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Series: Breakthrough: The Ideas That Changed the World

 

The Robot

   2019    Technology
For most of our history, we humans considered ourselves unique. But now, a new, artificial species might challenge our superiority. Mechanical beings have the potential to change everything. How we got them is a story of astonishing twists and amazing turns to achieve us the machine that may turn out to be the most revolutionary technology ever conceived--the robot.
Learn how robots were first conceptualized in ancient Rome and see how their use has evolved over the centuries, from the calculator to the Mars Lander. Then, take a sneak peek at what future robots will be able to do. Narrated by Patrick Stewart.

The Smartphone

   2019    Technology
Dial in to the fascinating history of the smartphone, from its roots in Morse Code to the latest models. Discover how the next generation of Smartphones will allow us to communicate through them just by thinking.
For most of history, we were isolated from the rest of humankind, but the urge to communicate with one another was so powerful that it changed how we interact and gave us a new interface with the world. The story of how we got here is full of the most astonishing twists and unlikely turns to create a device that put the whole world in our hands, the smartphone.

Life Story
Life Story

   2014    Nature
Natural World
Natural World

   2015    Nature
How Art Made the World
How Art Made the World

   2006    Art
Five Came Back
Five Came Back

   2017    Art
Reel Rock
Reel Rock

   2014    Culture
Latino Americans
Latino Americans

   2013    History
Pets: Wild at Heart
Pets: Wild at Heart

   2015    Nature
Motivation
Motivation

   2017    Culture