Technology & Society


New! Swiped: Hooking Up in the Digital Age 87 min.

With over 40 million Americans currently online dating, the internet has become an ubiquitous tool in modern courtship. Dating sites and apps such as Tinder, OkCupid, Match, Bumble, Hinge and others are part of a $2.5-billion industry that is rapidly changing the rules of dating, both expanding and accelerating access to potential mates for everything from “hookups” to long-term relationships. Swi...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2018

Mechanical Monsters 63 min.

This film investigates the origins of our love-hate relationship with technology. Historian Simon Schaffer tells the stories behind some of the most extra-ordinary engineering wonders of the 19th century, including computers made from cogs and gears, giant replica dinosaurs, enormous telescopes, vast steam pumps and devices that herald the birth of cinema. Through stunning images of amazing machin...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2018

Digital Addicts 54 min.

Children as young as three are becoming addicted to mobile phones, harming their development and causing possible long-term damage. We follow some of the youngest cases and hear how our brains are affected by exposure to screens. We also learn how platforms like snapchat or facebook are engineered to make them hyper-addictive. Three year old Ryan doesn’t speak, avoids eye contact and frequently ha...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2018

Robots: A Brave New World? 51 min.

A new industrial revolution is under way. Super-intelligent, docile and never tired, robot workers are carrying out ever more complex tasks. In Saudi Arabia, some have reached such a stage of evolution that they have even acquired the status of citizen! But workers are struggling to find their place in this new world and even the creators themselves suspect that robots are destroying more jobs tha...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2018

Swipe Left: Dating Apps Have Killed Romance: A Debate 105 min.

Every day, more and more people are turning to dating apps to find love. More than 49 million Americans—almost one out of six—have given digital dating a try. But are dating apps really designed to promote long-lasting romance? Apps like Tinder and Bumble make finding a date as easy as swiping right, while digital platforms like Match.com and OkCupid use specialized algorithms to help users find t...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2018

New! Rise of Vertical Farming 48 min.

Our food system is currently organized very inefficiently. Our food travels for many kilometers, uses an excessive amount of water, is wasted on a tremendous scale, and also contaminates the environment. And yet, the 7 billion residents of planet Earth—all mainly living in large cities—must be fed. In an attempt to achieve this in a sustainable manner, food production must, for the most part, be i...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

New! Youtubeland Like & Subscribe 46 min.

YouTube is travelling like a high-speed train into one of the most powerful online platforms in the world. Nowadays nearly every child dreams of becoming rich and famous on the video platform. Which clever earnings model is hiding behind this success story, and how will this affect our future media landscape? A number of professional YouTubers offer a glimpse in the wondrous world of the YouTube i...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

Ahmedabad, India, Episode 5 24 min.

It wants to be one of the first smart cities in India, but it’s also struggling to solve 18th and 19th century problems like sanitation. Jason travels to the city of Ahmedabad, the state of Gujarat’s largest city in India, to find out if a smart city be inclusive and improve the lives of all its people.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Episode 8 24 min.

What makes the city of Amsterdam so smart? Is it technology, infrastructure, or a liberal attitude? And what can other cities learn fin their quest to embrace 21st century technology and infrastructure from Amsterdam? Jason Pomeroy is on a mission to find out.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

Barcelona, Spain, Episode 6 24 min.

Full of history, Barcelona has reinvented itself time and again to become one of the world’s most influential cities. Today, the smart city of Barcelona is not the smart city it was five years ago – and architect Jason Pomeroy is there to find out what a smart city 2.0 looks like…

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017