tv Click - Short Edition BBC News October 10, 2020 7:30pm-7:46pm BST
they are likely to face tougher restrictions. wearing a face mask in all work places and outdoors should be compulsory, says the british medical association. president trump says he's feeling grea, as he makes his first public appearance following treatment for coronavirus, although aides are yet to confirm whether he's still contagious. armenia and azerbaijan agree to a humanitarian ceasefire, following two weeks of intense fighting over the disputed territory of nagorn—karabakh. recognition for the uk's unsung heroes of the pandemic, as hundreds of key workers and volunteers are awarded in the delayed queen's birthday honours. now on bbc news, it's time for click.
hey, welcome to click. hope you're doing 0k. it's been nearly seven months now since we all packed up our camera kits on this programme and took them home. even back in march, we were being told we needed to get ready for the long haul, but i'm not sure many of us were able to mentally prepare for that properly. how are you doing, lara? well, i can't believe it has been that long already. i think there's a strange sense of us restarting this again. i suppose things had got a little bit back to normal but now we know we will be continuing for quite a while. one thing that i am starting to feel better about, though, and i think quite a few other people may be as well, is starting to differentiate between home and work life, even though it's all happening in one place. yeah, it is tricky to get the boundaries right though, i have to say. for example, this is what happens
at my place every week. i have to take over the entire living room and then we have these loud script meetings somewhere else in the house beforehand. of course, working from home can mean a lot of video calls, and that puts you at the mercy of meetings being interrupted by the dreaded free... er, yeah, that. which is really annoying when the person speaking was about to make a brilliant point. i think what lara was about to say is that chris fox has found a new way to keep talking even when your internet isn't playing ball. hi, everyone, thanks forjoining today's video call, hopefully you don't notice anything unusual about my face — because this isn't technically a live video of me, in fact i am not even looking at the camera, i'm using computer trickery to make it look like i am. what you've just seen is one of several tools being developed by nvidia, the graphics card maker that it hopes will change video calling
and make it possible even on really slow internet connections like at my mum and dads house. streaming video can use a lot of bandwidth so the idea here is to send just a few key components instead, a reference image of the caller and tracking data capturing their facial expressions. these can be recompiled at the other end, closely matching the original footage. this is still in development. it only works if you have a static background and there are a few times where my avatar looked a bit weird, but this is using a fraction of the data that video calling would. nvidia says this technique uses about 3 kilobits per second of video, although, obviously, you'd have to layer audio on top of that too. the other benefit is that they can use face tracking data for other things like animating a avatar in real—time for you to use in your video call, although i'd probably choose a more exciting design than this. i've been told on twitter it makes me look like
jacob rees—mogg. they can also use face tracking data to change the direction you're looking so that you're facing the camera. the question is, is this me? i mean, it looks like me and it is controlled by me but it's not me, it's more of a puppet of me, isn't it? to get philosophical i called nvidia's richard kerriss and asked him whether using avatars like this might make video calls less personal. well, hopefully not. hopefully it's driven by you or driven by me and we would then be the puppetmaster, in your analogy, but i think it's, you know, if i can have a better experience in my conversation with you by having a clearer picture and less diversions of things, whether it's noise or video backgrounds and stuff, i think that helps personalise it more. we've seen the capabilities of deep fakes and the kind of things people use it for, isn't there the possibility that people might use this kind of technology for dishonest purposes? good question. but that's not our intent. our intent is really to improve the workflows that people deal with on a given basis, and,
look, there will always be ways that people can — you can make movies of yourself just by doing this. i've seen kids in school doing that, my daughter, someone got in trouble at school because they made a rather lengthy loop of them paying attention in class. there will always be that kind of stuff but that is not our intent. nvidia hopes its tools will be integrated into the big video calling platforms. the first one to sign on as avaya. and we are seeing ai tools creep into our video calling software, we have noise suppression in zoom and eyeline correction in apple's facetime. but, for me, the one ai feature i hope they can add next is one that can eliminate unnecessary video calls. that was chris. now, one of the companies that has had huge success during the pandemic is zoom. it may have been founded in 2011 but it's only really been since march this year that saying you're zooming someone has become part of everyday conversation. so spencer has caught
up with harry moseley, the company's chief information officer, to find out a little bit more about the zoom boom and how he perceives the future of work. the world changed for pretty much everyone in march and suddenly most of the world seemed to want to conduct video conferencing en masse. i would imagine that the world changed for zoom pretty drastically at that point, yeah? one could say so, i mean if you go back to december 2019, we had north of io million daily participants on the platform, in march it went to 200 million people, and in april it shot up to over 300 million daily participants on the platform. i want to talk about your virtual background, because that's the thing that's just amazed so many people. can you explain what's going on, because it looks to me like it's trying to find the human being, and as i move different objects
across my body you can see it kind of removes them, which is very... it obviously knows that that is not part of a hand, that cup is not part of my body and so it's removing it from my hand. what is going on? it's mapping out my body, it's so it can recognise my face and...and it's also focused on this room. but, typically, when you walk backwards into the virtual background, you actually disappear into the virtual background, i don't know if you've noticed that. yep, yeah. because it's. . .the camera seeing, you know, sort of, it's seeing the physical presence and then it's...but then it can't see it because it's out of the range and then it sort of lays over the virtual background. it's pretty clever stuff. now, over the past few years we've found ourselves spending
more and more time inside food computers. now, these mainly involve growing food in special nutrient mixes inside shipping containers. you may remember the strawberries that we saw in paris and the delicious salad that i tried in los angeles. the idea is to both precisely control the growing conditions, but also produce food closer to where it's going to be consumed. but now there's a new idea. it's not about growing fruit or vegetable, but insects. paul carter has been to find out more and filed this bug report. rooster crows. wood farm. a family run business in the green fields of cambridgeshire. home to fourth—generation farmers charles and joe, a flock of 28,000 free range chickens, and, now, 6 million wriggling black soldier fly larvae.
