Google and the World Brain

“Endlessly fascinating and engaging…It’s probably the best documentary you’ll see all year…” Huffington Post


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 years later the realisation 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.


Film Info

Date: Friday 27th June
Venue: Pennine Lecture Theatre
Time: 5.20pm

Director: Ben Lewis
Subject: Publishing, Technology, Digital Culture, Intellectual Property
Runtime: 1 hour 29 mins
Language: English

Venue Info

City Campus
Howard Street
S1 1WB, UK

Location – city campus, Owen building, leading to the Heartspace atrium

Contact Info

0114 225 5340|

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