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Library of the future in Rollerball

by Critical Commons Manager

Sports hero James Caan, on a search for historical understanding of the dystopian future society of Rollerball, seeks answers in a local library, only to learn that all books have been converted to data and "summarized" for easy consumption, while librarians have been replaced by clerks geared for soothing public relations rather than information retrieval. Caan travels to Geneva in search of answers about corporate decision making in hopes of learning why he is being forced out of the game. There he discovers a liquid core supercomputer called Zero, that has recently "lost" the entire 13th century and answers direct questions with obstinate resistance and infuriating tautologies.

A dystopian future without books in Rollerball

History has been summarized and digitized into a central computer in order to facilitate rewriting of the past in Rollerball

from Rollerball (1975)
Creator: Norman Jewison
Distributor: MGM
Posted by Critical Commons Manager