Werner Herzog chronicles the virtual world from its origins to its outermost reaches, exploring the digital landscape with the same curiosity and imagination he previously trained on earthly destinations as disparate as the Amazon, the Sahara, the South Pole and the Australian outback.
★★★★★ “96 minutes of pure joy” – Sunday Times
★★★★ “A fantastical tale” – The Guardian
Herzog does not himself use a phone (smart or otherwise) and rarely goes online. Ironically this makes him the perfect choice to examine the impact connected technology is having on our lives. Neither celebration nor condemnation, Herzog’s exploration includes volunteering for tech-pioneer Elon Musk’s mission to Mars and looking at technological developments that could lead to breakthroughs in medical research.
Most affecting of all are the questions asked about the dark side of the web: can we trust those who understand this technology not to misuse it? On a planet still governed by nature’s laws, what if our online infrastructure were completely wiped out by natural disaster?