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2013-02-20 13:31:10 (500 comments, 498 reshares, 3110 +1s)Open 

Seeking Glass Explorers: goo.gl/PbKWr

Last year we showed Glass to the world for the first time - we jumped out of airships, crashed New York Fashion Week and even took a ride on the subway. It’s been an exhilarating journey so far and there’s a lot more to come, but we can’t go it alone. We’re developing new technology that is designed to be unobtrusive and liberating, and so far we’ve only scratched the surface of the true potential of Glass.

Now we want you to get involved and that’s why today we’re expanding our Glass Explorer Program. We’re looking for bold, creative individuals who want to join us and be a part of shaping the future of Glass. Glass is still in the early stages, so we expect there will be some twists and turns along the way. While we can’t promise everything will be perfect, we can promise it will be exciting. 

We’d love tomake everyone a Glas... more »

Most reshares: 1852

2012-11-06 08:03:24 (469 comments, 1852 reshares, 7823 +1s)Open 

I must confess, I am dreading today's elections.
Not because of who might win or lose.
Not because as a Californian, my vote for President will count 1/3 as much as an Alaskan (actually it won't matter at all -- I'm not in a swing state).
Not because my vote for Senate will count 1/50 as much as an Alaskan.

But because no matter what the outcome, our government will still be a giant bonfire of partisanship.  It is ironic since whenever I have met with our elected officials they are invariably thoughtful, well-meaning people.  And yet collectively 90% of their effort seems to be focused on how to stick it to the other party.

So my plea to the victors -- whoever they might be: please withdraw from your respective parties and govern as independents in name and in spirit.  It is probably the biggest contribution you can make to the country.

[If youag... more »

Most plusones: 8135

2011-10-06 00:18:57 (441 comments, 1828 reshares, 8135 +1s)Open 

From the earliest days of Google, whenever Larry and I sought inspiration for vision and leadership, we needed to look no farther than Cupertino. Steve, your passion for excellence is felt by anyone who has ever touched an Apple product (including the macbook I am writing this on right now). And I have witnessed it in person the few times we have met.

On behalf of all of us at Google and more broadly in technology, you will be missed very much. My condolences to family, friends, and colleagues at Apple.

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2014-09-11 21:27:53 (239 comments, 379 reshares, 3367 +1s)Open 

I'm very excited to welcome Lift to Google[x].

We have news -- we’re excited to be joining Google[x], Google’s moonshot factory. We will continue to sell our Liftware system, and Google will enable us to reach even more people living with Parkinson’s or essential tremor who could benefit from using tremor-canceling devices every day.___I'm very excited to welcome Lift to Google[x].

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2014-03-24 21:11:28 (498 comments, 464 reshares, 7123 +1s)Open 

Freefall!

You know the sensation of weightlessness you get from the drop of a roller coaster.  Well, you don't get much of that jumping out of an airplane because the high airspeed causes you to feel pressure the moment you step out.  A helicopter, however, can go very slow so when you jump it's like falling through space.

Freefall!

You know the sensation of weightlessness you get from the drop of a roller coaster.  Well, you don't get much of that jumping out of an airplane because the high airspeed causes you to feel pressure the moment you step out.  A helicopter, however, can go very slow so when you jump it's like falling through space.___

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2013-02-20 13:31:10 (500 comments, 498 reshares, 3110 +1s)Open 

Feeling creative?

Seeking Glass Explorers: goo.gl/PbKWr

Last year we showed Glass to the world for the first time - we jumped out of airships, crashed New York Fashion Week and even took a ride on the subway. It’s been an exhilarating journey so far and there’s a lot more to come, but we can’t go it alone. We’re developing new technology that is designed to be unobtrusive and liberating, and so far we’ve only scratched the surface of the true potential of Glass.

Now we want you to get involved and that’s why today we’re expanding our Glass Explorer Program. We’re looking for bold, creative individuals who want to join us and be a part of shaping the future of Glass. Glass is still in the early stages, so we expect there will be some twists and turns along the way. While we can’t promise everything will be perfect, we can promise it will be exciting. 

We’d love to make everyone a Glass Explorer, but we’re starting a bit smaller. So, if you want to be one of the first Explorers, go to www.google.com/glass/start/how-to-get-one to find out how. 

#ifihadglass___Feeling creative?

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2013-02-14 07:12:00 (288 comments, 161 reshares, 2261 +1s)Open 

I had a blast today testing out a new kiteboat with my friend +Don Montague.  It was amazing to go ~2.5x wind speed.  But what topped it off was catching an actual green flash at the end of the day with the sun setting right behind the golden gate bridge.  I thought I had seen them before kinda sorta but this was really bright saturated no-question-about-it green.

I had a blast today testing out a new kiteboat with my friend +Don Montague.  It was amazing to go ~2.5x wind speed.  But what topped it off was catching an actual green flash at the end of the day with the sun setting right behind the golden gate bridge.  I thought I had seen them before kinda sorta but this was really bright saturated no-question-about-it green.___

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2013-01-14 06:39:03 (352 comments, 448 reshares, 3794 +1s)Open 

No place in the world has made me consider my place in the universe like Jellyfish Lake. Millions of creatures all drifting seemingly aimlessly, searching for light, for the energy to spawn so generations of their offspring may do the same years later. I take a small breath, sink toward the bottom, watching them in wonder and think are we really so different?

