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Colin Furze: inside the mind of an inventor

3 minutes

Meet eccentric DIY tech innovator and world record holder Collin Furze

A wry blue-collar mad scientist from Lincolnshire in the UK, Colin Furze tinkers in his garage making his strange whims a practical reality, constantly striving to create something bigger, faster and more bizarre than what came before it. It’s all a bit of a lark, but underneath the fun is a simple and powerful notion: as Furze says: ‘If we helped people out all the time,’ the way he now gets help from his neighbours and acquaintances, ‘God knows what would get made and done.’

Director: David Beazley

Video/Music

What happens when rock stardom doesn’t quite work out?

10 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/Ethics

If soldiers act with unjust aggression they are as culpable as civilian criminals

6 minutes

Video/Demography & Migration

On the US-Mexico border, loved ones on both sides can see each other but cannot touch

12 minutes

Video/Agriculture

One man’s quixotic quest to bring American bison to his Scottish homeland

16 minutes

Essay/Data & Information

The bit bomb

It took a polymath to pin down the true nature of ‘information’. His answer was both a revelation and a return

Rob Goodman & Jimmy Soni

Idea/Computing & Artificial Intelligence

Quantum cryptography is unbreakable. So is human ingenuity

Joshua Holden

Video/Making

How to build a no-frills protected bed in the wild, from top to bottom

7 minutes

Essay/Technology & the Self

Natural, shmatural

Mother Nature might be lovely, but moral she is not. She doesn’t love us or want what’s best for us

Molly Hodgdon

Idea/Computing & Artificial Intelligence

The body is the missing link for truly intelligent machines

Ben Medlock