Humanity from Space

Humanity from Space

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 8:00pm

In just 100 years, Thomas Edison’s electrical grid expanded from a few city blocks to a vast network in North America and around the globe.

Credit: Courtesy of DSP/HANDEL

Trace humankind’s long journey from hunter-gatherer to dominant global species. From the perspective of space, this Humanity from Space, airing Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 8 p.m. on WXXI World, uses mind-boggling data and CGI to disclose the breathtaking extent of humanity’s influence, revealing how we’ve transformed our planet and produced an interconnected world of extraordinary complexity. A trip through 12,000 years of development, the documentary shows how seemingly small flashes of innovation – innovations that touch all of us in ways unimaginable to our ancestors – have changed the course of civilization. As our global population soars, the program considers the challenges humanity will face in order to survive.