‘Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World’ is a film like none other — a documentary about the Internet from Werner Herzog, who actually admits to not really ever using it!
Werner Herzog, 73, is an award-winning director from German who has always had questions about the Intenet and the way it all connects — and where it’s going in the future. We sat down with him at 2016 Sundance Film Festival to get some insight. And we learned that if there’s a day where cars drive themselves, he wants no part of it!
“It’s about the internet; it’s about big questions and conceptions about things that are coming at us,” Werner said. “Since I do not use the Internet much, I think I was, in a different way, qualified to guide you with my curiously into the outer reaches of the internet.”
So, how did he do that? Well, he hired a hacker to help. “He was just wonderful, and I wanted to speak to people about futuristic aspects.” When asked the best part of it all, he revealed that a yong scientist and mathmatician in computer science took on the folding molecules inside a computer and created a video game out of it. He then “put it out on the Internet, not knowing whether the world would respond.”
“Hundreds of thousands responded and started to engage themselves in solving this folding puzzle and they did,” he explained. “Super computers could not do it, but a huge crowd of video gamers solved it. This is something really promising and in a way to use the internet — lets hope for more of that.”
Werner, who clearly is very dedicated in the project had one closing remark: “I don’t look forward to a self-driving car — I really want to take the turn myself!”