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 5. Running time, 8:23 minutes.
The final part starts with Professor Seth Lloyd playing with natural law -
erasing large sections of it.Lloyd's vision is the quantum compute, and how
it will change the world.
From this things move on to the ways machines will supercede humans thanks
to quantum computation.
Things return to the unibomber, and his trial, in which it comes out that he
too was a subject of an experiment in brain control, run by the CIA. It is argued
that the creation of the unibomber from a once-promising harvard undergraduate
may have been a side effect, failed brain control experiments pushing him over
the edge. It serves as a chilling warning against the modificcation of the human
Finally, in closing statements, the documentary - to harry potter theme music
- recaps on both sides of the argument to improve the human condition and society
by technological augmentation means.