Category “Technology”

The Rise of Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence is an ever evolving goal for researchers, and the object of endless fascination for writers, filmmakers, and the general public. But despite our best science fiction visions, creating digital intelligence is incredibly difficult. The universe is a very complicated place, and humans have had millions of years to evolve the ability to navigate and make sense of it. Contemporary attempts to create AI have us looking more at how our own brains work to see how a computer could simulate the core activities that create our intelligence. No matter how we get there, it is...

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Rolls Royce: How To Build A Jumbo Jet

As Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner makes its inaugural flight, Rolls-Royce engineers celebrate the performance of its revolutionary Trent 1000 jet engines. They're the latest in a family of sophisticated aero engines that have driven Rolls-Royce to become world leaders in the market for jumbo jet engines. This is the story of the thousands of people who design, build and test engines at Rolls-Royce's manufacturing plants in Derby and across the UK, making Rolls-Royce a central part of life for the people who work...

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How to Avoid Mistakes in Surgery

A&E doctor Kevin Fong finds out how doctors can avoid making mistakes in the high-pressure, high-stakes world of the operating theatre. He sets out to learn how other professionals make life and death decisions under pressure, from airline pilots facing emergencies, to the Fire Service dealing with lethal blazes, to the world of Formula One pit crews. Kevin discovers how all these fields are helping to make surgery...

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NASA’s Next Generation Space Suit

In this film Vice meets the two guys who are creating the next generation of space suits from scratch, something that has traditionally taken teams of people to achieve. When Ted Southern and Nik Moiseev first met back in 2007, they came from two very different worlds. Nik had spent over 20 years working in the Soviet Union and Russia as an engineer of cutting edge garments. Ted was an artist and sculptor who had studied at Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute and worked as an apprentice at a costuming studio in Manhattan. When the two teamed up and entered NASA’s Centennial Challenge, a...

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Evacuate Earth

Evacuate Earth is a National Geographic Channel documentary that tells the what-if story of the evacuation of the planet Earth which is due to be destroyed by a rogue Neutron Star. The documentary goes into the technical and social complications of building an Ark to save humanity and other Earth life and moving them to a planet in another star...

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Tomorrow’s World

Tomorrow’s World delves in to the world of invention, revealing the people and technologies set to transform all our lives. Liz Bonnin examines the conditions that are promising to make the 21st century a golden age of innovation and meets some of the world’s foremost visionaries, mavericks and dreamers. From a $20 million race to the moon to making ethanol from genetically modified bacteria, levitating frogs and drugs that are spun in a candyfloss machine, barely a minute passed without another astonishing revelation. The film introduces Andre Geim, the Nobel Prize-winning...

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The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters

The stuff of gladiatorial battle is here: good versus evil, right versus wrong, nerd versus super-nerd. In this critically acclaimed arcade showdown, a humble novice goes head-to-head against the reigning Donkey Kong champ in a confrontation that rocks the gaming world to its processors. For more than 20 years, Billy Mitchell has owned the throne of the Donkey Kong world. No one could beat his top score until now. Newcomer Steve Wiebe claims to have beaten the unbeatable, but Mitchell isn’t ready to renquish his crown without a fight. Go behind the barrels as the two battle it out in...

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Megafactories: Toyota Australia

Megafactories reveals the technology and stories behind some of the most innovative factories in the world. After manufacturing vehicles in Australia for 50 years, it’s no surprise Toyota has grown to be Australia’s leading automotive company. Toyota Australia has just revealed a new state-of-the-art engine plant built to produce AR hybrid engines for local and export markets, one of only five engine plants of its kind. But getting there was no mean feat – and National Geographic Channel was there to capture the journey. From the drawing board to the open road, witness as a...

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The Man Who Hunts Spy Satellites

Thierry Legault is not your average amateur astronomer, inviting the kids over and pointing a dinky backyard telescope at the Big Dipper. He’s a renowned astrophotographer, painstakingly chronicling the orbits of planets, distant galaxies, spaceships, and—to the chagrin of the intelligence community—of the spy satellites we’re not supposed to see. These days, we are inundated with a constant feed of reality defying images sent back to us from space by the very carefully calibrated equipment we send up there. But for Thierry, the act of capturing space is a much more personal...

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