Our first entry is especially poignant given the way the technical world seems to be heading (we were going to compile a list of famous data breaches for this post, but we don’t have eons), it’s message is an especially for us to hear. With websites, apps, and well seemingly everything these days generating reams of personal data, it’s important to consider what level of accountability we expect from the corporations with which we do business.
We decided to add this one to the list, just in case you happened to miss it in 1996. While we take some offense to the name (we started as an IT staffing firm), PBS put together an excellent documentary that chronicles the rise of the personal computer and the effects its creation has had on our lives. This documentary was good in 96’, but when viewed through the lens of today’s technology, it’s especially good. Oh, and did we mention it contains interviews with Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Bill Gates, Steve Ballmer, and more. Seriously, give this one a watch.
Okay, we’ll admit it. This entry is definitely not for everyone, but if you’re into photography (or just plain cool stuff), you’ll love Koyaanisqatsi. The odd name aside, this film is a mashup of a photography documentary, Planet Earth, and an art piece that features amazing time-lapse photography of cities and natural phenomena across the United States. As for the name, it means “unbalanced life” in the Hopi language. When discussing the lack of narration, the documentaries creator said, “"it's not for lack of love of the language that these films have no words. It's because, from my point of view, our language is in a state of vast humiliation. It no longer describes the world in which we live." If that’s not a technical take on things, we don’t know what is.
The last entry on our list is a more recent documentary that chronicles the first round of experiments conducted at the large hadron collider. The film’s protagonists are the theoretical and experimental physicists who are attempting to design the conceptual framework to be used to hopefully uncover the universe’s greatest mysteries. Particle fever opens in 2008 with the first firing of the LHC and ends with the triumphant discovery of the Higgs boson. This was the documentary that took the top spot for yours truly, so make sure to give it a watch if you want something to wrap your mind around.
We could go on and on (and we just might in a future post, who knows?), but these are just a few examples that document the awe-inspiring work that’s conducted by the world’s scientists each and every day. If you’re looking for your next contract position, give us a call at Black Diamond Networks. We’re the experts in technical staffing, and we’re just as interested in creating the technology of tomorrow as you are.
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