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Thursday, October 9, 2008

Google Employee Visions

Google put out a promotional video interviewing a couple of Google employees (update: the video’s new location), like Marissa Mayer and Craig Silverstein. In the first part of the video, people are looking back (mostly at fun things, perhaps the message is that the giant Google dog “just wants to play”). In the second part, they’re contemplating the future. Here are two quotes (edited for clarity where necessary):

The grand vision, you know, to think way out there, is ... wouldn’t it be nice to have all the information stored in one place. Whether where you place your house key, to where is your socks to wear in the morning, to where is your, you know, blouse, and what are you going to do on the weekend. All those things that you can find from Google, so that you don’t need to remember them.
– Dora Hsu, Google Director of Partner Solutions Organization

My colleagues and I at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory this year will be testing an interplanetary protocol to extend the internet to operate in the neighborhood of Mars. ... So by the end of this year we’ll have some confirmation that we’ve got protocols that will really work over interplanetary distances. And 10, 20, 50 years from now, when we have lots of robots out there exploring the solar system – and maybe even people out there – the internet will be serving them... and so will Google. [smirks]
– Vint Cerf, Google Chief Internet Evangelist

[Thanks Hebbet!]

Update: The video has now been removed by Google (I don’t know why). [Thanks Lmjabreu!]

Update 2: The video is back at another location. [Thanks Ionut!]


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