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the american entertainer bill cosby has had his conviction for sexual assault overturned by the supreme court of pennsylvania. he served more than two years of his sentence at a state prison near philadelphia. he had originally been found guilty of drugging and molesting a woman into thousand and four. president xi jingping is attending a celebration of the chinese communist party's 100th anniversary. events are communist party's100th anniversary. events are taking place in and around tiananmen square. he said the ear of china being bullied is over. the celebrations have ignored the devastating famines and purges of its early decades in power. 0fficials purges of its early decades in power. officials in north—western canada and the us a warning of the threat of wildfires after several days of record—breaking high temperatures. british columbia in canada recorded 100 access desks thought to have been caused by the heat.
now on bbc news, click. this week, pods on wheels. gigs in games. and drones on the beach. hey, welcome to click and welcome to my new office. it's a bit small but it does have one advantage, and that's that it can be absolutely anywhere. hiya, fancy seeing you here. hello, nice pod. are you avoiding me in there? as we start to talk about the future of workspaces post—pandemic, the go pod is one idea. it can be placed in the middle of an open—plan office or a public face like a coffee shop, giving people the opportunity to be able to book a safe and private space.
yeah, this is about a future where people are starting to work partly in offices and partly elsewhere too. this hybrid working that we're hearing so much about. and go pod want to put these things everywhere so there's always one nearby, because it's all very well working in a cafe but sometimes you do need to take a private call or have a private meeting. and to do so, you find the nearest pod via the app where you can book it and pay for it. it's fully ventilated, and the company is also trialling using uvc lights to kill off any bacteria and viruses between uses. and they�* re reasonably soundproofed. sorry, what? i said they're reasonably soundproofed! no idea. now, this is a 1—person pod. there will be 4— and 6—people pods coming too for when we can all share the same air again. but while we're waiting, lara has been to see a different type of pod that really does move.
knocks on pod. hello? lara: many people who've taken a breakfrom using public transport may feel a bit intimidated about returning to it. so i've come to take a look at the making of what's being called a post—pandemic vehicle. this concept pod would sit somewhere between a bus and a taxi, both in size and cost, and could be booked, summoned and paid for via your smartphone. it'd be well ventilated, clearly labelled when safe to use, and moving screens would provide customisable—sized carriages. one could imagine being downstairs on a bus or on a train, that courage could be configurable, so that's something we're working with manufacturers on to look at how they can configure vehicles to make them more friendly for multi—people use. and doing it via a mobile phone
means you don't have to actually touch anything. exactly right. obviously a lot of benefits in the post—covid world but is this based around a vehicle that you created before? pre—covid, we were still using that user—centred design philosophy, and what were people's issues them? they were more interested in comfort, for example, or motion sickness. in autonomous vehicles, we can programme how gently they take off and what sort of acceleration and deceleration they give to the occupant in order to minimise that motion sickness dose, and so make the journey more co mforta ble. but wouldn't it be nice if you just didn't need to travel so far? spencer: yes, and that, my friend, is where working from home might morph into working near home. if the pandemic�*s left you sick of typing at the kitchen table, then this new local desk—booking app could be for you. narau launched last year and it lists desks in 350 locations,
including co—working spaces, offices and hotels. this is the closest workspace to where i live and narau says this is different from the tradition co—working model where you would rent access to a dedicated co—working space on a longish—term contract, maybe month to month, but with this service, individuals can lease out spare desks and workers can work for as little as an hour without a contract. they say it's a bit like airbnb, but for desks. with many office spaces now sitting empty, a service like this could help building owners to monetise underused properties, with the app taking 10% of the fees and also giving users more flexibility on the type of place they want to work. so whether you're kind of relatively introverted, you might want to space that is quiet, and that might be more suited to you or if you might be more extroverted and want to go to a super creative space. people now don't need to go
to an office space to show that they are working. and while it's mostly being used by individuals, some companies are also using the app to help their employees work remotely too. for example, cherelle khassal, former crystal palace footballer, now runs her own digital marketing firm. it changed us massively because we go to london quite a bit or birmingham and we always cram into like a starbucks or a nando's. being in a small coffee shop signing an nda, it's just not doable. it's just good to be able to to jump on the app and book a co—working space, it's brilliant for us. who knows, maybe this app will help cherelle�*s team to as nimble online as her old one was on the pitch. lara: meanwhile, i don't normally mind getting my hands dirty at work but these days, it's all about keeping them clea n. well, we're all pretty used to being greeted by a hand sanitiser anywhere we go these days. your work past would have an rfid tag in it
which sets off an alert if you walk straight past this, so a discreet text message would arrive on your phone, reminding you to go back again and clean your hands. there we go, job done. just don't have your ringtone set to loud. imagine the shame. pre—pandemic, savortex had focused on smart hand dryers that counted how many people used them compared to how many passed by. some maybejust didn't dry their hands but many didn't wash them, yuck. and then covid struck. however the future of our workplaces may play out, one thing can be fairly sure, and that's that they're changing. pardon? i can't see what's happening outside. what are you doing? i'm coming out!
