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Fusioneer. Networked Society: On the Brink. On The Brink discusses the past, present and future of connectivity with a mix of people including David Rowan, chief editor of Wired UK; Caterina Fake, founder of Flickr; and Eric Wahlforss, the co-founder of Soundcloud.

Networked Society: On the Brink

Each of the interviewees discusses the emerging opportunities being enabled by technology as we enter the Networked Society. Concepts such as border-less opportunities and creativity, new open business models, and today's dumb society are brought up and discussed. We're entering a new era. Technology has enabled us to interact, innovate and share knowledge in whole new ways – creating a dynamic shift in mindset. People are empowered, business is liberated and society is more connected than ever.


Futuristic Sci-fact Videos. Future in 2050. Life In The Future Year 6000 and Beyond. Visions Of The Future - Part 1 of 5. Sci-Fi Movie Spaceships. Technology. The Dark Secret Of Hendrik Schön. Imagine a world where disease could be eradicated by an injection of tiny robots the size of molecules.

The Dark Secret Of Hendrik Schön

That is the hope offered by nanotechnology – the science of microscopically small machines. But others fear nanotechnology could lead to a non-biological cancer – where swarms of tiny nanobots come together and literally devour human flesh. Sounds like science fiction? It certainly did until a brilliant young scientist called Hendrik Schön seemed to bring it a step closer. Schön’s great breakthrough was to make a computer transistor out of a single organic molecule.

Crucially, Schön’s transistor was organic. Scientists speculated about how these tiny machines could be used to target diseases with astonishing precision. What happened next would destroy reputations and shatter lives – because there was more to Hendrik Schön’s discovery than anyone knew. World Island Wonder. Dubai’s desert landscape is transforming itself into the tourist capital of Earth, and the location of the most audacious reclaimed land project to date. From the depths of the Arabian Gulf, 300 new islands are appearing above the waves to form the world map. It’s so large it can be seen from space and so challenging to build that it threatens to push the construction team to the limit. Go on a rollercoaster journey through the story of The World Islands and see how an extraordinary dream is being transformed into an amazing reality. After the construction of three decorative artificial islands, how will Dubai up the ante even further? Well, an archipelago dubbed The World will replicate the world atlas and will include some 300 islands that will be primarily built using sand dredged from the sea bottom.

Technocalyps. Are we prepared for dealing with the prospect that humanity is not the end of evolution?


Technocalyps is an intriguing three-part documentary on the notion of trans-humanism by Belgian visual artist and filmmaker Frank Theys.

Future visions

The Code. The Code presents the first decade of Linux from 1991 to 2001. Besides Torvalds, it includes many of his closest allies in development process, that is nowadays seen as the greatest success story of the Internet culture. Eventually, Linux becomes a viable business solution within the computer industry. Media loves the story of ‘a single hacker against the forces of darkness’. ‘Linux’ becomes a catch phrase. Torvalds turns into an international media star.

But even after all this attention Linus Torvalds remains, as a person, an enigma. Get Lamp: The Text Adventure Documentary. In the early years of the microcomputer, a special kind of game was being played. With limited sound, simple graphics, and tiny amounts of computing power, the first games on home computers would hardly raise an eyebrow in the modern era of photorealism and surround sound.

In a world of Quake, Half-Life and Halo, it is expected that a successful game must be loud, fast, and full of blazing life-like action. But in the early 1980s, an entire industry rose over the telling of tales, the solving of intricate puzzles and the art of writing. Like living books, these games described fantastic worlds to their readers, and then invited them to live within them.

They were called computer adventure games, and they used the most powerful graphics processor in the world: the human mind. The Virtual Revolution. Twenty years on from the invention of the World Wide Web, Dr Aleks Krotoski looks at how it is reshaping almost every aspect of our lives. Joined by some of the web’s biggest names – including the founders of Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Apple and Microsoft, and the web’s inventor – she explores how far the web has lived up to its early promise.

The founding father of the Web, Tim Berners-Lee, believed his invention would remain an open frontier that nobody could own, and that it would take power from the few and give it to the many. Fusioneer. Freedom Downtime: The Story of Kevin Mitnick. Can you launch a nuclear missile by whistling into a payphone? The unofficial story of Kevin Mitnick, possibly the first citizen in American history to be jailed without a bail-hearing.

