Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles 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. Please watch the full version of Hello World, Finland, and leave us any tips for things you'd like us to do in VR, or anything we can do to make the show better for you guys.