What was once conceived as science fiction is now anchored in reality. Year Million, a new six-part documentary-drama series from National Geographic, explores what it will be like to be human one million years into the future. Today’s brightest futurists, scientists, scholars and notable science fiction writers guide viewers through the very latest advances in technology, ideas and innovations that likely will power the evolution of our species. Through illustrative, dramatic storytelling, Year Million paints a version of humanity’s fate through the lens of a typical futuristic American family, which includes a daughter who is android. The series propels us into an odyssey of unfathomable choices humans will face while questioning the kind of lives we’ll live and the people we’ll become a million years from now. Year Million imagines a future when mortality becomes a thing of the past; man merges with machine; intelligence is limitless; and the human species becomes interplanetary. The series predicts how every aspect of technology may affect our lives, for better or worse.
Year Million: Energy Beyond Earth
Overconsumption has lead us to a breaking point where we will either have to engineer our way around our problems, or look to other planets to inhabit. But is it possible there are alien civilizations that have already used this solution and how successful were they?
Year Million: Beyond The Cosmos
We have always had a drive to explore. This spirit has led us to new shores, new depths and, in the last century, to new planets. As the number of mysteries remaining on Earth decreases, how will we have to adapt ourselves to explore farther in space?
Year Million: Homo Sapien 2.0
Advances in science and engineering are bringing us closer to a reality in which artificial intelligence will become indistinguishable from - or perhaps even surpass - human intelligence. But how will this affect our evolution?
Year Million: Never Say Die
Recent findings have given us a far greater understanding of our biology and how we can live longer so will there ever come a time in our future when our technology moves beyond treating individual disease and just treats the aging process itself?
Year Million: Mind Meld
Just how far will humans advance through the use of technology? Will we evolve to the point of telepathy? How will our relationships be affected and will this give us the tools to communicate with civilisations who may exist beyond Earth?
Year Million: Dude, Where's My Body?
Advances in graphics and computing power now mean that we’re seeing more human activity transfer to virtual spaces. Is there a danger that eventually reality will be just a pale shadow of the worlds we’ve created for ourselves? What do we risk losing if it does?