I propose that Google should be nominated for Nobel Prize. But before I mention why I think they deserve it, let me say that, I have no association with Google other than Googling, and using Gmail and Google Drive .
But I wonder who contributed more to scientific knowledge (Individuals vs Google) in the areas of Physics, Chemistry, Literature, Peace, Physiology and Medicine. You may have a point, if you argue the prize is for the production of new scientific knowledge or finding a solution to the vexing problems in our age, but what about folks who got the prize like Lê Đức Thọ or Hennery Kissinger! What did they really produce? Not Peace certainly.
How do we quantify the immense scientific knowledge that are spreading through the use of Google’s free products such as Chrome, Gmail, Google scholar and the myriad of other Google products out there.
One may argue that Google makes money by selling the collected data from Google users, that is true but it is not completely true. Take for example my country Somalia, there is no single Somali with credit card, and there is no bank in Somalia at the moment. So, how can Google corporation be possibly making money from Somalis? They are not really making a dime from us, but if you stroll at Benadir University in Mogadishu, you will be amazed how many students are glued to their computer screens Googling scientific information. How many doctors are looking up information about a disease or symptoms. We even use Gmail as remittance tool to send money. It takes only few minutes. We use Google drive for e-learning to share exams, lecture notes and collaboration with the international community.
Google products are simple and require low bandwidth which makes an ideal for developing countries and communities with poor communication infrastructure to seek knowledge, share knowledge and communicate through free Google products. I can really say, there is no substitute for Google products that have the simplicity, small footprint, reliability and longevity of Google in the market.
I don’t know which category of the Nobel Prize they be nominated for, but I believe Google corporation and their smart folks deserve a recognition of their contribution in spreading scientific knowledge, making accessible and leveling the ground for humanity in pursuit of scientific knowledge, peace and happiness.