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thomas are out at the moment justin thomas are out at the moment up justin thomas are out at the moment up against ian poulter and jon rahm. it is all going the way of europe as we can see now. playing alongside sergio garcia, rory mcilroy, what a partnership they have proved to be. up partnership they have proved to be. up against brooks koepka and tony finau. look at this from sergio garcia on the 17th to win it 2—1. that puts europe 6—3 up at this point. tyrrell hatton has been playing alongside paul casey. casey backin playing alongside paul casey. casey back in the ryder cup team for the first time in ten years, up against rickie fowler and dustin johnson. it's all them won three and two. you've got to say, tiger woods, his first tournament victory in five yea rs, first tournament victory in five years, he has been in the past so far. he has played poorly. he has been struggling. this was francesco molinari, that tiger woods miss allowing molinari athletes were to
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win their third match so far in this ryder cup. what a partnership. justin thomas at the 14th. that's all thomas and spieth one on their macs. the americans are under the cosh at the moment and this was the format in which they accel death yesterday. the beats europe 3—1 in the four balls. it was the foursome they had a whitewash, losing all four matches. they will be dreading the foursomes to come today. we have had their pairings out. garcia aneurin, they face bubba watson and simpson. then it is francesco molinari and tommy fleetwood, format matches they will have played now against tiger woods and dechambeau. tiger woods coming out of this afternoon which is surprising. then ian poulter and rory mcilroy, they played brilliantly yesterday. they will be up againstjordan spieth and
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justin thomas. we just wonder whether there will be plenty more blue on the leaderboard this afternoon. 14.5 points is the number, that would see europe win back the ryder cup. thank you. seeing why the americans haven't won it on european soil since 1993. lewis hamilton dominated the final practice at the russian grand prix. he broke the track record as he beat his mercedes team—mate by a quarter ofa his mercedes team—mate by a quarter of a second. sebastien better was half a second off the pace. mercedes have won every russian grand prix since it started in 2014. qualifying gets under way at one o'clock. coming up shortly, paul paul boro will be playing at west ham. —— pogba. there are a premier league
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matches this afternoon, including manchester city at home to brighten and then chelsea hosting liverpool at 5:30pm. there are five matches in the scottish premiership, all kicking off at three o'clock. hearts host saintjohnstone well celtic are only six in the table after six matches. they are at home to aberdeen. more sport after one o'clock. now it is time for click. this week... drone delivers something. tim berners—lee turns the web on its head. and andy serkis plays a tormented, augmented orc. please, take me home. i can sing, i can dance, just take me home. i can do anything. i'll be good! knowledge is power —
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that's what we've been told. whoever holds the information has the control. our data is valuable. it really is, you know, as everyone says, the new oil. and for years we have been giving it away in exchange for... what? free services: social networks, e—mail, convenient shopping. and all the while, big companies have been recording our every move, selling our data on, and even using it to micro—target us based our personalities. earlier this year, the european union brought in the general data
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protection regulation to protect our privacy. but large amounts of our personal data is still stored and used by the tech giants. and some argue it should be wholly owned by us. not least because the underlying infrastructure that allowed the collection of this commodity — the internet and the web — were publicly funded in the first place. the real question is what is the contract that society should be making with these companies, which are not only collecting citizens' data, but also really using citizens' tax money to actually fund the technology. it really is, you know, as everyone says, the new oil. it could become critical for the ways that citizens access and interact with different types of services, like public services — basically interact with the welfare state in their country. professor mariana mazzucato is an expert in global innovation and economic growth. she tries to put a value on the unvaluable.
