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The Human Face of Big Data

   2016    Technology
With the rapid emergence of digital devices, an unstoppable, invisible force is changing human lives: Big Data, a word that was barely used a few years ago but now governs the day for many of us. The real time visualization of data streaming in from satellites, billions of sensors and GPS enabled cameras and smart phones is beginning to enable us to sense, measure and understand aspects of our existence in ways never possible before". This massive gathering and analysing of data in real time is also allowing us to address to some of humanity biggest challenges, including pollution, world hunger and illness, and it is also helping create a new kind of planetary nervous system. But as Edward Snowden and the release of the NSA documents have shown, the accessibility of all this data comes at a steep price. The Human Face of Big Data captures the promise and peril of this extraordinary knowledge revolution.

The Electric Brain

   2018    Medicine
The nervous system is fundamentally electric. When we move our arm, it moves because a electric signal has been sent to the muscle that controls it. Now, because the brain is electric, we could also use electricity to record what the brain is doing or bypass it entirely, and control a body. That means that we could restore movement to people who are paralyzed, feel through an artificial hand as if it was our own, and even read people's minds.
Michael Stevens explores how electricity can be used to move cockroaches, control other peoples' limbs and even read peoples' thoughts.
Series: Mind Field Season 2

How to Grow a Planet
How to Grow a Planet

   2012    Science
Attenborough Life in Colour
Attenborough Life in Colour

   2021    Nature
Life in the Undergrowth
Life in the Undergrowth

   2005    Nature
Inner Worlds Outer Worlds
Inner Worlds Outer Worlds

   2012    Culture
Minimalists
Minimalists

   2021    Culture
Senna
Senna

   2010    Culture
Planet Earth II
Planet Earth II

   2016    Nature
Leaving Neverland
Leaving Neverland

   2019    Culture