“Tech Taking Over”

A self-contained, format, hosted travel show by Andreea Borcea

*Note: As this is a pitch, expenses were kept low for this quick concept intro.*

Logline: A global adventure exploring technological innovations and their implications on our lives now and in the future.

Format:

Part gadget exploration, part philosophical discussion of the implications of technology on the world as a whole. Experts will include inventors, innovators, economists, medical professionals, philosophers, historians etc. Viewers get to geek out with some of the most innovative minds in the world! These are the people that are uniquely brilliant, incredibly quirky and remarkably strange, and will ensure that each episode brings the great characters we expect from good TV shows.

Each episode is structured to explore the past development and its evolution to the present innovation and future implications on our lives and world. What will we lose and gain as technology becomes a larger and more impactful part of our world?

Premise:

Technology is advancing at an incredible pace around the globe. From medical advancements, including Artificial Intelligence-based physician assistance programs and animatronic pets proven to extend life, to a global quest for universal free internet, including competing projects like Google’s Project Loon, Microsoft’s TV Whitespace and Facebook’s Titan drones, and the evolution from the “Internet” to the “Internet of Things”, there is a world of cool tech to explore and play with. But more so, we need to delve into how this technology will change the world around us; our social interaction, our laws and governance, extreme sociological and economic impacts that require a complete shift in our lives etc. We travel the globe finding great innovation, debate the implications and discuss how to continue to incorporate these advancements into our world.

More about the host, Andreea:

andreea-232-EditI have a passion for innovation. I excel at explaining (without dumbing down) complex ideas so that everyone can understand them and relate. As Director of Global Digital Innovation for a multi-billion dollar health company, I pioneered the development of digital tools to empower people to take better control of their health. As co-host of Farstuff: The Internet of Things podcast, I explore the cutting edge of IoT technology and its implications on society, culture and daily life. Most importantly, I started my career in Television, producing and editing for MCNs (A&E, THC, Bio) and independent projects. I have the experience and creative talent to assist with production and post-production tasks as necessary to ensure we have a great show. Through my professional connections, I can gain access to high-level innovators across the globe.


 

High-level Sample Show Topics:

Ep. The Evolution of Personal Transportation

  • Self-driving cars – from initially clunky SUV models in the first DARPA Grand Challenge in 2004 to the officially sanctioned self-driving Google car in 2014.
  • Combining the service of Uber/Lyft with Automated vehicles, could our Car-Obsessed Culture shift to one of cars becoming just another mode of “public” transportation?
  • Cities, Counties and States rely on revenue from car ownership and car owner mistakes (traffic & speeding tickets, DMV fees), but who pays when the cars are self-driving? Can society balance the benefits of a world without auto accidents with the lack of funds coming in?
  • Potential guests:
    • Chris Urmson, project lead Google’s self-driving car
    • Paul Newman and Ingmar Posner from University of Oxford’s Mobile Robotics Group
    • Miles Garner, Autonomous Vehicles Programe Director from RDM based in Coventry

     

Ep. Cyborgs and the Evolution of the Human-Robotic Body

  • Quick look at the evolution of prosthetics from wooden legs to modern day super-prosthetics & body enhancements:
    • Swimsuit banned from Olympics for being too performance-enhancing
    • Advanced prosthetic leg that allowed Boston Marathon victims to dance again
    • Artificial retinas to restore sight in blind people
  • Implants
    • Collective intelligence – the Remembrance Agent and Wearables allows users to pull not just from their personal experiences, but from the experiences of anyone in the collective.
    • The DIY Biohacker movement – DIY implantable sensors & enhancements
  • Potential guests:
    • Hugh Herr, PhD, Biomechatronics Group Director, MIT – “Smart Prosthetic Leg”
    • Sheila Niremberg, Cornell University – Artificial retina
    • Melanie Neal, Senior Garment Engineer Aqualab, Speedo International from 1983-2012, Developed the LZR Racer swimsuit, Leicester, UK
    • Tim Cannon, the DIY Biohacker, implanted a biometric sensor under his tattoo – Germany
    • Thad Starner, the Remembrance Agent – MIT Media Lab

Ep. The Internet is Evolving us into Global Community

  • Our best bet for global free wi-fi starts in a seemingly unlikely place – Africa.
    • Google’s Project Loon, Microsoft’s TV Whitespace and Facebook’s Titan drones all look to build internet access where there is no existing infrastructure to impede connectivity.
  • Coding creates a perfect level playing field
    • Without the need for formal education, coders everywhere can directly influence the world and make a living.
      • Making countries like China, India, Kenya, Belarus etc. significantly more influential than ever before.
  • Potential guests:
    • Judith Owigar – President of Akirachix, a Kenyan Women’s Coding Group
    • Ajay Sharma – Co-founder of Trigma, a coding company in Chandigarh India that is growing exponentially
    • Генадзь Караткевіч, Gennady Korotkevich, (Born: 1994), winner of multiple coding challenges, Belarus

More episodes:
Ep. The Evolution of Relationships: Who doesn’t want some Robot Love?
Ep. Which intelligence is really the best? Actual or Artificial?
Ep. They took our jobs?! The Evolution of the Workforce as Things get Smarter
Ep. Big Data, Privacy, and the Perfect Visualization of any Problem
Ep. The Virtual Dr. will see you now. The Evolution of Medical Technology