5 Tech Documentaries Every Nerd Should See

Wednesday, August 7 by Sasha Moody

   

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Love technology and everything behind it? You don’t need to bury your head in the books all the time to learn a thing or two about new technological developments. Here are five documentaries that you need to watch to satisfy your inner geek:

1.  "The Science Behind the Bike"

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A series of movies that explores how modern science has totally changed cycling. Gone are the days when cycling only involved the strength of your legs–the construction of the bike is an art in itself now. Interviews with Olympic and Paralympic gold-medalists are an additional treat.

2." Who Killed America’s Biggest Gadget?"

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The existence of the Higgs boson, or the God particle, has recently been under intense investigation at CERN, mainly due to the development of the Large Hardron Collider. However, before the Higgs boson was discovered, the top quark was discovered in Illinois with the aid of the Tevatron. The Tevatron, however, was shut down in 2011 due to budget cuts. The 20-minute documentary explores how Europe stole the thunder from a discovery that America could have claimed its own.

3. "3D Printed Guns"

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With 3D printers becoming less and less costly, they are starting to turn up in more and more places, from scientific labs to government offices. However, the introduction of 3D printers in the mainstream has led to some people figuring out how to print guns. You heard us right, ‘printing’ firearms is now a thing and this documentary will tell you all about it.

4. "Hackers World: Anonymous Investigation"

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The claim to fame for the loosely connected hacktivist group Anonymous is their talent for coordinated attacks on big corporations and governments. Members of Anonymous never come to surface, and "Hackers World" provides a rare peek into the life of one of Anonymous’ hacktivists.

5. "The Sakawa Boys: Internet Scamming in Ghana"

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While on one hand we have Anonymous, the group that hacks for reasons of political activism and sometimes just laughs, you also have the Sakawa Boys on the other hand, who like to use the Internet to make millions. A story of how Ghana’s scammers began selling witchcraft services over the Internet, you will be amazed at the power of the Internet, and learn how sometimes people can get away with the most bizarre things ever.