0k, right now, we are smack bang in the middle of euro 2020. are you enjoying it? yeah, you? yeah, iam, actually. i like a good shout in front of the tv and, quite frankly, i need that right now. indeed, but as the excitement heightens, there is growing evidence that playing the game may not actually be so good for you, as repeatedly heading the ball could actually, long—term, lead to head injuries, so paul carter has been taking a look at one piece of tech researchers are using to learn more. newsreel the west german attack had bite and purpose. _ 0n they came again. concussion is a growing concern in professional sport, but it's not always as obvious as being knocked out cold. there's also growing concern about the potential for much longer—term damage. football is a sport increasingly coming under scrutiny in this area. a recent paper by glasgow university found that
ex—footballers are 3.5 times more likely to die of dementia potentially caused by heading the ball. it's due to what is called sub—concussive head impacts, lower—impact hits that, frequently repeated, can have a residual effect. when football players head a ball, we can detect that you get changes in the electrical circuitry. to what you call the sub—concussive hits, you're not getting any symptoms and, in many ways, that is more sinister because you can have these sub—concussive hits week in, week out over a number of years and not detect them. the effect is starting to show in football heroes of the past. 5 out of the 11—man 1966 world cup—winning squad developed dementia in later life. these kinds of impacts aren't just a concern for seasoned pros, they can affect anyone, professionals, amateurs and especially children
and teenagers. the effects of sub—concussion is far greater in children. you can see it in severe cases. the recovery time is far, far longer. but edinburgh—based company hit has come up with a piece of technology they think might tackle the problem by measuring how much impact an athlete sustains to the head when taking part in sport. i went to their lab at heriot—watt university to see their final stages of testing. and what we're doing is we're basically calibrating the accelerometer that's in the back of the head in the hit device to give us a really good indication of kind of how sensitive the accelerometer is and if we need to maybe alter that or if it's all good to go. would that be kind of the equivalent of the sort of impacts people might be getting in a real—world situation, or are you sort of going beyond that? so what we're doing here, the 60 gs is our threshold impact. what we would do there is put
an adult rugby player, or an adult, anyone that's not wearing a helmet, and that is risky and it's dangerous. we want you to be checked out. for this one, you are seeing that movement down, the band of the head similar to when you get whiplash with your head off the ground. godspeed, mr head. three, two, one... that looks pretty dramatic. so you've got the numbers there? we've got the numbers here. you're seeing the impact. so you're seeing the impacts. we are able to count all of your impacts in a traffic light system. 0bviously 9 gs, anything up to 20 at the moment, is deemed safe. amber is when it's getting a bit risky and red, we want you to get off and get checked out for any symptoms. seeing it in the lab brings home how hard these impacts actually are, and how we overlook them in the speed of the game. it's certainly not something i would want to happen to my head.
but to understand how this transfers onto the pitch, we met with some members of the heriot—watt women's football team who are trying out the device. there we go, so it's picked up this first header. there was a 10 g one, so it's gone up now, so that's the new highest one, as we're watching. but that's still sort of within safe... within the safe range, of course. it is the accumulation. you're seeing research at the moment suggesting 20 headers or 15 gs is showing a change in brain that would take 2a hours to recover from your baseline. when we go outside to play sport, how often do we think about the hidden costs to our heads? it's particularly easy to see how this technology could be used with children to really understand the impact young heads are taking playing games at school. being able to see the hits that we are sustaining when playing sport may well help us consider how much we are putting are brains through.
i really do think that real—time sensors is the way to go. we can act quickly, quantify concussion better, sub—concussion better, and take action to prevent early onset dementia. but all this does raise the question — should we really be using our heads at all? hello, and welcome to the week in tech. it was the week that the eu opened an anti—trust probe into google's advertising business. and dating app bumble closed its offices and gave staff a week's paid vacation to combat stress. the autonomous mayflower ship has returned to the uk after an attempt to sail the atlantic without humans on board. ibm said that it suffered mechanical issues and would attempt the voyage again once repairs were completed. facebook announced it would start testing virtual reality adverts in its 0culus quest apps, but the one developer who publicly signed up, resolution games, has
cancelled their involvement after a backlash from players. and finally, there is now an intelligent carpet that can track your movements. researchers from mit's computer science and ai laboratory have created the new tactile sensing carpet which can estimate human poses. the intelligent rug has over 9,000 sensors, converting a person's pressure into electrical signals and outfitting a 3d human model. it's a step towards improving workouts, smart homes and gaining. aladdin's magic carpet may have a competitor. spencer: now, you may remember that last year i watched rapper travis scott perform his astronomical concert inside the video game fortnite. it turns out that over five gigs, so did 27 million otherfans. try getting them into wembley stadium. after its success, talk has turned to whether the future of pop concerts is in gaming.
