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All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace is a BBC television documentary series by filmmaker Adam Curtis.In the series, Curtis argues that computers have failed to liberate humanity, and instead have "distorted and simplified our view of the world around us.The title is taken from a 1967 poem of the same name by Richard Brautigan.The first episode was originally broadcast at 9 pm on 23 May 2011.
This episode investigates how machine ideas such as cybernetics and systems theory were applied to natural ecosystems, and how this relates to the false idea that there is a balance of nature. Cybernetics has been applied to human beings in an attempt to build societies without central control, self organising networks built of people, based on a fantasy view of nature.
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