Jesse Jarnow

letter to larry page, part 2.

Here is Larry Page’s keynote from the Consumer Electronics Show in mp3 form — part one and part two — courtesy of the San Francisco Chronicle’s podcasts. Page starts dropping science about interface standardization at around the 8:20 mark of part one. It’s a geniune and brilliant performance. (Robin Williams shows up around 27:50.)

HST: “…the essential old-mystic fallacy of the Acid Culture: the desperate assumption that somebody — or at least some force — is tending that Light at the end of the tunnel.”

Marshall McLuhan: “Light is pure information,”

What does it mean, then, when Google says they want to “organize the world’s information”?

After spending two eight-hour days at CES looking at every kind of gadget imaginable, most of which seemed totally useless, and seeing Yahoo roll out their Go! project to make the world fasterfasterfaster, I’m fully convinced that Google is truly and actually committed to moving the world forward (give or take the DRM-burdened Google Video).

Are they tending the light? You think I believe in that hippie bullshit? Well, why shouldn’t I? You got something better to believe in these days?

1 Comment

  1. Randy Ray says: - reply

    Thanks for loading Page’s keynote. Glad to know that we’ve got someone such as yourself on top of the Google juggernaut express. I heartily agree with your assessment. I once was asked my version of heaven and I responded: “a library that has all universal knowledge.” Hippie bullshit? Hell ya and I’m damn proud of it.

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