Technology & Society

New! Does America Need a Digital Dollar?: A Debate 51 min.

Since the creation of Bitcoin, the first open-source, digital currency, in 2008, the use of cryptocurrency has skyrocketed in use. Unlike traditional money, which is minted and regulated by a national government, cryptocurrency, or crypto, is unregulated and free of government oversight. Digital currency has become so popular that central banks in more than 80 countries have begun the process of g...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2022

New! Unresolved: Information Disorder: A Debate 82 min.

The age of "information disorder" is upon us. Deep fakes, false political narratives, and conspiracy theories pervade the internet, threatening the United States' national security, as well as democracy itself. Though bad actors and fraudsters have always been able to deceive, the ease, speed, and degree to which anyone can create misleading information online has forged a dangerous new world. Pro...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2022

Agree to Disagree: Will Artificial Intelligence Do More Harm Than Good? A Debate 52 min.

Artificial intelligence (AI) has made great advances in recent years and become more a part of our everyday lives. Many argue that AI will help solve major problems like climate change and world hunger. It will also help improve the economy and make it more efficient, they contend, by eliminating dangerous and mundane jobs. But critics warn that AI's current trajectory is a dangerous one, which wi...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2022

Crypto Decoded 54 min.

From Bitcoin to NFTs, crypto is making headlines, but what exactly is it, and how does it work? Experts go beyond the hype and skepticism to unravel the social and technological underpinnings of crypto--exploring how it came to be and why this new technology may change more than just money.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2022

Computers V. Crime 54 min.

In police departments and courts across the country, artificial intelligence is being used to help decide who is policed, who gets bail, how offenders should be sentenced, and who gets parole. But is it actually making our law enforcement and court systems fairer and more just? This timely investigation digs into the hidden biases, privacy risks, and design flaws of this controversial technology.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2022

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

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

Africa, GMOs, and the Gates Foundation 53 min.

Across Africa, lobbyists, philanthropists and businessmen are working to open up the continent to GMO food. They argue that GMOs can provide a miracle solution to two of Africa’s biggest problems: famine and malaria. The main promoters is Bill Gates, now the head of the most powerful philanthropic foundation in history. This program reveals how the Gates Foundation became the main funder of geneti...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2021

Everything We Know About You 46 min.

Every minute, over 200 million emails are sent, 7,000 purchases take place on Amazon, and 4 million google searches are made, all leaving digital fingerprints. Add to that the trail left by cell phones, credit cards, security cameras, and the growing ‘internet of things’ and an incredible amount of detail about our personal life can now be inferred by computers. But with more and more decisions ta...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2021

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