Google and the World Brain

Google and the World Brain

Communication Studies / Film/Media / Graduate / Harrington School-Wide / Journalism / Library & Information Studies / Public Relations / Undergraduate / Writing & Rhetoric

The URI Harrington School of Communication and Media is proud to present the Rhode Island premiere of Google and the World Brain, a new film about the dreams, dilemmas and dangers of the Internet

DATE: Wednesday, October 30

LOCATION: Newport Casino Theater

TIME: 6:00 PM Wines by Jonathan Edwards Winery & Hors d’oeuvres

7:00 PM Film, followed by a Q&A session (guest TBD)


“A useful step forward in a conversation most of us don’t realize we should be having… Doc offers convincing reasons to pay more attention to Google’s utopian schemes.”

– The Hollywood Reporter

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.

USA / 90 min

Director(s): Ben Lewis

Producer(s): Carles Brugueras, Bettina Walter