tv Click - Short Edition BBC News November 16, 2019 3:30am-3:46am GMT
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inafew in a few minutes, it is time for news watch. at first, here is click. —— but first. it's kind of hard to remember a time when we didn't have taxi—hailing apps. and when i say taxi—hailing apps, even though there are many more players out there, it is uber that comes to mind first. at its conception a decade ago, uber was really disruptive. i mean, the idea that you could have a taxi to you within minutes, it would know exactly where you were, you could see where it was and you didn't even have to have any money on you. i mean, it was revolutionary. the company grew at a rapid pace,
becoming the highest valued start—up in the world. this without ever turning a profit. in fact, in the last three months alone, uber lost an eye—watering $5.2 billion. undeterred, uber continues to expand and has its name stamped onto many apps that provide different types of services, all part of the so—called ‘gig economy'. now, it has faced a lot of backlash in many of the countries that it operates in from taxidrivers who have been losing out because of the platform's aggressive pricing strategies and from city authorities who've raised concerns over workers‘ right and passenger safety. here in london, the transport authority says it too has concerns about passenger safety, and it will decide later this month whether to renew uber‘s licence. in the meantime, carl miller has met up with an uber driver who has
concerns too, although this is about how uber controls his livelihood. it's monday morning and i'm catching a ride with hadi. another one. like so many parts of the digital world, the gig economy was supposed to be a liberation. you 0k? apps like uber were supposed to transform how you worked, work when you want, where you want. but now, many fear that whether it was either in the platforms and how they work or the data and how it's collected, they don'tjust represent the liberation, but also something else — a potent new form of control as well. what i was told is that the closest driver gets thatjob, but i don't believe that to be right, ‘cause what happens is i've seen customers sitting in my car, trying to book a ride and it's not bouncing to me, it's actually going to drivers who are far away, five, ten minutes.
that was something i really couldn't believe, so we gave it a go. but although i was physically sitting next to him, the job went to someone several minutes away. uber has now introduced a system that aims to reduce the waiting time for everyone, not just a particular passenger. and this may lead to the counterintuitive situation where your driver can get to someone else quickly and another driver can pick you up soon too. confused? well, so is hadi. and although the driver app gives some information, he's struggling to understand what factors really determine how work is allocated. in his five years of driving, the work has become scarcer. it's becoming even more important to hadi to understand the algorithm that actually allocates the work that exists. important, but also unknown. you drive around all day, thinking maybe that's the best way to beat this algorithm or to meet up with the algorithm that has set. carl, i don't know what's going on.
on an average, i used to work six to eight hours, five to six days a week. the number of days have not changed but the hours have increased. it will still be ten to 12 hours, five to six days a week. after costs are factored in, hadi says he and many of his colleagues are often struggling to make even the minimum wage. not only for hadi, but plenty of other drivers as well, is actually, if you think about it, the algorithm that lets him feed and clothe his family. it's cold, hard maths, but with tremendously human consequences. unfortunately, we all depend on the algorithm. want we want from it — to be fair, to be transparent... that's the most important thing. there was only one way for hadi to actually figure out what's been going on — asking for his data. and when he got it back,
it made things even more confusing. james farrar established the worker info exchange to help people across the gig economy to actually make sense of their data. he told us the information hadi received refers from everything from speed to battery level, but, crucially, doesn't reveal the things he really wants to know such as rates of paid or the actual time spent on the platform and how to optimise his chances of earning more money. drivers always want to understand that they're getting a fair deal, that the value, the quality, the quantity of work is distributed. well, uber has always proposed to its workforce that the workforce, drivers are their own boss, they're free to make their own choices, they are effectively running their own business. but if that's true, then i must be able to access the endless amounts of data i'm creating for uber every day.
