"Does the internet dream of itself?" is the logline for director Werner Herzog’s new documentary, Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World. It's actually a collection of documentary vignettes exploring the history, power, purpose, and future of technology in the internet age. We had the chance to see the film at Sundance earlier this year, and felt it was one of the fest's best films.
While the doc gradually speculates on some grim theoretical outcomes of our era, it begins with a charming tale about the origins of the internet. In this exclusive clip, UCLA professor Leonard Kleinrock enters room 3420, "a sacred location where the internet began" in 1969. Kleinrock’s tour features the first piece of internet equipment, which he opens, smells, and pounds with his fist. The clip also features a classic Herzog-ism. Describing the historic facility, Herzog narrates, "The corridors here look repulsive."
Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World opens in theaters and will be available on demand and on Amazon Video on August 19th.