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Douglas Adams died suddenly, aged 49, on Friday 11 May 2001.
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In this Radio 4 series, Douglas Adams gave a unique insight into how new technology will change our lives.

Douglas took part in a live online chat to coincide with the programme.
You can read the transcript here.

Listen to the programmes, read more on the subjects and watch exclusive audio and video interviews.

First, here is a special introduction from Douglas.intro from Douglas Adams
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Don't know your Midi from your MP3?
Let Douglas Adams give you a steer on how you'll be listening to music in the future will a little help from his friends Brian Eno, Michael Nesmith and Peter Gabriel.

Programme aired:

10:30 am

Sat 14th April 2001

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E-book versus paper?
Can publishing adapt to survive or will we soon be plugging in our books? Peter Cochrane, Muriel Gray and Stewart Brand give us a taste of what's to come for authors and publishers.

Programme aired:


Sat 21st April 2001

Interactive TV, contradiction or cool connection?
John Browning, Dylan Winter and Mathew Steele talk TV and take a look ahead at the imminent changes faced by the broadcasting industry.

Programme aired:
Sat 28th April 2001

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Extreme Evolution How far can technology go? Can computers dominate man, or will we always retain ultimate control? Chris Langton, Stuart Kauffman and others discuss technology's effect on society.

Programme aired:
10:30 am

Sat 5th May 2001



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