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Tomorrow’s World: Computers in the 60s

A compilation of Tomorrow's World features first broadcast in the 1960s, looking at how computers started to be used in homes, schools and offices

Derek Cooper examines innovations in mechanical design engineering (Digital Drawing Board 16/04/1969), as well as a new system to help deal with business correspondence (Auto Secretary 20/09/1967).

Europe’s first home computer system makes an appearance (Home Computer Terminal 20/09/1967), and the impact of information technology on education is looked at with the help of Forest Grammar School, Berks (Nellie: School Computer 05/02/1969).

Finally, James Burke reports on a new type of office desk which moves automatically, allowing … Ler mais


Cosmic Eye

A state-of-the-art view of the Universe

Cosmic Eye is a short film and iOS app, developed by astrophysicist Danail Obreschkow. It shows the largest and smallest well known scales of the universe by gradually zooming out from and then back into the face of a young lady called “Louise”. According to the developer, the film and app were inspired by the essay Cosmic View (1957) and the short films Cosmic Zoom (1968) and Powers of Ten (1977), but use state-of-the-art know-how and new scientific … Ler mais


Cosmic Voyage

Offers a state of the art, computer generated journey through the universe, and tries to pinpoint the role of human beings cohabitating within its vastness

Cosmic Voyage is a 1996 short documentary film produced in the IMAX format, directed by Bayley Silleck, produced by Jeffrey Marvin, and narrated by Morgan Freeman. The film was presented by the Smithsonian Institution‘s National Air and Space Museum, and played in IMAX theaters worldwide. The film is available in the DVD format.

Cosmic Voyage has a format similar to Eva Szasz’s Cosmic Zoom, and Charles and Ray Eames‘s classic Powers of Ten educational … Ler mais


Cosmic Zoom

This short animation transports us from the farthest conceivable point of the universe to the tiniest particle of existence, an atom of a living human cell

Cosmic Zoom is a 1968 short film directed by Eva Szasz and produced by the National Film Board of Canada. It depicts the relative size of everything in the universe in an 8-minute sequence using animation and animation camera shots.

The film starts with an aerial image of a boy rowing with his dog in a boat on the Ottawa River. The movement then freezes and the view slowly zooms out, revealing more of the landscape all the … Ler mais


Cosmic View: The Universe in 40 Jumps

This unique book takes you on a graphic journey through the universe, to the edge of infinity in one direction and to the nucleus of the atom in the other

Cosmic View: The Universe in 40 Jumps is a 1957 book by Dutch educator Kees Boeke that combines writing and graphics to explore many levels of size and structure, from the astronomically vast to the atomically tiny. The book begins with a photograph of a Dutch girl sitting outside a school and holding a cat. The text backs up from the original photo, with graphics that include more and more of the vast reaches of space in which the girl … Ler mais


The Trojan Mouse

A special programme marking a decade of the BBC Computer Literacy Project

A special programme in 1992 looks back ten years to the 1980s BBC Computer Literacy Project.

1 programme
First broadcast: 5th April 1992  

Retrospective on the Project

BBC1 Series 1 Episode 1
First broadcast 5th April 1992, Ler mais

Electric Avenue

About computers in society

A series of ten programmes about computers in society, with Fred Harris.

2 series, 15 programmes
First broadcast: 24th October 1988  

Electric Avenue – Series 1

1. The
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Micro Mind Stretchers

A Schools Television series

A Schools Television series presented by Carol Vorderman.

This encouraged schools to experiment in various specific ways.

1 series, 10 programmes
First broadcast: 9th May 1988  
1. Desktop Publishing: The Problem
BBC2 Series 1 Episode 1
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With a Little Help from the Chip

Six programmes on how micro-technology can help disabled people to live more independent lives

Six programmes looking at the way computer based technology helped people with various kinds of disability.

1 series, 6 programmes
First broadcast: 30th August 1985  
1. Christopher’s Magic Cupboard
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The Learning Machine

A personal view of computers in education

A questioning, almost iconoclastic series looking critically at the claims made for computers in education and at how the reality fell short of the hype. Introduced by Tim O’Shea.

1 series, 6 programmes
First broadcast: 25th April 1985   Ler mais

Micro Live

A regular look at the world of information technology, broadcast live

Following the two successful Making the Most of the Micro – Live! ‘specials’ in 1983, BBC2 transmitted Micro Live, a regular magazine series to keep people up to date with technological developments. Fronted by Ian McNaught Davis, Lesley Judd and Fred Harris, Micro Live ran for three years.

Instead of a structured approach, Micro Live was reactive, with up to the minute news and many explanations of how things work. Occasional but regular reports came from an … Ler mais


Electronic Office

A six-part examination of the office technology of today and tomorrow

Ian McNaught Davis examines and explains the changing world of the office and shows how new technology is altering how people work.

1 series, 6 programmes
First broadcast: 12th April 1984  
1. Office on the Move
BBC1 Series 1 Episode 1
First broadcast 12th April 1984, 23:15
Duration: 24:28

1: Office on the Move : The combination of ever cheaper computers and improved telecommunications has produced a quiet revolution Ler mais

Computers in Control

An introduction to the world of robotics

This series examined one important aspect of computing – robotics – in other words how the computer can monitor and control things. Again there was a mix of real world examples – many from America, practical demonstrations and a “hands on” approach to coding.

The BBC robot ‘buggy‘ was marketed for d-I-y enthusiasts. Ian McNaught Davis was again the main presenter.

1 series, 5 programmes
First broadcast: 2nd March 1984   Ler mais

Making the Most of the Micro LIVE Special

In a live edition of Making the Most of the Micro, Ian McNaught-Davis is joined in the studio by an audience of micro users and a team of experts

The massive interest after the first two series led the production team to produce Making the Most of the Micro – Live! – a two hour BBC1 special where viewers’ questions were answered and demonstrations of new things were shown live on air. During the programme hackers broke into the live demonstration of electronic mail. There was also a demonstration of the BBC’s Telesoftware Service.

Kenneth Baker, minister for Information Technology appeared to promote a national schools software … Ler mais


Managing the Micro

Brian Redhead examines some of the implications of the new technological revolution for people in industry today

This series aimed primarily at small businesses and further education colleges was fronted by the much respected Radio 4 ‘Today’ presenter Brian Redhead. It showed examples of what can be done by looking at companies which had embraced the new technology in manufacturing or services. A typical example was the new use of bar codes in Tesco‘s supermarkets.

1 series, 5 programmes
First broadcast: 17th May 1981   Ler mais

The Silicon Factor

A series of three programmes investigating the so-called microelectronics revolution

This series of three peak hour programmes fronted by seasoned Current Affairs reporter Bernard Falk asked what the new microprocessor-based technology was all about, how it threatened British industry’s competitiveness because of its complacency and then looked at the future – at how society might be profoundly changed by computers – chips – the Silicon Factor.

1 series, 3 programmes
First broadcast: 19th March 1980  
1. So What’s
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