Carnegie Mellon University
August 31, 2016

Herzog’s “Lo and Behold” To Screen at CMU

Documentary on Virtual World Features CMU Researchers, Projects

By Byron Spice

Herzog’s “Lo and Behold” To Screen at CMU

Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science Film Series will feature a screening of famed director Werner Herzog’s latest documentary, “Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World,” at 6 p.m. Thursday Sept. 8 in McConomy Auditorium in the Cohon University Center.

The film seeks to chronicle the virtual world from its origins to its outermost regions. On the way, Herzog encounters a number of Carnegie Mellon researchers and projects.

The entire campus is invited. Admission is first-come, first-served; a CMU ID is required.

Among those appearing in the film are Marcel Just, the D.O. Hebb University Professor of Psychology, and Tom Mitchell, the E. Fredkin University Professor of Machine Learning, as they discuss their thought identification experiments, as well as Raj Rajkumar, professor of electrical and computer engineering, and his lab’s self-driving car. Herzog visits the National Robotics Engineering Center’s CHIMP robot and lead robotics engineer Mike Vande Weghe. Joydeep Biswas, a CMU alumnus who is now an assistant professor of computer science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, talks to Herzog about CMU’s champion robot soccer team.

Former CMU roboticist Sebastian Thrun, entrepreneur Elon Musk and UCLA’s Leonard Kleinrock, a co-creator of the Internet precursor called ARPANET, are among others featured in the film.

“For those looking for a ride through our modern technological world, or indeed a preview of what is to come, this is it,” wrote Lanre Bakare of The Guardian in his review of Lo and Behold.