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GOOGLE AND THE WORLD BRAIN

Directed by: Ben Lewis 2013 | 90 min.

Section: EuroCinema Hawaii

Premiere: Hawaii

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Synopsis

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EuroCinema Hawai'i

The goal of accumulating all human knowledge in one repository has been a dream since ancient times. Only recently, however, has that dream become a reality. Quietly and behind closed doors, Google has been executing a project to scan and digitize every printed word on the planet. Working with the world’s most prestigious libraries, the webmasters are reinventing the limits of copyright in the name of free access to anyone, anywhere. What can possibly be wrong with this picture?

As Google and the World Brain reveals, a whole lot. Some argue that Google’s actions represent aggressive theft on an enormous scale, others see them as an attempt to monopolize our shared cultural heritage, and still others view the project as an attempt to flatten our minds by consolidating complex ideas into searchable “extra-long tweets.” At first slowly, and then with intensifying conviction, a diverse coalition mobilizes to stop the fulfillment of this ambitious dream. Incisive and riveting as it uncovers a high-stakes multinational heist, Ben Lewis’s film voices an important alternative to the technological utopianism of our time.

Synopsis written by: Sundance

Screenings

Wednesday, October 16 9:00 PM Dole Cannery H Date Passed

Cast & Crew

Director Ben Lewis
Producer Bettina Walter
Executive Producer Careles Brugueras
Cast Brendan Price, Nicolas Chapman, Molly Malcolm, Joshua Zamrycki
Director of Photography Frank Peter Lehmann
Editor Simon Barker
Music Director Lucas Ariel Vallejos

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