Futurewatch (6 Parts)

Synopsis
Seriess looking at the moral questions of the next century, as the limits of social behaviour, medicine, science and technology are pushed ever further. In each programme Michael Buerk discusses the issues with John Browning of ‘Wired’ magazine, Professor Susan Greenfield, writer Rosalind Miles, Catholic commentator Peter Stanford, and Professor Sheila McLean.
1: The effect of memory-enhancing drugs, computer headsets and memory chips on our perceptions of knowledge, wisdom and self-understanding. Also features science-fiction writer Michael Marshall-Smith’s visions of the future.
2: How virtual reality sex and simulated wombs will not only be able to separate sex and reproduction but also sex and relationships.
3: Ethical and medical issues surrounding the use of animals for organ transplants into humans.
4: How an understanding of genetics could lead to the creation of a ‘perfect’ person and the formation of a genetic underclass. Asks if there are are genes responsible for homosexuality, a tendency to commit crime, or even the capacity of have fun. Is behaviour defined by one’s genes?
5: With developments in surveillance equipment promising extraordinary levels of security, asks if there will come a time when information technology is in control and secrets no longer exist.
6: Explores the future of ageing, and asks if life is about quantity or quality, as drugs and genetics appear to be extending the human life span ever further.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. VHS. col. 6 x 40 min.
Year of production
1996
Availability
Sale; 1998 sale: £14.99 (inclusive) each
Notes
Broadcast on BBC1 from 5/1/97.
Subjects
Medical sciences; Sociology
Keywords
ageing; genetics; homosexuality; human genome; human organ transplant surgery; medical ethics; memory; sexuality; surveillance

Credits

Producer
John Drury
Contributor
Anne Reevell
Cast
Michael Buerk 

Sections

Title
Memories are made of chips
Synopsis
1: The effect of memory-enhancing drugs, computer headsets and memory chips on our perceptions of knowledge, wisdom and self-understanding. Also features science-fiction writer Michael Marshall-Smith's visions of the future.

Title
Sex files, The
Synopsis
2: How virtual reality sex and simulated wombs will not only be able to separate sex and reproduction but also sex and relationships.

Title
Animal farm
Synopsis
3: Ethical and medical issues surrounding the use of animals for organ transplants into humans.

Title
Human designs
Synopsis
4: How an understanding of genetics could lead to the creation of a 'perfect' person and the formation of a genetic underclass. Asks if there are are genes responsible for homosexuality, a tendency to commit crime, or even the capacity of have fun. Is beh

Title
Spies, lies and videotapes
Synopsis
5: With developments in surveillance equipment promising extraordinary levels of security, asks if there will come a time when information technology is in control and secrets no longer exist.

Title
Heaven can wait
Synopsis
6: Explores the future of ageing, and asks if life is about quantity or quality, as drugs and genetics appear to be extending the human life span ever further.

Sponsor

Name

BBC Television

Distributor

Name

CTVC Video

Email
ctvc@ctc.co.uk
Web
http://www.ctvc.co.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
020 8950 4426
Fax
020 8950 1437
Address
Hillside Studios
Merry Hill Road
Bushey, Herts WD2 1DR

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