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The documentary Cryonics: Death in the Deep Freeze, takes on a controversial theme of Cryonics. The film presents cryonics as an insurance policy for people who die before any significant development of technologies has taken place that extend lives of human beings.The film depicts a woman sufferring from cancer and her preservation. The film is high on emotional content as it delves into the life of a woman terminally ill and her future after her death.Besides, the film brings out the challenging questions related to the ethics of the Cryonics, making it one of the most challenging works of the production house.
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"This is a documentary “short” covering the fateful tragedy of the sinking of the Titanic and the interest this event still holds for many people. It is a century since the Titanic sunk with the loss of so many lives and despite it being a terrible occasion and still on the maiden voyage…the technological mastery of the Titanic build is still marvelled at today.What makes this story captivate us even 100 years on? the centenary of the disaster sees many events to “Celebrate” this tale.Daniel Mendelson discusses the “man verses nature” conflict which this depictsLimits of technology are challenged and always of interest these days and of course the Titanic was indeed the ultimate tecchnological wonder of its day.Class segregation is explored with the realisation that dependent upon your “Class” your chance of survival was higher or lower and the story surrounding this is discussed.The story seems to have it all but the drama unfolds to show that even the most beautiful and technologically advanced of its time can disintegrate in front of our eyes.If you happen to be visiting my home town of Belfast N Ireland where the Titanic was built, you should perhaps consider the chance to visit the Titanic Quarter and the visitor centre there… you can read more about it at http://www.titanicbelfast.com/Home.aspx"
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This enthralling documentary is not simply about the fascinating subject of Garbage recycling and bio-diversity along with the architechtural designs associated with biotechture but as much to do with the struggle against the massively obstructive US Government legislature in order to explore different mechanisms to survive against the global warming in the world.Architect Michael Reynolds strives against the odds to develop techniques and diversity to provide self sustainability for many.He maps the progress of his many “Earthship” communities and how each have come into being. Using solar energy and utilising garbage in his buildings (Beer bottles, plastic bottles etc) he has over the years built special buildings in New Mexico which are totally “Off-grid” using no gas, electric or water.Reynolds shows how these remarkable buildings require no heat even in the height of winter when it can get to minus 35 degrees.This starts as a fantastic evolutionary “Grand Design” type documentary but you then begin to be drawn into the complex and TOTALLY frustrating regime of legislating which seeks to prevent any degree of change; often to solely protect other carbon inefficient industries! The documentary is a rollercoaster of excitement for the enthusiastic followed by real dips when dealing with the politics.It took Reynolds to take his team to a Tsunami area and build some structures there before some of the self motivated , agenda focused, politicians to grant him the opportunity to develop his radical thinking and development.The documentary addresses:Thermal massWind powerSolar powerRammed earthGarbage utilisation & recyclingWater harvestingRenewable energyTemperature stabilizationThis allows you to understand the benefits of having no mortgage, no utility bills etc….brilliant.Read more at Garbage Warrior.
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An English Speaking World is said to explore the development of modern English, and it illustrates English as the language of choice for technology, diplomacy, business and popular culture for many nations. Brief piece on a conference of French speaking countries to create French words for invading English words. At the end of the video, they promote the idea of English bubbling up from below.
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A short, animated documentary on how time has been measured in the past, and how we measure it now. The film walks you through the timeline of people and inventions that kept track of time.
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The Light Bulb Conspiracy is a documentary that examines how companies undertake Planned Obsolescence, which is the deliberate shortening of product life spans. This as the movie argues is done to guarantee consumer demand.The Light Bulb Conspiracy involves investigative research and rare archive footage to trace the untold story of Planned Obsolescence, right from its beginnings in the 1920s with a secret cartel, set up expressly to limit the life span of light bulbs, to modern day stories involving cutting edge electronics (such as the iPod) and the growing spirit of resistance amongst ordinary consumers.This film moves to different countries like France, Germany, Spain and the US in order to find witnesses belonging to an industry and following a business practice which forms the basis of the modern economy.The film shows the underbelly of the business practice by showing disquieting pictures from Africa, a country where discarded electronics are piled up in huge cemeteries for electronic waste.