don't worry, these are for the hens. winner, winner, chickens‘ dinner. oh, my god, there's millions in there. you don't need to stick your hand... you don't need to touch it. i don't want to touch it any more than you do. i really don't want to touch it. no. the chickens here are used to eating locally milled wheat. sounds delicious. but now home—grown insects are on the menu, thanks to this ai—connected containerfarm. it's a system which allows byproducts to be upcycled on site into high—quality, high—protein animal feed. the climate—controlled system is made up of trays stacked on robotic rollers. each holds around 20,000 larvae, which get their own snacks from liquid feed. all this is controlled by a panel on the wall with an app also in development. typically, industrial—scale
insect farms grow and process larvae onsite, before shipping to customers. better origin, the university of cambridge spin—out behind this trial, say they want to democratise insect production to farmers themselves. if you think of feed, right, it travels a very long distance to get to the point of farm. soy usually travels from brazil, ok? by putting a system on site, you dramatically cut down on all that food miles. not only that, you can do it vertically. but the smartest bit of all this is the ai that's monitoring the bugs. a combination of sensors speak with each other, sharing data around temperature, humidity, ph, and motion. computer vision systems analyse how quickly they consume their food and how much they're moving. this information is put through a neural network to detect how each tray of insects is performing, if they need more less food, and if they are healthy or not,
so the farmer can intervene. of course, the main thing for farmers like charles is that it is easy to use, and results in happy hens. the trials that we've done, we have seen that the gut health on the bird has been fantastic. we've seen that feather coverage has been fantastic. so all round, we think it's probably the best enrichment we've ever come across. now, it wouldn't be click if i didn't familiarise myself with the grubs, and get in with the hens, who've been hiding inside the barn from the rain. try and get in before they get out. come on, girls. it's grubs up for the chickens, quite literally. i've never seen anything like it. they love it. they're pecking my feet. it's a good job i don't have feet.
that was paul with 12,000 of his new best friends. anyone needs any eggs, by the way, paul's your man. now, that's it for the shortcut version of click. the full length version is, of course, waiting for you right now on iplayer. and as ever, you can keep up the team throughout the week on youtube, instagram, facebook and twitter at @bbcclick. thanks for watching, and we'll see you soon. bye— bye. hello and welcome to sportsday, i'm chetan pathak. coming up on the programm: a champion‘s kiss — poland's first grand slam singles winner makes history
at the french open as 19—year—old iga swiatek pulls off a stunning win against sofia kenin. exeter brush aside bath to reach their fifth—successive premiership final, where wasps await. and valtteri bottas delivers a blow to lewis hamilton's hopes of winning the eifel grand prix. welcome to the programme, thanks forjoining us. two years ago, she won the junior wimbledon title aged 17. today, iga swiatek is the french open champion and the lowest—ranked woman to win the title in paris. the polish teenager was up against america's sofia kenin,
the australian open champion, but showed few nerves as she wrapped up a history making win in straight sets. adam wild reports. the paris autumn sunshine, a fitting backdrop for tennis‘s this freshest, brightest talent. this is iga swiatek, unseeded, a teenager, herjourney to this french open final as unexpected as it has been dazzling. but even withjust 1000 watching on, such occasions bring a unique pressure. how would she cope? well, that's how. what a point. swiatek fearless, unfazed. her opponent sofia kenin only a little older, but already a grand slam champion. still, unable to stop swiatek taking the first set. and from there, she just kept getting better and better. how do you stop her? kenin had no answer as swiatek stormed her way to become french open champion, surprising everyone, including, it seems, herself.
tennis loves a superstar. the sport, today in paris, may have just found its latest. today saw another impressive win for britain's alfie hewett, who has won his second french open wheelchair singles title. he beat belgiums joachim gerard in three sets, just 2a hours after winning the doubles title with gordon reid. exeter are on course for a domestic and european double after beating bath in their premiership semifinal. the chiefs will meet wasps at twickenham in the final later this month, after they beat bristol earlier. ben croucher reports. it's been a long wait but exeter are nearly there. a european final next weekend, premiership won there week at about. english rugby's new powerhouse budging their way past all before them in 2020. and if