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14/03/2010

Duration:
55 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 14 March 2010

THE FORUM - A World Of Ideas - an edition which joins in the BBC’s SuperPower internet season, presented by Bridget Kendall

Illustration opposite: The internet creates shared meaning and a primordial soup of our origins but we must protect it and ensure our privacy. By Emily Kasriel

Chapters

7 items
  • Wendy Hall

    Why a Semantic Web will be much more intelligent and searchable

  • Bruce Damer

    How distributed computing can simulate the chemical origins of life on earth in an Evogrid

  • Evgeny Morozov

    Why so much of the information on the net lacks context

  • Evgeny Morozov

    Can we be sure data in cyberspace will last or is digital decay inevitable?

  • Bruce Damer

    Why is it worth preserving computers of the past?

  • Wendy Hall

    How Web Science can help us influence the future of the internet.

  • 60 Second Idea to Change the World

    Bruce Damer wants to create the first Planetary Mood Ring

  • WENDY HALL

    WENDY HALL

    Leading British computer scientist, Dame Wendy Hall, believes that the net is ready for a substantial upgrade. At the cutting edge of internet discovery from the start, she’s now working alongside its founder Tim Berners-Lee to create a Semantic Web in which all data is linked and tagged to make it significantly more intelligent and searchable. But she also cautions us not to take the internet for granted and to look after it well.

  • BRUCE DAMER

    BRUCE DAMER

    Californian pioneer of virtual worlds and avatars, Bruce Damer, is on the point of harnessing the power of distributed computing to simulate the chemical origins of life on earth in his Evogrid. Yet he’s also following Wendy’s advice by running a museum for vintage computers and the early predecessors of the internet, helping to conserve at least one part of our internet history.

  • EVGENY MOROZOV

    EVGENY MOROZOV

    And can we be sure the World Wide Web - and data in cyberspace generally - will last? Will we need to create a digital will for our digital assets? Belarus-born blogger Evgeny Morozov says that digital decay is inevitable and nothing lasts for ever, even as 0s and 1s. Photos, documents and hyperlinks we used to be able to access are very often lost, inaccessible or disintegrating. So how will we protect our digital world?

  • 60 SECOND IDEA TO CHANGE THE WORLD

    60 SECOND IDEA TO CHANGE THE WORLD

    In our 60 Second Idea to Change the World, Bruce Damer wants to create a 'Planetary Mood Ring': a central place on the internet for every human to text, tweet, email, blog and click in the essence of their mood in any moment. These "moodies" will provide us with an instant emotional pulse check on our planet.

    Click here to add your "moodie" to the Planetary Mood Ring
  • IN NEXT WEEK’S PROGRAMME

    Why some alien plants might not be that bad for our woods and meadows...and why depressive penguins make such good characters in East European novels!

  • Planetary Mood Ring

    Planetary Mood Ring

    By Emily Kasriel

    Send us your "moodies" to add to the Mood Ring...

Broadcasts

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