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This documentary challenges all scientific theories to explore the possibility of time travel. The figures, numbers, timescales, speeds, quantities and sizes are simply staggering and requires considerable lateral thinking in order to gain the most from the documentary.Time warps, wormholes, blackholes and stars are all investigatd to determine whether time travel could be possible.Einstiens theories are discussed with relation to the speed time comparison indicating that by travelling at an incredibly high speed would effectively alter the time and this has been proven in experiments in space.The vision and dream here are incredible but everything in this documentary can be recognised as feasible in the distant future. This is certainly worth the watch to stimulate your mind and be part of the dream.
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‘Warrior Empire: The Mughals’ pays a tribute to the dynasty of nomadic warriors who created architectural marvels, inventive warfare, material excess and cultural augmentation making 1526 to 1858 India’s most colorful, violent, and majestic era.They indulged their appetite for territorial expansion, spreading their rule throughout the Indian subcontinent. Though they conquered their kingdom with crushing brutality, the Mughals were also brilliant technological innovators and masters of art and architecture.This film gives lush, detailed images of Mughal accomplishments such as the glorious Taj Mahal, palaces, forts, water systems, elaborate gardens, and richly crafted artwork.Step-by-step scientific recreations of advanced Mughal metallurgy and weaponry show the meticulous production of chain mail armor for a battalion of elephants, lethally flexible composite bows, rocketry, and sword-smith techniques passed down through the generations, and still alive today.They truly were the shapers of modern India.
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"GREAT PLANES appraises The Boeing 747 – an aviation marvel that stirred the uprising in the passenger air transport segment.This documentary provides us with never before seen footage of the evolution of the classic 747 models, while giving us insights on Jet-airline technology, creation of the world’s first jumbo jet and opening our minds to the requirements to survive in this highly competitive market!The amazing feat of the creation of the largest twin-engine airplane has been achieved by the astonishing streamlined integration of two forces which mark man’s entry into the modern world – Computer and the airplane!The documentary further explores how this remarkable achievement in the aviation industry was shaped by the people and certain event such as making a key change in the traditional way of production – complete transformation from digital preassembly directly to a production model enabling this marvel to generate more thrust than the combined power of eight engines of a B-52 bomber plane and allowing 300 passengers to be carried at an astounding speed which is nearly 84% of the speed of sound.Truly remarkable indeed!"
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A documentary that explores how humanity came to understand the universe and its origins in the Big Bang.Since the first people who looked at the sky and wondered about the nature of modern physicists like Einstein, Gamow, Alpher and Guth.The universe began with a massive expansion, billions of years ago and continues to grow with each passing second.The idea that the very existence of the universe and of man, began with a “Big Bang” is no longer a topic of debate among most scientists – which is essentially taken as fact.
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Earth story unties the secrets of our planet and brings a real like experience. Technology overcame the limitation of camera, the latest animation techniques were used which brought a life like experience of the scientific discovery and a comprehensive history of life and of the planet.This documentary series was made in a span of 3 years which costed 3 millions and was filmed across the world. Indeed, this one’s a worth watching documentary.
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Dr Alice Roberts asks one of the great questions of our species: Are we still evolving?There is no doubt that we are a product of millions of years of evolution. But thanks to modern technology and medicine, we miss Darwin’s law of survival of the fittest?Alice follows a trail of clues to ancient human bones, the remarkable studies of people living in the most inhospitable areas of the planet, to the frontiers of genetic research to find out if they are still developing – and which could be the game.
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The future is near. Day by day we are becoming a robot-addicted society where more and more things are done automatically. In the near future we can expect robots to be everywhere - work, education or even the houses that we live in. This could lead to a complete dependence to robotics. The idea of a 'Cyborg' is getting discussed more and more and as a result the natural-resources could be forgotten.
