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Google and the World Brain

Ben Lewis 2013

The story of the most ambitious project ever conceived on the Internet. In 2002 Google began to scan millions of books in an effort to create a giant global library, containing every book in existence. They had an even greater purpose – to create a higher form of intelligence, something that HG Wells had predicted in his 1937 essay “World Brain”.
But over half the books Google scanned were in copyright, and authors across the world launched a campaign to stop Google, which climaxed in a New York courtroom in 2011. A film about the dreams, dilemmas and dangers of the Internet.


    "Endlessly fascinating and engaging...It's probably the best documentary you'll see all year...I'll be stunned if this doesn't end up on the Oscar doc short-list."
    Lucas McNelly
    "A useful step forward in a conversation most of us don't realize we should be having... Doc offers convincing reasons to pay more attention to Google's utopian schemes."
    John Defore
    "The message of this beautifully crafted film is that the Internet is exactly half of what you think it is… 'Google and the World Brain' is a masterful documentary. It will undoubtedly have an effect on anyone who sees it."
    Julie Fischer
    "…intriguing … H.G. Wells wasn't far off when he imagined the future being home to a 'world brain'. Lewis' documentary isn't that different from the science fiction author's own forward thinking."
    Matt Patches

Festival Participation

  • Biogram Festival, Italy - 2013
  • River Run International Film Festival, USA - 2013
  • Cleveland Film Festival, USA - 2013
  • Docs Barcelona, Spain - 2013
  • Sundance Film Festival, USA - 2013

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