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she's advocating a public body to safeguard our information. so you could, in fact, have a public data bank, where the data is actually stored, in something like a public repository or public data bank, which could be run by some sort of external advisory council. as part of this early—stage concept, anyone wanting to access data held in regional or national repositories would have to apply for permission, and possibly pay a fee. the funds generated by these public data labs would be reinvested into areas such as the welfare state. but what about small, nimble start—ups that are trying to innovate? wouldn't they be crushed under the weight of such big public regulators? the fight to regain control of our data is also being taken up by none other than the inventor of the world wide web himself, who is now reassessing some aspects of his invention. we thought that all we had to do
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was to make it free and open, and good things would happen, and humanity would create good things, cos we had great faith in humanity. now we realise, actually, just making the infrastructure of the web and internet free and open isn't enough. his idea is to create an open operating system, called solid, which sits on top of the current world wide web, which users will access through normal web browsers. here, every single piece of our data that's created will be stored in our own pods. each pod can connect and share information with pods belonging to other users, if we choose, or even with apps and organisations. so instead of the big data companies taking your data into their silos, any app sitting on the solid platform will instead have to ask your permission to read or write to your data pod. that choice is very powerful because it means that you can
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choose, all those places will respect you. they'll give you complete control over who and what has access to it. the value of your data to you is actually greater than the value to some arbitrary corporation. so to them you are a dot in a data field, you help confirm the spending habits that people like you, of your demographic. but to you, you're you! the project which he hopes will mushroom into an ecosystem of decentralised data pods, apps, and companies, is, he says, galvanising pockets of online communities frustrated by the increasing centralised web. but interestingly, the tech companies are also making moves. known as the data transfer project, this new initiative allows data portability between platforms — currently google, facebook, microsoft and twitter. the point is to move the data
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directly from one service provider to the next, but obviously there are technical considerations at play. it is great to see that companies are embracing that vision. it is a form of complete user control. and it mightjust be that these giants are determined to handle and keep our data safely. there are banks and insurance companies that have as much, if not more, of my personal data and i trust them way less than i trust a company that is trying figure out and ask questions. so many times they mess up, but they learn, because the pressure that we put on them actually affects them. so if the tech companies are not as bad as they are often made out to be, should regulators get more creative in managing them? this is such a fast—moving area that, do you think that makes it difficult to regulate and keep contained, anyway? we need to have a certain mindset and value on a national level
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that we can work on from. because if we put limits and kind of borders on privacy, that's just going to put a stop on innovation. but if we give them values and fundamental principles to base their actions on, it is only going to give them a direction of where to go. so let's go back to the thought that data is the new oil. you could argue that the oil under the ground does belong to us all. but it is the extraction and what you do next that's the real hard work — the resources and the innovation, that's what is important. ingredients alone — if i have a bunch of ingredients but i can't do anything about it, i won't make any great recipe or sell anything. it is the same here with data. but the father of the world wide web is hopeful that he can still realise that democratic vision of the web
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that he'd originally worked towards. having agency all across the data spectrum. having complete control over your private and personal data is very exciting. an exciting vision, i think, for those people who get an inkling of what it will be like. hello and welcome to the week in tech. it was the week that a 40—year—old apple one computer fetched $375,000 at auction. and the tech giant bought song recognition app shazam $400 million. and swiss football fans hurled tennis balls and ps4 controllers onto a pitch in protest against club investment in e—sports. it was also the week where sony announced that it would allow fortnite players
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on playstation to play players on other devices. they previously suffered criticism for blocking cross play, despite other platforms like nintendo and x—box supporting the interaction. and at the forefront of targetted drug delivery could be this fellow. this tiny caterpillaresque bot from the city university of hong kong is capable of carrying heavy loads — up to 100 times heavier than itself — directly to an area inside the body requiring treatment. the robot can move efficiently inside surfaces immersed in body fluids. and for slightly more digestible droid news, researchers at the university of cambridge have developed a lettuce—peeling robot. using image recognition to identify the lettuce and stem, a suction nozzle tears off the outer leaf without damaging the rest of the vegetable. the entire process takes a savoury 27 seconds. if you believe the hype, every year for the last few years
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was the year of virtual reality. but despite that, somehow, vr still hasn't gone mainstream. so last year we talked about how our long—term goal was to help get a billion people into virtual reality. let's start off with how that's going. facebook paid $2 billion for 0culus in 2014. fast forward a few years, at 0culus' fifth developers' conference in california this week, an embattled mark zuckerberg got the chance to give some good news for a change. i am excited to announce 0culus quest. vr this year has been all about two things: ditching the cables and expensive computers that go with them, and then making the most of the new—found freedom to move. three degrees of freedom devices devices allow you to look around in any direction, but you better
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stay sitting down, because if you move, the virtual world isn't coming coming with you, and that disconnect can lead to motion sickness. six degrees of freedom headsets change that, so you can look around and move around. much more convincing. so what is so special about the 0culus quest? we think that there are a few key qualities that any vr system that gets to this scale has to have. first it needs to be stand—alone. that way there are no wires. second, it has to support hands. third, it has to offer six degrees of freedom. 0culus think that full hand tracking is a secret weapon that puts the quest above the rest. but what does it give you? if you look around me, there is not a single tracker to be seen, and that is because these four
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cameras are doing all that heavy lifting and figure out where i am in a room just by looking at it. this requires me to move, so i need to be ready to not get an injury. dave has a lovely headband on. i don't know that will help them. the whole space around me has been mimicked in vr, so i can move around in this area. usually virtual reality experiences are constrained to a small area — maybe a few metres. but this can go a lot further. 0culus said that it can work in huge arena—sized spaces, and any room in your home, opening up the possibility of new types of experiences. but there is not much point in having a brilliant new headset if you have nothing to do in it. it looks like having good content is going to bejust as important. 0culus were keen to point out that there would be stuff for you to do on the new headset by the time goes on sale next year. a host of games should convince people to buy into vr.