marc cieslak has been to the latest fortnite concert, this time from r&b superstars easy life. all right, listen up. all of this has been digitally re—created inside the game fortnite. they've taken a few liberties with some of the interior decor though. the in—game venue has been turned into a virtual playground with different themed interactive rooms. leicester five—piece easy life's debut album released in may — this is the first time uk artists has appeared in a fortnite game gig. i knew about the travis scott thing before this even happened, and i thought, like, this is revolutionary, this is the future. 0ur version is almost completely different, in that it is like a real—world version of us, but in the gaming world, so it is like this combination of live performance and music video, but within fortnite the game. so we are like inside a giant fish, we get flushed down the toilet, we surf
through a city... does the in—game experience allow players and the audience to explore the themes of your album a little more than, say, a video stream, or a straightforward video? we could flesh out all the themes of the album, there are lots of nods towards things that we care about like climate change and other things within fortnite that, like, we were able to really expand oi'i. so it is super exciting. i can't wait to actually play it. i think it is brilliant, it's never going to replace going to a gig but is a lovely extra thing to have. while we wait for live gigs to return to venues like this one, can performances inside video games fill the void left by a lack of live music? it is notjust the loss of entertainment and appreciation of live music that we have been missing during the pandemic.
the financial hit and lost revenue to the industry as a result of covid—19 has been significant. it has been devastating for the live music scene. you are talking about an industry that was worth £1.3 billion, and that has been reduced by, i think it's 85%. also if you think, we're not short of news on how little musicians from streaming services, most of them made that up through live performance. so that whole industry has just imploded, and it has not had the financial support from the government in the same way that perhaps other industries have. so yeah, it has been devastating. so the effect of the pandemic on the 02 is that overnight the doors were shut, 9 million people a year normally come in to this venue, so restaurateurs, bar owners, fans, staff that work here, the doors shut. so what has it been like as musicians during the pandemic, because you've not long had your debut album out,
normally you would be touring that, and playing live, and of course the entire world is very much shut down. yeah. how many times we have moved the tour... we have cancelled two uk tours, one european tour, an american tour, a japanese trip. we love cancelling tours now. usually we release music and tour it straight away and we get that instant gratification of like, oh, people like this. just releasing music into the world with no sort of road testing of the songs live is quite daunting. the performance will be available to experience from 2ajune. it will remain in the game world for three days before disappearing as the band packs up its virtual tour bus, hopefully preparing for the real thing this year. lara: that was marc. now finally, british summertime has emerged, and for many that may mean wanting to take a trip to the seaside. but sadly, not everybody leaves the beach as they found it. this not only causes
an eyesore, but also a problem for wildlife on land and in the sea. dan simmons has been taking a look at one high—tech solution to this problem. dan: it's a lovely spot. but last year, bournemouth beach on england's south coast wasn't left looking at its best. released from lockdown, record numbers flocked here, and many left their rubbish behind. this year, with travel to many foreign holiday destinations off—limits, orjust too much of a risk for some, the british seaside holiday is back in fashion. 0ur coastal resorts need the visitors, theyjust don't like what's often left behind. and that's why bournemouth has decided to embrace technology to fix what's on the floor with the help of an eye in the sky.
it is sam on a cloudy june morning, and ellie is preparing for take—off. she has been asked to help bournemouth, christchurch and poole council fight their battle against litter across the towns and here on their 15—mile stretch of coastline. so what are you up to? so we are flying a drone along the beach, the coastline here. as you can see we can very rapidly cover in just a few minutes several kilometres of this beach, and we take aerial images, so top—down, birds—eye photographs which are then processed by our software to identify the trash with the most photos. essentially we are building up a treasure map of trash. the brilliant thing about this is not only does the software identify where it is and how many items there are, but also the type of trash it is, the different categories, so whether that is a food container, a drinks bottle, a toothbrush for example. and we can do this to 47 different categories of letter, to over 95% accuracy. and that information is really useful to inform local council
to improve their litter strategy. it is bournemouth a special beach in any way? absolutely. we know this 14.5 miles of coastline is one of the most beautiful parts of the uk. but from a scientific perspective, or a little perspective, what is really interesting about this section of coastline is that it is erosional. that means the waves come up and removes the sand and anything that is left on the sand. anything that the tourists bring and leave here, any litter that has left behind, has the potential to be washed into the ocean, where it can cause thousands of years worth of damage. so it is not only the local area that people are potentially littering, but the rest of the world as well. ellipsis earth has form. it has already deployed the technology in italian tourist hotspot sorrento, where changes led to a 45% drop in littering.
