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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.

In the very long term, I don't think you should have to think about, as a developer, am I developing for this platform or another, or something like that. I think you should be able to work at a much higher level. And software you write should run everywhere, easily. And people like Mozilla should be able to add meaningfully to that, and make platforms and other things. So that's how I think about it.

It's a very, very complex and important question, though.

Woman from Colombia: Question about Google's policies toward free speech.

This is part of the area where business gets interesting. I think we at Google pretty clearly have a strong desire for freedom of speech, for a free flow of information, and one of the main things we do is probably translate that into practice in hundreds of countries around the world, and make sure we're talking to government leaders, and making sure we're all helping advance that. And our chairman, Eric Schmidt, has been kind of traveling the world talking about that, and I really applaud those efforts in thinking about that.

So we're working very hard on that, making sure we're protecting your private information, making sure that we're ensuring computer security, which is required, to make sure we're protecting your freedom of speech and your private information as a part of that. And making sure we're as transparent as we can about the requests we get from government and things like that.

So it's a big area of focus for us. And hopefully we can do a lot to help the world and move it along there.

Ryan from Provo, Utah. Question about Google Fiber.

I mean, from an engineering point of view it's just kind of a no-brainer. We got started building data centers, and one of the biggest problems we had is networking in the data centers. And so I guess as a computer scientist I just view it as kind of sad we have all these computers out there, and they're connected through a tiny, tiny, tiny little pipe that's super slow. And so in a sense, most of the computers we have in the world are in people's houses, most of them can't be used for anything useful.

So it's obviously a ways to go from where we are now, we don't really have software that's designed to use those things yet, but we know if we build that capacity we'll be able to use those computers for all sorts of interesting things. And even basic things like the bandwidth of your visual system, it's pretty high compared to the bandwidth most people have. And I think it's pretty clear we want to deliver bits to your eyes. Just as a basic thing. So I'm really excited about what we'll be able to do and what you'll all be able to do as we get more people with super high-speed connections. And probably gigabits are just the beginning for that. What we really need are low-latency connections that operate at computer speed, whatever that is, that you have inside of your house. So I'm excited about that. We're just getting started.


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