This Is Google CEO Larry Page’s Grand Vision For Changing The World

This Is Google CEO Larry Page’s Grand Vision For Changing The World

MEGAN ROSE DICKEY TECH  MAR. 25, 2014, 12:08 AM

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Google CEO Larry Page is one of the smartest, most powerful people in the world. As CEO of Google, his job is to imagine the future. This month, Page gave a talk at TED to discuss how Google plans to change the world. It’s a great insight into where Google is going. 

This is Larry Page. He wants to organize the world’s information and make it easy to access. In order to do that, the entire world needs Internet access.

Page spoke at TED about about how Google plans to connect the world by building  a “worldwide mesh” of balloons.

The goal is to use these balloons to provide Internet access to the two thirds of the world living without it.

“It sounds totally crazy,” Page told Rose on stage.

Google had been thinking about doing this for about five years, Page said. The main issue Google faced was how it could get Internet access points up high, and cheaply. That’s when Google decided on balloons versus satellites.

Balloons are at the mercy of the wind, Page said, but since Google can control the altitude of balloons, it can control roughly where they go.

But, does the Internet really help save lives? Yes! Says Page, and he showed a video of a farmer Zack Matere in Soy, Kenya. Matere used the Internet and search to figure out why his potato crop kept failing. Now, Matere shares information with his neighbors who live without Internet access.

In developed nations like the U.S., Page thinks we could be doing much more radical stuff. He wants everyone to publicly, but anonymously share their health records. “We could save 100,000 lives this year if we did that,” Page says.

Speaking of saving lives, that’s why Page also has his eyes set on driverless cars. 20 million people or more are injured every year due to automobile incidents. It’s the leading cause of death for people under 34 in the US. To date, Google has driven over 100,000 miles totally automated.

Google also wants more people to ride bikes. But in order for this to be safe, Google is exploring ways to cost-effectively separate bikes from traffic. In researching solutions, Page says, he came across this aerial bikeway.

“It looks totally crazy,” Page said. Google isn’t working on that particular thing, Page said, “but it gets your imagination going.”

Page went on to say that Google likes to work on things that no one else is working on. If run well, Page sees corporations as being an agent of change. Page pointed to Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk, who has a “worthy goal” of going to Mars. That’s why Page would rather give life savings to Musk instead of a charity when he dies.

“For me,” Page said, “I try to focus on [the future] and think about what kind of future that is actually going to be.”

 

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Kee Koon Boon (“KB”) is the co-founder and director of HERO Investment Management which provides specialized fund management and investment advisory services to the ARCHEA Asia HERO Innovators Fund (www.heroinnovator.com), the only Asian SMID-cap tech-focused fund in the industry. KB is an internationally featured investor rooted in the principles of value investing for over a decade as a fund manager and analyst in the Asian capital markets who started his career at a boutique hedge fund in Singapore where he was with the firm since 2002 and was also part of the core investment committee in significantly outperforming the index in the 10-year-plus-old flagship Asian fund. He was also the portfolio manager for Asia-Pacific equities at Korea’s largest mutual fund company. Prior to setting up the H.E.R.O. Innovators Fund, KB was the Chief Investment Officer & CEO of a Singapore Registered Fund Management Company (RFMC) where he is responsible for listed Asian equity investments. KB had taught accounting at the Singapore Management University (SMU) as a faculty member and also pioneered the 15-week course on Accounting Fraud in Asia as an official module at SMU. KB remains grateful and honored to be invited by Singapore’s financial regulator Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) to present to their top management team about implementing a world’s first fact-based forward-looking fraud detection framework to bring about benefits for the capital markets in Singapore and for the public and investment community. KB also served the community in sharing his insights in writing articles about value investing and corporate governance in the media that include Business Times, Straits Times, Jakarta Post, Manual of Ideas, Investopedia, TedXWallStreet. He had also presented in top investment, banking and finance conferences in America, Italy, Sydney, Cape Town, HK, China. He has trained CEOs, entrepreneurs, CFOs, management executives in business strategy & business model innovation in Singapore, HK and China.

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