Sundance 2013: Google and the World Brain

Jan 21, 2013

In 2002, Google began to scan millions of books in an effort to generate a giant global library, containing every book in existence. Their true purpose was even more formidable: to create a higher form of intelligence, something H.G. Wells predicted in his 1937 essay “World Brain.” Google says they are building a library for mankind, but some say they also have other intentions. The filmmaker Ben Lewis has made a documentary that grapples with the questions raised by the most ambitious project ever conceived on the Internet, and he joins us on Tuesday.

Ben Lewis's film Google and the World Brain premiered last Friday in the World Cinema Documentary Competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. It;s showing Wednesday night at 9 p.m. at the Yarrow Hotel Theatre, on Friday January 25th at 8:30 a.m. at Library Center Theatre and at 3:15 p.m. on Saturday January 26th at at Holiday Village Cinema 2. All showings are currently wait list only. For more details, visit the 2013 Sundance Film Festival web site.


Ben Lewis is a filmmaker , author and art critic. He has produced numerous films for the BBC as well as European and North American television.