Technology & Society


New! The Truth About Killer Robots 80 min.

When a robot kills a human, who takes the blame? The Truth About Killer Robots explores this question, as well as many other practical and ethical matters that humans face as we become more dependent on robots than ever before. An eerie, eye-opening work of science nonfiction, this 83-minute documentary from director Maxim Pozdorovkin (Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer) charts incidents in which robots ca...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2018

New! Automation Will Crash Democracy: A Debate 96 min.

With automation poised to displace workers in the fields of medicine, agriculture, and beyond, technology will likely disrupt labor patterns around the world. As people lose their jobs to robots, some argue, the gap between rich and poor will widen, distrust in government and democratic institutions will grow, and dangerous, authoritarian ideas will spread. But others argue that technology has dis...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2018

New! Bitcoin Is More Than a Bubble and Here to Stay: A Debate 100 min.

In 2009, a person or group of people created Bitcoin, a digital currency. Unlike traditional currencies, which are backed by central governments that regulate their value and supply, Bitcoin is computer-generated and has no overarching authority controlling it. Today, Bitcoin and other "cryptocurrencies" are worth billions. Supporters of these cryptocurrencies argue that they will revolutionize gl...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2018

New! Globalization Has Undermined America's Working Class: A Debate 79 min.

In recent decades, globalization has ushered in an era of free trade, fluid borders, and unparalleled corporate profits. The reduction of barriers among states and their economies, advocates argue, has enriched nations and expanded opportunities for workers and consumers around the world. But in the United States, jobs are disappearing, opponents charge, and from construction zones to clerical off...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2018

New! Preserve Net Neutrality: All Data Is Created Equal: A Debate 91 min.

Should the Internet be regulated, and if so, how? In December 2017, the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal "net neutrality" rules that had been adopted in 2015. (A period of public comment followed, and the repeal took effect in June 2018.) Net neutrality is a broad term that refers to the idea that Internet service providers (ISPs) must treat all data on the Internet equally rather...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2018

New! Social Media Is Good for Democracy: A Debate 81 min.

Social media has transformed the world in the 21st century. By connecting people across the planet, proponents argue, platforms such as Facebook and Twitter have helped lead a digital revolution, providing tools that foster global friendships, break down long-standing barriers that kept people and ideas from being heard, and given citizens everywhere access to a broad spectrum of news and informat...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2018

Swiped: Hooking Up in the Digital Age 87 min.

With over 40 million Americans currently online dating, the internet has become an ubiquitous tool in modern courtship. Dating sites and apps such as Tinder, OkCupid, Match, Bumble, Hinge and others are part of a $2.5-billion industry that is rapidly changing the rules of dating, both expanding and accelerating access to potential mates for everything from “hookups” to long-term relationships. Swi...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2018

Mechanical Monsters 63 min.

This film investigates the origins of our love-hate relationship with technology. Historian Simon Schaffer tells the stories behind some of the most extra-ordinary engineering wonders of the 19th century, including computers made from cogs and gears, giant replica dinosaurs, enormous telescopes, vast steam pumps and devices that herald the birth of cinema. Through stunning images of amazing machin...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2018

Digital Addicts 54 min.

Children as young as three are becoming addicted to mobile phones, harming their development and causing possible long-term damage. We follow some of the youngest cases and hear how our brains are affected by exposure to screens. We also learn how platforms like snapchat or facebook are engineered to make them hyper-addictive. Three year old Ryan doesn’t speak, avoids eye contact and frequently ha...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2018

Robots: A Brave New World? 51 min.

A new industrial revolution is under way. Super-intelligent, docile and never tired, robot workers are carrying out ever more complex tasks. In Saudi Arabia, some have reached such a stage of evolution that they have even acquired the status of citizen! But workers are struggling to find their place in this new world and even the creators themselves suspect that robots are destroying more jobs tha...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2018