The collection of episodes written and presented by James Burke about how technological change happened and led to the modern inventions we take for granted everyday. The excellent story telling of extraordinary innovations that occurred from basic discovery, necessity, and scientific method.
An introduction and story about how the chain of events throughout history led to the modern age. The reality of how fragile our technological network is. Why technology makes us dependent and unable to survive on our own as individuals. Evidenced in a story about the November 9th 1965 electrical power blackout reenactment. The discussion of the technological trap.
A detective story drawing connections through:
the standardization of metals, the lateen sail, celestial navigation, map making, the compass, overseas trade, discovery of magnets, the vacuum, electric spark and lighting. How basic discovery can turn in to a super weapon.
Understanding technological disruption in culture. The effect of new technologies on: agriculture, capitalization, militarization, and industrialization. How the stirrup, long bow, and gun powder changed our world today. How technology in weapon making created the communications and information revolution that could possibly solve conflict with diplomacy.
How communications technologies like the printing press and the investment contract brought peace and prosperity causing an evolution of data gathering and organization. Systems management with the combination of key inventions brought surplus then international trade.
The computer, the clock, and mass production of common items caused greater access to privilege for the poor. Furthermore the standardization of machine tools, assembly lines, and interchangeability. How everyone can enjoy technology because of improvements in efficiency.
A story about how the combination of circumstance, capitalism, and innovation led to the automobile. From the mid evil ice age to the modern age, James Burke explains how survival from the cold brought inventions that helped build our modern culture.
Transporting bulk freight brings change to the whole world. The finance of lending, investment, and the Insurance contract that made logistics possible. Knowing how to supply ingredients for the production line including knowledge in chemistry to meet demand for needed commodities.
The story of how map making and distance measurements begat technologies that led to the moon landing. How the Lime Light, The Electric Generator, and the Arc Light kicked of the amazing development in to animation and television. Then a retrospective look at the effect of invention and how history has led the modern culture into a system of mass awareness and collectivism.
The concept of change and how man conceived more change with tools. A summery of the previous 9 episodes and a lecture that predicts the future. Issues of the technocratic system of control that envelops the uneducated. How to manage change? What will it to do freedom? How will voting work when the issues are too complex? Learn how to ask the right questions. Learn how to anticipate the next big change.