* Date : 2017-10-26
4 Angles Ep.192
Memories of the Candlelight Revolution
Late last year, millions of Koreans went out to streets to call on former President Park Geun-hye to step down for her involvement in a massive power abuse scandal, showing the whole world what democracy looked like in action. The engaged citizens conjured a democratic miracle and eventually became the recipients for this year's human rights award by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Germany's oldest political foundation. Let's revisit those historic moments brought about by democratic participation.
State Responsibility System for Dementia
As of 2017, 700 thousand elderly people in Korea suffer from Alzheimer's disease. With Korea's elderly population set to soar in the coming years, the number will only increase. The Moon Jae-in administration pledged to start a new program specifically devoted to the issue. Let's zoom in on Korea's new state welfare program and what needs to be done for the government to take full responsibility for Alzheimer's patients.
AI Companion Robot Pororot
What would it be like if AI robots were your friends? This is no longer a story from a sci-fi movie because Korea now has Pororot, the country's first AI robot of an animated character. The robot features a speech recognition and synthesis engine, which is based on machine learning to communicate with children and also convert texts into Pororo's voice. Pororot garnered much attention nationwide for meeting with President Moon Jae-in as well as for its cultural power in the country. Let's learn more about Pororot that preps us for a future in which humans coexist with AI robots.
Hidden Treasures in Seoul
Seoul is home to 10 million people. Beneath the city, there are places that have for decades been hidden from the public: Korea's first oil storage cavern in Mapo; an underground bunker speculated to have been constructed as a secret facility for then-president Park Chung-hee; and an air-raid shelter built by the Japanese at the cost of destroying parts of Gyeonghuigung Palace. The mysteries and histories of these places are finally being unveiled. Visit the sites and learn more about Korea's modern history.