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#135989 12/14/04 03:36 PM
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Google, 5 big libraries team to offer books
Collections will be digitally scanned

San Francisco Chronicle, December 14, 2004

"It's beyond what we believed would be possible in our lifetimes," said John Wilkin, an associate librarian at the University of Michigan. "Imagine what it means to have a great research library available to anyone in the world who has access to the Internet."

http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2004/12/14/BUGADABBS91.DTL


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I imagine...

A revolution beyond Governments.
Unbridled human advance.
Complete disolvement of a social structure based upom wealth.
Individual self realization thus far only known in fables.

Unless...

A consortium of governments and peoples now in power can nip this little egalitarian adventure in its many many buds and then turn these electronic libertaries into devious machineries for the continuement of their ill-gotten stations.

Bastards!

But on the other hand, I'm optimistic!


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...available to anyone in the world who has access to the Internet."

And the "great cultural divide" broadens.


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"And the "great cultural divide" b r o a d e n s."

Look, Musick, the culture divide is shrinking!

PC Market Seen Doubling by 2010

Dec 14, Technology - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The number of personal computers worldwide is expected to double to about 1.3 billion by 2010, driven by explosive growth in emerging markets such as China, Russia and India, according to a report released on Tuesday by Forrester Research Inc....

China is expected to lead the growth, with 178 million new PC users by 2010, Forrester, a technology research firm, said in a statement...

Some 566 million new PCs are expected to be in use in emerging markets by 2010, based on a study of adoption rates across 16 emerging markets, Forrester said in a statement. The 575 million PCs currently in use globally include about 75 million in emerging markets...

Mature markets in the United States, Europe and Asia-Pacific are expected to add 150 million new PCs by 2010, according to the study...


Growth in emerging markets will be driven by low-priced PCs made by local companies, Forrester said...


Forrester forecast that there will be 80 million new PC users in India by 2010, with an annual growth rate of 37 percent. Indonesia is expected to see 40 percent annual growth, with 40 million new users...


Of the 16 emerging markets included in the study, Mexico is expected to see the deepest PC market penetration, with 46 percent of Mexicans owning a PC by 2010...



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Owning a PC and having access (even of a basic *nature) to the internet are two different things... especially in China.

Not that the internet has any *significant culture attached to it...


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Owning a PC and having access (even of a basic *nature) to the internet are two different things

The "digital divide" is a serious problem in North America, not to mention China, Musick. But libraries now provide free Internet access in virtually every city and Bill and Melissa Gates have donated tens of millions of dollars to improve Internet access in libraries.

We certainly need to do more, but we are moving in the right direction.

And now people who can't afford a computer or Internet access will have access to some of the finest research libraries in the world.

What an astonishing and wildly exciting advance this is!

Forget how much this will oxygenate the stuffy, sequestered, hallowed halls of haughty academe, but consider what an explosion of new energy, and new insights, innovations and inventions it will produce when people outside a particular field of expertise start cross-pollinating their own research with research inside other fields of investigation which were previously inaccessible to them on a wide open, free-wheeling basis.

KABOOM!!!!




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couldn't you walk to a library anyway?



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couldn't you walk to a library anyway?

Not at Standford or Harvard or Oxford Universities, etaoin.

Not even if you live next door to them, if you don't possess a student card.

This is one small step for the humblest of us, etaoin, and one great leap for humankind.


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It's a rather large leap to expect that as digital divides shrink so do cultural ones... even if the possibility is 'built in' the probability is not... and that's not even bringing up the issue of censorship in *public institutions.


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I'm not sure I understand the argument.

Google, et. al. shouldn't do this, because most people don't have access? We could eliminate a lot more things from society on such a basis.

I'm having trouble seeing any downside to the project.

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