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Horizon: Human 2.0 - Part 1

Horizon is the BBC's flagship science documentary. It consists of an extremely numerous collection of documentaries, still being produced at a rate of several per year, and each of which attempt to investigate the hard questions on a pressing topic in science or technology. They speak to experts in the field, and garner as much research and demonstration as possible, for an intellectual audience.

The documentary entitled Human 2.0 is a long look at the near-future for the human condition, taking views from futurists and technologists, examining current research aimed at expanding what it means to be human. The documentary was broadcast on 24 October 2006, so some aspectss are now behind the bleeding edge of research by quite a ways.

Because the BBC - British Broadcasting Corporation - is a government run institution, and because of the nature of the horizon documentary as a public service, the full 47 minute long documentary is freely, and legally available via YouTube. This is part 1. Running time, 8.03 minutes.

 

This first part introduces the concept of creating an improved human, and the advantages/ disadvantages this could bring for us, in both utopian and dystopian viewpoints.

The technological singularity is discussed, and a layperson's outline is presented, covering the run up so far, building towards it. This leads into the 1964 experiment by neuroscientist Hulasi Delgado. Delgado attempted to contro lthe nature of a bullfighting bull via the world's first neuroprosthetic. Eclectrodes were implanted into the bull's brain, to control aggression and movement, albeit extremely primitively.

After the experiments are discussed in depth, the focus shifts to Gordon Moore, one of the founders of Intel: The beginnings of Moore's law are discussed as the segment ends.

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