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Powaqqatsi: Life in Transformation

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This film calls into question everything we think we know about contemporary society. By juxtaposing images of ancient cultures with those of modern life, Powaqqatsi masterfully portrays the human cost of progress.
DVD
2002; 1988
Clemons (Stacks)
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Naqoyqatsi: Life as War

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In this cinematic concert - the concluding film of the Qatsi Trilogy preceded by critically acclaimed Koyaanisqatsi (Life out of balance), and Powaqqatsi (Life in trasforataion) - mesmerizing images reanimated from everyday reality, then visually altered with state-of-the-art digital techniques, chronicle the shift from a world organized by the principles of nature to one dominated by technology, the synthetic and the virtual. Extremes of intimacy and spectacle, tragedy and hope fuse in a tidal wave of visuals and music, giving rise to a unique artistic experience that reflects Reggio's vision of a brave new globalized world.
DVD
2003
Clemons (Stacks)
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Future by Design

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Profiles the work and futuristic vision of inventor and industrial designer Jacque Fresco.
DVD
2006
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Future We Will Create: Inside the World of TED

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Presents highlights from TED 2006. TED is an annual conference at which leading innovators in technology, entertainment and design share their thoughts and visions for the future
DVD
2007
Clemons (Stacks)
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Modulations: Cinema for the Ear

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With interviews, cutting edge visuals, in-studio footage and live performances, this documentary traces the evolution of electronic music as one of the most profound artistic developments of the 20th century.
DVD
1998
Clemons (Stacks)
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Modulations: Cinema for the Ear

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Feature-length documentary which traces the evolution of electronic music through interviews, in-studio footage, and live performances with avant garde composers, electro-funk musicians, and others.
VHS
1998
Ivy (By Request)
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Cyberville

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A provocative look at the power and role of technology in our lives today, as well as what role it may play in the future. Explores advances in technology across a wide spectrum, and their implications for our society, economy and culture. Discusses the dangers of "techno-lust" and losing touch with the real world. Features both technology proponents and critics.
VHS
1996; 1994
Ivy (By Request)
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The Technological Revolution [electronic resource]

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Keeping up with an ever-increasing pace of change became the standard of the day. Modern inventions like the airplane, automobile and radio, transformed public life, while stoves, dishwashers and vacuum cleaners revolutionized domestic lifestyles.
Online
1989
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Toward the Future [electronic resource]

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Modern medicine, atomic energy, computers and new concepts of time, energy and matter, have all had an important effect on the rapidly changing quality of life. Weber concludes that many 20th century discoveries make humans more uncertain about their role in the world than at any other time in history and considers the future of Western civilization.
Online
1989
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Generation iPad [electronic resource]: Could It Hurt Toddlers' Development?

Are children being hurt by the technology revolution? This ABC News report looks at children using iPads and smart phones and finds that although hours of screen time might not damage eyesight, it is associated with behavioral problems. Other studies find that children learn better when using interactive apps. There is no irrefutable evidence that these devices harm children, but as with everything else, experts advise moderation and supervision.
Online
2013
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Mega-Projects [electronic resource]

Recent scientific advancements in the field of physics have included the discovery of Higgs boson and other new particles, thanks to the Large Hadron Collider. This film investigates the experiments that led to these successes. A visit to the world's largest prototype nuclear fusion reactor offers a glimpse at the attempts to find a new supply of energy.
Online
2007
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Tomorrow's World [electronic resource]

Architectural technology has led to the creation of smart houses and greener buildings. This film discovers the technology behind compact houses that can rotate with the flick of a switch to take advantage of sun exposure and how safer skyscrapers are being built. See how this technology is being integrated into civilian and military buildings and get a look at how we might one day live in space.
Online
2007
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Animal Science [electronic resource]

How is science helping to save endangered species? This film looks at the cutting-edge science of pet medicine including fertility treatments for endangered rhinos. Viewers also get information on how animals are helping science like the parasites that improve our health.
Online
2007
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Green Technology [electronic resource]

