Tech & future documentaries

When will artificial intelligence rival our own? How will social media and algorithms shape our society? Nobody knows what the future will bring, but you can sign up for BBC Select today in the US and Canada to get a much better-informed opinion on what might happen. BBC Select is home to a range of BBC future and technology documentaries that show us how the world is advancing.

The Murder of Grace Millane: Social Media Murders

Image of Grace Millane and her twitter profile on mobile

What role did social media play in the murder of 22-year-old British backpacker Grace Millane, who went missing while on a Tinder date in New Zealand in 2018? Featuring interviews with people who knew Grace or were involved with the investigation, this compelling true crime documentary explores this disturbing case that shocked the world.

Elon Musk – Superhero or Supervillain?

Elon Musk Superhero or Supervillain

His private life, business deals and outspoken social media posts continually hit the headlines, but who is the real Elon Musk? This new Elon Musk documentary explores the life of the Tesla billionaire, space pioneer and tech entrepreneur through intimate interviews with his friends, foes and business associates.

Louis Theroux: Forbidden America

Louis Theroux Forbidden America on BBC Select

Travelling across the United States, acclaimed documentary filmmaker Louis Theroux sees how the internet and social media has impacted some of the most controversial corners of American society. From those promoting far-right ideas, those in a violent and chaotic rap scene and adult film performers claiming victimization by the industry. All use the internet to reach their audience, all push the boundaries of acceptability.

Click to Change Your Life: Secrets of a Global Craze

Watch Click to Change your Life on BBC Select

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.

This show is not currently available on BBC Select but see below to browse through more tech and future documentaries available to stream on BBC Select.

The Instagram Effect

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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.