Technology & Society


New! 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

New! 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

Vice Special Report: The Future of Work 55 min.

The next Industrial Revolution is upon us, and the way we work in 2019 is already unrecognizable to previous generations. Whole industries are in the process of being automated, with workers being replaced by AI and algorithms – and America is only now grappling with the huge questions raised by this shift. Produced in partnership with the Council on Foreign Relations, VICE Special Report: The Fut...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2019

Animal Espionage 54 min.

How do you study an animal you can't even get close to? Camera and drone technologies are allowing scientists to watch animals more closely than ever before, without disturbing them. Capturing everything from the unexpected to the comical, these technologies are giving wildlife managers insights that could ultimately help them fight extinction and habitat loss.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2019

Texting Could Reduce Suicides 55 min.

Retro Report on PBS examines how texting could reduce suicides, surrogate parenthood, the legacy of lead-based paint, and climate help from the Cold War. Andy Borowitz links a river that used to catch on fire to fracking today.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2019

Europe Has Declared War on American Tech Companies: A Debate 91 min.

European regulators are challenging American technology companies, including Apple, Facebook, and Google, in a big way. Proponents of such challenges argue that these tech giants make billions of dollars while avoiding taxes, and that they engage in risky activities that jeopardize user privacy. Rules like the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), they contend, will return power to tech consu...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2019

Preschool Should Be Subsidized: A Debate Featuring IBM Project Debater 47 min.

Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates has featured several debates on artificial intelligence (AI)—the risks, the rewards, and whether it can change the world. But this debate is unique: This time one of the debaters is AI itself—a machine. In partnership with IBM, Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates hosts a debate between a world-class human debate champion and an AI system. IBM Project Debater is the...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2019

The Nature of Invention 51 min.

Behind every invention is a fascinating story. Britt Wray wants to meet inventors to find out what inspires them and what makes them tick. She meets a 15-year-old girl who has created a flashlight powered by the heat of your hand, a quadriplegic doctor who has created a wearable robotic exoskeleton that enables wheelchair bound people to walk upright, and many more.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2019

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

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