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The personal computer or home computer rose in the beginning of the 1970s with the Altair 8800, Apple II and VisiCalc.This documentary, divided into three parts, records this rise and tracks its continuation through the IBM PC and Apple Macintosh revolution through the 1980s and the mid 1990s at the beginning of the Dot-com boom. Interviews of legends like Apple’s Steve Jobs and Microsoft’s Bill Gates are also included in the film.This series first premiered in June 1996 on PBS and was released in VHS format soon after being broadcasted but is now out of print, hence highly prized and extremely difficult to find. A release on DVD by Ambrose Video in 2002 was noted by product reviewers on Amazon.com and elsewhere to have numerous small but quite important segments expunged from the program as originally aired for unidentified reasons.
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What if in the distant realms of our galaxy there is a planet similar to ours where life can exist?Using the latest technology and telescopes, scientists are exploring the outer reaches of our solar system, searching for life, and reexamining how they perceive life on other planets. This documentary shows us the sights and sounds of distant worlds, as astrobiologists explain how life could exist on them. With the most modern telescopes, scientists are now seeing more complex ecosystems on our neighbouring planets than they had thought to exist. Vast salt water oceans, active volcanoes and molecules that could start life are present in many of the planets. Could life be starting on other planets? Is a primitive form of life that once was the beginning of humans now possibly active on other planets? We may not be alone.
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For thousands of years we struggled with the great questions of existence. Who are we? What is the world made of? How did we get here? The quest to answer these is the history of science.Each week, medical journalist Michael Mosley charts the often unpredictable path we have taken. In recreating a famous alchemist experiment, following in the footsteps of Galileo and placed in the hands of a hypnotist unpicks Michael, how science has changed the way we see ourselves and how we view our world.It is a story of courage and fear, hope and disaster, persistence and success. That weaves the great forces of history – revolution, the voyages of discovery and artistic movements – with practical inventions, inventive and stubbornness of the experimenters and scientists.This is the story of how the story made science and how science has made history, and how the ideas that emerged made the modern world.1. What you need? How do we understand that our planet was not at the center of everything in the cosmos.2. What is the world made of? How the atomic theories and concepts of quantum physics underlying modern technology.3. How did we get here? Michael Mosley tells how scientists came to explain the diversity of life on earth.4. Can we have unlimited power? The story of how power has been harnessed by the wind, and vapor from inside the atom.5. What is the secret of life? Michael Moseley told the story of how the secret of life has unraveled through the prism of more complex organisms known – the human body.6. Who are we? The twin sciences of brain anatomy and psychology have offered different visions of who we are. Now, these sciences have come together and in the process revealed some startling and uncomfortable truths about what really shapes our ideas, feelings and desires.
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The Horten H.IX, RLM designation Ho 229 (often called Gotha Go 229 due to the identity of the chosen manufacturer of the aircraft) was a German prototype fighter/bomber designed by Reimar and Walter Horten and built by Gothaer Waggonfabrik late in World War II. It was the first pure flying wing powered by jet engines.It was given the personal approval of German Luftwaffen Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring, and was the only aircraft to come close to meeting his "3×1000" performance requirements, namely to carry 1,000 kilograms (2,200 lb) of bombs a distance of 1,000 kilometres (620 mi) with a speed of 1,000 kilometres per hour (620 mph). Its ceiling was 15,000 metres (49,000 ft).Since the appearance of the B-2 Spirit flying wing stealth bomber in the 1990s, its similarities in role and shape to the Ho 229 has led many to retrospectively describe the Ho 229 as "the first stealth bomber". A static reproduction of the only surviving Ho 229 prototype, the Ho 229 V3, in American hands since the end of World War II was later tested by the US military who found the basic shape and paint composition of the mock copy would provide for 20% reduction in detection range against the Chain Home radar of the 1940s, but no significant stealth benefit against most other contemporary radar systems.
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This fascinating documentary gives us a glimpse at smart technology that will change the way the world works; technology that will place robots as helpers in the home, connect every human being and cities to the web and can virtually make our dreams come true via advances simulations and entertainment systems.Human-like mental agility are being created via artificial intelligence and that even our clothing will have intelligence as a consequence of the development of smaller and more powerful computers! At this rate, very soon, computers with processing power that rivals the human brain with artificial intelligence could be created.This widespread penetration of intelligence in every aspect of our daily lives will definitely make life easier as the intelligent robots will serve us but what would happen when one day they just stop feeling like doing so anymore and take control of how they or even we function?
