According to New Zealand history, No. 8 wire became a broader metaphor for the nation's spirit. And these modern-day inventors are creating leading-edge technologies in some of the unlikeliest of places. And they are the focus of the debut episode in a new series called, “Hello World”, premiering Friday, March 25th at 9:30 pm ET on Bloomberg Television.
In this debut episode of Hello World, long-time businesss and tech industry journalist and author Ashlee Vance meets with Professor Mark Sagar, who has created some of the most realistic computer-generated faces—nabbing two Oscars so far in his career, which includes is work on the films Avatar and King Kong.
Vance’s travels in New Zealand also take him to Rex Bionics, where he learns about the robotic exo-skeletons the company has designed. These devices enable paralyzed people to walk again, relieving themselves from wheelchairs and the seated position. He also meets Ray Avery, a scientist that creates everything from incubators to nutrition supplements for malnourished people around the world.
“Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.”
— Winston Churchill
And lastly Vance meets with real-life rocket scientists at Rocket Lab who are creating rockets that could let more people travel to space for less than ever imagined. The innovation is mind-boggling, but it's cropping up all over the world. This nine-episode series will explore global inventors and the advances their making for everyone.