Technology

Podfather

Podfather

In the 21st Century we all march to a digital beat, electronic devices shape how we work talk, travel and play, and at the very heart of todays technology lies a very tiny but extraordinary invention. It's inventor is not a household name but to those that knew him Robert Noyce is one of the key figures of the modern age. Noyce laid the foundations of Americas most innovative industry and Silic

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The Bitcoin Gospel

The Bitcoin Gospel

In this film VPRO Backlight take us into a world where we can become our own bank. We tend to take it for granted that money creation is controlled by government and banks but there is a community of people who don't see this as a given, this community is switching to what they believe is a far superior monetary system, a system where banks are no longer needed or in control because with this new

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Impact! A Horizon Guide To Car Crashes

For most of our history, horseback was as fast as any human could hope to travel but then came along the industrial revolution which saw the birth of steam powered and internal combustion engines. Cars transformed our world they made travel easier, more accessible and faster than ever before. This speed however also brought danger with it and for more than 60 years Horizon and the BBC have repo

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Nuclear Fruit: How the Cold War Shaped Video Games

They say knowledge is power and this is seldom more true than in war. Knowing your enemies plans whilst denying them the same privilege is to stack the odds in your favour. As military cryptography advanced in complexity so too did the required effort needed to crack it. In WWII we saw the rise of the Enigma Machine, it's complexity was such that mere manpower could not solve it within any reasona

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The Mobile Love Industry

Since the invention of the internet 30 years ago network technology has connected us in increasingly intimate ways. Today the world is literally at our fingertips through our phones. The immediacy of connection has radically impacted life in the 21st century, especially when it comes to sex and love. It would seem that in the last 5 years a good third of relationships start via online dating if no

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The FIFA Story

The FIFA Story

FIFA is one of those video games that everyone has played, when you think of football games you think of FIFA. The game franchise was originally released back in 1993 and since then EA Sports have incrementally released a new version every year to coincide with the start of the football season itself, with each version getting better and better as the technology and game design improved. In thi

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Are Video Games Really That Bad?

They started as simple blocks of light, but few predicted they heralded a revolution in entertainment, video games had arrived. An entire generation has now grown up immersed in virtual worlds becoming ever more realistic and like television and film before them they are not without controversy. Video games stand accused of making us violent or causing addiction, but do any of these claims hold wa

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Zero Days

Zero Days

While we all quietly surf around on the internet an elite of the smartest hackers scan it day and night looking for undetected safety leaks. They convert these secret leaks as if by magic into building blocks for cyber weapons which they can then sell for astronomical amounts of money to criminal organisations, security services and even the government. These exploits enable those in the know to i

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Bitcoin: The End of Money as We Know It

What do we all have in common? no matter what corner of the world you live in you need several necessities, food, water, shelter and money. Half of all transactions involve money in exchange for goods or services, stocks, bonds, a loaf of bread or even illicit drugs. It doesn't matter what the commodity, you've got to pay for it or at least someone does. We spend much of our lives chasing money

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