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28 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 19 October 2010

Johnny Ryan discusses his new book - The History of the Internet and the Digital Future - on the extraordinary evolution of internet.

Jonathan Kent reports on the growth of Wikileaks and its competitors. How reliable are the leaks and should there be any editorial control over the leaking of highly sensitive material.

Researchers in the US have developed a robotic snake that helps in the surveillance of difficult terrains, uninviting to man and other machines. The robotic snakes are also helping out in the operating theatre. Howie Choset describes how the snakes might be used cardiac surgery.

And Digital Planet investigates the bizarre episodes of exploding mobile phones in India – urban myth or actually something to worry about?


4 items
  • A History of the Internet

    Johnny Ryan discusses the history of the Internet and the Digital Future.

  • Wikileaks

    Jonathan Kent reports on moves to curb the potential abuses of Wikileaks.

  • Robotic Snakes

    Howie Choset explains how robotic snakes might help surgeons.

  • Exploding Mobiles

    A report on the fact or fiction of exploding mobile phones.


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