Technology & Society


Don't Trust the Promise of Artificial Intelligence: A Debate 101 min.

As technology rapidly progresses, some proponents of artificial intelligence argue that it will help solve complex social problems and offer humans greater powers and virtual immortality. But critics of artificial intelligence argue that its rewards may be overpromised, and that the pursuit of super-cognitive computers and autonomous machines could have unintended—and scary—consequences. Should we...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2016

The Most Dangerous Town on the Internet: Where Cybercrime Goes to Hide 24 min.

What if there were "countries" the size of the average suburban household? What if they had their own rules, laws, and currencies? What if one of them almost brought the entire Internet to its knees? They’re called data havens, and they are the Switzerlands of the Internet: bunkers, caves, and sea fortresses, offering cybercriminals and freedom fighters alike the privacy to conduct unregulated inf...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2016

Game Of Drones 29 min.

A giant leap for mankind or a hazardous lurch into the unknown? A tiny Australian venture is racing to rule the skies – as drone companies vie to deliver mail, medicines and margherita pizza to your door.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2015

March of the Machines: Is AI a Threat to Mankind? 44 min.

Evil artificial intelligences are luckily confined to fiction. Yet leading scientists claim that intelligent machines are "the most serious threat facing mankind." Are they right or could a mind free from human prejudices create a better world? Or is all talk of artificial intelligence a deluded fantasy? The Panel Physicist Roger Penrose, computer scientist Nigel Shadbolt, and novelist and digit...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2015

Breaking the Wall to Digital Democracy: How Socio-Physics Shapes the Future of Smart Societies 14 min.

As the development of the Internet of Things is taking up speed, connected devices are producing staggering amounts of data. Estimates say that by 2020, there will be 26 times more connected things than people – devices which will produce 400 zettabytes of data per year (one zettabyte is a trillion gigabytes). Managing this flood of data is one of the biggest challenges facing policy, industry and...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2015

Breaking the Wall to Medical and Sustainable Technologies: How a Nanotech Toolbox Can Revolutionise Medicine and Energy Storage 15 min.

The sheet of paper this text is printed on is about 100,000 nanometres thick, and one hair on your head is about 50,000 nanometres wide. In our everyday experience, these are some of the smallest objects we are able to see and feel, but compared to the nanoscale, they are colossal. The nanoscale describes the dimension between 1 and 100 nanometres – in terms of objects, between a sugar molecule an...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2015

Breaking the Wall to Mind Machines: How Deep Learning Can Give Birth to General Artificial Intelligence 15 min.

From chessbots to chatbots and from search algorithms to industrial assembly machines, humanity has arrived at the age of machine intelligence – or at least machine work, if we take seriously a definition of intelligence as “the abilities to learn from experience, adapt to new situations, understand and handle abstract concepts, and use knowledge to manipulate one’s environment“ (Encyclopedia Brit...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2015

Digital Side Effects: When Computers Think for Us 45 min.

Featuring psychologists, scientists, and professors from all over the globe, this documentary synthesizes theories, psychiatric evaluations, and quantitative evidence from studies on the brain that indicate a serious global epidemic of digital addiction. The ubiquitous nature of the Internet in developed countries as well as the surge of smartphone use over the last few years has had a significant...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2015

Uranium: Twisting the Dragon's Tail—Part 1 55 min.

The story of uranium is part science, part history, and all epic adventure. It is a journey through place and time, around the most dangerous and wondrous rock on Earth. "Uranium: Twisting the Dragon's Tale" is an action-packed journey to explore the most dangerous, wondrous, and controversial rock on Earth. Join physicist Dr. Derek Muller as he travels to Russia, Japan, North America, Europe, and...

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2015

Uranium: Twisting the Dragon's Tail—Part 2 55 min.

The story of uranium is part science, part history, and all epic adventure. Itis a journey through place and time, around the most dangerous and wondrous rock on Earth. "Uranium: Twisting the Dragon's Tale" is an action-packed journey to explore the most dangerous, wondrous, and controversial rock on Earth. Join physicist Dr. Derek Muller as he travels to Russia, Japan, North America, Europe, and...

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2015