No place in the world has made me consider my place in the universe like Jellyfish Lake. Millions of creatures all drifting seemingly aimlessly, searching for light, for the energy to spawn so generations of their offspring may do the same years later. I take a small breath, sink toward the bottom, watching them in wonder and think are we really so different?___

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2012-12-22 04:50:50 (384 comments, 359 reshares, 4083 +1s)Open 

Morning of the apocalypse.

Straight out of the camera this am. Beautiful yet ominous sunrise.

Morning of the apocalypse.

Straight out of the camera this am. Beautiful yet ominous sunrise.___

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2012-12-10 19:50:45 (54 comments, 136 reshares, 1082 +1s)Open 

Check out today's Google Doodle celebrating Lady Ada Lovelace, the world's first computer programmer.  I found the linked blog post fascinating. 

Lady Ada Lovelace, born nearly two centuries ago on December 10, 1815, is considered by some to be the world’s first computer programmer. In 1843, she published the first algorithm intended for use on Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine. Nearly a century before the first computers were built, Ada envisaged a day when a single machine would be capable of a myriad of tasks, limited only by the creativity of its programmer.

Today we're celebrating Ada's prophetic vision for computing with a doodle on homepages worldwide. We hope today's doodle inspires people to find out more about Ada, and about the contributions made by women in general to science and technology. Read more: http://goo.gl/zL9Ar___Check out today's Google Doodle celebrating Lady Ada Lovelace, the world's first computer programmer.  I found the linked blog post fascinating. 

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2012-11-26 07:03:37 (173 comments, 173 reshares, 1847 +1s)Open 

"You there, pull over!"

[taken during sf fleet week]

"You there, pull over!"

[taken during sf fleet week]___

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2012-11-24 06:35:53 (281 comments, 221 reshares, 2975 +1s)Open 

Pa-cif-ic: calm, tranquil, at peace.

On a rare day when this ocean earns its name, +Anne Wojcicki finds tranquility in the stunning waters of Maupiti.

Pa-cif-ic: calm, tranquil, at peace.

On a rare day when this ocean earns its name, +Anne Wojcicki finds tranquility in the stunning waters of Maupiti.___

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2012-11-13 20:30:58 (306 comments, 268 reshares, 2635 +1s)Open 

Don't miss today's solar eclipse.  I took the one below a couple years back on Hao atoll.  It's very spectacular in person if you around Cairns right now but if not you can catch a live stream online.  It's about 5 minutes to totality at many sites.

Don't miss today's solar eclipse.  I took the one below a couple years back on Hao atoll.  It's very spectacular in person if you around Cairns right now but if not you can catch a live stream online.  It's about 5 minutes to totality at many sites.___

2012-11-06 08:03:24 (469 comments, 1852 reshares, 7823 +1s)Open 

I must confess, I am dreading today's elections.
Not because of who might win or lose.
Not because as a Californian, my vote for President will count 1/3 as much as an Alaskan (actually it won't matter at all -- I'm not in a swing state).
Not because my vote for Senate will count 1/50 as much as an Alaskan.

But because no matter what the outcome, our government will still be a giant bonfire of partisanship.  It is ironic since whenever I have met with our elected officials they are invariably thoughtful, well-meaning people.  And yet collectively 90% of their effort seems to be focused on how to stick it to the other party.

So my plea to the victors -- whoever they might be: please withdraw from your respective parties and govern as independents in name and in spirit.  It is probably the biggest contribution you can make to the country.

[If youag... more »

I must confess, I am dreading today's elections.
Not because of who might win or lose.
Not because as a Californian, my vote for President will count 1/3 as much as an Alaskan (actually it won't matter at all -- I'm not in a swing state).
Not because my vote for Senate will count 1/50 as much as an Alaskan.

But because no matter what the outcome, our government will still be a giant bonfire of partisanship.  It is ironic since whenever I have met with our elected officials they are invariably thoughtful, well-meaning people.  And yet collectively 90% of their effort seems to be focused on how to stick it to the other party.

So my plea to the victors -- whoever they might be: please withdraw from your respective parties and govern as independents in name and in spirit.  It is probably the biggest contribution you can make to the country.

[If you agree, pass it on to your newly elected officials.]___

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2012-10-29 02:06:33 (156 comments, 140 reshares, 1886 +1s)Open 

I caught this beautiful sunrise a few weeks ago ... a nice antidote for those who are facing very different weather in the next 24 hours on the east coast.

I caught this beautiful sunrise a few weeks ago ... a nice antidote for those who are facing very different weather in the next 24 hours on the east coast.___

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2012-10-17 05:26:44 (241 comments, 220 reshares, 2184 +1s)Open 

Nothing is quite like swimming with a humpback whale. Believe it or not, this is a baby! Despite our language (and culture and species) barrier, her intelligence and playfulness shone through right away. As I snorkled at the surface, she came up every minute or two to take a breath (the adults only breathe every 15 minutes or so). Each time, she got closer and closer until she was almost tackling me. In those precious few moments, I felt I really formed a connection with this beautiful creature. I will never forget the experience.

