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Pandemics. Global warming. Food shortages. No more fossil fuels. What are humans to do? The same thing the species has done before: evolve to meet the challenge. But this time we don’t have to rely on natural evolution to make us smart enough to survive. We can do it ourselves, right now, by harnessing technology and pharmacology to boost our intelligence. Is Google actually making us smarter?
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James J. Duderstadt discusses the University of Michigan's participation in Google's Book Scan project. Dunderstadt argues that academics are starting to realize that knowledge "should be given away to the world as a public good."
After more than five years of sporting a BETA tag, Gmail and all the other Google Apps have been deemed ready for prime time. Google software has become a trusted part of millions of lives but all of them: Calendar, Chat, Docs, and more have worn the beta tag ever since opening to the public.
Obviously, this doesn't mean that Google is going to just stop working with these web applications and they're already hinting at new improvements that are soon to come.
More from the Official Google Blog.
Google’s plans to expand the scope of its Book Search service are running into static. A class action settlement with publishers and authors over Google’s book-scanning project appears to be facing a growing tide of opposition.
In the meantime, Google said Thursday that it is improving its existing Book Search service, introducing a series of new features that are aimed at making searching and reading books easier.
“Today I’m excited to announce that we’re rolling out changes to Google Books that give readers and book lovers everywhere new ways to interact with the words and images contained within the books we’ve brought online,” Brandon Badger, a product manager, wrote on a company blog.
Australian authors and publishers are set to receive a windfall from Google's project to put millions of books online.
In recent weeks several Australian publishing industry bodies, such as the Australian Society of Authors, the Copyright Agency Limited and the Australian Publishers' Association, have been contacting members to let them know about the settlement Google has reached with American authors and publishers.
Article in The Chronicle of Higher Education
In its frenzy to digitize the holdings of its partner collections, in this case those of the Stanford University Libraries, Google Books has pursued a "good enough" scanning strategy. The books' pages were hurriedly reproduced: No apparent quality control was employed, either during or after scanning. The result is that 29 percent of the pages in Volume 1 and 38 percent of the pages in Volume 2 are either skewed, blurred, swooshed, folded back, misplaced, or just plain missing. A few images even contain the fingers of the human page-turner.
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Andrew Lehman: "As a small web developer seeking rankings for small, local businesses, I find the decisions that Google has made over the years have been sometimes fair, sometimes selfish, sometimes in between. The trend has been toward depreciating its mission of providing useful searches in order to make money while encouraging the corporate status quo."