After digitizing 5.2 million books Google now offers new tools that permit a fascinating view of language, culture, and evolution of thought unlike anything known before. Now anyone can analyze “500 billion words contained in books published between 1500 and 2008 in English, French, Spanish, German, Chinese and Russian.” Although the intended audience is for scholars, without question everyone can learn about more about our cultural evolution with Google’s new tools. One might wonder if these new Google tools could be applied to legal research to help the courts deal with social change. Without question Social Media is changing way people communicate and this new Google service will provide new insight about the future.
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