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Modern Marvels

Season 11 Episode 74

Doomsday Tech 1

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Dec 28, 2004 on The History Channel
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Doomsday Tech 1
Doomsday threats range from very real (nuclear arsenals) to controversial (global warming) to futuristic (nanotechnology, cyborgs, and robots). Despite the Cold War's end, we live under the shadow of nuclear weapons, arms races, and accidental launches. Next, we stir up a hotter topic--the connection between global warming and fossil fuels--and ask if they're cooking up a sudden, new Ice Age. And we examine 21st-century technologies that typify the dual-edged sword of Doomsday Tech with massive potential for both creation and destruction--nanotechnology (engineering on a tiny scale), robotics, and cybernetics. We witness amazing applications in the works, wonder at the limitless promise, and hear warnings of a possible nano-doomsday, with tiny, out-of-control machines devouring everything around them.moreless
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    • TRIVIA (4)

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Narrator: The technology that can destroy us, the technologies that can save us. It's Armageddon or Salvation. From a nuclear nightmare to a nanobot invasion, from global warming to clear endless energy. Now: Doomsday Tech, on Modern Marvels

    • NOTES (1)

      • Commentators

        Prof. Martin Rees
        Astrophysics, University of Cambridge

        Bruce G. Blair, PhD
        Former Launch Officer, SAC

        Bruce T. Goodwin, PhD
        Lawrence Livermore National Lab

        Stephen Schwartz
        Executive Director, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

        Ivan Delrich, PhD
        Federation of American Scientists

        Arkady Yarovsky
        Former Engineer, Russian Defense Industry

        Jeremy Rifkin
        Author, The Hydrogen Economy

        Prof. Glen MacDonald
        Geography & Ecology, UCLA

        David Hone
        Climate Change Advisor, Shell Oil

        Henry Kelly, PhD
        President, Federation of American Scientists

        Peter Schwartz
        Chairman, Global Business Network

        Mike McKubre, PhD
        Director, Energy Research Center, SRI International

        Steven Zwolinski
        President, General Electric Wind

        Prof. Mark Z. Jacobson
        Civil Engineering, Stanford University

        Eddie O'Connor
        CEO, Airtricity

        Ray Kurzwell
        Author, Fantastic Voyage

        Lawrence H. Dubois, PhD
        Physical Sciences Division, SRI International

        Christine Peterson
        Vice President, Foresight Institute

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