How Many Generations Will It Take Before AI Makes Human Companionship Obsolete?

Nearly half the world uses the internet, but few would have been able to predict its growth, much less the IoT phenomenon of recent years. Which made Academy Award nominated director Werner Herzog ask, where is this all going?


Herzog has directed over 70 films, including “Encounters at the End of the World,” “Cave of Forgotten Dreams” and “Grizzly Man.”

According to Herzog the internet is “one of the biggest revolutions we as humans are experiencing." The film features interviews with pioneers including Tesla co-founder Elon Musk, Internet protocol inventor Bob Kahn and notorious hacker Kevin Mitnick.

'Lo and Behold' was shot on location at the National Robotics Engineering Center, the birthplace of the internet, and one hermit's paradise - without any cell towers in sight.

"We're going to have a revolution in our definition of what it means to be human," Computer Scientist Danny Hilis says in the film.

"Will our children's children's children need the companionship of humans, or will they have evolved in a world where that's not important?" asks Cosmologist Lawrence Krauss.

"Right now we can't even get one person to Mars," Elon Musk tells Herzog. "So clearly -"

"I would come along," Herzog interrupts from behind the camera, breaking the fourth wall. "I wouldn't have a problem."

"Lo and Behold" will be available on more than a dozen websites August 19. 

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