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The Surveillance State

   2019    Technology
Frequent security expos feature companies like Megvii and its facial- recognition technology. They show off cameras with A.I. that can track cars, and identify individuals by face, or just by the way they walk. In China it's been projected that over 600 million cameras will be deployed by 2020. Here, they may be used to discourage jaywalking, but they also serve to remind people that the state is watching. Matching with the most advanced artificial intelligence algorithm, they can actually use this data, real-time data, to pick up a face or pick up a action.
A.I. is a technology that can be used for good and for evil. So, how do governments limit themselves in, on the one hand, using this A.I. technology and the database to maintain a safe environment for its citizens, but not to encroach on a individual's rights and privacies?
Series: In the Age of AI

Cryptocurrency

   2018    Technology
Bitcoin, the beautiful anonymity of cash, but cash that wasn't printed by governments. Instead, it was made by a bit of code, powered by citizens of the internet, and you could trust it. Today, anyone can buy cryptocurrency. A few signups, type in your credit card number, and trade in your money for digital cash. And with a few more steps, you can use Bitcoin to buy what the majority of Bitcoin is spent on: Illegal services. Virtual currencies can pose challenges for law enforcement, given the appeal they have among those seeking to conceal.
Is digital cash the next revolution? Learn about this anonymous currency and why it's so coveted.
Series: Explained

Star Wars

   2017    Technology
In this curious series, the minds behind history's most iconic toy franchises will discuss the rise (and sometimes fall) of their billion-dollar creations.
In 1977, after being rejected by Mattel and Hasbro, Lucasfilm signed with Kenner Products to have toys produced for their sci-fi film Star Wars. This was a huge gamble, as Kenner was a small toy company at the time and the negotiation process started late due to George Lucas' secrecy over the ship designs. Since then, toy sales of the Star Wars franchise have totaled to US$14 billion worldwide.
Series: The Toys that Made Us

Arctic Ice Hotel

   2019    Technology
Deep inside the arctic circle, this team of elite engineers Is embarking on an epic endeavor. They're attempting to build a unique structure, one of the largest snow and ice hotels in the world. Constructed from more than 15,000 tons of snow and ice, spanning over 26,000 square feet, they are pushing to complete this ambitious build in an unheard-of six weeks.
Engineers brave the cold and nights of the Arctic Circle to build the Ice Hotel. Using cutting-edge tech, they'll construct this modern marvel in just six weeks.
Series: Building Giants

Look Who is Driving

   2019    Technology
After years of anticipation, autonomous vehicles are now being tested on public roads around the world. As ambitious innovators race to develop what they see as the next high-tech pot of gold, some experts warn there are still daunting challenges ahead, including how to train artificial intelligence to be better than humans at making life-and-death decisions.
How do self-driving cars work? How close are we to large-scale deployment of them? And will we ever be able to trust AI with our lives?
The Private Life of Plants
The Private Life of Plants

   1994    Nature
The Human Body
The Human Body

   1998    Medicine
Wild South America
Wild South America

   2005    Nature
Conquistadors
Conquistadors

   2002    History
Power of Art
Power of Art

   2006    Art
How to Grow a Planet
How to Grow a Planet

   2012    Science