Everything We Hate is Colliding

Allow ratpag to explain what happened Wednesday, numbered for each thing we hate:

  1. An article was published in Wired 
  2. about an interview at TED
  3. between Charlie Rose
  4. and Larry Page, CEO of Google.
  5. Page complains: “Your computer doesn’t know where you are. It doesn’t know what you’re doing. It doesn’t know what you know.”
  6. He feels this is a reasonable thing to complain about.
  7. Presumably, the TED audience agrees with him.
  8. He talks about Google Glass, an invention whose only utility is to quickly identify dorks.
  9. He talks about the machine learning algorithm that identified what a cat was from watching YouTube videos, and seemed non-ironically proud of this accomplishment.
  10. Page got the idea for self-driving cars because his tootsies got cold while waiting for the bus at the University of Michigan. See, it’s not just about the money.
  11. Page indicates that he may leave his vast fortune (currently at $28 billion) to Elon Musk (currently worth $11 billion).
  12. He specifically said that he would rather leave his fortune to Musk’s company than to charity.
  13. Pages reasoning? He feels Musk’s proposed mission to Mars is “philanthropic.”
  14. This will probably get Elon Musk on a couple more magazine covers.

I mention because this provides a small chance that I’d get to see Hyperloop in my lifetime and laugh at it. But if Musk believed in his 50-page PDF, he would invest a couple million of his fortune into a one-mile loop proof-of-concept out in the desert. That will never happen. He’d rather whine for government funding while simultaneously crapping all over any other government funded project like high-speed rail. But sure, keep those “free” ideas coming.

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