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The Internet Archive is a Library of Alexandria for the digital age, the world’s largest digital archive of books, video, websites and music. Based in a former Christian Science church in San Francisco, its towering servers sit in what was once the church organist’s room, emitting enough heat to keep the whole building warm in winter. Overseeing the entire operation is Brewster Kahle, founder of the archive, whose goal since 1996 has been to put knowledge within everyone’s reach, no matter their location or financial circumstances.
Director: Jonathan Minard
What is it like to clean the world for tomorrow while the rest of a city sleeps?
Philosophy of mind
Caring for the vulnerable opens gateways to our richest, deepest brain states
History of ideas
How did ‘personal responsibility’ evolve into its opposite, ‘everyone for themselves’?
The nearly forgotten origin myth of Hawaii’s third-gender healers, as told by one
A whirlwind tour of Hong Kong’s high-rises is an awesome meditation on urbanity
Sports and games
After a day’s toil in California’s fields, labourers let loose in street races
History of technology
Remarkable historical footage is locked behind paywalls. It’s time to set it free
Thinkers and theories
Bigger isn’t better – the renegade ‘Buddhist economics’ of E F Schumacher
What do tropical fish make of the strange creatures who love them so?