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Google and the World Brain (2013)

The most ambitious project ever conceived on the Internet: Google's master plan to scan every book in the world and the people trying to stop them. Google say they are building a library for mankind, but they also have other intentions.


Ben Lewis
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Complete credited cast:
Brendan Price ... H.G. Wells
Nicolas Chapman Nicolas Chapman ... Character Voices (voice)
Molly Malcolm ... Character Voices (voice)
Joshua Zamrycki Joshua Zamrycki ... Character Voices (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shojiro Akashi Shojiro Akashi ... Self - Author
Sergey Brin Sergey Brin ... Self - Co-founder, Google
Reginald Carr Reginald Carr ... Self - Former Director, Bodleian Library
Dan Clancy Dan Clancy ... Self - Former Chief Engineer, Google Books (archive footage)
Mary Sue Coleman Mary Sue Coleman ... Self - President, Michigan University (archive footage)
Luis Collado Luis Collado ... Self - Head of Google Books, Spain and Portugal
Robert Darnton Robert Darnton ... Self - Director, Harvard University Library
David C. Drummond David C. Drummond ... Self - Senior Vice President, Google (archive footage)
James Gleick James Gleick ... Self - Authors Guild
Charles A. Gonzales Charles A. Gonzales ... Self - Congressman (archive footage)
Lewis Hyde Lewis Hyde ... Self - Writer


The story of the most ambitious project ever conceived on the Internet, and the people who tried to stop it. In 1937 HG Wells predicted the creation of the "World Brain", a giant global library that contained all human knowledge which would lead to a new form of higher intelligence. Seventy year later the realization of that dream was underway, as Google scanned millions and millions of books for its Google Books website. But over half those books were still in copyright, and authors across the world launched a campaign to stop them, climaxing in a New York courtroom in 2011. A film about the dreams, dilemmas and dangers of the Internet, set in spectacular locations in China, USA, Europe and Latin America. Written by Polar Star Films

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


Documentary | Drama


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incoherent paranoid
31 August 2015 | by berkeleykSee all my reviews

This movie is a pastiche of paranoid insinuations about Google's book scanning project. It confuses legal debates around the Google book search settlement with the entire scanning project itself, but those are two different topics. In fact, by the time this film came out, the Settlement had been rejected and so the film was out of date. The book project is not a world brain. Google might be, who knows, but not because of its book project.

The film tries to create a connection with H. G. Wells' work from the early 20th century but the connection is just implied. And the point of the analogy is never made. It's just suggested that it's bad for us.

The filmmakers struggled to find visual material for a topic that isn't visually compelling. Some of its animations are just awful. The libraries are pretty. (Are they not "global brains"?) My point is simple: the film doesn't add up.

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18 January 2013 (USA) See more »

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