Google's Brin keeps spotlight on future technologies

Apr 25, 2013
Google co-founder Sergey Brin gives a news conference at Google headquarters on September 25, 2012 in Mountain View, California. Brin on Thursday outlined a vision for the future in which self-driving cars whisk care-free friends to verdant parks that were once paved lots.

Google co-founder Sergey Brin on Thursday outlined a vision for the future in which self-driving cars whisk care-free friends to verdant parks that were once paved lots.

"It's these kinds of ideas - which have the potential to transform lives and communities - that make me excited about coming to work every day," Brin said in an annual founder's letter.

"I am optimistic that if we choose important problems—transportation in this case—work in partnership with others, and have a vision we believe in, the odds are on our side."

Brin, who heads the clandestine X team research team, seemed to build on remarks by co-founder last week on the "big bets" that the Internet search giant is making in the swiftly evolving world of technology.

During a call with financial analysts last week, Page touted Google innovations ranging from Android mobile gadget software to self-driving cars and Internet-linked glasses.

"Over the last two years we have worked hard to increase our velocity and improve our execution on the big bets that will change the world," Page said.

"Companies can tend to get comfortable doing what they've always done with a few minor tweaks," he added.

"But incremental improvement is guaranteed to be obsolete over time. That is why we are investing in what appear to be speculative products today such as self-driving cars."

The company recently began shipping its Internet-linked "Google Glass" eyewear to who signed on to experiment with them at a cost of $1,500 a pair.

In another technology bet, Google has its sights set on Provo, Utah to become the third US city to get a Google that moves Internet data at a gigabyte-per-second, about a thousand times faster than typical service.

Blazingly fast Internet connections could increase the money-making potential of data-rich services.

Google Glass, which is powered by Android software, and even cars synched to the Internet could potentially enhance the Internet giant's money-making services, such as maps.

Explore further: TCS, Mitsubishi to create new Japan IT services firm

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

With Page voiceless, Brin appears at Google show

Jun 27, 2012

(AP) — Google co-founder Sergey Brin made a splashy entrance during a San Francisco conference while CEO Larry Page recovered from an ailment that has left him unable to speak.

Co-founder Page returning to Google helm

Apr 03, 2011

Google co-founder Larry Page on Monday takes back the reins of the Internet powerhouse that he and Sergey Brin created as Stanford University students some 13 years ago.

Recommended for you

TCS, Mitsubishi to create new Japan IT services firm

1 hour ago

India's biggest outsourcing firm Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and Japan's Mitsubishi Corp said Monday they are teaming up to create a Japanese software services provider with annual revenues of $600 million.

Chinese tech giant Alibaba set to make a splash with US IPO

16 hours ago

The largest tech IPO of the year will come from a company that many Americans have never heard of. Alibaba Group - a Chinese e-commerce behemoth - has decided to go public in the U.S. after months of speculation that it would ...

Ex-Apple chief plans mobile phone for India

Apr 19, 2014

Former Apple chief executive John Sculley, whose marketing skills helped bring the personal computer to desktops worldwide, says he plans to launch a mobile phone in India to exploit its still largely untapped ...

Airbnb rental site raises $450 mn

Apr 19, 2014

Online lodging listings website Airbnb inked a $450 million funding deal with investors led by TPG, a source close to the matter said Friday.

User comments : 0

More news stories

TCS, Mitsubishi to create new Japan IT services firm

India's biggest outsourcing firm Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and Japan's Mitsubishi Corp said Monday they are teaming up to create a Japanese software services provider with annual revenues of $600 million.

Finnish inventor rethinks design of the axe

(Phys.org) —Finnish inventor Heikki Kärnä is the man behind the Vipukirves Leveraxe, which is a precision tool for splitting firewood. He designed the tool to make the job easier and more efficient, with ...

Atom probe assisted dating of oldest piece of earth

(Phys.org) —It's a scientific axiom: big claims require extra-solid evidence. So there were skeptics in 2001 when University of Wisconsin-Madison geoscience professor John Valley dated an ancient crystal ...