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Her and Cleverbot

18 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 18 February 2014

Is it ever appropriate to start a relationship with your computer operating system? Such a conundrum is contemplated by the character played by Joaquin Phoenix in the Oscar–nominated film, Her, set in the near future. Such a future has already been envisioned by Rollo Carpenter who has designed an intelligent system called Cleverbot that is capable of sophisticated interactions with humans. Click reviews Her and puts Cleverbot through its paces.

Colombia, like many countries has suffered from the huge number of landmines left uncleared and undetected after violent conflicts. A team of industrial designers hope to make the landscape safer with a project called SaveOneLife by devising a landmine detecting system worn on the inside of a pair of shoes. Colin Grant talks to Lorena Cardenas of Lemur Studio Design about how the system would work.

Extreme Citizen Science
Citizen Cyberscience aims to empower amateur scientists by harvesting their enthusiasm and growing expertise. Ahead of the latest summit in London, Click talks to one of the organisers, Muki Haklay about the growth of the citizen science movement and projects such as Participatory Mapping in Congo-Brazaville.

(Photo: Joaquin Phoenix as Theodore Twombly in Her © Warner Bros. Pictures)


3 items
  • Her and Cleverbot

    Exploring the boundaries of human-computer relations with Cleverbot and the film Her

  • SaveOneLife

    Colin Grant reports on how smart detectors in shoes might locate landmines in Colombia.

  • Extreme Citizen Science

    Muki Haklay discusses taking citizen science to the extreme in Congo.



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