The Mysterious Google Barge In San Francisco

googlebargeIt’s almost as if Tony Stark is real – but instead it’s Google.  The mysterious floating barge in San Francisco was finally claimed by Google although the company is still rather secretive about what it’s doing.  A company with as much money as Google does seem to lend itself to Ironman-esque feats of fancy spending on strange, wondrous technologies.  Apparently the floating barge (with a twin on the East Coast) has been on building hiatus for a while as the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development committee told the company it must move its mysterious construction because it doesn’t have the required permits.

There was much speculation about the barges beforehand, and once Google claimed ownership it seemed to only add to their mysterious reputation.  Google is one of the most government defying companies out there right now it seems.  The amount of control they have over the everyday actions of many people (from email to internet search and beyond) brings anti-trust measurements into play.

For months there was lots of speculation on what the barge was going to be – from party boat, to event space, to roaming data center.  Recently, however, the company stated that, “Although it’s still early days and things may change, we’re exploring using the barge as an interactive space where people can learn about new technology.”  The important caveat here is “Although it’s still early days and things may change.”  To me, this is an almost certain statement that they are being rather vague and that things definitely will change.  Personally I speculate that it has something to do with their more futuristic technologies such as Google glass.  I just think there’s more to it than their statement seems to suggest.  Nothing sinister, mind you, just something else.   What do you think?

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Roger Feinstein has grown up with computers his entire life and strives to help others understand what goes on behind the scenes in their PCs. He's been writing tech articles for websites for over 5 years.

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