they have also done projects on the river ganges in india, and the galapagos islands in the pacific ocean. if ellie's scheme is as successful here as it was in italy, there will be one group of people who will be only too pleased to be out of a job. the dorset devils are a group of more than 700 litter—picking volunteers. since 2013 they have been patrolling this beach, and further inland. it is horrendous, absolutely terrible. and the pandemic of course has made it massively worse, with much more litter. and i am dreading it this year, i must say. lots of bottles, cans, cigarette ends — they are the bane of my life, cigarette ends, i hate it. anyone can join the team, and this younger devil can definitely see the positive side. you get to help the environment, and it is sort of fun. what ellie's project brings to the party is a more
scientific approach to what's going wrong, and some fresh ideas as to how to tackle it. so this data is really useful because it has so much detail. we can see that cigarette butts are congregating and collecting at the rear of the beach, in areas that we might suggest putting new ashtrays in. with the sort of friday night, saturday night, party—goer crowd, have things like disco bins, which are a very fun intervention, they play a song and shine disco lights all over the floor so people can have a bit of a bin boogie. that is a completely different intervention to targeting the families, where things like toy libraries, so that families who have bought bucket and spades for the day, they don't want to take them home, they shouldn't be leaving them on the beach, they can bring them to a community deposit area where people can share those items. we can also look at more longer term strategy that might need
a bit of planning. something like banning plastics on the beach entirely. being able to switch all of your ice cream spoons, plastic spoons for wooden ones, would have a very instant reduction in impact. three weeks later and click was back in the city to film these swanky new bins that have already been installed as part of the review. smokers are voting with their butts, beach—goers are discoing as they dump. but many of ellie's 50 recommendations for change will take several months, and that is only if the council decides to follow italy's lead. that was dan having an absolutely rubbish time on the beach. do you see? anyway, that's it for this week. as ever you can keep up with the team on social media, find us on youtube, instagram, facebook and twitter at @bbcclick. thanks for watching, we'll see you soon. bye bye.
hello there. the first couple of days ofjuly look pretty similar to how we ended the month ofjune on, and that's with quite a lot of dry weather around with some sunshine. but there will be some showers around, too. generally isolated, but they will be quite heavy and slow moving where you catch them, as there will be very little wind to move them on. that's because we're in between weather systems, as you can see here, this weak area of high pressure building in. this is the area of low pressure which has brought a lot of grey, damp weather across eastern parts of the country throughout the week so far. it will still be close enough to bring further grey, damp, drizzly weather from east anglia up towards northumberland, but a much drier and brighter day, i think, for the southeast of england. elsewhere, early cloud clearing to allow for some sunny spells, but we could see a few isolated showers here and there. perhaps a bit of low cloud and mist
lapping on to western england and west wales' coastline. and it will be warmer where you have the sunshine — low 20s celsius — but cooler along the east coast. so a better looking day for wimbledon for thursday and friday. more sunshine around. it'll feel warmer, but it does turn more unsettled as we head on into the weekend thanks to a new area of low pressure. through thursday night, any showers should tend to fade away. and again, we'll see variable amounts of cloud, a bit of mist and fog here and there and some clear spells. and for most of us, i think those temperatures holding in double figures, the odd single value there under clear skies and some of the glens in the north. so to end the week, again, a similar pressure pattern, but this area of low pressure is heading towards our shores just in time for the weekend. so for friday, then, there will be variable cloud to start with, a bit of mist too, but it looks like that will melt away. we should see some good spells of sunshine. the thinking is now we could see a few more showers around on friday, pretty much anywhere, but especially across central and southern scotland. it will be heavy, and with light winds, they will be slow—moving as well. but top temperatures, again, 22—23 celsius. then into the weekend, low pressure takes over,
it becomes more unsettled for all of us. and you can see it moving here from the southwest. could bring a spell of more prolonged rain across england and wales on saturday. further north could see some heavy, slow moving showers. into sunday, it looks like the whole of the uk will see a mixture of sunny spells and heavy, perhaps thundery showers. so temperature—wise, because there will be more cloud around and showers, not quite as warm as how we've ended the week — temperatures ranging from high teens to the low 20s.
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