Not content to hold all current Internet content in its caches, Google has now set its sights on history. Google’s News Archive Search…
… provides an easy way to search and explore historical archives. Users can search for events, people, ideas and see how they have been described over time. In addition to searching for the most relevant articles for their query, users can get an historical overview of the results by browsing an automatically created timeline.
This reminds me of the series premier episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine; Dax is looking for historical information on… something, and the computer asks for time parameters; she responds, “Oh, the last ten millenia.” I remember little else from that episode, but the ability to give a computer a vague search term and have it spit out the results for the last ten thousand years; that would be something. I don’t think Google is quite there yet, but give them time.
I guess there’s no real cause for worry for now. I will start worrying when the beta for Google’s Future News Search is rolled out.