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Prediction By The Numbers

   2018    Science
Predictions underlie nearly every aspect of our lives, from sports, politics, and medical decisions to the morning commute. With the explosion of digital technology, the internet, and 'big data,' the science of forecasting is flourishing. But why do some predictions succeed spectacularly while others fail abysmally? And how can we find meaningful patterns amidst chaos and uncertainty? From the glitz of casinos and TV game shows to the life-and-death stakes of storm forecasts and the flaws of opinion polls that can swing an election, 'Prediction by the Numbers' explores stories of statistics in action. Yet advances in machine learning and big data models that increasingly rule our lives are also posing big, disturbing questions. How much should we trust predictions made by algorithms when we don't understand how they arrive at them? And how far ahead can we really forecast?

Rise of the Machines

   2020    Technology
From the first transistor to deep learning networks, the rise of computing power over the last 50 years has been so phenomenal it's changed everything from the way we communicate to how our appliances interact. Fuelled by giant leaps forward in computer technology, the race is on. As the progress of machines continues to accelerate, so will the pace of change.
Series: The Great Acceleration

The Bit Player

   2018    History
The film tells the story of an overlooked genius: Claude Shannon. In a blockbuster paper in 1948, Claude Shannon introduced the notion of a 'bit' and laid the foundation for the information age. His ideas ripple through nearly every aspect of modern life, influencing such diverse fields as communication, computing, cryptography, neuroscience, artificial intelligence, cosmology, linguistics, and genetics. But when interviewed in the 1980s, Shannon was more interested in showing off the gadgets he'd constructed -- juggling robots, a Rubik's Cube solving machine, a wearable computer to win at roulette, a unicycle without pedals, a flame-throwing trumpet -- than rehashing the past.
Mixing contemporary interviews, archival film, animation and dialogue drawn from interviews conducted with Shannon himself, The Bit Player tells the story of an overlooked genius who revolutionized the world, but never lost his childlike curiosity.

The Great Hack

   2019    Culture
A film about the Facebook–Cambridge Analytica data scandal.
Have you ever filled out an online survey? Do you wonder why you receive ads for products that you happened to research the day before? Data has surpassed oil as the world’s most valuable asset, and it is being weaponized to wage cultural and political wars. We’re in a battle for control over our most intimate personal details. The Great Hack uncovers the dark world of data exploitation through the compelling personal journeys of players on different sides of the explosive Cambridge Analytica/Facebook data breach that rocked the world.

Inside Bills Brain: Decoding Bill Gates 1of3

   2019    History
The series about the man, myth and legend - founder of Microsoft and co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation - reflects on his trailblazing work with computer software, starting the largest private philanthropic foundation. Bill Gates opens up about his childhood, business career and passion for improving the lives of people in the developing world.
When Bill Gates stepped down from Microsoft in 2008, he was worth more than 58 billion dollars. He built that fortune thinking about computer software, operating systems, spreadsheets and the Internet. What was on his mind?
Series: Inside Bills Brain: Decoding Bill Gates
The Normans
The Normans

   2010    History
Life in the Undergrowth
Life in the Undergrowth

   2005    Nature
Clash of the Gods
Clash of the Gods

   2009    History
Living Universe
Living Universe

   2018    Technology
The Art of Russia
The Art of Russia

   2009    Art
Himalaya with Michael Palin
Himalaya with Michael Palin

   2004    Culture
The Private Life of Plants
The Private Life of Plants

   1994    Nature