Lo and Behold

Lo and Behold

Reveries of the Connected World

DVD - 2016
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Publisher: Los Angeles : Magnolia Home Entertainment, 2016.
Branch Call Number: DVD 004.678 Lo
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (98 min.) : digital, sound, colour ; 12 cm
Language Note: In English with Spanish subtitles.
Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.


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Dec 09, 2017

This is a 2016 American documentary directed by Werner Herzog.
This 98-minute documentary explores the existential impact of the Internet, robotics, AI, the Internet of Things, and more on human life.
The film contains interviews with Bob Kahn, Elon Musk, Sebastian Thrun, Ted Nelson, and other leaders of the technology world.
It is an informative, enlightening and extremely thought-provoking film.

Werner Herzog's take on the future that is mostly already here. Hint. The robots are coming. Herzog does a good job of showing how recent a manifestation the internet is. He treats with respect people who hide out in the wilderness because they suffer ill effects from electro-pollution or young adults who are recovering online gaming addicts. Elon Musk takes a star turn to discuss the colonization of Mars. But what's most engaging/alarming about this documentary is the footage of the robots in action. The robots are indeed coming. Will they eat our lunch? Herzog leaves the question open, but another question, one he asks Musk and various scientists towards the end of the film, a variation of von Clausewitz's "Does war dream of itself?" -- "Does the internet dream of itself?" -- reminds one of James Cameron's TERMINATOR franchise. Not very hopeful.

May 01, 2017

Very uneven. Some very important insights, but also includes material from way out in left field. Ultimately, it was interesting and worthwhile, but don't suspend all your disbelief.

A fascinating documentary about the birth of the Internet, and the computer scientists who dreamed it up. We enjoyed the progression of the story and the artistic presentation of the information, but it was just a tad long.
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JCLMichelleH Jan 31, 2017

Werner Herzog seemingly effortlessly puts together something thought provoking, in this case a meditation on how the internet has shaped our world and changed our behavior as a result.

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