Season 1, Episode 1 Manmade Evolution: Hijacking Nature?
The natural evolution of life is one of the most intricate and profound processes we know of; springing forth an exquisite tapestry of biodiversity and color that has remained untouched and untarnished for eons. It tells the story of who we are and how we came to be. Now, man has begun to rewrite this story. With recent breakthroughs in genetic science and technology, scientists at the behest of corporate influence, have taken the reins to forge a different evolutionary path that will ultimately lead to unknown and irreversible outcomes. A look into the science of genetic engineering and gene drives used for the purpose of controlling our own evolution – how will it impact and shape our future? Join me as we explore the ethical debate over one of the most controversial topics of our time.
Season 1, Episode 2 Synthetic DNA: Editing the BioCode
The use of CRISPR gene editing tools to add, delete, and modify bio-molecules, has generated a new excitement toward manipulating DNA in radical ways. Now, scientists are appending synthetic elements to the existing genetic alphabet making it possible to generate new proteins and create unworldly synthetic lifeforms that could not occur otherwise in nature. With regulatory agencies struggling to keep pace with this quickly developing field, who will decide the direction this technology will take and to what limits?
Season 1, Episode 3 Mirrored Life: Cloning in the New Generation
Although the topic of countless sci-fi films, human cloning is not the stuff of fantasy any longer. The ability to make an exact replica has taken on new meaning in the modern world. With new developments in the science, it is now possible to clone any living organism as well as long-extinct animals, bringing to question many ethical quandaries and concerns. In a world where human clones are among us, what will the social, legal, and spiritual ramifications be?
Season 1, Episode 4 Nanotechnology: Gateway to the Future or Road to Ruin?
It has been said that nanotechnology is the gateway to the future. Building objects and processes the size of atoms has the scientific world intoxicated with the possibilities. Already, nanotech is finding its way into the food and drug industries able to achieve functions no other material can. However, as incredible as the new field promises to be, it also holds the potential to greatly harm the environment and transform our lives in ways we cannot yet comprehend. Impossible to contain once released, nanotech could become the ultimate challenge for man going forward. Will the benefits outweigh the inherent risks?
Season 1, Episode 5 Hacking Humanity: From Man to Machine
A Brain – Machine Interface (BMI) is a hardware device placed on the exterior of the head or within the brain itself to control neurological functions. Only recently have scientists begun to unlock the possibilities of using this technology to integrate our minds with the environment – allowing us to circumvent paralysis, reverse disease, manipulate electronics, and even connect to the internet, all through BMIs. But recently, with the growing existential threat of artificial intelligence advancing beyond our grasp, neurotech companies are rushing to fast-track BMI technology in an attempt to keep pace. A deeper look at how the merging of biology with machine will impact mankind’s evolutionary road catapulting us into an uncertain future.
Season 1, Episode 6 Shock Wave: Examining the Fallout
Fifth Generation wireless technology promises to deliver an unprecedented level of connectivity throughout the world, revolutionizing the way we communicate, access information, and interact with every aspect of life. At its foundation however, 5G is driven by high frequency microwave radiation which has raised concerns over its affect on living organisms and the environment, bringing into question impacts to human physiology from cancer to sterility as well as societal factors. Ushering in a new wave of invasive smart technologies and unknown radiation exposure, how will the human condition be changed?
Season 1, Episode 7 The Next Link: Post-Humanism in a Modern World
Augmenting the human body and mind through application of sophisticated technologies are concepts rooted in the early 1920s but are on the verge of being realized a century later under the term Transhumanism. Surmounting human limitations through practices of eugenics, genetic modification, cognitive enhancement, integration of devices or synthetic materials with the body, and a host of other methods, has produced an ethical battleground over the fundamental evolution of our species, but with no clear resolution. In a future where the growing consensus agrees that our species can and should be improved by available technology, where will we find our balance? Or will the human race be relegated to a thing of the past?
Season 1, Episode 8 In the Shadow of Social Engineering
We have become reliant on high-tech remedies that cure us of disease, improve our physical and mental well-being, and shield us from deadly viruses, but are we being sold an illusion of health and longevity? How our growing dependence on pharmaceuticals has created a slippery slope for its use as a tool to program, regulate and manage social behaviors, and allow huge corporations to shape societal norms. As we move into the future, will high-tech drugs be used to reprogram the human psyche? Or is it already occurring? A deeper look into the troubling reality of targeted drug development, the questionable methods of mass producing and advertising them, and the huge yet unseen corporations insidiously operating behind the scenes.
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