboticists and engineers. we've got machines that can cut metal and cut wood, we can prototype our circuit boards here, we have people writing software. and the beautiful thing about this place is that at the end of almost every day, there is something new to play with. it's maximum fun. the philosophy here seems to be tinker first, think later. i don't actually know the point of this game. neither does anyone else here. 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 immersive environments. my background and the background of some others here is in robotics and sensors. and we bring...we come with a completely different toolkit. but the combination of those two things makes programming around here really exciting. 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. the kitchen will be in that corner. 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 bit circuses around the world. you are opening in... february?
early, early 2018. 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 to see how they got on. ok, that's it for this week, follow us on twitter and facebook for loads more stuff throughout this and every week. thanks for watching and we'll see you soon. hello and welcome to newswatch. many questions remain after the grenfell tower fire, but some viewers questioned whether bbc news coverage served to incite anger amongst residents. the fire service are... you could stop it spreading by spending £2 more... the interview emily maitlis conducted with theresa may last friday seemed to unfairly lay all blame for the fire personally with the prime minister.
also... the sound of silence. how huw edwards occupied himself for the first four minutes of tuesday's news at ten. in the very early hours of monday morning, the sound of multiple police sirens was heard again on the streets of london. and the bbc‘s overnight news service reported the facts, as they became clear. we start with breaking news this hour. a number of people have been injured in north london after a vehicle collided with pedestrians. the muslim council of britain has said that worshippers were hit by a van as they left prayers at the finsbury park mosque. 0ne eyewitness has told the bbc that at least three people were seriously injured. some hours later, it emerged that one man, makram ali, died in the attack and that another, darren osborne, had been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and terror offences. before that, though,
a number of viewers objected to the way the incident had initially been described on bbc news. one of them rang newswatch with his thoughts. i am calling about your recent coverage of the finsbury park attacks. now ijust don't understand why the mainstream media right now is not calling this out as a terrorist attack. at the moment, which is very disappointing. considering that, if it was a muslim, you would be very quick to point out that it is a terrorist attack. but for a white guy or anyone else who's running people over, for some reason, you have a different way of describing the news. well, we put that view to bbc news and they told us... last friday afternoon, the distress and anger which had