What happens when we put the internet in everything ? What happens when each and every move can be tracked ? We decided to investigate.
Director Brett Gaylor experienced it all, and shows us the trade-off behind each connected object. We present you with The Internet of Everything, a documentary series comprised of 5 episodes, directed by Brett Gaylor.
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At his home in Victoria, B.C., reformed techno-utopian Brett Gaylor, like most parents, is in a constant battle between his kids and screens. But what happens when the internet moves beyond the screen and into the world around us? With innumerable connected objects and spaces, depending on how you see it, we’re either living in a futuristic utopia or a nightmarish surveillance state.
There are already 66 million smart assistants in operation in the United States alone, and the number is growing daily. But what are we trading for the convenience of turning the lights on with our voice? Director Brett Gaylor approaches the question from a child’s point of view with his daughter Layla as they grapple to understand the enormous amount of energy and processing power involved in the machine learning powering Alexa.
Director Brett Gaylor travels to the outskirts of Paris where four young roommates try out fitness trackers for the first time, allowing him to monitor their health data. He finds out much more about their lives than they were expecting. This is creepy enough in and of itself, but it gets worse when the data falls into the hands of third parties.
In the north of France, the company TEQMO is testing self-driving cars in common accident scenarios, such as getting cut-off at an intersection. On the infrastructure front, hacker Cesar Cerato is on a mission to expose weaknesses in smart city traffic systems. With pedestrians and drivers’ lives at risk, algorithmic driving where we can trust the data to make the right decision seems to be a long way off.
Brett Gaylor’s brain is split between making technology and documentaries. For 10 years, he was part of the Mozilla Foundation’s senior management team. During this time he also produced media work documenting the Internet’s slide from democratic wonderland to dystopic surveillance market. Do Not Track, his 6 part interactive documentary about privacy and the web economy, was the recipient of the International Documentary Association award for best nonfiction series, the Prix Gemaux for Best Interactive Series, the International Association of Broadcasters Online Factual Prize, the Deutscher Prize for online communications, the 2015 Sheffield Documentary Festival jury commendation and the 2016 Peabody award. OK Google animated a year of his son Rowan’s accidental voice searches and received the 2019 Webby Award. His 2008 feature Rip! A Remix Manifesto was the recipient of audience choice prizes at festivals from Amsterdam to South Africa, broadcast in 20 countries, and seen by millions of people worldwide on Netflix, Hulu and The Pirate Bay.