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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.

So we all need to do that. We're trying to help with that that in any way we can.

Jeffrey Sica, University of Michigan: Are you going to do anything with DNA sequencing, and also image analysis with things like surgical slides?

I don't have anything to announce at this time, but we always look at these areas. But I think we have felt it's a difficult area for us to work in. I think it's certainly worth doing, though.

Josh Constine, TechCrunch: Discuss Google's plan for bringing the developing world online? And what are the impacts of democratized access to the Internet?

One of the things I always talk about when I talk to the company is that smartphones are going to basically be amazing in these places. And so, you don't quite have smartphones, for example, going into India or Africa, because they're just too expensive. The average cost of a phone in India is very, very cheap. $50 or $100 or less. I think more like $50. We need to make sure the prices of what we all are using quickly make it down to those levels, and I think they will. That'll be the smartphone you have today, two or three years from now will be in Africa and India, and that'll be amazing. Because I try to mostly use smartphones now, just to make sure I'm living that future. I find I can get almost everything I need done. Unfortunately, I don't get to program that much, but I can do most things I need to do to run the company on my phone.

So I think that's pretty amazing, to think that that can go to three billion, four billion, five billion, six billion, seven billion plus, in not very long period of time. And I think people are probably underestimating how fast that's going to happen. I think it's clearly going to happen very, very quickly. And I'm really, really excited about that. We're trying to help that happen quicker. But I'm very excited about that.

Thank you all so much for spending so much time.

 

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