Regarding scraping or wondering where Google gets the snippets, sports scores, movie times, etc for a knowledge engine it's pretty simple isn't it? Can't they buy a newspaper? Can't they buy one of the big tech sites and then have all those writers? Maybe I'm simplifying this took much. I don't think that they need my content or yours to become a knowledge engine. Seriously, couldn't they just buy Wikipedia? Nobody turns down a lucrative offer when it comes to selling out.
I just had a terrible dark feeling about all this. Best not to think about how this internet thing could turn out and where my place is or isn't in all of it.