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  • China seeks to dominate AI
    US officials are warning about China's ambitions in artificial intelligence, saying that the country could come to dominate in the field, giving the country unprecedented military advantage. Chris Meserole, an AI researcher with the Brookings in Washington DC, explains the concern. Also in the programme, The social media platform Twitter amplifies tweets from right-leaning political parties and news outlets more than from the left, its own research suggests. The tech giant said it made the discovery while exploring how its algorithm recommends political content to users. Anna Kramer at tech site Protocol explains the significance of this research. Plus, the BBC's Rahul Tandon explores the future of lavish Indian weddings, after they got a lot smaller during the pandemic. All through the show we'll be joined by Sharon Brettkelly of Radio New Zealand. Picture: US and China flags. Picture credit: Getty Images.)
    10/23/2021
    48:27
  • WeWork shares jump more than 13 per cent in public markets debut
    Shares of the office-leasing company WeWork closed up more than 13.49 per cent on Thursday, after the company went public through a special purpose acquisition. We hear from Peter Eavis of The New York Times, who has been following the ups and downs of the company. A dispute between Brussels and Warsaw threatens to overshadow a summit for EU leaders. A Polish court recently found parts of EU law were incompatible with the country's constitution, and there have been calls from some quarters to withhold EU funds from Poland in response. Anna Wojcik is a researcher at the Polish Academy of Sciences and editor of the Rule of Law publication, and discusses the background to the dispute. The company behind a new cryptocurrency called Worldcoin wants to give away its tokens for free. But in exchange, users have to agree to have their eyes' iris scanned. This is, the website says, to "prove that they are indeed human... and that they have not received their free share of Worldcoin already". But there are already privacy concerns, as we hear from Sam Biddle of The Intercept. Shares in the Chinese property conglomerate Evergrande fell by 11.5% when they resumed trading in Hong Kong today. Sherry Fei Ju is a freelance journalist in Beijing, and brings us the latest developments. The Austrian city of Vienna is known for its collection of art galleries and museums. But some of the exhibits, it seems, are a little too racy for some social media networks. So the tourism board is posting images on the website OnlyFans, the only social network that permits depictions of nudity. We hear from Norbert Kettner of the Vienna Tourist Board. Plus, it's the beginning of India's festival season, and our workplace commentator Sandip Roy considers the challenges of trying to work through the mega festival Durga Puja, when millions are on the streets partying til dawn. All this and more discussed with our two guests throughout the show: Paddy Hirsch, a contributing editor at US National Public Radio, in Los Angeles. And writer Rachel Cartland, in Hong Kong. (Picture: A WeWork office building. Credit: Getty Images.)
    10/22/2021
    52:20
  • Brazil president rejects covid lockdown claims
    President Jair Bolsonaro rejects claims that he prioritised the economy over his peoples’ health in Brazil, as people give moving testimony to senators, who want to bring criminal charges against him. Latvia re-enters lockdown – evening curfew, home schooling and working from home are all back in place. We speak to investigative journalist Inga Springe. An oil tanker has been marooned in the Red Sea off the coast of Yemen for years – loaded with crude oil, and rusting away, it’s stuck near one of the world’s biggest shipping lanes. The BBC’s Ed Butler investigates why nobody is doing anything about it so far. Finally, the Frankfurt Book Fair, one of the biggest of its kind, is back: as people have dived in to reading during the pandemic to escape, we speak with Bodour Al Qasimi, founder and chief executive of publisher Kalimat, who is there. We discuss all this with guests Zyma Islam who is a journalist for the Daily Star in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and in Canada Ralph Silva, educator and broadcaster. (Image: President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro. Credit: Andressa Anholete/Getty Images)
    10/21/2021
    52:23
  • NYC taxi drivers to go on hunger strike over debt
    The yellow taxi is a symbol of New York, but the industry has collapsed under compounding economic pressures, and many drivers say the city’s response has been woefully inadequate. Now they’re planning a hunger strike. Medallions are permits that allow drivers to own their taxis. Buying one used to be a path to a middle-class life. With prices reaching $1 million, buyers were pushed toward reckless loans, while the city made a profit. The drivers have lobbied for relief and the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission has finally proposed a relief plan. We hear more from one of the drivers camping in front of the City Hall - Augustine Tang. Also in the programme, Credit Suisse Group is to pay $475 million to American and British authorities to resolve bribery and fraud charges related to a $2 billion scandal over Mozambican government-guaranteed loans which came to be known as tuna bonds - they were originally intended to help build up a domestic tuna fishing fleet in the country. A Credit Suisse subsidiary also pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge in New York. Plus - the BBC's Clare Williamson reports on whether edible insects are likely to become a significant source of protein for humans in the coming years. And, the television show Squid Game has become streaming giant Netflix's most popular series. But it has led to a row between South Korea's SK Broadband and Netflix, as the internet service provider is suing Netflix to pay for costs from increased network traffic and maintenance work, thanks to the surge in viewers. PHOTO: New York City taxi drivers protesting/Augustine Tang
    10/20/2021
    52:28
  • Amazon denies misleading Congress
    The firm was questioned over its business practices and accused of copying other peoples’ products, and rigging search results to boost its own branded products. The US car giant Ford has unveiled a $300m plan to convert a plant in the UK to make electrical components. Plus, after a BBC investigation about online hatred against women, we hear from former Scottish politician Ruth Davidson and Love Island’s Kaz Kamwi about their experiences – and why tech companies aren’t doing as much as they could. And finally, Apple’s latest slew of products have proven to be lacklustre for some – the BBC’s James Clayton at the latest tech giant launch tells us why. We discuss all this with live guests Peter Morici, Professor Emeritus of International Business at the R.H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, and in Hong Kong, Shuli Ren, Bloomberg Opinion columnist. Presented by Jamie Robertson, and produced by Gareth Barlow. (Image: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos testifies via video conference during the House Judiciary Subcommittee last year. Credit:Getty Images)
    10/19/2021
    52:08

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