Google and the World Brain
Documentary filmmaker Ben Lewis takes a look at one of the most ambitious but also controversial projects ever conceived on the Internet. In 2002 Google began scanning millions of books in an effort to create a giant global library, containing every book in existence. Purportedly, they also had an even greater purpose: to create a higher form of intelligence, something that HG Wells had predicted in his 1937 essay "World Brain." However, issues of commerce and copyright have created an army of dissenters against Google’s plans. Google and the World Brain is a film about the dreams, dilemmas and inherent dangers of the Internet.
Sundance Film Festival, New York Film Festival.