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Monday 13 August - We Might as Well be Finnish
The Fins have a saying: “We can’t be Swedish. We don’t want to be Russian. We might as well be Finnish.” Kavita Pillay travels to Finland during the country’s centenary of independence to find out how this Nordic nation, profoundly shaped by its two much bigger - and very different - neighbours, comes to be one of the best governed, least corrupt, most educated nations in the world. (BBC)
Tuesday 14 August - Where are You Going? Hanoi
Part 2 in the series "Where are you going? Takes us to the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi, where Catherine Carr meets the feminist teenagers who dream of equality and a jet-setting seven-year-old who is already worried about college. She meets a depressed new mother struggling to cope, and a teenager praying for good exam grades. The exchanges can be funny, sad or sweet or simply unforgettable. Mixed with the sounds of the city, the stories create a poetic and unpredictable listen. (BBC)
Wednesday 15 August - Can we control 3D printing?
It was May 2013 when Cody Wilson went public with his 3D-printed handgun. Since that first successful firing, 3D printed guns and the debate around them has come a long way. The design for Cody Wilson’s plastic firearm, dubbed the ‘Liberator’ has been downloaded from the internet nearly 100,000 times. The US government has tried to block its publication, but is the cat already out of the bag? (BBC)
Thursday 16 August - Science Stories #3. Descartes' "Daughter"
Philip Ball tells the story of Descartes and his automaton "daughter" - and his writings about humans and machines. He finds out more about the thirst for mechanical wonders and what it said about theories of the human body in Descartes’ time, from historian of science Simon Schaffer of Cambridge University. And Kanta Dihar of the Centre for the Future of Intelligence also at Cambridge University talks about current research into AIs, driven purely by some mechanism of formal logic, that can mimic the capabilities of the human mind, and how contemporary culture explores our fears about them. (BBC)