Backlight: Tech Man

Backlight Science & Technology Society & Culture
Google, Technology
Bregtje van der Haak
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Google Glass is the new smartphone-with-camera-on-the-retina, that listens to spoken commands and adds a permanent, visual layer to reality. It is only the tip of the iceberg. A new generation of omnipresent cameras is creeping into everyday life and gnaws at our perception of reality.

What is the influence of this advancing technology on the human experience, on feelings and memories, on our mutual relationships? Where will this advance of technology in the direction of our bodies end? Will intelligent technology take over more and more of our tasks? Or will we ourselves become machines? Technology is human and man evolves along with te chnology.

Backlight explores, looks ahead through the eyes of the camera at reality and virtuality, and investigates how man and machine gradually become intertwined. Featuring: Gordon Bell, author of Total Recall, internet pioneer, Microsoft senior researcher and investor, Nick Bostrom, philosopher and mathematician, founder of The Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University, and Ben Hammersley, editor-in-chief of Wired UK