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  • Hello friends.

  • This is Ashlee Vance, the host of Hello World.

  • And thanks for joining me for this journey

  • along the esplanade in Helsinki.

  • This is a special VR addition of Hello World,

  • so now is the time to put on your fancy goggles.

  • All this stuff was shot in 180 degrees,

  • with a stereoscopic camera.

  • And we just wanted to give you guys

  • a peek at how we make the show,

  • while we were shooting the full version

  • of Hello World, Finland.

  • Sunday morning, in Helsinki.

  • The Hotel Kamp, right in the center

  • of the city.

  • Here to interview an author this morning,

  • who wrote a book about the fall of Nokia,

  • to find out what went wrong with Nokia,

  • and maybe how Finland has recovered a bit.

  • So this is a little

  • bit of how we set up the interviews

  • that you'll see, throughout the episode,

  • for the camera buffs out there.

  • You can see my director, David

  • Nicholson, nerding out.

  • The art of TV hosting, I've discovered

  • here, is making small talk with your subjects,

  • holding back what you really wanna ask

  • 'em, until the cameras are on.

  • I mean you know how the--

  • Are you writing another book now?

  • I am working on, I just sold my next one,

  • yeah, so, I don't know if writing

  • has officially started, but I need to be writing.

  • I've got a little more.

  • Can you talk about it?

  • Yeah, yeah.

  • [Narrator] You can never promote

  • your new books too early.

  • This was shot at a startup incubator

  • in Helsinki, this company is called Naava.

  • And they make the coolest green

  • walls I've ever seen.

  • Yeah, so this is a bio filter,

  • where we washed off the soil from plants.

  • We placed in this biological filter,

  • which consists of seven different ingredients.

  • Some of them stabilize the pH for the plants,

  • some of them keep the humidity for the plants,

  • and the water and so on, some of them provide

  • surface base for their microbes

  • to thrive and so on.

  • It's kind of a combination of different things.

  • It took us like, two and a half, three

  • years to make this mixture.

  • This is Maija,

  • she runs Gold & Green,

  • which makes a sorta meat replacement,

  • that's really popular throughout Finland.

  • The big theme in the middle of the episode

  • is food and all the weird science

  • that's going on in Finland around new types

  • of protein and meat replacements.

  • Before we hit up the labs, there was this herring

  • festival going on.

  • It's just right in downtown Helsinki.

  • It was pretty cool, lot of action,

  • and this mix of tourists and locals.

  • Would you like a taste?

  • I'd like to have a try.

  • Thank you.

  • This is Solar Foods.

  • I think of it as like the Breaking Bad

  • version of making food in Finland.

  • They make food out of thin air.

  • They grab the air, they throw

  • it into some bacteria and cook it.

  • As a TV host you have to give up part

  • of your control.

  • And just be placed where they want you.

  • This is at the headquarters

  • of Gold & Green, with Maija, who you saw earlier.

  • One thing I found, with the Fins, is that they

  • are really secretive

  • around their technology,

  • and wouldn't let me see it, half the time.

  • You don't trust strangers. Well, but also, kinda like

  • when you're a tech company, you want

  • to protect what you have.

  • So that part, I understand.

  • But seriously, 'cause I'll go to like, SpaceX,

  • rocket companies, or like a fusion laboratory--

  • Like a self driving car.

  • Yeah, there's definitely bits

  • where they're like, please don't show

  • this thing, but, it's just happened

  • now, three days in a row, I think

  • you Fins are up to something.

  • Yeah, maybe that's true.

  • We're here on the edge

  • of Helsinki in a trash dump.

  • Inside of there there's some zen robotics,

  • robots that sort out the trash.

  • Gonna head in, see 'em do their work.

  • And not get killed.

  • Hopefully.

  • If you're gonna visit

  • a dump, this is the one you wanna see,

  • because you got your garbage, you got

  • your trucks, we got some robots

  • in this one, super fancy, AI robots.

  • It's pretty cool, so the dump trucks

  • come and just bring this whole pile of stuff.

  • Kinda gets pre sorted by some humans,

  • and some other machines, and then it ends

  • up on this conveyor belt,

  • where the robots really go to town,

  • using AI to grab metal, and wood, and plastic,

  • and sort it out into the right place.

  • Something sorta mesmerizing about the trash

  • getting sorted into these piles,

  • and just going through the whole

  • conveyor belt line.

  • Okay, this was my favorite.

  • I'm here, with a future Finnish Olympian,

  • Lassi Etelatalo, whose name I've learned to say.

  • We were going to practice the ancient

  • Finnish art form known as cellphone throwing.

  • I was doing research for this episode,

  • it turns out that Fins are into really weird

  • kinda competitions, like wife carrying,

  • and cellphone throwing.

  • They did this for years, and our man, Lassi

  • here, was the actual cellphone throwing champion.

  • And this looks pretty ridiculous, but I think

  • it sorta had a purpose,

  • which was a lot of our episode focused

  • on the fall of Nokia, that I thought

  • it would be a good idea to throw

  • some Nokia phones, to help get into things,

  • and see if they held up.

  • They're sorta famous for being pretty sturdy.

  • It turns out they held up pretty well.

  • Except I don't think anything can survive

  • this guy throwing it.

  • Wow, that was cool.

  • This is me, doing

  • my hosty thing, in a tram.

  • The trams are a pretty awesome

  • part of Helsinki.

  • My director David made me record

  • this in the tram.

  • Little embarrassing, because, I was bagging

  • on Finland a bit, and they all speak English.

  • These are the Allas pools.

  • It's right at the edge of downtown Helsinki,

  • they're really cool, you can go in this,

  • which is like the regular

  • temperature pool, or you can go freeze

  • your everything off in the Baltic Sea pool.

  • If you watch the full episode, you can see

  • me humiliate myself doing that.

  • Here's David torturing me, again.

  • Telling me how to make bubbles the right way.

  • You know?

  • I want you to create some bubbles

  • around it, you know?

  • Okay.

  • Like that?

  • Yeah, exactly.

  • Even got Diana

  • here, who's a bubble coach.

  • Bubble making partner, I suppose.

  • That's it.