Innovation in Hard Times
Wired interviews Vint Cerf, the "chief information evangelist" at Google. An excerpt:
On the health-care side, health care is information. Diagnosis, treatment, patient history, knowledge of pharmaceuticals and surgical procedures -- it's all information. Our own personal medical records represent incredibly important information to each of us because it can be crucial in helping to diagnose or treat a medical condition. It might be needed in a hurry should there be a need for emergency treatment, especially at a hospital you have never been to before.
Similar arguments can be made for financial information and virtually everything else that makes up our daily world. The more we can organize, find and manage information, the more effectively we can function in our modern world. You can be sure that Google will be looking for new ways to be helpful.
[Execupundit note: Not much time is required to see the downside of this grand information management.]