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‘The iPod Revolution’ gives a succinct yet all encompassing snapshot of how Apple was infused with a new life in the hands of the legendary Steve Jobs and took the world by storm by redefining the music industry and taking over the mp3 market creating an entry barrier for the rest of the players.Steve Job’s foresight made the digital music revolution bigger than anyone could envisage. Apple currently has the largest online music store apart from being the market leader of digital players; to date Apple holds over an 85% market share for electronic music and has sold over half a billion tracks.The foundation and strength of this company is Innovation and beating the expectations of what the common man could only dream of! It seems ironical now that the idea of iPods was initially rejected by most of the companies given that they considered it to be just an overpriced CD player!The reason for Apple’s success can be attributed to its streamline packaging integrating both the player and music together. It is not just the product but also the marketing strategy that Apple followed that ensured that Apple retains its market leadership and keeps a very high entry-barrier for all other players in the market.
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Every cosmologist and astronomer agrees: our universe is 13.7 billion years. Using cutting edge technology, scientists are now able to take a snapshot of the universe only a heartbeat after birth.Armed with hypersensitivity satellites, astronomers look back in time to the moment of creation, when all matter in the universe exploded into existence. This is where we discovered an unsolved mystery as old as time itself – if the universe was born, where did it come from? Meet leading scientists who have discovered what they believe that the origin of our universe, and a window in the time before time.Big Bang theory holds that the universe was once packed tightly in a small and incredibly dense space, known as a “singularity”. That is, until about 13.7 billion years, when a huge explosion of energy and the pressure began to give rise to entire worlds, galaxies and interstellar particles that form the universe as we know it today.However, what caused the big bang? The physicists are left scratching their heads to that question. Since the universe began in a level so small, the laws of relativity are not fully implemented. In contrast, quantum theory, which deals with the world outside the law and the very small strange, must also be convened.Successfully answering the question of what existed before the Big Bang would be necessary to close the gap between the worlds so far incompatible with each other, relativism and quantum mechanics. But even though the bridge has not yet been built, theories abound.“Our universe may have either come into existence or collided with another universe,” theoretical physicist Michio Kaku said scienceline.org. “Big Bangs happen all the time.”This is the fourth episode. See the list of all the episodes here: through the hole.
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Quants are said to be mathematical wizards or computer programming experts behind crashin Wall Street with their financial products. We very well know that how our global finanacial system is totally depended on mathematical models, and even here Quants are the one’s who with another technological revolution in finance are trading at the speed of light.We always think about risks of treating the economy and it’s markets as a complex machine. It’s important for us to know if we would be able to keep a control of our model based financial system or not.This documentary offers some insight into the question: “what is a quant?” and gives a rare glimpse into this arcane corner of Wall Street and global financial markets.
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Mr. Joseph had been lecturing about the unsustainability of the economy based on money – on the consumer cyclical, planned obsolescence, corporate malfeasance and the piles of toxic waste.It’s time to wake up, sang, speaking solemnly through a wireless clip-on microphone. The doomsday scenario, the large contraction, which could be happening now. The system of monetary exchange is – in the face of advancing technology – completely obsolete.Z-Day events taking place from New England to New Zealand, but this was the big one: the carp going on with the marquee names.There in the crowd, was Jacque Fresco, an industrial designer and engineering guru of what people call without irony of the movement. Mr. Fresco, a dwarf of 93 years old, sat with his partner, Roxanne Meadows, smiling self-effacingly.Although they were never actually shown – like most of those present had seen several times – Mr. Two films from Peter Joseph, Zeitgeist, the Movie and Zeitgeist: Addendum, were the backdrop of the night online documentaries have been, say, 50 million people around the world.
