Werner Herzog lernt Pokémon Go

29 Jul, 2016 · Sascha · Tech

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Der legendäre Werner Herzog gab The Verge ein Interview. Anlass war sein neuer Film über das Internet, Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World. Herzog beklagt im Interview, dass das Internet so vielfältig ist und er noch mehr zu sagen hätte. Je nachdem wie erfolgreich sein neuer Dokumentarfilm ist, kann man Sequels über u.a. Bitcoin erwarten. Auf einen Pokémon Go Dokumentarfilm müssen wir aber wohl oder übel verzichten. Hier ein Auszug:

Do you know about Pokémon Go?


It’s this…

I don’t know what Pokémon Go is and what all these things are…

It’s a…

You’re talking to somebody who made his first phone call at age 17. You’re talking to someone who doesn’t have a cell phone, for example, for cultural reasons.


Tell me about Pokémon Go. What is happening on Pokémon Go?

It’s basically the first mainstream augmented reality program. It’s a game where the entire world is mapped and you walk around with the GPS on your phone. You walk around in the real world and can catch these little monsters and collect them. And everybody is playing it.

Does it tell you you’re here at San Vicente, close to Sunset Boulevard?

Yeah, it’s basically like a Google map.

But what does pokémon do at this corner here?

You might be able to catch some. It’s all completely virtual. It’s very simple, but it’s also an overlay of physically based information that now exists on top of the real world.

When two persons in search of a pokémon clash at the corner of Sunset and San Vicente is there violence? Is there murder?

They do fight, virtually.

Physically, do they fight?


Do they bite each other’s hands? Do they punch each other?

The people or the…

Yes, there must be real people if it’s a real encounter with someone else.

Well, it’s been interesting because there are all these anecdotes of people who are playing the game, and they’ve never met their neighbors, for instance. And when they go outside to look for pokémon they realize they’re playing the same game, and start talking to each other.

You’d have to give me a cell phone, which I’m not going to use anyway, and I have no clue what’s going on there, but I don’t need to play the game.

Wenn Herzog übers Internet redet, wird es immer kultig. Meinem Freund Matthias sagte er zum Beispiel im letzten Jahr diesen fantastischen Satz: