Allow ratpag to explain what happened Wednesday, numbered for each thing we hate:
- An article was published in Wired
- about an interview at TED
- between Charlie Rose
- and Larry Page, CEO of Google.
- 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.”
- He feels this is a reasonable thing to complain about.
- Presumably, the TED audience agrees with him.
- He talks about Google Glass, an invention whose only utility is to quickly identify dorks.
- 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.
- 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.
- Page indicates that he may leave his vast fortune (currently at $28 billion) to Elon Musk (currently worth $11 billion).
- He specifically said that he would rather leave his fortune to Musk’s company than to charity.
- Pages reasoning? He feels Musk’s proposed mission to Mars is “philanthropic.”
- 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.