Originally Posted by Meadbh
Yeah... interesting look at the economic impact. Imagine... 9 years ago. Much prescience about the subjects of science, creativity, interconnectivity and the $$$ that used to go imaginative entrepreneurs, that are now... immediately in the public domain.
I just recently dicovered the breadth of knowledge in the sister projects. Easy to see how this could easily obviate the production of in depth studies on almost anything. A good example came from my search of the travel section (WikiVoyage). I input the location "Martha's Vineyard" and found out more than I ever knew when we lived there.
I find it just amazing that it's possible to go to one source (Wiki) and become
an expert. Usually able to learn more salient info, in a short "read" than some college courses offer over a semester.
Growing up, my folks invested (for me) in the 30 volume Encyclopedia Americana.... $200 at a time when my dad was earning about $50/week.
It was the ultimate gift that they saved for over a whole year. Today, at the click of a mouse, and free... knowledge beyond everyones' most optimistic expectations... and growing geometrically.
Seems there should be enough there to build on, for a peaceful world.