Technology Out of Control

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Technology Out of Control

  • 2000 ----- color ----- 45 min ----- vhs
  • The explosion of technology that started with the industrial revolution has been a boon to humanity, increasing life expectancy, providing cheap, abundant power and delivering comforts that previous generations could only fantasize about. But a number of incidents have also brought attention to the flip side of these advances--the threats to man and the environment posed by TECHNOLOGY OUT OF CONTROL. Drawing on the expertise of scientists and engineers and the experiences of survivors and rescue workers, this production examines four of the most devastating, deadly and disturbing industrial accidents of the last 100 years--the Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal, India; the nuclear disasters at Three Mile Island and Chernobyl and the 1976 incident at a chemical plant in Seveso, Italy. From evidence of mismanagement and neglect to dangers that cannot be eliminated regardless of the precautions taken, this is a thought-provoking look at the risks inherent in our technologically advanced age.
  • Topics: (Chemistry, Environmental Studies, Industry, Psychology: Social, Public Health and Safety, Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies, Sociology, South Asian Studies, Atomic Energy)