The show demonstrated cutting edge inventions, and because it was broadcast live, sometimes those inventions didn't behave as expected (which all added to the fun and excitement). Kraftwerk debuted on the show(!), and the presenters demonstrated such marvels as the breathalyser, ATM, pocket calculator, digital watch, CD player and barcode reader. Heady stuff! But to a young kid growing up, if felt like tomorrow was here.
|Dr Richard Dawkins - Horizon: The Blind Watchmaker (1987)|
With shows on the latest theories of the universe, advances in medical science or technology, or environmental threats, Horizon exposed us to how fundamental science was to our daily lives.
The Sky at Night
One example showed how telecommunications exist because Normans developed stirrups to better ride their horses into battle, which led to further warfare-centric technological advances. You couldn't watch Connections without being blown away by how things came to be.