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he Zeitgeist Movement is not a political movement. It does not recognize nations, governments, races, religions, creeds or class. Our understanding concluded that these distinctions are false, outdated, they are far from positive factors for true collective human growth and potential. They are based in the division of power and stratification, not unity and equality, which is our goal.While it is important to understand that everything in life is a natural progression, we must also recognize the reality that the human species has the ability to slow dramatically and paralyze progress, through social structures that are out of date, dogmatic, and therefore outside in accordance with nature. The world you see today, full of war, corruption, elitism, pollution, poverty, epidemics, human rights abuses, inequality and crime is the result of this paralysis.This movement is about awareness, in avocation of a fluid evolutionary progress, both personal, social, technological and spiritual. Recognizes that the human species is in a natural way for unification, derived from a common recognition of the fundamental and empirical understanding about how nature works and how we as humans fit into / are part of this development that we call life universal .Although this path does not exist, it is unfortunately hindered and not recognized by the vast majority of humans who continue to perpetuate outdated degenerative modes and therefore, conduct and association. It is this intellectual irrelevancy which the Zeitgeist Movement hopes to overcome through education and social action.The movement itself is not a centralized building. We are not here to lead, but to organize and educate.
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It began with a weapon created by the scientists who threatened to destroy the world. But then, a group of men who were convinced that control of the new danger began to gain influence in America. They manipulate the terror.They use the methods of science. Pandora’s Box was a six-part 1992 BBC documentary television series written and produced by Adam Curtis, which examines the consequences of political and technocratic rationalism.After Curtis The Century of I had a similar theme. The title sequence made extensive use of short film clips designed to dream, and other similar file images.Episode 1: Plot of the Engineer. The revolutionaries who overthrew the Tsar in 1917 thought science held the key to their new world. In fact, it ended up creating a bewildering world for millions of Soviet citizens. In this research, gay, industrial planner tells how she decided the people wanted platform shoes, only to find they had gone out of fashion at the time the factory for manufacturing was built.Episode 2: the edge of eternity. Focusing on the men of the Cold War in which Dr. Strangelove is based. These were people who believed the world could be controlled by scientific manipulation of fear – mathematical geniuses employed by the Rand Corporation of America. In the end, their visions were the stuff of science fiction fantasy.Episode 3: The league of men. Thirty years ago, a group of economists managed to convince British politicians that they had foolproof technical means to make Britain great again. Pandora’s Box tells the saga of how their experiments have led the country deeper into economic decline, and asks – is their game finally up?Episode 4: Goodbye Mrs. Ant. A modern fable about science and society, focuses on our attitude towards nature. Should we let scientists are the main drivers of social or political change when, for instance, DDT made post-war heroes of American scientists only to be put on trial by other scientists in 1968? What kind of struggle that happens between rival camps before one scientific truth emerges, and when it does emerge, how true is it?Episode 5: Black Power. A look at how former Ghanaian leader Kwame Nkrumah set Africa ablaze with his vision of a new industrial and scientific era. At the heart of his dream was to be the great Volta dam, generating enough power to transform West Africa in advanced utopia. But as his grand experiment took shape, bringing with it dangerous forces Nkrumah could not control, and slowly watched his metropolis of science sink into corruption and debt.Episode 6: A is for Atom. An overview of the history of nuclear energy. In the 1950 scientists and politicians thought they could create a different world, with an unlimited source of nuclear energy. But things began to go wrong. Scientists in the U.S. and the Soviet Union were duped into building dozens of potentially dangerous plants. Then came the disaster at Three Mile Island and Chernobyl, which changed views on the safety of this new technology.
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The twenty-three vehicles for strange line at the exit gate of the DARPA Grand Challenge with one thing in common: no one behind the wheel s. Sponsored by the Pentagon’s research agency s this race for robotic vehicles without driver has a $ 2 million. Their ultimate goal is to gather new ideas for the future of unmanned warfare.With names like Ghostrider, and Stanley TerraMax Highlander these vehicles are equipped with advanced technology such as artificial intelligence, laser-guided GPS navigation and vision 3-D mapping systems. But some of the world’s most advanced robots overcome a tough s 130 miles across the scorching desert terrain of Nevada? NOVA follows engineering teams of the competition in dealing with failures and system crashes tight deadlines that threaten to derail at every step.NOVA cameras capture traps s technical career challenges and a fun twist ending as a surprise contender comes from behind to steal the race.
