Google changing the nature of knowledge?

I heard an interview on the radio the other day with man who writes pub quizes. One of his biggest problems is writing the questions in such a way that the audience cannot Google it quickly. John Naughton in the Observer yesterday had a fascinating piece on how Google is changing the average person’s relationship with knowledge. And there’s the new Google Scholar.

  • Belfast Gonzo

    Rheingold was far from the first to suggest a distributed knowledge base with no physical central location. The first person to adequately describe and set out what a vast network of information might be like in modern terms was Vannavar Bush (sp?) in 1945, just as the world was wondering what it should do after another global war.

    ‘The Vacuum’ readers may remember a rather dull article by yours truly earlier this year on the subject of online communities that touched on this…

    I am pleased that Google is doing this, as many research papers are not online and are not searchable by Google because of their formating.

    Searching on Google is biased towards products, but it’s an invaluable aid to research nonetheless. Course, now it’s going to be academically skewed towards whatever documents are in the particular libraries it is scanning, but it’s a good start, I suppose.

  • Davros

    I must confess I haven’t found Google Scholar that useful for tracing articles Mick.
    http://desktop.google.com/?promo=app-gds-en-us“>Google desktop is an improvement over Microsoft’s search in that it is fast, but it misses quite a lot. So I use it first and if I don’t find what I’m looking for then I use Microsoft.

    That said, when looking for the link, I found this story:
    Security hole found in Google desktop search.

    So I’m going to reload the updated safe version.

  • Davros
  • maca

    Davros, Googgle desktop search never worked for me but I found an alternative which might be better, haven’t tried it though: X-Friend