MrSavage - 4:10 pm on Oct 6, 2012 (gmt 0)
I think to think simplistic about this, it's like Google becoming the newspaper. They were the place to tell you where the best newspaper were and gave you links to find them. I see this as simply them becoming the newspaper. When you search news for example now you get get snippets. I guess the future Google goal is to have that entire article on their page. The only way this model works is for Google to be paying the actual newspapers an appropriate sum to print their content directly. I don't think it's too far fetched to think that in 10 years Google will be our newspaper/news source entirely. Content creator vs. tour guide.
I still think people want search so if they are moving away from search, logic says somebody will step up and fill that void. Either that or Google search becomes like a different arm of Google all together. You have to go to a different url to get search only.