Google and the World Brain
  • Year2013
  • Duration89 min

It’s not a new idea – for thousands of years mankind has dreamt of an information depository accessible to all -- a concept that HG Wells envisioned as a “world brain”. As the Internet has rapidly fulfilled Wells’ vision, it fell to the web’s dominator-in-chief, Google, to launch the most audacious world brain scheme ever: the scanning of all the world’s books. They managed to scan millions before being sued by a coalition of authors outraged at the trampling of their copyright. When a court awarded Google unprecedented literary powers, the global backlash began. Ben Lewis’ gripping documentary – a hit at Sundance – hears from an eloquent range of those caught up in the drama, including tech pioneer Jaron Larier, who can see that Google's plans, left unchecked, could deliver us straight into an Orwellian nightmare. CN

  • Director(s): Ben Lewis
  • Producer(s): Bettina Walter
  • Country: Spain, United Kingdom
  • Language: English, French, German, Catalan, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese
  • Format: Video HDCAM 1080/25p
  • Premiere status: None
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