06/08/2005: "This blew my mind!"
Ironically, someone sent me this 8 minute fake documentary set in 2014 on what happens when Google and Amazon merge and largely take over the info world. If you've been following current trends in "social software" and commercial customization, you'll see immediately how this could happen. Maybe it's the librarian in me, but it made me tear up a little!
I should go on to mention that I love all of the sites/services mentioned in it. Google, Amazon, Friendster, Blogger, Gmail, TIVO, I use em all, that's what got to me I think...
I started writing this academic paper awhile ago about what would happen if a single information filter gained dominance ala "ask dr. know" from the movie AI. I was reading up on a lot of artificial intelligence research where programs try to intuit what your question is, and answer it rather than just listing websites. This was 3 years ago. Google does this to a certain extent now (type in keywords like "population of Tokyo" or "cups to ounces").
With "Ask Dr. Know", they manipulated the answers to lead him where he could be caught. Information is power.