Shows from BBCFuture

Building Tomorrow

Building Tomorrow

Building Tomorrow presents radical visions that illustrate not only the huge challenges we face, but also the opportunities that could materialise if we push the limits of what's possible.
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Future Thinking

Future Thinking

Renowned inventors, scientists and futurologists describe the big idea that they want to solve and how it can transform the world.
43 Episodes
HyperDrive

HyperDrive

BBC presenter and trained engineer Jack Stewart sorts solar planes from magnetic trains, offering you a guide to the vehicles and transport technologies of tomorrow.
12 Episodes
Imagineering

Imagineering

Redesigning the everyday - BBC Future works with top designers to rethink common objects and offer 21st Century solutions.
2 Episodes
Rutherford and Fry

Rutherford and Fry

Drs Rutherford and Fry are on hand to solve everyday mysteries sent into BBC Future.
2 Episodes
What If?

What If?

What If?' from BBC Future explores thought experiments and hypothetical scenarios.
5 Episodes
World-Changing Ideas

World-Changing Ideas

Fascinating stories, need-to-know briefings and compelling video inspired by BBC Future's World-Changing Ideas event series.
29 Episodes
Rutherford and Fry - Lunacy

Lunacy

Does the moon make us act weirdly?
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World-Changing Ideas - World-Changing Ideas Summit 2016 Highlights

World-Changing Ideas Summit 2016 Highlights

Get a taste of how the day went in Sydney from the astronauts, audience and TV presenters who attended.
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Rutherford and Fry - The Biggest Myth About Tone Deafness

The Biggest Myth About Tone Deafness

In this animated audio clip, Adam Rutherford and Hannah Fry explore the science behind tone deafness... investigating the truth about the condition, and employing a bit of singing from Fry.
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World-Changing Ideas - Michael Mosley - My World-Changing Idea

Michael Mosley - My World-Changing Idea

Michael Mosley discusses reversing his Type 2 diabetes by following a rapid weight loss diet pioneered by Dr Roy Taylor.
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Will AI Judge Us?

Will AI Judge Us?

As artificial intelligence becomes more sophisticated and begins to pervade everyday life, psychologist Alex Gillespie believes we need to begin rethinking our relationship with technology.
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World-Changing Ideas - Claudia Hammond's World-Changing Idea

Claudia Hammond's World-Changing Idea

Mental time-travel sets us apart from other animals and brings us many advantages, but can new technology save us from its downsides?
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World-Changing Ideas - The Future of Hypersonic Travel

The Future of Hypersonic Travel

Professor Michael Smart tells BBC Future what world changing idea he would like to see implemented by humanity.
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World-Changing Ideas - Emma Johnston on Blue Engineering

Emma Johnston on Blue Engineering

Emma Johnston is advocating for blue engineering - the marine version of the green engineering movement on land. Blue engineering isn't just some hippie ideal; it's a necessity. We are encroaching further and further into the marine environment
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BBC Future Now - Container Ship Video 2016

BBC Future Now - Container Ship Video 2016

A short narrative video following a journey aboard one of the largest container ships in the world. Nearly everything you own comes to you by sea - which means the oceans have never been so busy.
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World-Changing Ideas - David Attenborough - My World-Changing Idea

David Attenborough - My World-Changing Idea

BBC Future asked David Attenborough what world-changing idea he would like to see implemented by humanity.
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World-Changing Ideas - Andrew Thomas - My World-Changing Idea

Andrew Thomas - My World-Changing Idea

As part of a series of short films coinciding with BBC Future's World-Changing Ideas Summit 2016, retired astronaut Andrew Thomas explains his World-Changing Idea.
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World-Changing Ideas - Richard Hollingham - My World-Changing Idea

Richard Hollingham - My World-Changing Idea

As part of a series of short films coinciding with BBC Future's World-Changing Ideas Summit 2016, science journalist Richard Hollingham explains his World-Changing Idea.
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The Tragic Fate of the Man who Couldn't Stop Eating

The Tragic Fate of the Man who Couldn't Stop Eating

Live eels, street offal - the food on the menu of a ravenous serial-eater reads like a collection of things to keep well away from.
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The Mesmerising Journey Whisky Takes from Barley to Barrel

