Google has unleashed its incubating digitized book monopoly onto the iPhone (and iPhone-wannabes running its very own Android OS). Yesterday, the online ad broker announced a mobile version of Google Book Search, boasting that the new service offers over 1.5 million digitized books to Americans still interested in reading things …
They should read the article "Peripherer Datenverkehr in Datenverarbietungsanlagen" from "K. Ganzhorn" and "W.Walter" of IBM Germany. It explains, among other things, in detail how a "Handschriftleser" recognices letters and digits written by hand. Only with analog electronics. No CPU is involved in the process. I can scan you that article if you want.
Technology not the problem
The problem is society's ridiculous hamstringing of creative production (ideas, science, books, art, music, video etc) by way of copyright, when the technology is there to satisfy the fundamental human need for total access (potentially at least) to all the latest and greatest information in whatever format. This of course applies to all info that is immediately and "infinitely" reproducible.
Capitalism is a most efficient obstacle to this necessary development of our productive resources. No longer advancing humanity's understanding and control of its own destiny in any way shape or form.
The remuneration of creative people is a rich world problem that could be solved very quickly with a society run cooperatively in everyone's interests, ie socialism, a workers state. A combination of peer review and public judgment (direct and indirect) would distribute weighted income or privileges to those considered most creative, useful, popular etc. A bit like the Tour de France with its huge range of prizes for a huge range of different excellences.
None of this would be as difficult as the calculations and judgments being made every day within the big corporations - the most thoroughly planned economies known to humanity. The only difference would be the democratic public insight into the decisions and the resources available and the use made of them.
So business secrets and copyright would become a thing of the past, downloading or other forms of access to creative work would become expected, and keeping the latest developments hidden for reasons of private greed or political expediency would be crimes punishable by community service of various kinds.
(Paris cos she's hardly interested in hiding business secrets or productive resources...)
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Am I smelling something as the cure for the music biz? Google paying to maintain a Registry of Works, giving music away for good and then paying the Authors and Rights Owners pro rata with a cut of his revenues?
Paris: for what she gives for free?
You do realize that if you let society's prevailing whims be the arbiter of those considered "most creative and popular", the only bits left standing will be fake gangsta hip-hop, harlequin romances, and TMZ.com, right?
and porn. Don't forget the porn...
Looks like weak OCR, not even using English dictionary corroboration or google's massive data about which words are likely to precede or accede others.
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