Technology is the driving force behind the all-encompassing, unrelenting pace of change today. After all, what’s more impactful than tech? Not much, but sinking into a personal Netflix marathon may just have equal pull.
There are a ton of science fiction movies that show what tech might look like in the future, but there are also some great films heralding the technology on our planet right now. Do yourself a favor and check out these five must-see IT movies on Netflix today.
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To understand something is to interpret its past. Something Ventured is a look at the advent of the technology industry in California’s Silicon Valley—and the risks people took to create something truly important. From Silicon Valley’s Traitorous Eight to the advent of Intel, this is a remarkable history of how far tech has come.
As you’ll see in the film, it was the military that fostered much of the science we see in gadgets today, and entrepreneurs and investors take huge risks for new products and services to take hold in the market. This is one of those IT movies on Netflix you can’t afford to miss.
Print the Legend
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3D printing is the ability to make real-world things with advanced machinery. Think next-generation printer tech. Print the Legend shows how hard this can actually be. In this case, it’s the 3D printing company MakerBot.
From computer parts to cars to food, 3D printing could change everything we understand about real-world objects. If 3D printers have the potential to create almost anything, then Print the Legend is a manifestation of that.
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Working in tech can be a total grind, but it’s all worth it when there’s a breakthrough. Case-in-point is SlingShot, which profiles inventor Dean Kamen. He’s invented a bunch of amazing things to improve the world, including a wheelchair that can climb stairs and the often-ridiculed Segway transportation machine.
It’s clear that Kamen is a remarkable person and he loves his job. Of course, who wouldn’t want to fly their own helicopter to work every day like he does? Kamen’s next feat? Using a box-sized machine to turn dirty water anywhere in the world to drinkable water.
A Faster Horse
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Keep hearing about the day cars won’t need drivers? Autonomous vehicles may be just around the corner, but the mechanical aspect of building traditional cars remains an awesome sight to see.
A Faster Horse reveals the engineering challenges it took to build the latest Ford Mustang muscle car. This film also highlights that, even though we face a driverless future, cars are actually fun to drive—especially the fast ones.
Steve Jobs: One Last Thing
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A lot of films have tackled the subject of Steve Jobs—perhaps too many. How about trying one that features the man himself?
An inspiring and thought-provoking interview, Steve Jobs: One Last Thing is a mind-spinning look at the Apple icon’s unrivalled effect on industries across the globe. To this day, Job’s encourages us all—not just tech people—to diverge from the common, and reminds us there’s no better way to solve tough technical problems than to “think different.”