As an aside, this photo and many other spectacular ones were almost lost altogether when in haste I later jumped in the water and didn't properly close one latch on the camera case. After many hours of drying, stressing, and stitching files together I managed to recover all the photos. So don't be foolish like me ... back up your photos after every outing.... more »

Nothing is quite like swimming with a humpback whale. Believe it or not, this is a baby! Despite our language (and culture and species) barrier, her intelligence and playfulness shone through right away. As I snorkled at the surface, she came up every minute or two to take a breath (the adults only breathe every 15 minutes or so). Each time, she got closer and closer until she was almost tackling me. In those precious few moments, I felt I really formed a connection with this beautiful creature. I will never forget the experience.

As an aside, this photo and many other spectacular ones were almost lost altogether when in haste I later jumped in the water and didn't properly close one latch on the camera case. After many hours of drying, stressing, and stitching files together I managed to recover all the photos. So don't be foolish like me ... back up your photos after every outing.

Thanks to +Eric Cheng and +Tony Wu for encouraging me to make this journey to the Vava'u island group.___

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2012-10-09 05:38:50 (370 comments, 254 reshares, 2333 +1s)Open 

Blue Angels -- great at flying.
Counting ... not so much.

taken during the amazing airshow in SF this weekend

Blue Angels -- great at flying.
Counting ... not so much.

taken during the amazing airshow in SF this weekend___

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2012-10-06 05:01:09 (204 comments, 168 reshares, 2008 +1s)Open 

A nurse shark in the Bahamas swims toward the light.  While they are generally harmless, I have seen them get curious about humans before and come in for a sniff.  Perhaps foolish but my first impulse when I see a creature such as this is to grab my camera and jump in the water.

A nurse shark in the Bahamas swims toward the light.  While they are generally harmless, I have seen them get curious about humans before and come in for a sniff.  Perhaps foolish but my first impulse when I see a creature such as this is to grab my camera and jump in the water.___

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2012-10-01 05:55:38 (226 comments, 181 reshares, 1798 +1s)Open 

If Hitchcock's movie scared you, don't be afraid.  Frigate birds are harmless except of course for the occasional dropping.  Nonetheless, they along with other bird species can be an overwhelming sight at relatively untouched sanctuaries such as this one on Isla Genovesa in the Galapagos.  Though it looks upside down, I shot this pretty much straight up from under a cliff overhang while dodging those little white bombs raining down.

If Hitchcock's movie scared you, don't be afraid.  Frigate birds are harmless except of course for the occasional dropping.  Nonetheless, they along with other bird species can be an overwhelming sight at relatively untouched sanctuaries such as this one on Isla Genovesa in the Galapagos.  Though it looks upside down, I shot this pretty much straight up from under a cliff overhang while dodging those little white bombs raining down.___

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2012-09-14 05:48:01 (101 comments, 137 reshares, 705 +1s)Open 

It was a blast to work with +DVF on her latest show at New York Fashion Week.  Glass looked great on the runway and I'm very proud of the resulting  #DVFthroughGlass  video -- the first shot entirely through Glass (all the aerial footage of our skydiving video was also through Glass but some of the ground based footage was filmed conventionally).

+Project Glass has been making great progress.  I know many of you are interested in some of the functionality in addition to the camera.  It is a bit trickier to demonstrate online because it is hard to convey the feeling of wearing it -- light and out of the way and yet so easy to see.  Nevertheless, we are excited to share it with you so please stay tuned.

Good thing I practiced my runway strut ... ;)

Celebrated fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg tried on Glass for the first time a few months ago at a conference that she attended with Sergey Brin. She immediately loved it and they agreed to bring Glass to New York Fashion Week. Diane is a champion for innovation and effortless design, so it’s unsurprising that Glass fit seamlessly into her production. In the week leading up to her Spring 2013 show in New York, and during the show itself, everyone from stylists and models to Diane herself used Glass to capture never-before-seen footage of the creative process. This is the first time any video has been shot entirely through Glass and we’re so excited to be able to share it with you. #DVFthroughGlass  ___It was a blast to work with +DVF on her latest show at New York Fashion Week.  Glass looked great on the runway and I'm very proud of the resulting  #DVFthroughGlass  video -- the first shot entirely through Glass (all the aerial footage of our skydiving video was also through Glass but some of the ground based footage was filmed conventionally).

+Project Glass has been making great progress.  I know many of you are interested in some of the functionality in addition to the camera.  It is a bit trickier to demonstrate online because it is hard to convey the feeling of wearing it -- light and out of the way and yet so easy to see.  Nevertheless, we are excited to share it with you so please stay tuned.

Good thing I practiced my runway strut ... ;)

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2012-08-22 06:58:34 (350 comments, 329 reshares, 1198 +1s)Open 

If you haven't followed the Pussy Riot "trial" in Russia, I recommend you read Garry Kasparov's eye opening account of the state of freedom of expression under Putin.

http://www.themoscowtimes.com/opinion/article/putinism-is-the-only-religion-that-matters/466886.html

There was shock, if no real surprise, at the verdict against Pussy Riot on Friday. Despite whispers of leniency, I never doubted that a conviction and prison term would result. Not because they violated anything in the Criminal Code, which, as of this writing, is still freely available on the Internet. No, Pussy Riot's actions were hateful toward religion only in breaking the First Commandment of today's Russia, "Thou shalt not take Putin's name in vain." ...