He went to jail for nothing more than copying software, but was "convicted" by the media both for breaking into NORAD as well as causing millions of dollars in damage to a software-company. This documentary introduces you to the "Free Kevin" movement, who tried to stop the making of a film about Mitnick based on the media's lies, and who went on a journey to track down key players in the Mitnick-affair and get some answers. Human brain: fuse with computer chips biodigital brain. DP/30: Revenge of the Electric Car, documentarian Chris Paine. Future in 2050.

Life In The Future Year 6000 and Beyond. The Betrayal by Technology: A Portrait of Jacques Ellul. Jacques Ellul was a French theologian/sociologist and anarchist.

The Betrayal by Technology: A Portrait of Jacques Ellul

He first became well-known to American readers when his book The Technological Society was published in English in 1964. This book leveled a broad critique of technique, a term that means more than gadgets and machines - as the English word technology means. For Ellul, technique represented an entire way of life characterized by life fragmented so that efficiency ultimately rules over all ethical decisions.

Ellul warned that technique was having drastic effects on all aspects of modern life. His books, Anarchy and Christianity, The Politics of God and the Politics of Man are two examples of how his political and religious outlooks mutually reinforced one another. Many Green Anarchists have cited Ellul’s work on technique as influential on their thought. Web 3.0. A short story about the Semantic Web.

Web 3.0

Some Internet experts believe the next generation of the Web - Web 3.0 - will make tasks like your search for movies and food faster and easier. Instead of multiple searches, you might type a complex sentence or two in your Web 3.0 browser, and the Web will do the rest. For example, you could type "I want to see a funny movie and then eat at a good Mexican restaurant. What are my options? " The Web 3.0 browser will analyze your response, search the Internet for all possible answers, and then organize the results for you.­

That's not all. Eventually you might be able to ask your browser open questions like "where should I go for lunch? " Project Code Rush. The year is early 1998, at the height of dot-com era, and a small team of Netscape code writers frantically works to reconstruct the company's Internet browser. In doing so they will rewrite the rules of software development by giving away the recipe for its browser in exchange for integrating improvements created by outside unpaid developers. The fate of the entire company may well rest on their shoulders. Hackers: Outlaws and Angels. This alarming program reveals the daily battle between the Internet’s outlaws and the hackers who oppose them by warding off system attacks, training IT professionals and police officers, and watching cyberspace for signs of imminent infowar. Through interviews with frontline personnel from the Department of Defense, NYPD’s computer crime squad, private detective firm Kroll Associates, X-Force Threat Analysis Service, and several notorious crackers, the program provides penetrating insights into the millions of hack attacks that occur annually in the U.S. - including one that affected the phone bills of millions and another that left confidential details of the B-1 stealth bomber in the hands of teenagers.

The liabilities of wireless networks, the Code Red worm, and online movie piracy are also discussed. Can You Hack It? – Hackers Wanted. Hackers Wanted is an unreleased American documentary film.

Can You Hack It? – Hackers Wanted

Directed and written by Sam Bozzo, the film explores the origins and nature of hackers and hacking by following the adventures of Adrian Lamo, and contrasting his story with that of controversial figures throughout history. The film is narrated by Kevin Spacey. Originally named Can You Hack It? , the film failed to get a conventional release, according to Lamo, because of conflicts between its producer and others on the team.

The more commonly cited reason is a problem with the quality of the finished product. In the Realm of the Hackers. In The Realm of the Hackers is an Australian documentary directed by Kevin Anderson about the prominent hacker community, centered in Melbourne, Australia in the late 80's to early 1990.

In the Realm of the Hackers

The storyline is centered around the Australian teenagers going by the hacker names Electron and Phoenix, who were members of an elite computer hacking group called The Realm and hacked into some of the most secure computer networks in the world, including those of the US Naval Research Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, a government lab charged with the security of the US nuclear stockpile, and NASA. So fast and widespread was the attack, no-one could work out how it had happened - until one of the hackers called The New York Times to brag. Ten years after their arrest, this dramatized documentary uncovers not only how they did it but why. It takes us headlong into the clandestine, risky but intoxicating world of the computer underground. Nano: The Next Dimension. Nanosciences and nanotechnologies represent a formidable challenge for the research community and industry.

Nano: The Next Dimension

World-class infrastructure, new fundamental knowledge, novel equipment for characterisation and manufacturing, multi-disciplinary education and training for innovative and creative engineering, and a responsible attitude to societal demands are required. In It’s Image.