You just have to admire the scope of Google’s vision. They could have been content to just be a good search company (supported by advertising) but no, they are going into lots of other areas.
Example 1 (H/T wsj.com)
Google Inc. plans to spend more than $1 billion on a fleet of satellites to extend Internet access to unwired regions of the globe, people familiar with the project said, hoping to overcome financial and technical problems that thwarted previous efforts.
Details remain in flux, the people said, but the project will start with 180 small, high-capacity satellites orbiting the earth at lower altitudes than traditional satellites, and then could expand.
Example 2 (H/T Techcrunch)
Remember Project Tango? Google’s crazy project to add 3D environment mapping abilities to a smartphone?
Yeah, someone just went ahead and took the next logical step: they plugged it into a drone.
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania managed to get their hands on a prototype Tango device, and quickly strapped it into their self-built quadcopter.
I wrote about Project Tango a few months ago here.
So what are they up to? Well I wrote about it a bit here but basically they want to be able to have a digital, contextual representation of the whole world, and to be able to have it searchable by anyone in the whole world. That’s all. To know everything, to know how everything relates to other things, and to let anyone access it from anywhere.
And to serve advertising with each query.
I would have to say this is the biggest project in history and yet technology makes it barely possible. I shouldn’t have to spell out the implications on learning and the education system…