Google: A universal library? by Peter Singer
Posted in: Miscellaneous at 16/04/2011 17:04
by Peter Singer, Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University and Laureate Professor at the University of Melbourne
Scholars have long dreamt of a universal library containing everything that has ever been written. Then, in 2004, Google announced that it would begin digitally scanning all the books held by five major research libraries. Suddenly, the library of utopia seemed within reach.
Indeed, a digital universal library would be even better than any earlier thinker could have imagined, because every work would be available to everyone, everywhere, at all times.
And the library could include not only books and articles, but also paintings, music, films, and every other form of creative expression that can be captured in digital form.