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Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World

Documentarian Werner Herzog chronicles the virtual world from its origins to its outermost reaches, exploring the digital landscape with the same curiosity and imagination he previously trained on earthly destinations. Herzog leads viewers on a journey through a series of provocative conversations that reveal the ways in which the online world has transformed how virtually everything in the real world works - from business to education, space travel to healthcare, and the very heart of how we conduct our personal relationships.
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Inside the Internet [electronic resource]

From its simple origins to its emergence as a global nervous system, the Internet has changed the way the world works. In this fascinating overview, ARPANET pioneers and Usenet trailblazers describe how the Internet and e-mail came to be. Next, law enforcement officers and hackers from the L0pht address censorship, worms and viruses, and the challenge of Internet security. And finally, Web experts discuss the use of hyperlinks, graphical interfaces, search engines, and streaming technology to make the Internet more transparent, while the CEOs of DoubleClick and now-defunct DigiCash talk about the impact of e-commerce.
2006; 1997

Cisco Systems and the Internet Economy [electronic resource]

In segment one of this program, NewsHour correspondent Paul Solman, Cisco Systems' John Chambers, and other top Cisco executives discuss how the computer network infrastructure giant, whose routers are the brains of the Internet, uses Internet technology to enhance its own operations and growth. In segment two, correspondent Ray Suarez talks with Jay Whitehead, CEO of; labor economist Robert Reich; and other experts about the implications of the eyebrow-raising increase in employment in the Internet economy-before the bubble burst.
2006; 2000

Health Care Applications [electronic resource]: Electronics in Medical Imaging

Nothing can replace the skills of good doctors and nurses, but without digital technology and advanced electronic systems, the field of medicine would soon collapse. X-Rays, ultrasounds, CT scans, and MRI and PET imaging all use electronics to map different aspects of the human body and convert the information into a visual format. This program visits one of the world's leading research centers in medical imaging and explores the ins and outs of electronic health care technology, including the signals used, both digital and analog; how those signals are received, amplified, and transferred to a computer; how the information is converted to produce various images; and how other electronic applications are used in health care.

Communications [electronic resource]: Wireless and Fiber Optics

From spoken-word conversations to real-time video, a dazzling array of communication options are now available at the touch (or click) of a button. This video explores the concepts and technologies at the heart of fiber-optic communication. Demonstrations and discussions focus on basic principles of telephone systems and state-of-the-art optical technology; distances that light can travel through glass fiber as shown on a massive drum of cable; how the capacity of fiber optic cable is continually growing; the emerging role of phototonic switches; the use of radio wave links and 3G technology in automotive communication systems; bus and module communication systems; GPS updates, and the monitoring of wear and tear as well as maintenance requirements in automotive technology.

Industry Applications [electronic resource]: Two Electronics Case Studies

From the minutia of warehouse inventories to the training programs of the aeronautics industry, this program focuses on commercial applications for high-tech electronic systems. Two in-depth case studies are used. The first showcases a HUD or "head-up" display developed by British Aerospace Engineering, used in state-of-the-art flight instruction of civilian aircraft pilots. The second case study examines a stock control system that is revolutionizing manufacturing. Outlining how stock control has traditionally worked, the segment explores electronic automatic replenishment, load cells and the design of load sensors, multiplexing data and the factors that need to be monitored, and keeping track of stock through the computer interface.

Transport [electronic resource]: The Electronic Future

Imagine driving in complete darkness without worry-thanks to a virtual picture of the road projected on the windshield. It's an existing technology, not science fiction! With unprecedented access to top-flight engineering projects that are integral to the design of Jaguar cars, this program shows how electronics are taking the art and science of driving into the future. Viewers learn how digital control systems, CAD, and CAM, are used throughout a car's design, testing, and manufacture. An illustration of the design method known as concurrent engineering shows how this technique has drastically cut down time between design and production. A range of test procedures are shown, some carried out by simulations, others by building mock-ups that reveal how parts of the car interact with e [...]

