Google CEO Larry Page Shares His Philosophy At I/O: “We Should Be Building Great Things That Don’t Exist”

Posted: May 16, 2013 in Google, GT
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Today, a day after discussing his voice issues,
Google CEO Larry Page took the stage at the I/O
keynote. He skipped last year’s conference and a few
earnings calls due to those same voice problems,
which he has noted are improving. Page even did
something a little new for I/O — taking questions at the end of his talk. Page discussed how important it is for both the
developers and Google to keep dedicating
themselves to technology, to make sure that people
everywhere can get access to it. He also discussed
his relationship with his father, and how important that
was in influencing him when it comes to innovation: My dad was really interested in technology. He drove
me and my family all across the country to go to a
robotics company. Then we got there, he thought it
was so important his son would go to the conference. He then discussed how important it is to be able to
put all of its work on every single device, making
Google a platform to build from. Page notes that
adoption of technology is now “much, much faster”
and the smartphone itself shows that. Page wants
technology to do the hard work, meaning that consumers should be able to use technology, not be
used by it. Google’s latest design choices and
product announcements reflect that line of thinking,
specifically the ease of use that comes with Google
Now. His philosophy can be best summed up with this
quote: “We should be building great things that don’t
exist.” This is why Google doesn’t pay attention to
competition who is working on similar products; it
tries to stay one step ahead with things like self-
driving cars and Glass. Page being on stage is a big deal, as it shows that
the company is unified under his direction, regardless
of his medical condition. When asked about freedom of information, Page said
that in hundreds of countries in the world, Google is
speaking to the leaders, specifically Chairman Eric
Schmidt, to keep dialogue open about protecting
users’ privacy as well as keeping your freedom of
speech intact. Speaking of emerging markets, our own Josh Constine asked Page about the
democratization of access on the Internet, and the
CEO’s response focused around bringing more
smartphones to those markets. Towards the end of the Q&A session, Page talked
about bringing more positivity to the world, with
change for the good: We don’t want our world to change too fast. But
maybe we could set apart a piece of the world. I like
going to Burning Man, for example. An environment
where people can change new things. I think as
technologists we should have some safe places
where we can try out new things and figure out the effect on society. What’s the effect on people, without
having to deploy it to the whole world.

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