Even the search engine’s original mission is not big enough for what he now has in mind
Page estimates that only about 50 investors are chasing the real breakthrough technologies that have the potential to make a material difference to the lives of most people on earth. If there is something holding these big ideas back, it is not a shortage of money or even the barrier of insurmountable technical hurdles. When breakthroughs of the type he has in mind are pursued, it is “not really being driven by any fundamental technical advance. It’s just being driven by people working on it and being ambitious,” he says. Not enough institutions – particularly governments – are thinking expansively enough about these issues: “We’re probably underinvested as a world in that.”
ROBERT STEELE: Larry means well — sadly, like BIll Gates and Jeff Bezos, he has missed the boat for lack of a sound grounding in humanities (see Lionel Tiger Manufacture of Evil, John Saul Ralston Voltaire’s Bastards, EO Wilson Consilience). Larry is still spending investor cash, not earned cash, and his search service is criminally deficient — less than .005 (that’s point zero zero five) percent of the substantive web is indexed, and the search results are so biased by human and algorythmic corruption that even locksmiths are suing Google now for lack of due diligience. It is not possible to understand Google — and its wanton destructive tendencies — without reading “The Google Trilogy” published by the UK’s own Infonortics, as written by elder Wall Street industry analyst Stephen E. Arnold. I have read all three volumes, and it was I who begged Vint Cerf, over sushi on his way to the dark side, to please represent the little people. Google fails three tests with me: it lacks ethics, it does not help anyone make sense of anything, and its profits are unsustainable. There are three forces converging to the good of Earth and humanity: holistic analytics, true cost economics, and open source everything engineering. Google refuses to embrace any of the three. Not one. When Larry and Sergie die — and they both have major health issues — Google will die as well. And that is a good thing.