The Mesmerising Journey Whisky Takes from Barley to Barrel

We followed the process of making whisky across Scotland - and distilled 21 steps down to three hypnotising minutes.
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The Artist Revealing New York's Secretive, Hidden Network

The Artist Revealing New York's Secretive, Hidden Network

If you know where to look, you can spot the physical architecture of the internet everywhere: little-known junction boxes, mysterious markings and cables on every street.
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What If? - Space Tourist Gives Birth

Space Tourist Gives Birth

As part of the BBC's What If? season of programmes, we commissioned a week of news reports that take a light-hearted look at the future. Here is a tale of the first birth in space and an unfortunate accident at the cryonics plant.
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Future Thinking - The Buildings With A Mind Of Their Own

The Buildings With A Mind Of Their Own

The buildings that we live and work in can waste vast amount of energy on heating and cooling. Could they control their temperature themselves with a “skin” modeled on nature?
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Future Thinking - Will the Internet Become Conscious?

Will the Internet Become Conscious?

The internet is a new lifeform that shows the first signs of intelligence. So says brain scientist and serial entrepreneur Jeff Stibel.
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Future Thinking - How to Survive the Future

How to Survive the Future

If any of our visions of technological revolution come true, then how will humans cope? Economist and futurist Robin Hanson presents his guide.
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Future Thinking - Does the Internet Need A Backup System?

Does the Internet Need A Backup System?

The internet connects billions of people and keeps our societies together – a job it wasn’t designed for. Technologist Danny Hillis says we must know what to do if the worst happens and it breaks.
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World-Changing Ideas - Human Social Project, Cracking the Real Code of Life

Human Social Project, Cracking the Real Code of Life

The most meaningless, dangerous phrase in genetics is “The gene for X,” says Steve Jones, because the more we learn about DNA the less important it seems.
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World-Changing Ideas - Eben Upton - A Self-Employed World

Eben Upton - A Self-Employed World

If we let people control technology rather than being its slave, it will lead us away from a world where we work for large corporations and towards one where we can turn our own ideas into reality, thinks Raspberry Pi founder Eben Upton.
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World-Changing Ideas - Simpler Solutions for Unlocking Secrets of Ageing Minds

Simpler Solutions for Unlocking Secrets of Ageing Minds

Could tiny organisms help us understand the extraordinary complexity of the human brain, and how to keep our brains healthy as we get older? One person thinks so.
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World-Changing Ideas - Why We Need Young Minds to Design Our Future

Why We Need Young Minds to Design Our Future

To understand how to adapt to and shape our rapidly changing world, we have to study how children, not adults, respond to it, says a top designer.
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World-Changing Ideas - Preventative Genetics - The Ultimate Way to Halt Disease

Preventative Genetics - The Ultimate Way to Halt Disease

Can the information in our genes reveal serious medical issues years in advance? A leading geneticist thinks it's possible.
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World-Changing Ideas - Why Everyone May Have A Personal Air Vehicle

Why Everyone May Have A Personal Air Vehicle

The idea of having a part car, part plane, part drone parked outside your home may not be as far-fetched as it seems. There really aren’t any technological hurdles to this.
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Future Thinking - How Google Glass Could Transform Doctor's Visits

How Google Glass Could Transform Doctor's Visits

Google Glass may be coming to your surgery soon. Could wearable tech help medical professionals give patients more attention and ultimately better medical care?
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We Know One Per Cent of What We'll Ultimately Know

We Know One Per Cent of What We'll Ultimately Know

Genetics pioneer Craig Venter reveals what we have and have not learned from the human genome sequence, and the biggest challenges we face as our population soars.
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World-Changing Ideas - A Smarter Way to Stop Hunger

A Smarter Way to Stop Hunger

We have the ability to feed the world, but we must use all the resources, technology and science we have to make sure we feed people in need, says food bank head Catherine d’Amato.
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World-Changing Ideas - Tissue Engineering - Grow Your Own Smart Organs

Tissue Engineering - Grow Your Own Smart Organs

Robert Langer thinks one day we could grow tissues and organs from our cells, which contain sensors that can alert you when illness is about to strike.
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World-Changing Ideas - Everybody Spies or Nobody Does

