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The Digital Human

Series 17

Obsession

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Aleks explores how obsessive behaviour can spiral out of control and hears from people whose watching of others became uncontrollable, compulsive and all consuming. Show more

The Digital Human

Series 16

Snake Oil

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for over a year

Aleks Krotoski explores why science is being drowned out by Snake Oil online, and how the balance can be shifted to keep desperate people from being exploited. Show more

The Digital Human

Series 17

Ghoul

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for over a year

Violent content online has rightly been condemned. Yet while we criticise those facilitating the supply we rarely talk about the demand. Aleks Krotoski asks who views it and why.

The Digital Human

Series 17

Between

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

We have evolved to recognise the boundaries of personal space. But how do we navigate it in a digital world, where the triggers that we’re used to interpreting are invisible? Show more

The Digital Human

Series 18

Character Witness

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for over a year

In Chicago gang territory is now defined online through profiles, posts and uploaded music. No-one can claim to be neutral anymore with 58 gang factions within a six-mile radius. Show more

The Digital Human

Series 18

Faceless

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for over a year

It's becoming harder to hide from facial recognition technology but what does this means for people, who protest against political systems, in places controlled by surveillance? Show more

The Digital Human

Series 19

Lab Rats

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Aleks Krotoski finds out what happens, for ill or good, when we are all turned into digital lab rats, often without our knowledge or explicit consent. Show more

The Digital Human

Series 19

Plenty

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

We are on the cusp of technological and social changes greater than the Industrial Revolution.. Aleks Krotoski asks, who will we be in the age of automation, AI and post-scarcity? Show more

The Digital Human

Series 21

Trust

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

As our offices continue to exist virtually, Aleks looks at how working remotely changes the dynamics of trust between employee and employer and with ourselves. Show more

The Digital Human

Series 21

Sacred

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Sacred objects and places are often imbued with memories, memories we cherish and define who we are. Aleks asks if technology can be a conduit for sacredness. Show more

The Digital Human

Series 21

Monstrous

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LWLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

The monsters we create have always given us insight into what we're scared of in the world around us. Aleks Krotoski asks what those born of tech tell us about our fears today. Show more

The Digital Human

Series 21

Stream

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LWLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for over a year

During the pandemic technology is a lifeline to traditionally non-digital forms of art. But has high culture adapted to being just another stream of online content? Show more

The Digital Human

Series 22

Fated

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Aleks Krotoski explores the power of toys and play in shaping our technological future. And asks if the image of what's to come gets stuck in attitudes & expectations of the past? Show more