Episodio 1 de 3: Love and Power
Episodio 2 de 3: Use and Abuse of Vegetational Concepts
Episodio 3 de 3: The Monkey in the Machine and the Machine in the Monkey
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Episode 1 of 3:Love and Power
This is the story of the dream that rose up in the 1990s that computers could create a new kind of stable world. They would bring about a new kind global capitalism free of all risk and without the boom and bust of the past. They would also abolish political power and create a new kind of democracy through the internet where millions of individuals would be connected as nodes in cybernetic systems - without hierarchy.
The film tells the story of two perfect worlds. One is the small group of disciples around the novelist Ayn Rand in the 1950s. They saw themselves as a prototype for a future society where everyone could follow their own selfish desires. The other is the global utopia that digital entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley set out to create in the 1990s. Many of them were also disciples of Ayn Rand. They believed that the new computer networks would allow the creation of a society where everyone could follow their own desires, yet there would not be anarchy. They were joined by Alan Greenspan who had also been a disciple of Ayn Rand. He became convinced that the computers were creating a new kind of stable capitalism - "Like a New Planet", he said.
But the dream of stability in both worlds would be torn apart by the two dynamic human forces - love and power...
Episode 2:The Use and Abuse of Vegetational Concepts
Adam Curtis explores how in an age of disenchantment with politics, the internet has given man the opportunity to create societies without leaders, as in the Facebook and Twitter revolutions. He draws a link with theories about nature, and looks back at how scientists in the 1950s came to regard the environment as a self-regulating ecosystem, but were eventually proved to have failed to grasp its essential dynamism...
Episode 3:The Monkey in the Machine and the Machine in the Monkey
Adam Curtis explores the work of evolutionary biologist WD Hamilton, who hypothesised that people's behaviour is shaped and guided by mathematical codes in their genes. The film interweaves the strange roots of the scientist's genetic theories with the history of the West's relationship with the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda over the past 100 years, showing how liberal attempts to help post-colonial Africa have sometimes ended in disaster..