Everybody Spies or Nobody Does

With fears increasing over snooping states and phone hacking, how do we balance privacy and security? Security technologist Bruce Schneier says we must face up to a stark choice.
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World-Changing Ideas - We Must Become a Multi-Planet Species

We Must Become a Multi-Planet Species

The technology to reach nearby planets is possible, and one astronaut thinks we must colonise other worlds for our long-term survival.
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World-Changing Ideas - The Future of the Internet

The Future of the Internet

Dark web, regulation, privacy what is the future of the internet?
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World-Changing Ideas - What Are Aliens Like?

What Are Aliens Like?

What will alien life look like? Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins told BBC Future why it may be a complete surprise.
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World-Changing Ideas - Can Tech Create A New Renaissance?

Can Tech Create A New Renaissance?

In a funny, personal talk, Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian describes the internet’s next big trend – “crowd patronage” – citing everything from To Kill a Mockingbird to lolcats.
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World-Changing Ideas - Why We Should Live on Other Planets

Why We Should Live on Other Planets

Can we ever live on other planets? Former astronaut Jeffrey Hoffman speaks to BBC’s Laura Trevelyan about why humanity’s future may depend on living on other worlds.
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World-Changing Ideas - Why Future Cars Will Be More Fun

Why Future Cars Will Be More Fun

From vehicles with sails to cars controlled by wingsuits, the future of driving may be more about pleasure than getting from A to B, says Michelin’s Ben Ebel.
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World-Changing Ideas - Why Science Needs Imagination and Beauty

Why Science Needs Imagination and Beauty

How do the best scientists solve life’s greatest mysteries? A Nobel Prize winner takes you inside his mind and explains why the key is imaginative play.
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World-Changing Ideas - Why Everyone Must Understand Science

Why Everyone Must Understand Science

Many people feel excluded by science, but philosopher AC Grayling says this makes us slaves to technology. The less we know the more likely we are to be manipulated by others.
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World-Changing Ideas - Phone Powered Mesh Networks to Connect in A Crisis

Phone Powered Mesh Networks to Connect in A Crisis

When an emergency strikes, communications systems often go down at the time people need them the most. In the third of our World Changing Ideas, Jonathan Zittrain asks whether we can devise a way to make phones more useful in crisis situations.
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World-Changing Ideas - Eco-check - The Climate Change Dashboard in Our Homes

Eco-check - The Climate Change Dashboard in Our Homes

We know how many miles per gallon our car does, but how many of us know how much energy we use at home? One architect has a solution to help us to help the environment.
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World-Changing Ideas - How Share Tactics Can Change Our Planet

How Share Tactics Can Change Our Planet

Rent out your loft space, offer your couch to strangers and share your car with a neighbour - could this change our lives for the better?
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World-Changing Ideas - The Key to Regaining Our Wisdom

The Key to Regaining Our Wisdom

Jane Goodall describes her feelings about how the next generation can help save the world.
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Future Thinking - X Prize - Competition for Radical Change

X Prize - Competition for Radical Change

How do you bring about radical breakthroughs in science and technology that will benefit humanity?
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HyperDrive - Maglevs - The Floating Future of Trains

Maglevs - The Floating Future of Trains

They have been promised for decades, but is it now finally the time for magnetic levitation (maglev) trains to hit the mainstream?
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HyperDrive - NASA Dryden - Flying Planes of the Imagination

NASA Dryden - Flying Planes of the Imagination

Behind the sliding, sand-coloured doors of a vast hangar in the Californian desert, north of Los Angeles, the US space agency houses some of its cutting edge vehicles. But these vehicles are not NASA rockets or rovers.
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HyperDrive - Inside NASA’s Hurricane Drone Lab

Inside NASA’s Hurricane Drone Lab

Take a behind the scenes tour of the US space agency's unmanned aerial vehicle programme.
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What If? - All Meat Sales Banned

All Meat Sales Banned

As part of the BBC's What If? season of programmes, we commissioned a week of news reports that take a light-hearted look at the future. All sales of meat have been banned and the last prison on Earth is about to close.
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