Technology will neither screw nor save us, to channel Kranzberg: It is us who will. We are the gods in our machines.

By Cathy Torres

In late February 2020, only a week before Berlin reported its first case of COVID-19, I sat among several hundred people at the Friedrichstadt-Palast to watch Benoît Delépine’s Effacer l’historique (Delete History), which was in competition at the Berlinale. For almost two hours, the theater was filled with the laughter of an audience still innocent of the pandemic waiting in the wings. …


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