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Werner Herzog talks filmmaking, Pokemon Go, and how to manage our online life

The Verge interviewed legendary director Werner Herzog about his online class where both aspiring filmmakers and professionals can learn his tips and secrets on moviemaking.

Not surprisingly, Herzog practices an unusual style of teaching too. He encourages his students to break the rules of storytelling and make up their assignments.

“don’t wait for the system to accept you. You create your own system, create your own [budget] and make your own first feature film or your first own documentary.”

For all the affordable technology today though comes our self-inflicted barriers of Internet addictiveness. To avoid the pitfalls of a “parallel surrogate life,” filmmakers need to get offline and touch things. Herzog only owns a cell phone for emergencies.

On the contrary, he reveals a fascination with technology, particularly Bitcoin, as it relates to news ways of storytelling.

“I’m interested how can I commit a bank robbery holding up the bank and getting away with loot of something that you cannot even touch”

The funniest part of the interview is when Herzog needs an explainer on Pokemon Go. He does not think the game is moronic, only that it is not for him, at least not as real as the human connection. Talking about virtual reality, he still prefers it when you get on your two feet and encounter the world and others face to face.

The conversation over Pokemon leads to some of his deeper thoughts on the role of technology in our lives. At the end of the day, humans are morally responsible for their tools.

“Sure, and the question — is this technology good or bad? — is an incompetent question. It’s humans who are good or bad.”

Read the entire interview here.

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Social Media Tech

This smart-powered pedestrian pavement could save your life

The world in front of us is not as stimulating as the one on our phone. So we look down and instead text, play Pokemon, or Snapchat our outfit.

Sadly, we are used to walking blind.

studies have shown that around one in three people get distracted by their phones when crossing the street.

While some people criticize modernity, others are designing around it. Australian firm Büro North created Smart Tactile Paving to put a red stop and green walk signals into the pavement. This technology may save your life when you think you are just killing time.

Of course, this smart design will not prevent pedestrians from bumping into each other. To increase our field of vision and catch the moment, we can use Casey Neistat’s Beme app.

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Apps

Pokemon Go shatters app store records

Pokemon Go is on ?. According to Apple, the game has generated more downloads in its first week than any other app in the store’s history. It also means Apple is making bank, reportedly bringing in $3 billion in revenue.

Kids are exercising again. Nintendo is on the comeback. And Apple has its first hit app since picture-based networks Instagram and Snapchat.