Protecting and fixing the environment is perhaps the most important use of technology we have today. This film discovers how fuel can be made from plants and how wave and wind power works. Take a look inside a new eco-house then find out how composting helps the planet.
Online
2007
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Future Bodies [electronic resource]

It seems everyday brings the announcement of a new medical discovery. Research being conducted into the development of an artificial uterus that could make traditional pregnancy a thing of the past is just one of the ways that technology is changing the science of health. This film explores the impact future discoveries will have on the fight against cancer and surgical procedures to correct deformities. We also see cutting-edge medical experiments conducting by astronauts on the International Space Station.
Online
2007
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High-Tech Lifestyles [electronic resource]

How is technology changing our lives? Form our daily commute to dramatic changes in the offices where we work, this film examines the lifestyle changes that have already taken place thanks to technology. See how advances in textiles have led to the development of clothing that can adapt to the weather and even tell you when they need to be washed, and the research being conducted that will change the way we sleep.
Online
2007
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Breaking the Wall of Tropical Diseases [electronic resource]: How the Tropical Laboratory Initiative Is Increasing Access to Health Care in Low-Resource Countries

Tropical diseases were defined in the 1970s as infectious ailments - like malaria, tuberculosis, HIV, and Ebola - that disproportionately affect poor and marginalized populations in the developing world. Guided by the awareness that adequate health policies can help defeat such diseases, Columbia University's Earth Institute, headed by Professor Jeffrey Sachs, has developed the Millennium Villages Project as a model for helping rural African communities to rise out of extreme poverty. Dr. Yanis Ben Amor - a molecular biologist with almost a decade of tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS research experience in organizations such as the Pasteur Institute - directs the Tropical Laboratory Initiative and coordinates the tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS control programs of the Millennium Villages Project, [...]
Online
2012
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Breaking the Wall of Internet Censorship [electronic resource]: How Peer-to-Peer Wireless Mesh Networks Are Replacing Centralized Connectivity

On January 28, 2011, the Egyptian government - after three days of massive anti-regime protests, organized primarily through social networks - switched off 93 percent of the nation's Internet. This made obvious the top-down vulnerability issue of the Web: individual users are connected mainly by virtue of Internet service providers. Block Internet service, and Internet access disappears. An alternative is emerging in the form of wireless mesh networks: simple systems that connect end users while automatically routing around blocks and censors. Computer scientist Aaron Kaplan is a cofounder of the FunkFeuer initiative, an Austrian wireless mesh networking project that plants Wi-Fi antennae on rooftops - used by the American government in one "liberation technology" program and now par [...]
Online
2012
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Breaking the Wall of Convention [electronic resource]: How Architecture Can Provoke New Thought

The economic impact of buildings with a high "wow" factor on cities like Bilbao, Manchester, and Chicago has brought back in vogue the debate on the role of architects in society, producing neologisms such as "starchitect" to characterize their media relevance. With provocative works like the Jewish Museum in Berlin and the World Trade Center in New York, Daniel Libeskind has gained universal acclaim. A true Renaissance man - with a background that features music, poetry, and opera set and costume design - Libeskind envisions architecture as a reflection and active part of the local culture, whereby buildings engage a lasting dialogue with their inhabitants. He sees sustainability as not only a technological attribute, but also a measure of social relevance. In this Falling Walls lec [...]
Online
2012
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Breaking the Wall Between Earth and Sky [electronic resource]: How Art Challenges Gravity and Light in Our Habitat

The subversive power of art is playing a vital role in providing architecture with risky yet palpable visions of the future. Argentinian artist and architect Tomás Saraceno has garnered worldwide acclaim for his sophisticated and innovative installations, sculptures, and photographic work. Based in Germany, Saraceno develops utopian spaces inspired by evocative elements like soap bubbles, spiderwebs, chocolate-milk foam, astronomical constellations, dust particles, and clouds. He has established a practice of constructing habitable networks based upon complex geometries and interconnectivities that aim to transcend the sensorial effect, inviting the viewer to consider alternative forms of knowledge, feelings, and social interaction. In this Falling Walls lecture, Saraceno demonstrate [...]
Online
2012