Tech & future documentaries
The Billionaires Who Made Our World
They are the tech giants that have completely changed the way we live our lives. How we shop, work, communicate and socialize.This fascinating documentary series gets under the skin of billionaires Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos. How did they get started, what drives them to succeed and what do they think about the impact they have had on the world?
Jeff Bezos: The Billionaires Who Made Our World
The transformation of Jeff Bezos has been extraordinary. He leads a life of luxury and glamor while vying with Elon Musk as one of the planet’s richest men. But Bezos wasn’t always so glamorous. This revealing documentary charts his rise from computer geek to ruthless businessman, building Amazon into one of the world’s biggest corporations. But who is the real Bezos and what drives his ambition?
Click to Change Your Life: Secrets of a Global Craze
Ever felt like social media is always trying to sell you something? You don’t know the half of it.
In this insightful documentary, British reporter Ellis Flynn goes undercover to investigate ‘multi-level marketing’ – an industry that leaves many young ‘influencers’ in huge debt.
Behind the enticing Instagram posts, Ellis finds a system of illegal pyramid schemes, systematic targeting of vulnerable women – and even brainwashing.
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The Instagram Effect
This eye-opening BBC documentary about social media, explores the impact of Instagram- a digital phenomenon that has changed the world we live in.
In just ten years, Instagram has gained over a billion users, shaping culture, trends and the way we live our lives. But the human impact of social media is increasingly being questioned and governments are looking to regulate social media networks.
This revealing BBC Instagram documentary follows on from whistleblower Frances Haugen’s disclosure of internal company research. Haugen and other former Facebook and Instagram insiders, many speaking on camera for the first time, discuss life inside the company and pivotal moments such as Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram in 2012.
The social media platform’s influence on body image and self-harm is also explored through powerful contributions from three users who describe how Instagram has impacted their lives. They talk frankly about eating disorders, undertaking dangerous cosmetic surgery and being influenced by anti-recovery communities who promote self-harm.
Are You Scared Yet, Human?
Surveillance cameras were meant to make us safer, but how could the exploitation of them restrict our freedom? This 2021 BBC documentary about AI technology, Are You Scared Yet, Human? questions whether artificial intelligence has gone too far.
Artificial intelligence technology is changing our world. But leading tech experts in Silicon Valley worry about the future that’s being created. Microsoft’s Brad Smith believes George Orwell’s 1984 could become reality by 2024. This BBC investigation looks at the rapidly evolving influence of AI. Will it usher in a golden age? Or could we lose control of it completely? Watch the trailer below: