Friday, October 24, 2014

Cinema Cycle - National Geographic - Miniature Miracle: The Computer Chip



CINEMA CYCLE
(Cardio Workout And Reviewing Movies At The Same Time)


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DATE: 10/24/2014


TITLE: National Geographic: Miniature Miracle: The Computer Chip


FORMAT: LaserDisc


TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 58 minutes


DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 14 Miles


TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 617.9 Miles


SYNOPSIS: Man’s evolution of invention that has cumulated in the computer chip and all its possible uses.


CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: Things are changing and they are changing faster and faster, so you had better keep up.


PROS AND CONS: One of the best things about looking at older documentaries, is to watch them and determine if they got it right or if they totally missed the mark regarding history.  This one is pretty much spot on, in that it shows the evolution of inventions leading up to the computer micro-chip and all of its possible uses.  


What they totally failed on was the application of the chip in relation to the internet.  Since this work was done in 1985, the net had yet to really come into existence and its effect on humanity was still an unknown.  Much of this documentary focuses on how the computer chip will enhance the abilities of the infirm and the elderly and not so much about the concept of shared intelligence and communication on a global scale.  


But the best part is the fact that the whole documentary is narrated by Alexander Scourby.  Mr. Scourby could read the phonebook and make it sound interesting.  His wikipedia page indicates that he passed away in 1985, so this narration is probably one of his last work.


To read an overview of this project, check out the initial post for this series.


This film is a part of my LaserDisc Collection.

Clicking on the title will take you to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) entry for this film. 

This film was viewed while exercising on my recumbent cycle.  A summary of my time spent working out on my journey through movie-land can be found on Strava.com.


The summary of the project and a glimpse of what is coming up next can be found on my public LaserDisc spreadsheet.

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