$165 million is tossed into an incinerator…
There are a few problems with this:
* spreading $165 amongst a handful of companies means there will be a complete disconnect in their r&d
* by having so many different parties involved, there will likely be competing interests, making organization of their efforts cumbersome and costly
* the motivation seems entirely misplaced: “for research on Internet search-engine technologies that could someday challenge U.S. search giant Google Inc.” I have two problems with this. First, if there was a particular search problem they were trying to address, I would understand this project. Second, yes, Google was started in the US, but I tend to feel that Google’s values are quite different than many other US companies I’ve worked for — and if you look at the makeup of Google employees, a good percentage aren’t even from the US…