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Internet Archive

13 minutes

Internet pioneer Brewster Kahle has a dream – universal access to all knowledge

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

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Essay/
Automation & Robotics
Robot says: Whatever

What stands in the way of all-powerful AI isn’t a lack of smarts: it’s that computers can’t have needs, cravings or desires

Margaret Boden

Essay/
Future of Technology
The blitzscaling illusion

All the great inventions took painstaking, risky, indirect routes to fruition. Has Silicon Valley really escaped history?

Edward Tenner