|Programme Catalogue - Details: 19 September 1995||19950919|
Producer: T. MURCOTT
Next in series: 17 September 1996
Previous in series: 6/6
Pres by Alun LEWIS. Producer Toby MURCOTT.
documentaries (programme format)
discussion programmes (programme format)
science programmes (genre)
use of computers
19 Sep 1995 20:30-21:00 (RADIO 4)
Toby Murcott (Producer)
Ian Dyer (Speaker)
Alan Beard (Speaker)
Roger Silverstone (sussex university (spkr)) (Speaker)
Steve Woolgar (Speaker)
Christine Guilfoyle (Speaker)
Alex Goodall (Speaker)
Liz Healey (Speaker)
Claire Madalana (Speaker)
Michael Fisher (manchester met university (spk) (Speaker)
Andrew Sutherland (oracle (spkr)) (Speaker)
The fifth of six programmes that walk through the minefield of the information age.
In this age, is power - but power to do what? Alun Lewis finds out what we can do with information and tries his hand at toppling governments by e-mail, and doing his weekly shopping from home.
With internet terminals across the globe, the nature of live entertainment is changing fast.
Not only does the audience not have to turn up for a concert, neither does the band.
But is this really an interactive event, or simply a couch potato charter? Alun Lewis delves into the new world of networked performance.
|197D||01||Ghosts In The Machine||19971118|
How is computing power catering for those in search of spiritual enlightenment?
|197D||02||Creativity From The Keyboard||19971125|
In 1946, an obscure Russian patent clerk published a new theory on the creativity of invention considered so radical that it cost him 10 years in the Gulag.
His methods have now been rediscovered and computerised, with remarkable results.
Does having access to more information mean that we always make better decisions? Alun Lewis puts computing power to the test.
Computer dating is now commonplace.
But what about computer sex? Long-lost friends and new-found lovers are meeting anonymously in cyberspace.
Alun Lewis asks if cybersex can lead to cyberadultery? And what if that long-lost friend is not who they seem to be?
|197D||05||Whose Fault Is It Anyway?||19971216|
Even in the digital age, Murphy's Law lives on - if it can go wrong, it will.
We love to point the finger at technology, but who is really to blame?
Alun Lewis and guests contemplate the future.
How will we work and play in the 21st century and beyond? Will information rule - or has it already taken over?