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The Surveillance Capitalists

   2019    Technology
Everywhere you go, you generate a cloud of data. You're trailing data, everything that you do is producing data. And then there are computers looking at that data that are learning, and these computers are essentially trying to serve you better. They're trying to personalize things to you. They're trying to adapt the world to you. So on the one hand, this is great, because the world will get adapted to you without you even having to explicitly adapt it. There's also a danger, because the entities in the companies that are in control of those algorithms don't necessarily have the same goals as you, and this is where I think people need to be aware that, what's going on, so they can have more control over it.
We came into this new world thinking that we were users of social media and search engines. It didn't occur to us that social media and search engines were actually using us.
Series: In the Age of AI

Freedom of Choice

   2017    Medicine
Everyone always wants to be able to choose - but who really makes these choices? And do we really want to have more choices? Michael Stevens finds out as he explores decision-making.
Series: Mind Field Season 1

Touch

   2017    Medicine
When it comes to illusions, optical illusions get all the attention. But the whole body you have can be fooled and can fool the brain. What is touch? Is it real, or is it just in our heads? Michael Stevens decides to find out.
Series: Mind Field Season 1

In Your Face

   2017    Culture
We're going to see if forcing your facial expression can change the way you feel. If you remove the ability to make facial expressions with botox, will it affect how the people perceive emotions in them?
How do facial expressions affect emotion, and how does emotion affect facial expressions? Michael Stevens finds out when he explores the face.
Series: Mind Field Season 1

Do You Know Yourself

   2017    Culture
Who are you? Do you even know who you are? Are you your memories? Are you the choices you make? Are you you? Or are you someone else, but manipulated to be you? If you can lose track of your past and your memories can be altered or implanted, in the end, who are you really? Michael Stevens finds out as he explores what makes you you.
Series: Mind Field Season 1

Black Survivalists

   2018    Culture
This episode looks at a group of black survivalists. British Buzzfeed correspondent Bim Adewunmi looks at an unusual group of doomsday preppers who don't fit the normal stereotype for that group. She interviews people of color who train themselves to prepare for disaster.
Series: Follow This
Welcome to Earth

Welcome to Earth

2021  Nature
A Perfect Planet

A Perfect Planet

2021  Nature
Love On The Spectrum

Love On The Spectrum

2019  Culture
History of the Eagles

History of the Eagles

2013  History
Formula 1 Season four

Formula 1 Season four

2022  Culture
Power of Art

Power of Art

2006  Art
Leaving Neverland

Leaving Neverland

2019  Culture

 

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