Digital deconstruction

whoownsthefutureFrom Who Owns the Future? (2013) by Jaron Lanier:

Consider too the act of scanning a book into digital form. The historian George Dyson has written that a Google engineer once said to him: “We are not scanning all those books to be read by people. We are scanning them to be read by an AI.” While we have yet to see how Google’s book scanning will play out, a machine-centric vision of the project might encourage software that treats book as grist for the mill, decontextualized snippets in one big database, rather than separate expressions from  individual writers. In this approach, the contents of books would be atomized into bits of information to be aggregated, and the authors themselves, the feeling of their voices, their differing perspectives, would be lost.

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