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Jamillah Knowles | 22:09 UK time, Monday, 11 July 2011

Hello Outriders!


This week on the podcast you'll find some mixed treats from boosting your online personality to stretching that wifi a little bit further.

 


 

First up I had a chat with Chris Hoff who is helping to run DefCon Kids. You may have heard of the DefCon conference where hackers and security experts gather and it sounds as though some of those people are all grown up to the extent where they have children of their own. Chris told me why there's better things to do than start a DefCon day care and how the next generation are getting involved.

 


 

From hackers being social to hacking some wifi. The global FabLab movement has a great project on the go where people in rural areas without much in the way of access can find a way to get wifi access. Already running in Kenya and Afghanistan, FabFi is helping people get connected. Amy Sun is one of the FabFolk and she told me all about her work.

 


 

Closer to home now, I had a visit from the CEO of Neato Robotics, Warren Flick. We talked about the future of robotics in the home, whether we'll have the Jetson's lifestyle and if people are prone to talking to their vacuum cleaners.

 

 

 


 

Last but not least this week, I chatted with Matthieu Cherubini about his amazing work, Replicants. The social web can be a slightly intimidating and competitive space. So how can you steel your nerves and get some conversation flowing? Simple, add your own bot or replicant.
Matthieu's project shows some real differences in our online and offline social habits and it seems that although "bot" can be a dirty word if it's selling you spam, it could also be your best friend when you need a little help.


That's all for this week, of course if you are up to something that we should all know about, then you know what to do. Email me at Outriders at bbc dot co dot uk, search for Outriders and join us on Facebook, or Tweet my way where we are @BBC_Outriders.

 


 

Until next week!


~ Jamillah

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