This past week, Google brass voiced a bit of byte displeasure at revelations coming from the "Bugs Bunny" of the surveillance state—intelligence provocateur general Edward Snowden—that the NSA has been going into the fiber optic cables deep under the ocean to tap data being ferried by Google and Yahoo!. Meanwhile, a mystery ship (barge actually) turned up in San Francisco Bay and has been attributed to Google's far flung (and often curious) ventures. Could the barge be a solution to interference from the NSA, allowing Google to ferry data across the world's oceans by a team of gondaliers with GPS-enabled Google Glass out of the reach of the government?
Is the mystery ship a floating home for Snowden to keep him free of government prisons—who was rumored this past week to be in line for a job at a tech giant (OK, a tech giant in Russia), or merely one more way to find real estate for Google servers, with data centers soon to eclipse the Queen of England, Donald Trump and Ted Turner as real estate's biggest landowner? In the 1970s, the major U.S. utilities had a plan to put nuclear power plants on the seas, so why not data centers, especially for Google, which is already involved in an ambitious plan to lay an electric grid backbone deep under the ocean for energy generated by offshore wind farms.
Or, is Google preparing for the end of the world? After all, these are apocalyptic times. The new book on the cold war management of nuclear stores from Eric Schlosser shows just how close, and how often, the Soviet Union and U.S., came to mistakenly initiating the launch code. So you never know ...
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The world's best, last hope may be to live on for all eternity in a Matrix-esque way, and yet, the servers in which a destroyed world can live on in virtual terms don't know how to swim ... yet. Two of each kind, as Noah was instructed, including two of each kind of Google server?
Sadly, by the end of the week it looked as if the mystery ship had a much more prosaic origin: no ark commanded by the god of Silicon Valley, but a potential floating pop-up retail store location for Google Glass sales and marketing events. Oh well, it was fun to imagine.