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0culus wrapped up its conference this year with a tantalising taste of some of the research they're working on behind the scenes. from creating more convincing interactions with our own bodies to helping us virtually connect with other people. the one on the right, there, is computer—generated. and by blurring the lines at any virtual and the real worlds. impressive stuff. but it is clear that there is still a lot to learn if virtual reality is really going to change the world. that was steve. now, whilst virtual reality cuts the viewer off from the real world, augmented reality is promising to enhance it by overlaying whizzy graphics. for the last few years, a company from florida called magic leap has been teasing its ar goggles, which can measure the space around it and adapt visuals to suit. the swish videos showing sci—fi—style user interfaces and mindbending interactive
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experiences created a lot of hype, but the problem was, nobody had actually got their hands or their eyes on a set of magic leap‘s goggles to test them out. that was until recently when the company finally released a developer version, costing nearly £1800. but before the inevitable consumer version drops, creatives have got to make experiences which will persuade us to invest in sets of techno—goggles that make us look like dr 0ctopus. marc cieslak has been hanging out at andy serkis' imaginarium studios to see what they have been cooking up in the efforts to all they reality. to augment reality. acclaimed actor and director andy serkis is a master of performance capture.
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so much so that back in 2011, he founded the imaginarium studios in london, a company dedicated to performance capture for movies, tv, and games. using 60 or so cameras, performance capture suits with tracking markers, and even software created for games, human actors can be quickly turned into out—of—this—world computer—generated characters. right here we have a brilliant explanation of what is actually going on on the stage. in the two corners we can see our actors who are performing on the stage, but on this screen right here, this is what the motion capture or performance capture cameras are actually seeing. and then over here, in real time, we can see those performances as cg characters, and they are using the unreal engine to help create those characters, which is a bit of videogames technology. using their performance capture know—how, the imaginarium has teamed up with florida—based super—secretive augmented reality outfit magic leap to show off its ar tech. they have done this with help
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from an embittered orc called grishnak, a character created in performance capture by andy serkis himself. grishnak is a character who belongs to a group of digital no—hopers called super zeroes. super zeroes are basically... you have to imagine, what happens to beautifully—created, wonderfully—crafted pieces of character concept artwork that doesn't quite make the grade? grishnak is one of those characters whose life was going to be... he was destined to be an orc in the lord of the rings and he never quite made the grade. 0k, andy, time to strap on the magic leap headset and check out your performance up close. 0h, here we go. over here! ok, so our character has erupted out of the screen and is appearing through a hole in the wall over here. you know who we are?
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no, of course you don't know who we are, we're nobodies! oh, i think i've broken my ankle. now he's appearing in front of me here on this table, fully 3—dimensional. i love you so much, please, take me home. i can sing, i can dance! just take me home! the closest thing this looks like to anything you might have already seen are the holograms in the original star wars films. george sears is part of the team here. he brought the cg character to life. back in february, actually, we started, we did a half day shoot with andy, and later in the week, on the thursday and friday, me and another colleague, who was actually out in florida, we were learning how to use the device after shooting this data. and we had a version of grishnak on the table three days after shooting, i think it was. so we can start reviewing how the character looked. so we could start previewing how
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the character looked on the device. movies and tv are very much a "lean back" experience and virtual reality and augmented reality, do they offer the opportunity for the audience to be part of the action, more lean forward? here we have a technology, performance capture which i think is one of the greatest 21st—century tools for an actor that allows you to play anything, to become anything. and a new platform which is sort of taking storytelling into another realm, which almost brings you back to an ancient form of storytelling, which is to be in and amongst the characters that have been created, not separated by a screen. so it's much more, it feels like you're living the story with the characters. this is not the only outfit experimenting with this ar technology. weta digital and industrial light & magic are also creating demos which explore the potential of this kit. for now though, this orc with an attitude delivers a tantalising taste of the possibilities provided by augmented realities. he's disappeared in a cloud of zeros and ones.
