Technology & Society


New! Time Bomb Y2K 81 min.

As the clock counts down to the the 21st century, the world faces the largest potential technological disaster to ever threaten humanity. The problem is comically simple yet incredibly complex – a bug that could cause computers to misinterpret the year 2000 as 1900, sowing chaos throughout the world as electronic systems failed. Crafted entirely from archival footage and featuring first-hand accou...

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New! Inside China's Tech Boom 53 min.

In just a few decades, China has transformed into a science and technology superpower. How did it get here and where is it headed? Go inside high-profile tech companies and labs that are driving China’s meteoric rise to the forefront of global innovation. How does China innovate? What drives its bid for technological supremacy? And what does its rise mean for the future of the global economy?

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New! Episode 1: Space (Power Trip: The Story of Energy, Season 2) 57 min.

Modern energy takes us on a journey to the final frontier. This episode traces the history of space travel, with a focus on the energy innovations making it possible. Energy is required at every step in space exploration, and new forms of energy must be developed to reach other star systems.  Space exploration lets us examine earth-bound energy challenges like climate change.

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New! Episode 2: Disasters (Power Trip: The Story of Energy, Season 2) 57 min.

From oil spills and coal mine explosions to dam failures and nuclear meltdowns, we can learn much from disasters related to energy. At the same time, energy is the key to solving natural disasters and the looming disaster of climate change. In what ways does energy make our lives safer or more dangerous?

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New! Episode 3: Work (Power Trip: The Story of Energy, Season 2) 56 min.

Modern energy transformed work over time. From farm to factory to office and the “work from home” revolution, energy is embedded in our systems of employment. What is the future of energy and work?

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New! Episode 4: Entertainment (Power Trip: The Story of Energy, Season 2) 58 min.

Entertainment both shapes and reflects our attitudes about energy. Modern energy enabled mass entertainment like popular music, movies, TV shows, and video games, which impacted our society. Energy changed sports with climate control and modern lighting, and amusement parks help familiarize customers with energy breakthroughs.

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New! Episode 5: Culture (Power Trip: The Story of Energy, Season 2) 55 min.

Culture and modern energy go hand in hand. Our fashion, music, and art all have been impacted by modern energy. Wealthy industrialists with fortunes made from energy funded much of modern culture, using energy systems to spread culture across the globe.

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New! Episode 6: Globalization (Power Trip: The Story of Energy, Season 2) 57 min.

Learn how energy enabled rapid globalization, both as both a widely traded product and as a facilitator for moving goods globally. In the ancient world, globalization was always a goal, but modern forms of energy provided the missing link.

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New! Power Trip: The Story of Energy (Season 2) 360 min.

"Power Trip: The Story of Energy" uncovers the hidden energy that is embedded in our modern way of life, revealed as the underlying force behind water, food, wealth, cities, transportation, and war. Filmed around the world, the six-part documentary series takes viewers on a journey through the past, present and future of energy.

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Bruce Schneier: A Hacker’s Mind 6 min.

Artificial intelligence has the potential to dramatically alter how we gather information, communicate, and work. Experts are also raising questions about how it will affect governance and what it will mean for the future of our democracy. Bruce Schneier, a fellow at Harvard University's Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, joins William Brangham to discuss.

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