Of course books don’t digitize themselves. Human hands have to individually scan the books, to open the covers and flip the pages. But when Google promotes its project—a database of “millions of books from libraries and publishers worldwide”—they put the technology, the search function and the expansive virtual library in the forefront.
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You may have seen the recent series of UN Women ads using screenshots of Google auto-complete suggestions to educate viewers about sexist stereotypes.
This Book Riot post does the same thing but with famous authors—for example, when you type in “Ernest Hemingway was,” what does Google predict you’ll type next?...more
Dave Eggers’s upcoming novel The Circle is about a woman whose life takes a turn for the sinister after she starts work at “the world’s most powerful internet company” with its “towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work,…athletic activities and clubs and brunches, and even an aquarium of rare fish retrieved from the Marianas Trench by the CEO.”...more
In his novel Super Sad True Love Story, Gary Shteyngart imagines a near-future infested with äppäräts, devices that sort of resemble smartphones, but are more technologically advanced and even more intimately twined into our lives.
Recently, as the result of a Twitter contest, Shteyngart got to try out the closest thing we have to the äppärät: the Google Glass....more
When Graeme Wood saw an ultra-wealthy college classmate’s name popping up on weird, perfunctory websites, he suspected something was up.
After some diligent sleuthing, he discovered he was right—the classmate had used an exorbitantly priced reputation-management service to throw Google off his scent and conceal search results that revealed a financial crime he’d committed....more
Several major publishers, including Penguin Groups and McGraw-Hill, and Google announced this morning that they have reached an agreement in the Google Books copyright infringement case.
The private settlement brings a close to the case for publishers, though the claims of the Author’s Guild have yet to be resolved....more
“French publishers Albin Michel, Flammarion and Gallimard are suing Google for having scanned 9,797 books without prior permission…”
An argument for schools to stop blocking social networking sites....more
I love Philip Larkin’s “An Arundel Tomb.” He hated it. On a side note, I really love that the BBC is willing to spend 30 minutes on the story behind a single poem.
This is, I think, a good way to approach an online poetry journal–make it something other than a paper journal transferred onto a website....more
Good morning! I’m up against a pretty nasty deadline, so blogging might be a bit light today. In the meantime, here’s some links for you from the book blogs.
What is the state of reading among the armed forces in Iraq and Afghanistan?...more
While we tend to focus on how the case affects authors, Geoffrey Nunberg, a professor at the UC Berkeley School of Information, is looking past the settlement and examining what Google’s massive digitization effort will mean for academics....more
It’s time to release my inner geek. Okay, not so inner.
Behold the cannibal galaxy! Triangulum, your day is coming!
The nonprofit Solar CITIES is installing solar power systems in the poorest parts of Cairo.
Global warming science is complex, and deniers are either co-opted by a dirty energy lobby or just stupid, and this news is going to make refuting them a little tougher....more
Do you have what it takes to be the next Philip J. Fry? Turanga Leela? Bender Bending Rodriguez? Fox is apparently bringing Futurama back yet again, but is planning to recast the voices.
YouTube might be profitable soon, thanks to advertising....more
From a New York Times article, published two months ago, about the end of the line for Encarta:
“It’s hard to look at the end of the Encarta experiment without the free and much larger Wikipedia springing immediately to mind. But Encarta arguably would have failed even without that competition....more
Technological innovation seems almost strangely commonplace these days, from say, contact lenses that could layer data directly onto your view of the world to robots fighting far-flung wars to computer systems perhaps smart enough to compete on “Jeopardy!” All astonishing developments in their own right, and yet the most profound change of our times may yet be purely informative in nature: The digitization of all that we read....more
The Internet was supposed to wash away the walls governments use to keep information from the people. But the Web is a resource and, like oil or art or love, corporate hands have capitalized in every way they can. While companies like Google and Microsoft help shuttle info at light-speed around the globe, they’re also helping repressive governments control the web....more
Children are cramming in almost six hours of Internet time a day. A third of young people say they cannot live without their computer.
The Spy Who Came In From The Gold. KGB agent turned billionaire banker is purchasing a controlling stake in famed London tabloid The Evening Standard....more