If you haven't followed the Pussy Riot "trial" in Russia, I recommend you read Garry Kasparov's eye opening account of the state of freedom of expression under Putin.

http://www.themoscowtimes.com/opinion/article/putinism-is-the-only-religion-that-matters/466886.html

There was shock, if no real surprise, at the verdict against Pussy Riot on Friday. Despite whispers of leniency, I never doubted that a conviction and prison term would result. Not because they violated anything in the Criminal Code, which, as of this writing, is still freely available on the Internet. No, Pussy Riot's actions were hateful toward religion only in breaking the First Commandment of today's Russia, "Thou shalt not take Putin's name in vain." ...___

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2012-07-20 07:23:21 (457 comments, 435 reshares, 3922 +1s)Open 

It is hard to appreciate how vast this world is until you travel to a remote corner and watch your wings take off without you.  I was lucky to catch this shot when the plane I had just been on flew off to escape just before sunset.

If you have travelled somewhere remote, how did you feel when your transportation left you?

It is hard to appreciate how vast this world is until you travel to a remote corner and watch your wings take off without you.  I was lucky to catch this shot when the plane I had just been on flew off to escape just before sunset.

If you have travelled somewhere remote, how did you feel when your transportation left you?___

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2012-06-28 06:47:11 (250 comments, 269 reshares, 1504 +1s)Open 

We had an amazing time putting together the demo that we did for Glass today at Google I/O.  The video below from some of our testing really captures the feeling of freedom that our project aspires to.  The aerial footage was captured on Glass.  The higher fidelity footage was recorded locally on the device whereas the hangouts were live streamed at a much lower resolution because of the challenges of networking a skydiver inflight.  Because we were unable to get regular wifi (which is built into Glass) to work under those conditions, we had to use extra networking gear which was tethered via usb to the device (and also provided extra battery for long days of testing).

We got very lucky today in that everything went off so seamlessly.  But since we have received so much interest in this demo, we are going to push our luck.  For those people who did not happen to catch it, there is nothinglike ... more »

We are always pushing the limits of our technology, and Project Glass is no exception.  It is designed to help you live in the moment -- even when you’re falling from the sky.

We’re still in early development days, but at Google I/O this morning we wanted to do a product demo in a way we’d never tried before.  We worked with some of the world’s top athletes, combined skydiving and mountain biking, and shared the experience -- through their eyes -- with the world.

If you missed it, we’d love you to be able to see how we put this together, so tune in live tomorrow (weather permitting!) at roughly 11am at https://developers.google.com/events/io/ to check it out.

And you may just catch another Hangout in Air.

#projectglass   #io12   #skydiving  ___We had an amazing time putting together the demo that we did for Glass today at Google I/O.  The video below from some of our testing really captures the feeling of freedom that our project aspires to.  The aerial footage was captured on Glass.  The higher fidelity footage was recorded locally on the device whereas the hangouts were live streamed at a much lower resolution because of the challenges of networking a skydiver inflight.  Because we were unable to get regular wifi (which is built into Glass) to work under those conditions, we had to use extra networking gear which was tethered via usb to the device (and also provided extra battery for long days of testing).

We got very lucky today in that everything went off so seamlessly.  But since we have received so much interest in this demo, we are going to push our luck.  For those people who did not happen to catch it, there is nothing like seeing it live.  We are planning to walk everyone through the demo tomorrow and if the stars align you'll get to see some amazing action over San Francisco.  Tune in right around 11am to the I/O live stream.

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2012-06-19 06:08:20 (121 comments, 399 reshares, 1154 +1s)Open 

You'll want to put this on full screen and 1080.  Mesmerizing to say the least!

How long does it take to go around the world in the age of YouTube? Oh, about six minutes or so.___You'll want to put this on full screen and 1080.  Mesmerizing to say the least!

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2012-06-12 16:24:53 (189 comments, 333 reshares, 1760 +1s)Open 

A few weeks ago, the President of Turkey visited Google.  When we showed him one of our self driving cars, he was so excited that he and his wife jumped in for an impromptu test drive.  Here we are on 101 with +Sebastian Thrun at the wheel (so to speak).  On the right +Anthony Levandowski is holding a laptop which shows us what the car is "seeing" with its laser scanner.

This photo is a highlight for Google X because it combines two of our main projects -- self driving cars and +Project Glass (worn by Sebastian and used by me to take the shot).  Thanks to the Secret Service for having a sense of humor about the last minute jaunt.

A few weeks ago, the President of Turkey visited Google.  When we showed him one of our self driving cars, he was so excited that he and his wife jumped in for an impromptu test drive.  Here we are on 101 with +Sebastian Thrun at the wheel (so to speak).  On the right +Anthony Levandowski is holding a laptop which shows us what the car is "seeing" with its laser scanner.

This photo is a highlight for Google X because it combines two of our main projects -- self driving cars and +Project Glass (worn by Sebastian and used by me to take the shot).  Thanks to the Secret Service for having a sense of humor about the last minute jaunt.___

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2012-05-25 14:22:00 (81 comments, 95 reshares, 847 +1s)Open 

Congratulations +SpaceX !!!

The International Space Station Expedition 31 crew successfully captured the +SpaceX #Dragon capsule with the station’s robotic arm at 9:56 AM EDT. The feat came 3 days, 6 hours, 11minutes and 23 seconds after the mission’s launch. The station was 251 miles over northwest Australia when capture occurred.___Congratulations +SpaceX !!!

