austtr - 11:38 pm on Oct 5, 2012 (gmt 0)
A knowledge engine eh. Such a beast would need an underlying database of information and Google would have that from all the websites it has indexed. There is just one problem... all that information is entirely dependent on the intellectual property of others. Google does not own it nor does it have permission to use it for its own exclusive commercial self interest.
So unless Google plans on becoming the world's biggest scraper, how does it intend to compensate the data creators for the use of their intellectual property? Will Adsense continue on the new platform? Will Google be forced by the courts to enter into agreements like the ones with book authors and publishers involved in the library book scanning project?
I look forward to seeing how Google will roll this out, whether they believe their monopoly status confers entitlement to just take what they want or if they will offer compensation for the data they use.
Same topic, but different thought. While Google can match an enquiry to the best match websites, there is no way it can know the accuracy of the information within those websites.... and presumably that information will be delivered to users of the knowledge engine.