Technology & Society


New! Amazon Is Good for Small Business: A Debate 59 min.

Since its founding in 1994 as an online book dealer, Amazon has expanded to become the biggest internet-based company in the world. In 2020, its revenue exceeded $368 billion and its market capitalization surpassed $1 trillion. As the "everything store," Amazon sells countless products from millions of vendors. In 2021 alone, more than 1.9 million small and medium-sized businesses used the platfor...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2022

New! Use Gene Editing to Make Better Babies: A Debate 57 min.

Suppose a genetic disorder that can cause disease runs in your family. Your doctor tells you that, should you wish to have a child, that child is likely to get the disease. But CRISPR, a new gene-editing technology, could change your fate by ensuring that your baby is—and remains—healthy. Even more, it could potentially guarantee that your grandchildren are also free of the disorder. What do you d...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2022

New! Why We Still Use Email—Bloomberg QuickTakes 5 min.

Four billion people use email on this planet, and collectively around 300 billion emails are sent each day. But with the advancement of technology, why are we still using something that predates the Internet itself?

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2021

Disruption 55 min.

Host Niall Ferguson focuses on the great network revolution of our time and one that happened 500 years ago – the Protestant Reformation. With the help of experts in network theory and historical precedent, Ferguson untangles important issues including why social media networks polarize us, why some ideas go viral, and why truth itself is at a disadvantage.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2020

Networld War 56 min.

Host Niall Ferguson focuses on the geopolitics of our interconnected world. With lessons from the fight against terrorism in Iraq, Russian attempts to divide Americans through social media and the rise of an internet-powered surveillance state in China, Ferguson shows how our democracies are under threat from forces that exploit and weaponize the social networks we invented.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2020

Niall Ferguson’s Networld 165 min.

In this groundbreaking series hosted by Niall Ferguson and based on his bestselling book "The Square and the Tower", Ferguson visits network theorists, social scientists and data analysts to explore the history of social networks. Ferguson demonstrates how human behavior, disruptive technology and profit can energize ideas and communication, ultimately changing the world.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2020

Winner Takes All 55 min.

By looking at lessons from Victorian telegraph pioneers, Cold War history, Fritz Lang’s Metropolis and George Orwell's 1984, host Niall Ferguson tells the story of how a decentralized, not-for-profit worldwide web shape-shifted to become a highly profitable network controlled by a tiny elite selling our attention for billions of dollars to the world's advertisers.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2020

New to Our Collection! The Internet of Things Asks: Comfort or Privacy?—Bloomberg QuickTakes 3 min.

The Internet of Things, the vast collection of internet-connected devices talking to each other and completing a wide range of tasks, is getting bigger and more connected by the day. When will the trade-off between convenience and privacy be too much to bear?

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2019

Blowout: Inside America’s Energy Gamble 79 min.

Investigative journalists, scientists, and citizens trace the fallout of a new American fossil fuel boom. From the oil fields of West Texas to tanker traffic busting the Panama Canal at its seams to an energy revolution in Asia, "Blowout" takes a deep dive into American energy's global impacts on profits, public health, and climate change.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2019

The Internet of Everything 53 min.

The Internet is invading all aspects of your life. No longer confined to your computer or your phone, the Internet is now in garbage cans, refrigerators, and the infrastructure of our cities. The future will either be a surveillance nightmare or an eco-utopia, the outcome determined by startups in Silicon Valley and Shenzhen. This program captures our present moment, when both futures still seem p...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2019