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now, one of those data companies that knows me better than most, better probably than me, is google. can you believe that this week it turned 20? although it looks pretty much the same as it did way back then, under the bonnet and behind the scenes, boy, has google grown. it all started when these two guys, then studying at stanford university, began a small project to create a searchable list of the world's webpages. it wasn't the first on the scene but what set it apart from its rivals was its clean design and genius ranking system. but the google search engine is nowjust one business underneath its parent company, alphabet, which also makes the android operating system and home voice assistant. then there is the mysterious
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moonshot factory, the research lab working on the more out—there projects, like the self—driving car. not many people have seen inside moonshot, but alison van diggelen got a rare opportunity to explore. this innovation lab has lofty ambitions to solve big world problems with tech breakthroughs. here, people get excited about crazy ideas like delivering burritos from the sky. they even get bonuses for scrapping projects. so why is this fetish for failure part of their recipe for innovation? i am here to watch the labs next idea lift off the ground. like its biggest rival, amazon, google is hoping drones can take speedy deliveries to new heights. but unlike its competitors, this drone doesn't need to land
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to drop its load. instead, it uses a winch system to unhook the package. it can fly for about 12 miles, carrying loads of up to 1.5 kilograms. the hover system allows us to hover with great reliability and safety. you see how there are 12 of these? we can have multiple failures and still fly 0k. wing has been delivering dog treats and gathering data in australia for years. but in the us, the competition is hotting up, thanks to an faa programme supported by the trump administration, in which about a dozen us regions will soon see drones buzzing in their skies. welcome to the design kitchen. this is the heart of the moonshot factory. this is where prototypes are designed, built, and sometimes even destroyed. taking me around is the man at the helm, astro teller. he says people often think because of google's deep pockets they can just throw money at crazy ideas.
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people ask, regularly, you must have near infinite money to fail fast. it is exactly the opposite. you could figure out now that the project you are running has an achilles heel that is going to doom it. or you could figure it out three years and tens of millions of dollars from now. you need near—infinite money to not fail fast. what we are suggesting, what we are practising here, is being the card counters of innovation, not the gambles of innovation. so, this is a vial of foghorn sea fuel, which is one of my favourite products that we did at x. the idea was to make renewable fuel by extracting it from seawater. the idea was to make renewable fuel by extracting c02 from seawater. this project was trying to solve a much bigger problem than the world's deliveries — climate change.
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it had to be shelved a couple of years ago, because even though the method was viable, the cost was not. but teller is proud of x's inventions, even its costly failures. we ran an experiment, and it turns out that's not the right way to do it. yeah, that happens 99% of the time, that the experiments we run turn out to have the answer, nope, nothing under that rock. but a fraction of the time, they get lucky. project lune is one of the x lab projects which recently flew the coop. it hopes to bring internet connectivity to remote communities in the world. kenya is first on the list. but relying on floating balloons to provide internet has its critics. it can go off—line when the atmospheric or financial climate changes. some naysayers even wonder if this lab's geniuses are living in a bubble. is teller‘s team even aware of the world beyond silicon valley? 0urjob should try to be to think through, as thoughtfully and ethically as we can, what unintended consequences might be, and head those off at the pass, in how we design the technologies.
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despite spin—offs, the lab has not yet made a profit. it may be a cliche to say that tech can make the world a better place, but these guys really believe it. that was alison van diggelen at moonshot. and that's it for this week. don't forget, we live on facebook and twitter at @bbcclick. thanks for watching. we'll see you soon. hello.
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we started today with a real chill in the air, further north, the cloud is producing outbreaks of rain, especially for scotland, temperatures between eight and 12 celsius. tonight, cloud and rain will sink into northern ireland and northern england, most of the rain sizzling away but leaving behind a band of cloud and it will hold temperatures to some extent but to the south, some places will once again get down to freezing. monday is another very cool day, temperatures perhaps bouncing back a little bit on tuesday. good afternoon.
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rescuers in indonesia say at least 384 people have been killed in the tsunami that struck the island of sulawesi. hundreds of people preparing for a beach festival are among those who are missing. the tsunami was caused by an earthquake, with a magnitude of 7.5, with palu the most seriously affected area. 0ur correspondent rebecca henschke is on the island and sent this report.
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