BBC Digital Planet
Start Time 09.30
BBC Digital Planet is part of the Phuket FM Radio EDUtainment programming. Produced by the BBC and available to 91.5 FM and 102.5 FM as BBC Broadcast partners.
Meet The Team at Digital Planet
About Gareth Mitchell
Before Gareth Mitchell joined BBC World Service he was a broadcast engineer.
“The people who seemed to be having all the good fun were the creative types in the studios,”
and so he swapped engineering for presenting.
In his spare time, he lectures in broadcast and written journalism at Imperial College in London.
About Bill Thompson
Technology writer Bill was born in Jarrow, grew up in Corby and went to Cambridge University.
He still lives and works in Cambridge.
Bill began to write for The Guardian in 1990 and in 1994 set up the paper’s website.
Two years later he became a freelance writer and has been writing and broadcasting ever since.
About Ghislaine Boddington
Ghislaine joins the programme with many years experience in the integration of the human body and digital technologies.
Passionately considering from all angles the best outcomes for us living beings within this wonderful world.
A Reader in Digital Immersion at the University of Greenwich, she is Creative Director and curates and presents worldwide on her futuristic ideas.
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This week on Digital Planet: Bitcoin’s environmental cost
El Salvador has voted to recognise bitcoin as legal tender, and there is a great deal of interest globally in digital currencies that provide an alternative to cash.
However mining bitcoin, the intensive computation needed to claim ownership of new Bitcoins, uses vast amounts of electricity – more than many countries produce.
Currently most of this energy is supplied from traditional fossil fuel sources rather than renewables. Larisa Yarovaya from Southampton Business school discusses whether Bitcoin is really worth the environmental cost.
Drones for surveying disaster areas with cameras have been around for a while , but now researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Communication, Information Processing, and Ergonomics have revealed a drone based system that can listen to the environment and pinpoint people who may be in distress following floods or earthquakes. Researcher Macarena Varela describes the drone and its microphone array.
And lidar, the survey method which used lasers to reveal topographic detail is now finding a use in mapping Rio De Janero’s Favelas. These areas of informal housing developed in largely unplanned ways, but a wider understanding of their geography might help those who live there access essential services.
The lidar survey has the advantage of being conducted without revealing the inhabitants personal information say MIT researchers Arianna Salazar Miranda and Claire Gorman.
The programme is presented by Gareth Mitchell with expert commentary from Angelica Mari Studio Manager: Sue Maillot Producer: Julian Siddle
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