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How technology made From Kurils With Love possible
So the production crew started thinking if there was a way that we could address this feedback – especially knowing that there were terabytes of video footage that didn't make it into the main documentary. And, the obvious "side-topic" to explore was the role of technology and data in making a project like FKWL reality.
During the #fromkurilswithlove expedition there was one major factor that the expedition team quickly realized was essential. Not only in order to bring back the epic and cinematic views that are featured in the main documentary – but also for the important scientific research and data collection that makes any conservation efforts possible.
Without accessible technology or reliable data neither would have been possible.
'FKWL: the rise of the drones' is the first behind the scenes (BTS) story of two that we're releasing in direct connection with the main story. It looks at some of the technology and data collection that was used, the challenges that came with it in a remote region like the Kurils, and the amazing opportunities it brings… when it works.
Director Taylor Rees and Director of Photography Renan Ozturk have dug deep in the video archives, narrated and edited an entertaining and insightful short story that will allow online audiences to revisit the Kurils and learn more about what made the expedition possible.
Drones and drone failures, high end camera gear, low end camera gear, the role of social media in storytelling, shaky satellite Internet connections and high volume data storage are the real heroes in this follow up piece. All brought to live by the cast of the original documentary, and accompanied by more and previously not seen stunning nature scenes.
Lives today are linked to the world of Star Wars more than many realize
Today is Star Wars Day! What better way to celebrate the iconic movies than by checking out these 4 documentaries that show how Star Wars technology is becoming a daily reality. These short films explore the amazing possibilities of this moment in robotics, cryonics and human augmentation.
Imagine Beyond - The Body (above)
In the final scenes of The Empire Strikes Back, Luke Skywalker's hand – cut off by Darth Vader – is replaced in just 24 hours. Scientists across the world are now working on robotic limbs that can integrate with human bodies. Will we soon become superhuman?
Watch these videos to see how technology is making Star Wars-evoking strides into human augmentation, robotics and cryonics.
Unlocked: Is more tech inside making us better?
Should bionic augmentation aim to restore bodies, or add to them? Tilly Lockey, who has highly customized bionic arms, and Wojtek Paprota, with his implanted chip, discuss the possibilities and advantages of cyborgs and robotic upgrades.
Robotic Relationships: How we could fall in love with machines
Robotic relationships may be a turning point in the age of the machine. Can humans and AI connect on a deep emotional level?
Frozen in time: Is this how we will cheat death?
Eternal life might be possible sooner than we think. What will it mean for our bodies and society?
Ultra-fast gaming and the sports of tomorrow, with Break the Record's Fredrik Lidholt
Completing a game more quickly than opponents is the goal of the esport of speedrunning. It could be Super Mario, Doom or any other game. This week we'll see which elite players can break the speed record playing Minecraft.
Speed is the name of the game
The Break the Record Live Series is a live-streamed event where elite gamers compete to be the fastest ever player. Next week, they'll try to break the Minecraft speed-playing record. The brains behind Break the Record, Fredrik Lidholt (aka Edenal) chats about the future of esports with Marco Preuss and Rainer Bock in the latest episode of Unlocked.
Find out more about next week's Minecraft event here!