Brave New World with Stephen Hawking

Brave New World with Stephen HawkingProfessor Stephen Hawking presents a global exploration of the scientific breakthroughs that are transforming our lives in the 21st century.

With the help of some of the world's leading scientific figures - including Sir David Attenborough, Richard Dawkins, Aarathi Prasad, Lord Winston and Maggie Aderin-Pocock - this five-part series reveals how science is striving for humankind's next leap forward.

Machines. The team showcase breakthroughs in technology and engineering that are creating a new generation of machines. Mark Evans fuses his brain with a computer in Switzerland to test a new breed of machine. Kathy Sykes hits the streets of San Francisco to have the ride of her life as she experiences the future of transport in a driverless car.

Health. The experts examine how scientists are fighting for our survival by battling the world's big killer diseases. Biologist Aarathi Prasad joins virus hunters in the jungles of Africa, Robert Winston sees first-hand how the surgeons of the future could be robots, capable of operating round the clock, and Richard Dawkins investigates the way brain disorders might one day be treated using laser light and genetically modified brain cells.

Technology. The experts explore how 21st-century technology is shaping our future by changing the way we live, the way we communicate and our perception of the universe. Physicist Kathy Sykes explores how our mobile phones can give experts access to our every habit and action: a brave new world in which it's hard to keep a secret but where urban planners can build cities around our needs.

Environment. Science turns superhero as it battles to save the planet and preserve the human race. In California, physicist Jim Al-Khalili sees how the power of the world's largest laser could create a fuel to answer all our needs, while at Longleat Sir David Attenborough helps collect the DNA of an elephant for the Frozen Ark - a project to save all the world's species from extinction.

Biology. The experts unearth the amazing breakthroughs that are transforming the resilience and strength of the human body. Mark Evans joins the bio-prospectors in Central America exploring the untapped reserves of the oceans for life-changing drugs; Aarathi Prasad meets the remarkable old people who could hold the secret to a long and healthy life; and Robert Winston explores how our behaviour and environment may be influencing the genes of future generations in ways we once thought impossible.

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7 Comments / User Reviews

  1. StevenLJones

    So where do all the unemployed taxi drivers and truckers etc go? Brave new world is app name. I think we need to seriously consider the consequences of technology and what type of world we are going to live in. Give Mr. Dawkins the power and anyone who believes in God or anything similar will have a little light go on in their brain to correct such abhorrent behavior. We are an ignorant ape that thinks it has the power of God. What we don't have is wisdom. We as we know ourselves may disappear in a hundred years. I hate to think what Dr. Frankenstein will create in it's place. Now is the time to take a stand before we have technologies and procedures forced upon us without our consent.

    1. Imightberiding

      Oooh, Science is scary isn't it? (note my sarcastic grin if you could see me)

    2. StevenLJones

      Imightberiding Science isn't scary. People are.

    3. WiseGapist

      Caution is important, but don't blame technology. It's the people who implement the way that technology is used that should be blamed.

      In response to your first question, check out Future by Design on topdocs, that has a few interesting theories on the nature of a technocratic society... The transition would be unimaginably chaotic though^

    4. Jacob Skovsbøll Knudsen

      Honestly, the taxi drivers and truckers could be put to much better use - ever heard about green jobs? We're gonna need a lot of those very soon, some even say 2017... But I agree with you, history shows a lack of wisdom when implementing new technology, the a-bomb is a perfect example and fossil fueled devices may prove to be as well.

    5. Michael Day

      You have a choice to not buy the products. If you don't like the new technology, just do what the Amish do.

  2. Aaylsworth

    Interesting Doc, not a whole lot of new information presented here but it was presented in a easily digestible fashion. Some of the ideas were flighty and more predictive than concrete and feasible. But worth a watch for sure.