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CNBC's "Rise of the Machines" Will Premiere on Wednesday, September 18th

Monday, 16 Sep 2013 | 10:46 AM ET

(ALL TIMES IN ET)

Wednesday, 9/18/2013:

9:00 PM RISE OF THE MACHINES

12:00 AM RISE OF THE MACHINES

FOR TV HIGHLIGHTS CONSIDERATION:

"RISE OF THE MACHINES":

All around us, there's a technological revolution underway powered by devices as small as a grain of rice. They are sensors, capable of tracking and recording everything we do. They're in our smartphones, our cars, our appliances, even our bodies, and they're connected to the Internet to share information and make our world smarter. Virtually all products that use electricity – from toasters and coffeemakers to jet engines and MRIs – now have the ability to "talk" to each other, and to us. And, what they have to say is profoundly transforming our lives - the way we travel, treat disease, and enjoy our homes. Today, there are more devices than people connected to the Internet, and that number is expected to rise to 25 billion by 2015.

In this one-hour documentary, CNBC correspondent Melissa Lee experiences firsthand the impact of this brave new world - its promise and its perils – and discovers how the future of the Internet has already arrived. CNBC explores how the widespread availability of diagnostic sensors is not only changing healthcare and saving the lives of premature infants, but transforming industry and improving the safety and efficiency of our railways and jetliners. Lee takes a ride in a driverless car to see how cameras, radar and GPS are used in the quest to fill our freeways with autonomous cars and reduce the number of accidents. Viewers will go inside a home equipped with some 200 sensors which respond to the owner's movements and daily habits. And CNBC travels to Rio de Janeiro, the world's first "smart" city, in the spotlight as it prepares to host the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics.

CNBC's "Rise of the Machines" premieres September 18 at 9PM ET/PT.

Following are some embeddable videos from the documentary:

  • Someone is Watching You: http://www.cnbc.com/id/101008683 - Houses are going hi-tech like never before. See how one man easily -- and affordably -- uses sensors to monitor and control almost every aspect of his home. His house even has its own Twitter account, tweeting him updates throughout the day.
  • Hearts Beating Disease: http://www.cnbc.com/id/101030036 - Through a vast and ambitious heart study, Dr. Jeffrey Olgin of the University of California, San Francisco hopes to track participants using smartphones and supercomputers in an effort to detect telltale signs of early heart disease.
  • The New Designated Driver: http://www.cnbc.com/id/101030016 - Leave the driving…to your car. As the quest for self-driving cars speeds up, engineers and automakers are programming cars to not only drive themselves, but also communicate with other vehicles, traffic lights and their environment. Will computers be better drivers than people?
  • Sensored City: http://www.cnbc.com/id/101011552 - Rio de Janiero may be known for its beautiful beaches, but it also has to grapple with high crime, large-scale protests, and the threat of landslides. Now, officials have put in place a cutting edge network of thousands of cameras and sensors that monitor the city around the clock in an effort to ease traffic, thwart crime, avoid catastrophe, and save lives.

About CNBC:

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