This Month’s Main Episode

I Have Seen the Future of Displays

3.06 | 08.07.19

The arrival of digital high-definition TV in the late 1990s and the introduction of so-called “Retina” screens around 2010 both shifted the way we experience digital images. To me, the introduction of Apple’s new Pro Display XDR at this year’s World Wide Developers Conference feels like another one of those moments. It’s a serious piece of gear, with 20 million pixels and a 1-million-to-1 contrast ratio. And it comes with a serious price tag: $4,999. But for some buyers, that could actually be a bargain, as it could give a wider group of creative professionals access to image quality previously available only on super-high-end “reference monitors” that cost north of $40,000. That means more of the folks who make the media we see every day will be shaping their own content on these displays. And like previous innovations in the technology of image reproduction, that could eventually alter the way all of us see the world. READ MORE

Bonus Episode

The Great Blue Hill Heist

3.07 | 08.19.19

In this short bonus episode, hear the bizarre story of a college student who scaled a New England weather tower on a dare, stole a curious scientific instrument as a trophy, and inadvertently disrupted a series of climate observations going back more than 130 years. READ MORE

From the Extras Section

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When Minds and Machines Converge

3.01 | 10.01.18

Can thought-power control the world outside our heads? Thanks to new brain-machine interface technology, the answer is yes. But the real question is whether it can it help us control the world inside our heads. READ MORE

The Future is Clear

2.07 | 02.27.18

What's ubiquitous but invisible, versatile yet temperamental, goopy when it's hot yet brittle when it's cold, as old as civilization yet as new as the screen of your smartphone? The answer is glass. READ MORE

Looking Virtual Reality in the Eye

2.06 | 01.05.18

The immersive, 3D environments of virtual reality aren’t science fiction any more, and they aren’t just for video games. In this episode we visit “The Enemy,” a groundbreaking VR exhibit about the psychology of war. READ MORE

Monorails: Trains of Tomorrow?

1.02 | 1.25.17

Monorails have big advantages over competing forms of mass transit, such as buses, subways, and light rail—so why are new monorail systems being built everywhere in the world except the United States? READ MORE

How ‘2001’ Got the Future So Wrong

1.01 | 1.11.17

‘2001: A Space Odyssey,’ now celebrating its 50th anniversary, was Hollywood’s most famous exercise in futurism. But by the time the actual year 2001 rolled around, only a few of Stanley Kubrick’s predictions had come true. Why not? READ MORE

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