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Hello, Larry! Google's Page on negativity, laws, and competitors

TechHive Staff | May 17, 2013
Google CEO Larry Page held court at the end of the Google I/O keynote and even answered questions. Here's a complete transcript.

That's a great segue from the previous question. I think it's been difficult. We had Google Health, but we didn't make that much progress on it. I think primarily we found that all the issues were regulatory. It's very hard to get technological leverage there. I was talking about how we're one percent where we can be. That's by doing real, amazing technological things. And, you know, we found in the kinds of things we were working on in health care, we weren't able to move beyond that due to all the constraints that we were under. And so I think we'll see amazing things in health care, but I think they'll be things that have technological leverage, like DNA sequencing. We're all going to have that. It'll cost a dollar or whatever, you're all going to have your sequence, and something amazing will happen.

I just disclosed yesterday my voice issues. I got so many great emails from people. And thoughtful advice. And I realized, you know, I kind of had the notion that stuff should be really private, but at least in my case I felt I should have done it sooner. And I'm not sure if that answer's not true for most people. So I asked, why are people so focused on keeping your medical history private? The answer is probably insurance. You're very worried that you're going to be denied insurance. That makes no sense! So we should change the rules around insurance, so they have to insure people. The whole point of insurance is that it insures everyone.

So again, maybe we have a safe place where people can go and live in a world like that, where they make those kind of changes. We can see if they work, and then the world can learn from that and move on, but not everybody has to participate in it. Because I'm worried we're not making some of the fundamental changes we need to make fast enough.

John Sarriugarte with Form and Reform: Women and the development community. What can we do to encourage women to be here?

We've been super focused on that forever. I think Sergei and I, when we're interviewing people, we spend a lot of time interviewing women for that reason. Trying to make sure the company didn't end up all male, which I think is a really, really bad thing. So I think ultimately, the only answer is we have to start early and make sure we're getting more young women and girls really excited about technology. And I think if we do that, there's no question we'll more than double the rate of progress that we have in the technology world.

 

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