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‘The Hunt for Hitler’s Scientists’ show how The British, American, and Russian governments sent covert teams of commandos and agents ahead of the front lines and deep into Germany, hunting for both the weapons and the scientists and engineers who’d created them.Allied agents were asked to focus their efforts on three key Nazi technologies: The V-2 Rocket, The Messerschmitt 163 Komet and The Atomic Bomb.The British and American operatives feared that if they didn’t capture the Nazi technology and scientists, agents of the burgeoning Soviet Union might – and that could spell disaster in a post-war world already feeling the chill of the impending cold war.
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This documentary fascinating but academically presented uses recently declassified military documents and scenes never seen by the public to provide a detailed chronicle of the history of the atomic bomb.The film was made to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The creation of technology and the Cold War that followed are graphically represented.One scene shows Russians particularly vexing challenge the nuclear test ban and trigger the largest atomic explosion in history.The film also includes interviews with designers bomb survivors and also shows rare images of interesting devices for launching bombs and exploded them scenes in space. Some of the scenes come from the latest special effects technology.
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This is a short story about the Semantic Web. It is widely believed by many internet experts that Web 3.0 – the next generation of the Web might be enabled to extract meaning out of complex statements making searches more easy and user friendly. For example, on typing “I want to see a funny movie and then eat at a good Mexican restaurant. What are my options?” The Web 3.0 browser will analyze the question, search the Internet for all possible answers, and then organize the results according to relevancy.Web 3.0 browser can be expected to act like a personal assistant too by keeping a track of the user’s preferences and specifications for future use, which will enable the browser to answer even open questions like, “where should I go for lunch?” consulting its records of what its user likes and dislikes, his current location and then suggest a relevant list of restaurants!
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National Geographic presents the first must not stop journey from Earth to the edge of the universe with a single shot without interruption through the spectacular use of CGI (computer generated imagery) technology.From images taken by the Hubble telescope, Journey to the edge of space science and explores the story behind the distant celestial bodies in the solar system.This spectacular journey, through the epic cosmos, Earth takes us beyond the moon and neighboring planets outside our solar system with an accuracy of stars, nebulae and galaxies and beyond – right up to the edge of the universe itself.When you finish this video, it will walk away with the knowledge that had never been done before, the astronomically large invisible universe floating on a spec of dust in the ocean.This video takes you on a journey through the universe like watching a science fiction adventure. However, you must always remember that what you’re seeing is really there.
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Linus Torvalds and many of his closest associates spun one of the greatest success stories of the internet culture with Linux, making it a sustainable and thriving business solution within its industry.‘The Code’ focuses on the first decade of this marvelous creation from 1991 to 2001. Linus turned Linux into a media star; no doubt his personality also rubbed off on his product as he was the living epitome of ‘a single hacker against the forces of darkness’; he spoke with élan and was admired by Linus lovers as well as big businessmen.Linus Torvald put his wonderful, awe-inspiring creation up on the internet for free initially; but no one really understood why he did that. This mysterious personality is attempted to be unraveled in this documentary giving people a sneak peek into his personal life and thoughts while trying to satisfy some unanswered questions about his motivation and inspiration to do what he did!
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Inside The Mind of Google is a CNBC original, wherein Maria Bartiromo gives viewers a sneak-peek into the world’s most powerful technology company and its peak accomplishment, the Google Internet search engine.In an awe-inspiring tale of two graduate students taking a one-time research project and turning it into a global technology powerhouse in merely a decade, we see how the way we interact with information, the internet and even each other has drastically changed!Maria further explores how the search industry came about to be dominated by Google spewing profits and what awaits us in the near future and also how privacy, which is the biggest controversy in today’s digital age would be handled.