Environmental Applications [electronic resource]: Electronics and Climate Studies

Although the encroachment of technology into the natural world is always a legitimate concern, it is also worth examining the many ways in which electronic systems help improve environmental research as well as weather and climate monitoring. This program features two case studies that illustrate the helpful roles electronics can play in life science and meteorology. An in-depth look at the Eden Project in Cornwall, England, focuses on the control measures needed to maintain the correct atmospheric conditions within a complex of giant greenhouses. The second case study looks at how electronic controls can be used in flood warning systems and how measures can be taken to control floodwaters and hence protect the environment from flood damage.

Printed Circuit Boards [electronic resource]: Uses, Design, and Manufacture

As technology progresses, printed circuit boards or PCBs are becoming ever more central to daily life. As such, an understanding of basic circuitry and how to apply it to PCB assembly is vital to almost any engineer or technical designer. This program highlights the importance of PCBs and follows their industrial manufacture from design brief to completion. It illustrates the benefits of new technologies such as prism component placing machines, minute quality control cameras, automated connection checkers, and CAD/CAM packages. The video will aid in developing a working knowledge of basic IT packages and an awareness of more complex ones. It will also help students consider chemistry issues which play an important part in the board manufacture process.

Think B4 U Post [electronic resource]: Your Reputation and Privacy on Social Networking Sites

A person normally wouldn't shout out the details of a secret hookup or give a credit card to a total stranger and say 'Max it out for me.' Yet as this video playfully points out, in effect that's what people do when they post indiscreetly on social networking sites or are duped by phishing scams. Think b4 u Post uses a light touch to deliver some very serious information on how people can protect their reputation and guard their privacy online while still having a good time using social networking sites. On the "reputation" side, viewers are advised to keep their postings positive, remember that "intended readers" (friends) are only a subset of "actual readers" (friends, teachers, prospective employers), and more. And on the "privacy" side, viewers are made aware of the consequences [...]

Effective Internet Search [electronic resource]: Basic Tools and Advanced Strategies

Formed decades ago from a small pool of data sources, the Internet has grown into a seemingly endless ocean of information-in which today's young researcher can easily get lost. This video introduces strategic, study-related online search methods that teenage or college-level viewers may not be familiar with, especially if they're accustomed to the more recreational side of the Internet. Outlining ways to formulate initial questions about a topic, the program offers examples of frequently used search engines (from Google to specialized databases) and how to take advantage of them using keywords, quotation marks, Boolean operators, nesting, wildcard and truncation symbols, and other typed-in directives. Result-oriented topics are also featured, including: the differences between prima [...]

Recognizing Online Propaganda, Bias, and Advertising [electronic resource]

While their motives aren't always evil, people who bend the truth don't usually do so for the greater good, either. The online world is no exception-in fact, it's a paradise for purveyors of hype, pseudo-journalism, and intellectual snake oil. This video explores ways to identify bias and propaganda on the Internet and sift through the various influences, such as political or corporate interests, that may be behind some Web content. Spotlighting key aspects of propaganda and bias-driven writing, such as the use of glittering generalities, name-calling, or card-stacking, the program also presents important tips for differentiating between advertising and genuinely useful, scholarly material-a task made increasingly difficult by cleverly disguised sponsorship. Web savvy is further deve [...]

Plagiarism 2.0 [electronic resource]: Information Ethics in the Digital Age

For a generation raised on the ideology of "open source" and the ability to quickly cut and paste, the concept of plagiarism may seem foreign or passé. And that, of course, can lead to trouble. This video examines the behaviors that constitute plagiarism, their consequences, and the best ways to avoid them. Showing how accidental copying as well as willful plagiarism can occur, the program lays out the dangers of cheating, then illustrates the pitfalls of non-attribution and patch writing while showing how to properly attribute and paraphrase a lengthy quotation. Copyright, trademark, and intellectual property concepts are clearly discussed, in addition to potential sources of non-copyrighted material. Common citation formats (APA, MLA, Bluebook, etc.) are listed along with the sugge [...]

