GOOGLE AND THE WORLD BRAIN

By Ben LEWIS

POLAR STAR FILMS - as PROD

Documentary - Completed 2013

The story of Google's most ambitious project ever and the people who are trying to stop it.

Festivals
& Awards

Sundance 2013
International Documentary Competition
Rincon International Film Festival 2013
Best Documentary Award
Cleveland Film Festival 2013
International Competition
River Run Film Festival 2013
Full-lenght documentary film competition
San Francisco International Film Festival 2013
DOXA Documentary Film Festival 2013
Documenta Madrid 2013
International Competition
Docs Barcelona 2013
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    • Year of production
    • 2013
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • SPAIN, UNITED KINGDOM
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH, SPANISH
    • Duration
    • 89 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Ben LEWIS
    • Producer(s)
    • Carles BRUGUERAS (Polar Star Films), Bettina WALTER (Polar Star Films)
    • Synopsis
    • 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.
    • Partners & financing
    • The film is a POLAR STAR FILMS and BLTV production
      In co-production with ZDF/ARTE, BBC, TVE (Televisión Española),
      TVC (Televisió de Catalunya) with support from MEDIA Development and Distribution and EURODOC 2010 and with the collaboration of LICHTPUNT, SVT, NRK, DR2, VPRO, Knowledge Network and ERT
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