Love and power

Love and power 2011 All watched over by machines of loving grace

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A series of films exploring the idea that humans have been colonised by the machines they have built, seeing everything in the world today through the eyes of computers. This is the story of the dream that rose up in the 1990s that computers could create a new type of stable world, abolishing political power with a new kind of democracy via the internet and delivering a new kind of global capitalism, free of the boom and bust of the past. This story is told through two perfect worlds - once conceived by a small group of disciples around the novelist Ayn Rand in the 1950s, and the other of the global utopia envisaged by the digital entrepreneurs of Silicon Valley in the 1990s. Both foresaw a world where everyone could follow their own desires, but which would be free of anarchy - but this dream of stability would be torn apart by more dynamic human forces.

Item Type: Off-air recording
Title: Love and power
Series Name: All watched over by machines of loving grace
Transmission date: 23 May 2011
Channel: BBC2
Running time: 60 minutes
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Date Deposited: 30 May 2012 10:35
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2013 20:41
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