Watch technology documentaries on BBC Select
These documentaries reflect on the power of computer algorithms and technology in shaping and limiting our world views. Should we question the echo chambers we inhabit and become more critically aware, engaged digital citizens?
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The World’s First Computer
It’s called the Antikythera Mechanism. A mysterious lump of calcified stone containing various gearwheels discovered in an ancient shipwreck. It’s thought to be one of the earliest-ever computers, used to predict solar eclipses and calculate the timing of the ancient Olympics. Now scientists are revealing more surprising and awe-inspiring details of an object that continues to mystify.
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Secrets of Silicon Valley
The ‘Tech Gods’ behind the world’s most powerful online companies wanted to change the world. They’ve certainly achieved this, but has it changed for the better? Every aspect of our lives and society has been altered by Silicon Valley’s antics but many feel the scope and influence of just a few powerful men has happened too fast and gone too far. This BBC Documentary explores whether we are heading for disaster or a tech-led paradise.
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Smartphones: The Dark Side
They’re the first thing more than half of us look at in the morning. We pick them up on average 58 times a day. Constant pings and push notifications distract us, diminish our attention spans and flushing us with dopamine. How did we get addicted to our phones? In this BBC Documentary meet the tech experts using behavioral science to hook us, including the inventor of the ‘like’ button who now regrets what he unleashed.
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