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Mitnick In The News


Lo and Behold

Aug 6, 2016 - Le Devoir, by Andre Lavoie

(Translated from French using Google Translate)

At the ripe old age of 73, German filmmaker Werner Herzog has more energy to transport a boat on top of a mountain ( Fitzcarraldo ) or fight with his actors (including the late, and berserk, Klaus Kinski). This partly explains his interest in the documentary ( Cave of Forgotten Dreams , Into the Abyss ), but he never addresses gender as a stopgap.
The thing is true again with Lo and Behold. Reveries of the Connected World , an exploration into ten chapters of birth, present and future of the Internet. This is a vast subject, Herzog resolutely tackles piecemeal, allowing himself fantasies and digressions, recovering important players of this exceptional technological phenomenon and eccentric personalities, atypical, that the filmmaker loves forever.
His camera engages in the drab corridor of one of the pavilions of the University of California campus in Los Angeles, which is hiding the computer that on 29 October 1969, would forward the first email, undergoing the same time the first crash Web: rather than " Log in " , the recipient had to be content to read " Lo " . Never mind since a significant page had to be written by researchers like Leonard Kleinrock, very proud of playing tourist guide in this mythical place and give solid shots on this machine designed as a military.

Baffling questions:

Since this computer variation of the "One small step for man ..." the Internet world has taken a dramatic expansion, but Herzog does not want to go into details. In the manner of a philosopher - what is sometimes - it raises disconcerting questions to his interlocutors, especially those engaged in research to transform our lives. The vehicle to autonomous driving robot to ever be able to enter a sense NPP turvy through the colonization of Mars and possible bionic replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo on a football field, the possibilities seem endless. And disturbing.

 With his deep voice and an inimitable accent, Werner Herzog zigzags between the benefits and the vicissitudes of the Internet, finding Kevin Mitnick, one of the most famous pirates who are giving voice to people sensitive to electromagnetic waves or relatives grieving after the tragic death of their daughter by car and with the latest images, horrible, became viral. Far from being wrapped in compassion, this grieving family was literally bombarded with hate mail; in this context, that the mother describes the Internet as the Antichrist will not surprise anyone.
Robots will they fall in love? Internet can he think about his own evolution? Our thoughts will they will write themselves in 140 characters and flood Twitter? These questions, if not absurd, this documentary mosaic lining studded with ironic touches worthy of a filmmaker who has seen others, and knows its value. For if the machines will probably make movies, they never will do as Werner Herzog. It is he who says, and his word, but some of his interlocutors are not so convinced.