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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

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.

Queen Live at Wembley Stadium
Queen Live at Wembley Stadium

   1986    Art
The Sky at Night
The Sky at Night

   2018    Science
The Normans
The Normans

   2010    History
The Nazis, A Warning From History
The Nazis, A Warning From History

   1997    History
Earth at Night in Color
Earth at Night in Color

   2020    Nature
Jonestown: Terror in the Jungle
Jonestown: Terror in the Jungle

   2018    History
Earth from Space
Earth from Space

   2019    Nature
Conversations with Dolphins
Conversations with Dolphins

   2016    Science