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2012-05-14 07:02:59 (92 comments, 61 reshares, 737 +1s)Open 

This year has offered a lot of new cameras for photo enthusiasts. One of my favorites -- the new Sony NEX-7 packs great image quality in a package far smaller than the typical DSLR. Even with the mondo 18-200 lens, I was able to take this on a ski trip that I would not have brought a full size camera. I came back with a lot of stunning sharp 24 megapixel images. This is one of my favorites.

This year has offered a lot of new cameras for photo enthusiasts. One of my favorites -- the new Sony NEX-7 packs great image quality in a package far smaller than the typical DSLR. Even with the mondo 18-200 lens, I was able to take this on a ski trip that I would not have brought a full size camera. I came back with a lot of stunning sharp 24 megapixel images. This is one of my favorites.___

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2012-05-13 15:35:31 (80 comments, 66 reshares, 927 +1s)Open 

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day___

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2012-05-09 02:21:25 (181 comments, 208 reshares, 1355 +1s)Open 

What an amazing capture by +Sebastian Thrun using one of our +Project Glass prototypes...

Jasper, my son, and me.___What an amazing capture by +Sebastian Thrun using one of our +Project Glass prototypes...

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2012-04-18 08:18:38 (231 comments, 742 reshares, 2215 +1s)Open 

I believe the internet has been one of the greatest forces for good in the world over the past quarter century. So when the Guardian requested that I speak to them over the past few months about internet freedom, I decided it was important to participate.

I think the article is a pretty good read but is a short summary of a long discussion. My thoughts got particularly distorted in the secondary coverage in a way that distracts from my central tenets so I think they are worth clarifying here.

(see article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/apr/15/web-freedom-threat-google-brin)

Today, the primary threat by far to internet freedom is government filtering of political dissent. This has been far more effective than I ever imagined possible across a number of nations. In addition, other countries such as the US have come close to adopting very similar techniques in order... more »

I believe the internet has been one of the greatest forces for good in the world over the past quarter century. So when the Guardian requested that I speak to them over the past few months about internet freedom, I decided it was important to participate.

I think the article is a pretty good read but is a short summary of a long discussion. My thoughts got particularly distorted in the secondary coverage in a way that distracts from my central tenets so I think they are worth clarifying here.

(see article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/apr/15/web-freedom-threat-google-brin)

Today, the primary threat by far to internet freedom is government filtering of political dissent. This has been far more effective than I ever imagined possible across a number of nations. In addition, other countries such as the US have come close to adopting very similar techniques in order to combat piracy and other vices. I believe these efforts have been misguided and dangerous.

Lastly in the interview came the subject of digital ecosystems that are not as open as the web itself and I think this portion has led to some misunderstanding of my views. So to clarify, I certainly do not think this issue is on a par with government based censorship. Moreover, I have much admiration for two of the companies we discussed -- Apple and Facebook. I have always admired Apple’s products. In fact, I am writing this post on an Imac and using an Apple keyboard I have cherished for the past seven years. Likewise, Facebook has helped to connect hundreds of millions of people, has been a key tool for political expression and has been instrumental to the Arab Spring. Both have made key contributions to the free flow of information around the world.

So what was my concern and what about Google for that matter?
I became an entrepreneur during the 90’s, the boom time of what you might now call Web 1.0. Yahoo created a directory of all the sites they could find without asking anyone for permission. Ebay quickly became the largest auction company in the world without having to pay a portion of revenue to any ISP. Paypal became the most successful payment company and Amazon soared in e-commerce also without such tolls or any particular company’s permission.

Today, starting such a service would entail navigating a number of new tollbooths and gatekeepers. If you are interested in this issue I recommend you read http://futureoftheinternet.org/ by +Jonathan Zittrain. While openness is a core value at Google, there are a number of areas where we can improve too (as the book outlines).

But regardless of how you feel about digital ecosystems or about Google, please do not take the free and open internet for granted from government intervention. To the extent that free flow of information threatens the powerful, those in power will seek to suppress it.___

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2012-04-04 16:31:50 (237 comments, 403 reshares, 987 +1s)Open 

I'm very excited to share with you a little bit about another project I have been working on -- Project Glass. We believe that by bringing technology closer, we can get it more out of the way.

We think technology should work for you—to be there when you need it and get out of your way when you don’t.

A group of us from Google[x] started Project Glass to build this kind of technology, one that helps you explore and share your world, putting you back in the moment. We’re sharing this information now because we want to start a conversation and learn from your valuable input. So we took a few design photos to show what this technology could look like and created a video to demonstrate what it might enable you to do.

Please follow along as we share some of our ideas and stories. We’d love to hear yours, too. What would you like to see from Project Glass?

+Babak Parviz +Steve Lee +Sebastian Thrun___I'm very excited to share with you a little bit about another project I have been working on -- Project Glass. We believe that by bringing technology closer, we can get it more out of the way.

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2012-04-02 05:48:18 (87 comments, 142 reshares, 692 +1s)Open 

Check out our latest self-driving endeavor below.

On a side note, I got a chance to learn how to do donuts for the video (the first set you see was really me driving) and it was a blast.

We spend a lot of time at Google trying to answer "What ifs?" What if you could find any info you need, the instant you need it? Google Search. What if you could view some of the world’s most renowned art online? The Art Project. And what if you built a self-driving car capable of navigating a track at speeds upwards of 200mph while surrounded by other cars? Our answer to that last one is Google Racing, a partnership with NASCAR to design and build autonomous stock cars. Find out more at google.com/racing.___Check out our latest self-driving endeavor below.