20,000 Cables Under the Sea [electronic resource]: The Internet and the Physics of Fiber Optics

The Internet's mind-boggling flow of data that circulates so freely "in the cloud" does much of its real-world traveling beneath the sea in bundles of fiber optic cable. This program sets sail on the Leon Thevenin as a repair team identifies a damaged length of cable on the floor of the North Sea and then painstakingly splices in a new section. In addition, the program discusses high-bandwidth digital developments such as naked-eye 3-D video and describes the principles of applied fiber optic physics, cable-manufacturing processes, and cable-laying techniques that are making such advanced Internet technology a reality.

Photonic Chip [electronic resource]

In this video segment, meet the scientists working to upgrade Australia's Internet to one of the best connections in the world. The new network could connect 90% of homes, schools, and workplaces with optical fiber, but there are some serious hurdles including bandwidth and energy demands. The scientists featured here are part of a multi-institutional center of excellence called CUDOS, which is focusing on optical physics and photonics as possible solutions.

The Future of Collaboration [electronic resource]

Adopting the next generation of technology, planning for future innovation, investing in R&D to stay ahead - these steps are all essential to the survival of any company, and, as this CNBC program demonstrates, they are all linked to collaboration. Viewers enter the digital world of Second Life, where people can meet, communicate, and even work together. Also discussed: vital lessons learned by Apple, a company that found new life after collaboration. Expert commentators include Jeff Howe, contributing editor at Wired magazine and author of the essay "The Rise of Crowdsourcing"; Richard Florida, author of the best-sellers Who's Your City? and The Rise of the Creative Class; Judy Estrin, author of Closing the Innovation Gap; Michael Boustridge, president of BT Americas; Tina Seelig, e [...]

Moyers on America [electronic resource]: The Net @ Risk

A boon to computer users, broadband has meant fast Internet service for millions. But as the phone and cable giants that operate these networks consider the profits to be made by controlling the content and delivery of the Internet, Net neutrality-and the easy sharing of ideas and opinions that goes with it-may soon become a thing of the past in America. In this program, Bill Moyers and journalist Rick Karr report on the struggle for the soul of the Internet as lobbyists and legislators reshape the telecom laws for the broadband era. Will democracy's high-tech forum for the exchange of ideas be destroyed by regulations that favor online entities with deep pockets?

Telephony [electronic resource]

A man with an ear for music thought he could build a "harmonic telegraph." He thought this would be possible because he had misinterpreted the writings of a researcher writing in German - a language he did not know. This program profiles Alexander Graham Bell and his work on telephony. The big question is: what happens in that wire? Bell and his assistant ultimately proved that different tones would vary the strength of an electric current in a wire. Eventually, the telephone - or better said, its wiring - leads to the Internet and the wireless communication of today. Looking to the future, are we headed toward a "phoneless" call?

Virtual World [electronic resource]

The Internet was invented during the Cold War and launched in 1969. Yet it wasn't made for the public. In fact, it was developed for the army to communicate quickly and secretly so that no spies could intercept and no bombs could disrupt the sharing of information. It was nothing like what we know today. This program takes a look at the history of the Internet, the 1972 introduction of electronic mail, and the launch of the World Wide Web. Nobody was paying attention to Tim Berners-Lee and his pet idea, even though he had a radical new way for scientists to share data by linking documents to one another over the Internet. Berners-Lee took his invention to the people: with a website. He brought us the Internet we know today, with its seemingly unlimited potential - from research and c [...]

The Internet [electronic resource]: End of TV as We Know It?

How will producers, advertisers, and consumers be affected when information and entertainment merge into the on-demand environment of the Internet? Segment one of this program deals with the displacement of broadcast TV, while segment two examines the rise of cultural capitalism and the vanishing distinction between producers and consumers. A collage of interviews with Peter Schwartz, of Global Business Network;'s Jeff Bezos; and heavy hitters from Walt Disney, Sony Digital Media, the Hollywood Stock Exchange,, TiVo, Eidos Games, and MIT explore the business, cultural, and technological ramifications of living in a world where the Internet is the new medium of choice.
2005; 2000