Here is one statement that I thought deserved more attention:
The author quotes from an article that appeared earlier this year in the New Yorker, “The Search Party,” and points out that it concluded with this quote from Google’s C.E.O. Eric Schmidt: “What kills a company is not competition but arrogance. We control our fate.” (The second sentence in that quote might be considered a bit arrogant, but never mind.) Another significant statement made by Schmidt in the New Yorker article was this: “We are in the advertising business.”
The Google project to copy, digitize, and render documents to the world in snippets, if copyrighted, or full-text, if public domain, is the most recent manifestation of a long-held desire to centralize knowledge.
Now what would the Ptolemies have said?
Link to “Good and Evil in the
Link to “The Search Party”: http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2008/01/14/080114fa_fact_auletta