For centuries humans have dreamed of eternal life. Now, is our ever-advancing technology bringing us to the cusp of a profound change in our evolution? Meet Dmitry Itskov. A 32 year old Russian billionaire, who wants to live forever. In this documentary we unwrap Itskov’s dream by revealing the amazing science currently undertaken around the world in the hope of developing ‘Digital immortality’ Itskov’s plan is as improbable as it is audacious. He is planning to upload his mind in to a cyborg avatar and achieve immortality. He is racing against time – to bring it about in thirty years, well before he dies. So to make it happen by 2045 he is courting the world’s finest scientific minds - neuroscientists, roboticists and AI experts. And he is not alone. In Silicon Valley leading figures in the technological elite are also pursing this dream. At the Singularity University on NASA’s Ames base we meet its co-head Dr Peter Diamandis, founder of the X Prize Foundation, who believes the accelerating pace of technological change will lead to a point - the so called Singularity – which will open the door to immortality through disrupting Darwinian evolution and replacing it with self directed evolution.
Over 30 million people world-wide, many of them women and children, are exploited for sex and/or labour, or forced into criminality or child marriage. The owning, controlling and exploitation of people against their will is an increasingly devastating situation questioning our understanding of human rights – even the most basic right of being free. It's happening right now all over the world in all sorts of settings from downtown mansions to rural villages. This is an issue which acutely require global attention. Following the success of Why Democracy? and Why Poverty?, The Why Foundation is creating a groundbreaking new documentary film and cross-media project that asks why, there is slavery in the 21st Century.
Her defection to the South in 2011 was a terrible mistake. She was lured by a broker in China who said he could smuggle her into South Korea, where she could make a lot of money in a few months and return to China. She has been trying to return to the North to be with her husband, daughter and ailing mother. But her efforts have only brought her more trouble, including imprisonment on spying charges. Now there are some South Koreans who want to help her. They are trying to appeal to international organizations. Under South Korean government law it is illegal for a citizen to flee to the enemy North. It has been 4 years. She communicates with her daughter by letter which is redelivered by a relative in China. Sometimes she talks to her daughter on the phone, which leaves her heart -broken. No one can tell when her journey will end.
The history of mankind is in large part the story of the traffic between the three great civilizations of the Old World: the West, the East and Islam - three cultures that have warred, traded and debated for centuries - and the most obvious sign of difference between these societies is the way they write. The badge of Western civilization is the Latin alphabet. The flowing script of Islam and the calligraphy of China are equally distinct and equally characteristic. But these three writing systems do more than simply symbolize the differences between the societies that use them. They helped to create those differences in the first place. The way that people write influences what they write, and thereby what they think, and who they become. The story of the struggle between the West, the East and Islam is written in their writing systems. Over three films, IT IS WRITTEN will tell the story of writing, and in doing so, reveal the influences that have shaped society for thousands of years, creating the world we live in now, with its divisions and contrasts.
Episode 1. Ever since the human kind looked up into the sky for the first time, we have dreamed of going to Mars. A trip to Mars is no longer science fiction. Scientists predict that by 2029, that dream will be realized with a human laying the first step on Mars. We explore one of mankind’s most audacious adventures, the mission to Mars, through scientific analysis. Episode 2. Will there be an artificial intelligence that surpasses humans? In 2045, people face an era where they need to compete against AI for work. Numerous occupations will disappear due to AI’s outstanding learning and cognitive abilities alone. We make a forecast on the social impact that the AI will bring, through virtual matches between AI and human. Episode 3. Is eternal life really possible? Mankind’s long-sought desire to live forever. How is the latest science solving people’s desire for immortality? The cyborgization of humanity. Up to what can we define as human? We predict what future society will look like, confronted with philosophical questions.
Human’s first step in the world was the start of “pilgrimage”. All humans live the given lives and collection of them has become the history of the Earth. Are diverse lives of human beings a blessing from God? By ruminating the lives of all living creatures on pilgrimage route- workers in extreme conditions, common people who are finding ways in modern civilization, and the Voyager 1 that left with three billion years of traces of pilgrimage- we try to think about our today and tomorrow in this program.
“Why are students of certain countries better at studying?" “How schools from other countries educate their students?” Two countries with different education curriculum, Britain and Korea, will swap their students and teachers who are unsatisfied with the current education system. This opportunity allows participants to figure out pros and cons of both countries’ education system and further an ‘efficient’ way to have high academic achievements.
During the history of our planet, natural disasters have plunged us into an Ice Age, transformed continents into dust bowls, and shielded out sunlight – sending the human race to the brink of collapse. In this series, leading natural disaster experts identify the most extreme catastrophes to have hit Earth in the last 100,000 years. We investigate a volcanic dust cloud, a super flash-flood and a hurricane which flattened a whole island. From the ancient debris left in their wake, our scientists will piece together exactly what happened, turning up clues from Asia to America. How big was the disaster? How did it permanently impact on us, the human race? Using cinema-grade CGI we will recreate each disaster in terrifying detail. Then we ask what would happen if these disasters were to strike again today. What effects would they have on London, New York, Shanghai and Seoul? Using stunning CGI, we show the levels of destruction before exploring early warning systems, and asking what could be done to avert a future cataclysm at the hands of Volatile Earth.
1. Make-up means POWER Make-up has evolved hand in hand with power. After the primitive people who painted themselves to intimidate the prey or the enemy, mankind proceeded to paint their faces in celebration of supernatural beings. With the growth of civilization from Ancient Egypt to the Ancien Régime, make-up develops as an exclusive property of those in power. In today's democracy, where power comes from people, politicians invest unprecedented costs into make-up to secure their votes. 2. Make-up means TABOO In the thousands of years of history, it is only in the past century that make-up became women's property. For a long time, make-up remained a "taboo" in many societies. East and West, women's thick make-up was perceived as a sign of lust and vulgarity. The second episode looks at the hidden history of make-up and taboo, following the evolution of make-up from a passive activity to look beautiful in the eyes of men to a powerful tool for women.