but a joint study between oxford researchers and uber itself found that on average, drivers earned above london living wage and reported they were happier than the average worker across the city. critics question, though, when the full costs of being an uber driver have really been factored in when those figures were arrived at. the same arguments now playing out in the streets of london have happened in the city after city across the world. in what might have been a globalfirst, the powerful taxi and limousine commission in new york didn't just ask uber for data, but demand it, and until uber handed it over, they were banned from operating. what we found out was that conditions were worse than what was being described to us by drivers. 96% of drivers were making less than the city's minimum wage, but without that information, you only have anecdotes, you have stories from drivers about low wages, but you have no way to really quantify that, and without quantifying it, you can't create a policy to bring
those levels of wages up. in response, uber said: hello and welcome to the week in tech. it was the week disney officially entered the streaming market. well, it didn't quite go to plan. disney + finally went live in the us, canada and the netherlands, but customers reported technical issues with many unable to connect. disney said demand had exceeded its highest expectations. maybe ralph really did break the internet after all? in the fastest backflip and u—turn since. . .well, sonic, the updated and redesigned hedgehog has been officially revealed in a new trailer for the upcoming live—action movie. the original trailer drew a deluge of complaints and mockery over
the original cgi design of sonic himself, forcing animators — quite literally — back to the drawing board. from spinning hedgehogs to backflipping robots. these footballing flipping robots from mit are called the mini cheetah. its creators claim it is virtually indestructible and can right itself if it falls down. as well as some smooth soccer skills, it's also capable of working over uneven terrain twice as fast as a human. let's hope it can't climb trees. and finally, in other robot news, if you're one of those people that don't like speaking to shop assistants, maybe you'd rather direct your questions to one of these welcoming faces instead. this humanoid shop assistant from russian company promobot can apparently show emotion and they claim they can make photorealistic clones like these arnold schwarzenegger and albert einstein dolls. greeted by these in store, would it be hasta la vista? or will you be back? you decide.
for those with serious food allergies, knowing exactly what you're eating can be a matter of life or death. when it comes to packaged food, the ingredients are normally clearly on the label, plus a warning if it may contain traces of nuts or any other allergens. but when it comes to eating in someone else‘s house or in a restaurant, things get a little bit more complicated. so, if you want to add an extra level of checking what those ingredients are, well, i've been putting some technology to the test that might be able to help. this is nima. now, there's a version that tests for gluten and another that tests for peanuts. the idea is that you put in a small sample of the food that you're eating, as small as a pea, into one of these capsules, that goes inside the device, which syncs up to your smart phone, and you can find out whether the ingredient you can't eat is in it or not. i'm going to put both of them
to the test with this cookie, which should contain gluten but shouldn't contain nuts. the device uses antibody—based chemistry born out of mit technology to detect proteins or allergen. the compa ny‘s algorithms then translating complex science into a smiley go ahead and eat it face — or not. this is a pricey occupation, though. each one—time—use capsule currently setting you back five whole dollars. and the company does advise that this is an extra level of checking on top of your normal due diligence and, of course, carrying any medication. ok, well, i can confirm that the device definitely got this correct. it says that gluten has been found. it comes up here on the device and you can see here on the phone, 12:30pm today, gluten has been found. if i tap on that, it gives me the option of notjust making a note for myself so i remember, but also, sharing the data to the nima database. and, of course, as more
people use these devices, that database will start to become a lot more valuable. let's give the peanut tester a go. you can do this with liquids or solids. and we have a result in the form of a smiley face. so of course these devices don't eradicate the need for a doctor's diagnosis or checking what's in your food. but for some, maybe they could provide an extra layer of reassurance. we are always available on social media. thank you for watching and we will see you soon.
we ask the editor of breakfast. remembrance sunday is always a significant day in the news calendar with a solemn ceremony at the cenotaph in london driven by a century of tradition. wreaths are laid by members of the royal family and the leaders of political parties, and how the latter do so, particularly during an election campaign, it's bound to be the object of scrutiny. the prime minister faced criticism on a number of grounds — for stepping out of line too early, for wearing a blue rather than a black suit, for having his coat undone, and for apparently laying his wreath upside down. but there was nothing compared to the criticism of the following morning's bbc breakfast when they broadcast this. the conservatives have pledged new protections to protect soldiers
from legal actions against accusations of wrongdoing on the battlefield, and labour says it will increase pay and adult training. those pictures, shown three times during monday morning's breakfast it looked rather different to the live broadcast the day before, where, if i'm perfectly honest, mrjohnson looked a bit unkempt and, of course, has been reported