Okay, so I downloaded Chrome when it burst on the OSX scene. The situation is this: if it offers me something extra special, I haven’t put in the time to figure its benefits out. If it’s supposed to help me hook into the cloud then the same is true for the darn cloud. I use Google docs and Google reader infrequently. I really have to be hit over the head about a potential benefit and this means it has to be inescapable.
‘Search’ is quasi-democratic and available to anybody with a web browser and computer and connection. I am a big user of the search and retrieval interfaces provided by various libraries and think nothing of pulling materials, including books, across oceans, as-it-were.
Are more people are accessing written information in the internet age? If so, to what extent? Somewhere I have the study from the NEA, I believe, that quantifies reading in the USA. I’ll have to dig it up, but I recall it states that 42% -(ish) of American adults read their last book cover-to-cover in their last year of formal education. Also, nowadays, the eBook is posed to surpass the printed book in sales sometime in the next decade.
Google by the numbers. Zettabyte= 10^21
The game tree (ie. Shannon) number for possible positions in chess is on the order of 10^46; number of atoms is guesstimated (by Chapman) at 4×10^79. (The number is wrong on the Google By the Numbers page and is evidently a transcription error from Chapman’s grain-of-salt quantification.)