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In this documentary Dr Aleks Krotoski looks at how 20 years after the invention of the World Wide Web, every aspect of our lives is being influenced.The web’s biggest names – including the founders of Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Apple and Microsoft, and the web’s inventor have joined her to explore how far the web has lived up to its early promise.The founding father of the Web, Tim Berners-Lee, believed his invention would remain an open frontier that could not be owned by anybody and that it would take power from the few and give it to the many.In a provocative, strongly designed argument, Aleks Krotoski re-assesses unverified claims like these, made over many years by the torch bearers of the digital revolution – and test them against the hard realities of the emerging Web today, exploring how the possibilities of the pure technology have not only been constrained but even distorted by the limitations of human nature.Aleks maps out an ongoing clash between the freedom the technology offers us, and our inherent desire to control and and make money, by charting the unexpected rise of blogs, Wikipedia and YouTube in the first of this four part series, The Great LevellingWith contributions from Al Gore, Martha Lane Fox, Stephen Fry and Bill Gates, Aleks explores how interactive, unmediated sites like Twitter and YouTube have encouraged direct action and politicised young people in unparalleled numbers in the second part, Enemy of the StateIn the third part, The Cost of Free, she tells the inside story of the dotcom bubble and reveals how retailers such as Amazon learned the lessons. She also traces how, Google forged the business model that has come to dominate today’s web, offering a mind boggling range of highly attractive, overtly free web services, including search, maps and video, that are in fact funded through a sophisticated and highly lucrative advertising system which trades on what the users look for.Joined by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Al Gore and the neuroscientist Susan Greenfield, Aleks examines the popularity of social networks such as Facebook in the last part of this series, Homo Interneticus, and comments on how they are changing our relationships. And, Aleks investigates how the Web may be distracting and overloading our brains in a ground-breaking test at University College London.
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We have sent robots to Mars. The most notable one was named Spirit and touched down on January 3rd 2004. The robot was only suppose to last for a few months. However Spirit trekked on for much longer then expected. This expedition has given us new facts about our terrestrial neighbor, information that will surly shape future space expeditions.
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The history of GNU, Linux, and the open source and free software movements has been mapped out in the interesting documentary, Revolution OS. Interviews with prominent hackers and entrepreneurs, including Richard Stallman, Michael Tiemann, Linus Torvalds, Larry Augustin, Eric S. Raymond, Bruce Perens, Frank Hecker and Brian Behlendorf are featured here.The film begins with an IPO, and then the historical stage is set by showing the beginnings of software development back to the time when software was shared on paper tape for the price of the paper itself. It then moves to Bill Gates’ Open Letter to Hobbyists in which he asked Computer Hobbyists to not share, but to buy software.Richard Stallman then follows up by explaining his reasons for leaving the MIT Lab for Artificial Intelligence in order to devote his life to developing free software, and also how he came about the GNU project. Linus Torvalds is interviewed on his development of the Linux kernel as well as on the GNU/Linux naming controversy and Linux’s further evolution, including its commercialization. Richard Stallman comments on some of the ideological aspects of open source vis-á-vis Communism and capitalism and makes his observation on several aspects of the development of GNU/Linux.Michael Tiemann tells about his meeting with Stallman and how it led to the making of an early version of Stallman’s GCC thereby founding Cygnus Solutions. Larry Augustin tells how he created a UNIX-like Workstation by combining the resulting GNU software and a normal PC, which cost one third the price of a workstation by Sun Microsystems despite of it being three times as powerful.His early dealings with venture capitalists, the eventual capitalization and commodification of Linux for his own company, VA Linux, and ending with its IPO is included in his narrative. Frank Hecker of Netscape tells how Netscape executives released the source code for Netscape’s browser, one of the signal events which made Open Source a force to be reckoned with by business executives, the mainstream media, and the public at large.
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Dr. Kevin Fong discovers how scientists are close to being able to repair his heart if it stops working. Meet some of the people who have undergone heart surgery and pioneering scientists who are pushing the limits of treatment failure.We met a man who has had his heart replaced with an artificial one powered by a mechanical pump that carries around a backpack, and the testimony of a scientist to bring a heart of dead animals to life on a workbench.In addition, the work of an American scientist who is using stem cells to turn what she calls a ghost heart – a heart scaffold – a replacement heart for humans.
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"You've probably heard about the existence of water on Mars. But what does this actually mean? Is there a slight chance of unknown life on mars that lived million or even a billion years ago? This kind of possibility has fuelled man's quest to visit the Red Planet. Man's attempts to reach Mars have pushed technological boundaries past their limit and raised the prospect of establishing human colonies beyond our own planet.Horizon has explored how scientists believe the only way to truly understand Mars is to send people there. If and when we do, it will be the most challenging trip humanity has ever undertaken."