On a side note, I got a chance to learn how to do donuts for the video (the first set you see was really me driving) and it was a blast.

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2012-03-28 19:25:05 (144 comments, 491 reshares, 1031 +1s)Open 

The self-driving car is one of the projects I have been involved with over the past year. I believe this technology has the potential to dramatically improve transportation efficiency, safety, and comfort. However, even more importantly, as you can see below it can change lives.

We announced our self-driving car project in 2010 (http://goo.gl/dI6qA) with a clear goal: make driving safer, more enjoyable and more efficient.

There’s much left to design and test, but we’ve now safely completed more than 200,000 miles of computer-led driving, gathering great experiences and an overwhelming number of enthusiastic supporters.

We wanted to share one of our favorite moments from some special research we conducted. Watch this video of Steve, who joined us for a drive on a carefully programmed route to experience being behind the wheel in a whole new way. We organized this test as a technical experiment outside of our core research efforts, but we think it’s also a promising look at what this kind of technology may one day deliver for society if rigorous technical and safety standards can be met.

A version of this video with audio captions is available here: http://goo.gl/k5K9Q___The self-driving car is one of the projects I have been involved with over the past year. I believe this technology has the potential to dramatically improve transportation efficiency, safety, and comfort. However, even more importantly, as you can see below it can change lives.

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2012-02-21 18:50:06 (111 comments, 37 reshares, 508 +1s)Open 

I was lucky to catch Muhammad Ali's 70th Birthday this past weekend -- an amazing event supporting a great cause -- the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.

I was lucky to catch Muhammad Ali's 70th Birthday this past weekend -- an amazing event supporting a great cause -- the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.___

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2012-01-18 08:29:53 (158 comments, 771 reshares, 2231 +1s)Open 

https://www.google.com/landing/takeaction/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:SOPA_initiative/Learn_more

https://www.google.com/landing/takeaction/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:SOPA_initiative/Learn_more___

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2011-12-23 06:43:31 (260 comments, 291 reshares, 1494 +1s)Open 

Edward, 72, lives by himself on an otherwise uninhabited island. His diet consists mostly of conch and fish as well as some vegetables from a small garden. Lean and muscular, he looks healthier than most people I know in their twenties.

Edward, 72, lives by himself on an otherwise uninhabited island. His diet consists mostly of conch and fish as well as some vegetables from a small garden. Lean and muscular, he looks healthier than most people I know in their twenties.___

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2011-12-23 06:43:23 (96 comments, 35 reshares, 385 +1s)Open 

Favorite photos

Favorite photos___

2011-12-15 07:02:01 (243 comments, 1786 reshares, 3016 +1s)Open 

In just two decades, the world wide web has transformed and democratized access to information all around the world. I am proud of the role Google has played alongside many others such as Yahoo, Wikipedia, and Twitter. Whether you are a student in an internet cafe in the developing world or a head of state of a wealthy nation, the knowledge of the world is at your fingertips.

Of course, offering these services has come with its challenges. Multiple countries have sought to suppress the flow of information to serve their own political goals. At various times notable Google websites have been blocked in China, Iran, Libya (prior to their revolution), Tunisia (also prior to revolution), and others. For our own websites and for the internet as a whole we have worked tirelessly to combat internet censorship around the world alongside governments and NGO promoting free speech.

Thus, imagine... more »

In just two decades, the world wide web has transformed and democratized access to information all around the world. I am proud of the role Google has played alongside many others such as Yahoo, Wikipedia, and Twitter. Whether you are a student in an internet cafe in the developing world or a head of state of a wealthy nation, the knowledge of the world is at your fingertips.

Of course, offering these services has come with its challenges. Multiple countries have sought to suppress the flow of information to serve their own political goals. At various times notable Google websites have been blocked in China, Iran, Libya (prior to their revolution), Tunisia (also prior to revolution), and others. For our own websites and for the internet as a whole we have worked tirelessly to combat internet censorship around the world alongside governments and NGO promoting free speech.

Thus, imagine my astonishment when the newest threat to free speech has come from none other but the United States. Two bills currently making their way through congress -- SOPA and PIPA -- give the US government and copyright holders extraordinary powers including the ability to hijack DNS and censor search results (and this is even without so much as a proper court trial). While I support their goal of reducing copyright infringement (which I don't believe these acts would accomplish), I am shocked that our lawmakers would contemplate such measures that would put us on a par with the most oppressive nations in the world.

This is why I signed on to the following open letter with many other founders - http://dq99alanzv66m.cloudfront.net/sopa/img/12-14-letter.pdf
See also: http://americancensorship.org/ and http://engineadvocacy.org/___

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2011-12-14 06:51:54 (128 comments, 84 reshares, 842 +1s)Open 

Few landscapes in the world are as surreal as deserts. You may think this photo is heavily edited but it is straight out of the camera.

To get this shot, I climbed onto a concrete wall in the middle of the night, balanced the camera on the edge (the blur on the bottom ... sorry), and fired a 30 second exposure.

Even though it was moonlit, the sky was so clear that you can almost make out the nebula in Orion's dagger.

Few landscapes in the world are as surreal as deserts. You may think this photo is heavily edited but it is straight out of the camera.

To get this shot, I climbed onto a concrete wall in the middle of the night, balanced the camera on the edge (the blur on the bottom ... sorry), and fired a 30 second exposure.

