Google’s barge explanation: Bilge?

Come over here, children. This will be fun.

(Credit: James Martin/CNET)

I can feel the slightly pungent warmth that accompanies great sighs of relief.

After long, difficult days of fear and speculation, Google has finally explained that it is building structures on barges not to create technological islands upon which the company can conduct dubious scientific experiments.

Instead, Google offered a statement that it was just, oh, you know, building a nice floating glass box that children could swim to, in order to learn about new technology.

The actual words read: “Google Barge…A floating data center? A wild party boat? A barge housing the last remaining dinosaur? Sadly, none of the above. Although it’s still early days and things may change, we’re exploring using the barge as an interactive space where people can learn about new technology.”

Please forgive me, but if you decide to build what looks like quite a substantial structure out on the water, you might have some vague idea of what you’re going to do with it.

Especially if you’re an engineer.

Purpose is an engineer’s O-positive. It’s the reason why engineers get up in the morning, floss their teeth, and hop on their ergonomic bicycles and air-conditioned, Wi-Fitted buses.

To imagine that these ed… [Read more]

Related Links:
Google could have a floating data center in Maine, too
Is Google building a hulking floating data center in SF Bay?
Google’s barges: The mystery treads water on two coasts
Coast Guard explains silence on Google’s mystery barge
Google wants to dock mystery barge in San Francisco


Crave: gorgeous gadgets and other crushworthy stuff. – CNET