Simon Cox is at the helm as the programme which explores the latest developments and issues in the world of IT returns for a second series.
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Monday 22nd October 2007
Whether you've embraced technology willingly, or you’re slowly learning the delights of the digital world, this series will have something for you. Simon Cox finds out how modern technology touches people's lives.
Social interactions in virtual reality Simon faces his biggest challenge yet as presenter of Click On, when he tries to chat up a virtual woman. In Professor Mel Slater’s lab at University College London, researchers are exploring how to make people engage with virtual characters, and whether those encounters and scenarios can be used to help people overcome real world difficulties such as social phobias.
Hermione Cockburn meets Dr John Crawford from Abertay University in Dundee, who is building a computer simulation which shows the spread of MRSA under different handwashing regimes. He hopes the results will point to the ways to minimise the impact of the disease.
Robots and autism
Simon meets Kaspar, a remote controlled robot, who is being used by his creator Dr Ben Robins to help autistic children develop relationships and interact with their family and classmates.
Northamptonshire Police Force have been using data mining techniques – using computers to sort through vast amounts of data and pick out salient information – to help them make decisions about the circumstances under which it’s best to use their resources – when to use forensic teams, for example. However, there are fears about the circumstances under which data mining could be used as a tool when investigating crimes – Gareth Crossman from Liberty explains why.
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