The Internet, exposed. DIGITS takes viewers on a deep dive into the history of the Internet with exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes insight into the remarkable technology that now permeates our lives. The series explores the potential applications—and risks—of innovations like virtual reality, artificial intelligence and 24/7 surveillance. Hosted by Derek Muller, creator of the YouTube Channel “Veritasium,” this CuriosityStream Original 3-part series reveals the often-startling revelations and warnings issued by dozens of Internet scholars and pioneers, including America’s most well-known whistleblower and former NSA contractor, Edward Snowden, who shed light on gaping privacy holes and future implications of constant connectivity.
Episode 1 – Connecting to the Future: Muller escorts viewers to the physical heart of the Internet, revealing the very first message sent by UCLA professor Leonard Kleinrock, and demonstrating how Internet co-creators Vint Cerf and Bob Kahn devised a common protocol language that gave birth to the Internet as we know it.
Episode 2 – Man vs. Machine: Get a sneak peek into how the Internet of Things will soon dominate daily life, along with a history of web advertising, search engines, tracking cameras and “cookies,” revealing unsettling notions about how, when it comes to privacy, the Internet is unlike any other medium. As Snowden provocatively points out, “TV is a medium that you watch. The Internet is a medium that watches you as you watch it.”
Episode 3 – Guardians of the Web: Explore how our growing reliance on the web creates massive vulnerability to everything from cyber theft to a complete Internet system failure. Muller introduces viewers to “white hat” hackers, the U.S. Secret Service’s cybercrime division and even West Point soldiers, all of whom are working to protect us from the risks associated with persistent connectivity, as the Web transitions from a medium to a utility, on par with electricity.
About the Host
Dr. Derek Muller is a scientist and filmmaker, the creator of Veritasium, a YouTube channel about science, with five million subscribers and half a billion views. He is also a correspondent on Netflix’s Bill Nye Saves the World, now in its second season. Derek is a highly sought-after speaker, appearing on stage with Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michio Kaku, and Space Station Commander Chris Hadfield. He has hosted the March for Science in Washington DC (2017), the Google Science Fair (2016), and the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (2017). Derek is best known for addressing counter-intuitive concepts in science, and for his extraordinary ability for making the most complex stories relatable and entertaining.