Technology & Society

New! I Love You, Now Die 140 min.

Directed by Erin Lee Carr (At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal, Mommy Dead and Dearest), I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth vs. Michelle Carter is a captivating two-part documentary about the recent texting suicide case that captured national interest, raising difficult questions about technology, mental health, and whether or not one teenager can be held responsible for the...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2019

New! I Love You, Now Die: The Defense 79 min.

In an attempt to prove that she was not solely responsible for boyfriend Conrad Roy’s suicide, Michelle Carter’s legal team begins their defense by focusing on Conrad’s relationship with his parents. They next call to the stand clinical psychiatrist Dr. Peter Breggin as an expert witness to speak to Michelle’s own mental-health issues and her prescribed medications that may have influenced her per...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2019

New! I Love You, Now Die: The Prosecution 62 min.

In 2012, teens Michelle Carter and Conrad Roy fell in love; even though they lived hours apart and met in person no more than five times, they exchanged thousands of texts over a two-year period. Then on July 13, 2014, 18-year-old Conrad was found dead in his car in a parking lot. What appeared to be a standard case of suicide by carbon- monoxide intoxication took a shocking turn when investigator...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2019

Engineering Solar Radiation Is a Crazy Idea: A Debate 93 min.

Geoengineering is an ambitious set of methods proposed by scientists to help mitigate the effects of climate change. And one type in particular—solar geoengineering—has been the subject of growing debate. Solar geoengineering involves several techniques, including injecting reflective particles into the stratosphere to reduce the amount of solar radiation and heat that reaches the Earth. This proc...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2019

Constitutional Free Speech Principles Can Save Social Media Companies from Themselves: A Debate 77 min.

Americans have long prided themselves on their commitment to free speech, a principle enshrined in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. But in recent years, hate speech and phony content have proliferated online, offending and misinforming millions of Americans. Some have argued that the world’s largest social media companies, such as Facebook and Twitter, should restrict access to extrem...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2019

R.E. Olds and the First Auto City 29 min.

This documentary tells the story of Ranson Eli Olds, known as R.E. Olds, and the city where automobiles were first mass-produced. A pioneer of the American automotive industry, both Oldsmobile and REO were named after R.E. Although folklore claims it was Henry Ford who created the auto manufacturing industry in Detroit, this documentary shows that R.E. Olds, in fact, did it first in Lansing. Using...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2019

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: 2019

New! Can We Build a Brain? 54 min.

Artificially intelligent machines are taking over. They are influencing our everyday lives in profound and often invisible ways. They can read handwriting, interpret emotions, play games, and even act as personal assistants. They are in our phones, our cars, our doctors’ offices, our banks, our web searches…the list goes on and is rapidly growing ever longer.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2018

New! Can We Make Life? 54 min.

"It's alive!" Since Dr. Frankenstein spoke those famous words, we've been alternately enthralled and terrified by the idea of creating life in the lab. Now, a revolution in genetic engineering and thrilling innovations in synthetic biology are bringing that dream—or nightmare, as the case may be—closer to reality. New tools allow researchers to use cells to create their own DNA.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2018

New! The Future of Sex Robots and Relationships 32 min.

Technology has been blamed for increased loneliness and the breakdown of relationships. Might it instead provide a solution? What would a sex robot experience feel like? Could sex robots change humanity? Computer scientist Kate Devlin puts forward a radical vision for the future.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2018