Documentary Review: Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World.

Getting a little overwhelmed by the constant holiday content on tv? If you are looking for a little break from Home Alone re-runs, here is a fantastic documentary that will tickle the intellectual side of your brain for a little while. I came across it on a recent flight back to Vancouver and as exhausted as I was on the flight, I was still glued to the screen watching this one. If you are at all into technology and the age of the internet this is a huge Christmas treat for you: Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World

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This is an Oscar-nominated documentary that starts with a brief history of the internet and how it began while highlighting its effects on different industries (business, education, medicine etc). It’s rather remarkable that a lot of what the internet has enabled us to do is more or less forgotten about. However, when you look at the chronological history of information technology,  it was less than 20 years ago that the world existed without the internet. Think about that for a minute, your life without the internet.. what would that even look like today? 

The documentary also highlights the darker sides of an interconnected platform with little to no filters, laws or restrictions and that’s also very thought-provoking. Halfway through the film, the narrative switched to the present progression of technology; highlighting areas such as virtual reality, robots, self-driving cars and AI. There were cameos of Elon Musk (always a bonus) discussing the colonisation of Mars and what that will entail, which I was completely fascinated by. I would say this documentary is a must-watch for anyone who has any interest in technology and the possibilities of what the world could look like in the next 10-20 years. It’s simply fascinating and I really hope you all get a chance to watch it!

-ParParV

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