Even though it was moonlit, the sky was so clear that you can almost make out the nebula in Orion's dagger.___

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2011-12-14 06:51:45 (85 comments, 42 reshares, 429 +1s)Open 

Favorite photos

Favorite photos___

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2011-12-10 07:25:32 (171 comments, 245 reshares, 975 +1s)Open 

After a long day at the office ...

After a long day at the office ...___

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2011-12-09 21:49:39 (206 comments, 124 reshares, 1102 +1s)Open 

You might think that this is a macro shot but in fact there just are really big bugs in the south pacific (perhaps someone can identify it). This one landed on a table near me and all I had on me was a wide (35mm) lens. But I got as close as I dared, and with a little crop, here is the result.

Note this is my first try at posting from Picasa as the latest version now has native Google+ support.

You might think that this is a macro shot but in fact there just are really big bugs in the south pacific (perhaps someone can identify it). This one landed on a table near me and all I had on me was a wide (35mm) lens. But I got as close as I dared, and with a little crop, here is the result.

Note this is my first try at posting from Picasa as the latest version now has native Google+ support.___

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2011-12-09 19:12:12 (171 comments, 112 reshares, 1235 +1s)Open 

A few months ago I was on a hike with +Patrick Pichette. As we came over the crest of a long climb, he spotted this amazing hawk. All we had was our cell phones but we managed to get this shot.

A few months ago I was on a hike with +Patrick Pichette. As we came over the crest of a long climb, he spotted this amazing hawk. All we had was our cell phones but we managed to get this shot.___

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2011-11-29 19:24:21 (92 comments, 281 reshares, 625 +1s)Open 

Congratulations to the indoor maps group. Just a short time ago this was bleeding edge research and today it is available to millions.

Of course, this is just the start ... more places and greater accuracy to come.

Today, Google Maps is entering a new frontier: mapping the indoors. As part of this morning’s launch of Google Maps 6.0 for Android, you can use your phone to see detailed floor plans of airports, malls, large stores, and other public spaces; get a more accurate location indoors; and find your way around large buildings. The familiar ‘blue dot’ can show you where you are indoors and automatically detect what floor you’re on. And it’s all seamlessly integrated into Google Maps for Android.

To watch the overview video -- http://youtu.be/Gy-DI_bWElg
To play with a demo -- visit maps.google.com/indoor
To read the full announcement -- http://goo.gl/HdI3R
To download the update from Android Market -- http://goo.gl/EFgwH

There is still plenty to share. Check back throughout today for lots of screenshots, more videos, and more information about indoor Google Maps and Google Maps 6.0 for Android.___Congratulations to the indoor maps group. Just a short time ago this was bleeding edge research and today it is available to millions.

Of course, this is just the start ... more places and greater accuracy to come.

2011-10-08 06:05:45 (170 comments, 200 reshares, 1180 +1s)Open 

Incredible. It was just a handful of months ago that +Vic Gundotra and I were at the office late one day talking about how to make communication on what was to become Google+ really dynamic. The discussion turned to the video conferencing technology that another team was building with a completely different product in mind.

"I bet you can just throw that into profiles with a couple of lines of javascript," I said mostly sarcastically to goad him on. Sure enough about 15 minutes later we were participating in our first hangout thanks to some amazing engineering footwork and maybe a bit more than a couple of lines.

It is amazing for me to see this feature now used for such a distinguished event as the one below between the +Dalai Lama and +Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu not to mention of course how honored we are that they are using Google+ overall.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama will have a conversation with Archbishop Desmond Tutu by live video over a Hangout (Google+'s video conferencing platform) as part of the Inaugural Desmond Tutu Peace Lecture in Cape Town, South Africa, on October 8, 2011, starting at 10:30am South African time (GMT+2.00). A link to the Google+ Hangout will be available approximately 20-30 minutes before the event begins.___Incredible. It was just a handful of months ago that +Vic Gundotra and I were at the office late one day talking about how to make communication on what was to become Google+ really dynamic. The discussion turned to the video conferencing technology that another team was building with a completely different product in mind.

"I bet you can just throw that into profiles with a couple of lines of javascript," I said mostly sarcastically to goad him on. Sure enough about 15 minutes later we were participating in our first hangout thanks to some amazing engineering footwork and maybe a bit more than a couple of lines.

It is amazing for me to see this feature now used for such a distinguished event as the one below between the +Dalai Lama and +Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu not to mention of course how honored we are that they are using Google+ overall.

2011-10-06 00:18:57 (441 comments, 1828 reshares, 8135 +1s)Open 

From the earliest days of Google, whenever Larry and I sought inspiration for vision and leadership, we needed to look no farther than Cupertino. Steve, your passion for excellence is felt by anyone who has ever touched an Apple product (including the macbook I am writing this on right now). And I have witnessed it in person the few times we have met.

On behalf of all of us at Google and more broadly in technology, you will be missed very much. My condolences to family, friends, and colleagues at Apple.

From the earliest days of Google, whenever Larry and I sought inspiration for vision and leadership, we needed to look no farther than Cupertino. Steve, your passion for excellence is felt by anyone who has ever touched an Apple product (including the macbook I am writing this on right now). And I have witnessed it in person the few times we have met.

On behalf of all of us at Google and more broadly in technology, you will be missed very much. My condolences to family, friends, and colleagues at Apple.___

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2011-09-23 16:39:03 (444 comments, 175 reshares, 1550 +1s)Open 

Taken in the state of majestic landscapes. I have been there twice and have been awed both times by the scenery and I certainly plan to visit again.

