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 4. Running time, 8:59 minutes.
Part 4 continues on the increasing destruction by the neo-luddites, fighting
to prevent the betterment of mankind via the upgrade paradigm.
It switches to examine the real foundations of the movvement's fears.
Professor Miguel Nicoleus makes another appearance. He discusses the robot
arm experiment from another angle. The monkey stopped moving her own organic
arm, at the same time as the artificial one. It could control the robotic arm
by pure thought, no differently than any other limb - the brain no longer needed
the body. This profound breakthrough is worrying for some, as DARPA usage for
brain machine interfaces has a definite combat bent.DARPA uses of such technology
is discussed in depth.
This leads back to neo-luddites, and a discussion on the fears and actions
of the unabomber.
Next, the Blue Brain Project receives attention; the attempt being carried
out in Switzerland, to replicate a brain, in silicon. Professor Henry Marcram
discusses the creation of an artificial hippocampus, to work out exactly how
the neuralcircuitry functions.