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All Watched over by Machines of Loving Grace

Synopsis
Adam Curtis’ series of films explores the idea that we have been colonised by the machines that we have built, seeing everything in the world through the eyes of computers. Episode 1, LOVE AND POWER looks at Ayn Rand and her group of disciples and then considers the global utopia that digital entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley set out to create in the 1990s. They were joined by Alan Greenspan who became convinced that computers were creating a new kind of stabilty. Film 2, The USE AND ABUSE OF VEGETATIONAL CONCEPTS looks at how the dream of the self-organising network, based on ideas from the 1960s counterculture, is founded on a flawed understanding of the natural world. The final film The MONKEY IN THE MACHINE AND THE MACHINE IN THE MONKEY argues that because our political dreams seem to have failed we have retreated into machine fantasies that say we have no control over our actions, in order to excuse our failure. The film explores the theories of scientist Bill Hamilton, in the context of the history of the West’s relationship with the Congo over the past 100 years.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2011
Subjects
History; Media studies; Science
Keywords
Congo; history of science; economic history; psychology; history of computing; Rand, Ayn

Credits

Producer
Adam Curtis

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£585.00
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
150 minutes
Year
2013

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Distributor

Name

BBC Active Video for Learning - now BBC Learning

Contact
Carolina Fernandez Jeremy Wilcox (CF - for educational enquiries JW - channel sales manager)
Email
BBCStudiosLearning@bbc.com
Web
https://www.bbcstudioslearning.com/ External site opens in new window
Phone
+44 (0) 20 8433 1009
Address
BBC Studios Limited
Television Centre
101 Wood Lane
London
W12 7FA
UK
Notes
The BBC Active company has now been absorbed within BBC Learning, a division of BBC Studios. It was originally a joint venture between BBC Worldwide and Pearson Education. Formerly known as ‘BBC Worldwide Learning Studies’ and before that as ‘Videos for Education & Training’

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