We turned around at this point on the hike because it was just a short day trip but it was very tempting to continue on into the wilderness.

Update: As a few of you have mentioned this is Alaska -- vast and scenic. Congrats to +Michael N. +John Hawkins +Cyrus Murphy and +Lyndsey Kleppin .

Taken in the state of majestic landscapes. I have been there twice and have been awed both times by the scenery and I certainly plan to visit again.

We turned around at this point on the hike because it was just a short day trip but it was very tempting to continue on into the wilderness.

Update: As a few of you have mentioned this is Alaska -- vast and scenic. Congrats to +Michael N. +John Hawkins +Cyrus Murphy and +Lyndsey Kleppin .___

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2011-09-20 18:43:49 (467 comments, 232 reshares, 1566 +1s)Open 

You may think I captured this image of a "dragon" in a far off land but in fact it was very close to home. Let me know where you think this is and as always I appreciate feedback on the photo. I'll update the post later today with the story.

Update: First of all, no this is not +Larry Page when he is grumpy.
As many of you pointed out it is in fact a giraffe. And as a few people guessed or deduced the location is
....
<drumroll>
....
Safari West in Santa Rosa -- safariwest.com.
This was actually my second time there in a long time. We spent the night in one of their tent cabins and in the morning we took a walk among the animals. It was a bit dreary before the fog burned off (many of you guessed sf for that reason) so I was ambivalent about bothering to lug around the big 28-300 lens. In fact I wasn't very satisfied with the light as I... more »

You may think I captured this image of a "dragon" in a far off land but in fact it was very close to home. Let me know where you think this is and as always I appreciate feedback on the photo. I'll update the post later today with the story.

Update: First of all, no this is not +Larry Page when he is grumpy.
As many of you pointed out it is in fact a giraffe. And as a few people guessed or deduced the location is
....
<drumroll>
....
Safari West in Santa Rosa -- safariwest.com.
This was actually my second time there in a long time. We spent the night in one of their tent cabins and in the morning we took a walk among the animals. It was a bit dreary before the fog burned off (many of you guessed sf for that reason) so I was ambivalent about bothering to lug around the big 28-300 lens. In fact I wasn't very satisfied with the light as I got some giraffe closeups. But as we headed off toward the rhinos I took one last look back, embraced the foreboding atmosphere, and caught this fortuitous pose.

To give credit where it is due +Chris Connelly got the location first followed by +Igor Shevlyakov +David Andersen +Janet Rae-Dupree +Dinesh Nandan +Joe Foos +Tetsu Noguchi +Gabe Norwood +Barry Ross +Ted Martin +Matson Breakey ...

For photo buffs, I like the 28-300 for its versatility but it is heavy. In this shot you can also see some chromatic aberration along the giraffe's neck which is a bit surprising.___

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2011-09-20 18:17:41 (204 comments, 84 reshares, 635 +1s)Open 

Favorite photos

Favorite photos___

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2011-08-29 05:42:21 (262 comments, 145 reshares, 1138 +1s)Open 

Floating over the San Francisco Bay, it is hard to miss the amazing colors of the salt evaporation ponds at the southern tip. Depending on the salinity level of a particular pond, the color can vary from green to orange to red based on the ecosystem that flourishes at that concentration.

As you can probably guess, I took this shot from an airship. Since getting to know the folks over at airshipventures.com, I have had the pleasure of flying with them several times and this loop in the south bay is arguably the most scenic. I will probably give it another go when they get back to SF in October.

Floating over the San Francisco Bay, it is hard to miss the amazing colors of the salt evaporation ponds at the southern tip. Depending on the salinity level of a particular pond, the color can vary from green to orange to red based on the ecosystem that flourishes at that concentration.

As you can probably guess, I took this shot from an airship. Since getting to know the folks over at airshipventures.com, I have had the pleasure of flying with them several times and this loop in the south bay is arguably the most scenic. I will probably give it another go when they get back to SF in October.___

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2011-08-23 06:03:50 (211 comments, 123 reshares, 743 +1s)Open 

Full res versions of G+ photos

Full res versions of G+ photos___

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2011-08-21 23:55:21 (368 comments, 186 reshares, 1877 +1s)Open 

I recently found an old flash card that I had misplaced and came across this shot. We were staying at a lodge in the Okavango Delta. Our guide had phenomenal vision and spotted something stirring under a tree perhaps two miles away.

When we drove there, we found this cheetah resting in the shade. His expression and the calming background were a magical view of the world's fastest hunter.

I recently found an old flash card that I had misplaced and came across this shot. We were staying at a lodge in the Okavango Delta. Our guide had phenomenal vision and spotted something stirring under a tree perhaps two miles away.

When we drove there, we found this cheetah resting in the shade. His expression and the calming background were a magical view of the world's fastest hunter.___

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2011-08-08 05:47:39 (300 comments, 251 reshares, 1627 +1s)Open 

Here is another set of Egypt photos. This country has lots of natural beauty -- underwater is no exception.

I shot these with a 5D II in an Ikelite housing with a 35 1.4 lens.

Here is another set of Egypt photos. This country has lots of natural beauty -- underwater is no exception.

I shot these with a 5D II in an Ikelite housing with a 35 1.4 lens.___

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