Utopia – ZDF Media Library

In 2016, the documentary Brave New World by Angela Andersen and Klaus Kleiber showed millions of viewers how the tsunami of innovation affects much more than the online world.
In less than twenty years, five billion people have been equipped with portable supercomputers, connected to all the knowledge and nonsense of mankind. scary. And it’s scary how that went almost silently – until 2016 with the double whammy of Brexit and Trump’s untold consequences becoming visible.

“Utopia” is a current critical look at these developments.
The shock waves of Brexit, Trump, the storming of the Capitol, etc. have brought little insight to Silicon Valley. The stronger players are still reluctant to take responsibility and allow social control.

“Utopia” shows how event engines progress with increased acceleration, more comprehensively. Their vectors point to the Metaverse, a multi-platform, digital world of frighteningly realistic fiction—above the familiar realms of politics, business, finance, private life, intimacy and public, individual and society, play and true power. Virtual and real life must be combined into one.
Issues we’ve seen mostly in isolation so far—artificial intelligence, hard human brains, cryptocurrencies born of pure mathematics, human relocation to other planets—are levers in the struggle for dominance in this futuristic order. Networks of algorithms, genetic and brain research, and billions of digital connections will have a much stronger impact.

The strongest actors – men like Elon Musk or Mark Zuckerberg – are actually almost exclusively men – unwinnable in interviews even after a year of intense efforts. They have always worked to create their own audiences – with access that no publisher or broadcaster could provide. And only they determine the context.

Utopia is based on the public appearances of these people and conveys links and backgrounds from the perspective of insiders and experts, including critical observers.

Young Canadian Han Zhang, the son of Chinese immigrants, is an engineer through and through: mechanical engineering, software, biotechnology, and electronics. He was one of the first collaborators on Elon Musk’s controversial Neuralink project. The company’s ultimate goal is to put electrodes into human brains and then connect them to databases, artificial intelligence, and swarms of other human brains.
Chang has thought about this project deeply, seeing its downsides and risks: “We may lose individuality.” But he believes – like Musk – that this is the right way to contain the human domination of artificial intelligence on the world.

For historian and cultural scientist Fred Turner, who teaches the humanities at Stanford University, the center of technology in Silicon Valley, and advocates for humanity’s ideals on the appropriation and ethics committees, the new transgressions of idolatry surrounding technology pose a rapidly growing danger. He is one of the harshest critics of Mark Zuckerberg’s meta-vision, whom he considers either an immersive magician’s apprentice or an unscrupulous power man. With the Metaverse ruling him as the ultimate dystopia.

Silicon Valley educator Jaron Lanier is also known in Germany as the best-selling author and winner of the German Book Trade Peace Prize (2014). He has been working at the forefront of virtual reality since the 1980s and invented the term. And he warns against letting the Zuckerberg family get their way with our times: “If what they’ve done with social media is repeated in the metaverse, humanity will not survive it. We will go back again to a dark time – like the Middle Ages. A very uncomfortable idea.”

Engineer, former editor-in-chief of Silicon Valley’s scenery magazine Wired Chris Anderson, now COO of Larry Page’s Kitty Hawk, which wants to fly thousands of autonomous air taxis over the Bay Area in a few years — and then across the the scientist. He wants to implement the science fiction visions of his childhood. cost what you can. If it means that a Google co-founder is investing a staggering millions in a project that is currently not allowed to fly anywhere in the world because no country is willing to take on such a task in its airspace, so be it. Then a remote valley the size of a German region is purchased and the above airspace is used privately. Motto: “We do not ask for permission. If necessary, we ask for forgiveness.” You can call it unscrupulous. In Anderson’s opinion, this is a prerequisite for any serious progress.

Visual effects artist Tuff Chand is one of the creators of the artificial universes. He was born as a child of Nigerian immigrants in Atlanta/Georgia and studied arts, graphics, and computer engineering at various universities. In his main job, he’s creating artificial urban worlds where Amazon will actually train future self-driving delivery trucks. In the past two and a half years, he’s recreated a square kilometer of downtown San Francisco so perfectly that virtual drone flights through virtual architecture look real. His stories and images lead us to the fading line between real and (which still is) realism.

Frances Haugen, a talented software engineer with an outstanding college education, was an ardent contributor to Facebook, the largest communications company in history. Until I realized, of all things, as a team leader in the ethics department, that Facebook — even Zuckerberg — values ​​his financial interests more than responsibility. Facebook itself had evidence that its maximum response algorithm fuels hate and violence and stifles rational political discourse. Haugen provided evidence that these findings were deliberately ignored. This is how it became world famous as a whistleblower on Facebook – and a threat to corporate interests. “Utopia” shows Frances Hogan campaigning in the US capital – a clever and persuasive admonition that makes it difficult for Facebook to continue operating in the dark.

EU Commission Vice President and Head of Digital Future Margrethe Vestager has earned respect in Washington and Silicon Valley with persistence and billions in fines. Meanwhile, it has allies in the US Congress in its fight for transparency and accountability in corporate giants. Things started to change. European concepts of justice and social control in the Internet and metaverses no longer stand a chance globally.

The documentary Utopia sees the opportunities and risks of current decisions. He wants to contribute to public awareness of the weight and scope of the evolution that is changing our world and that must not continue to race into the future without democratic and social barriers.

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