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India won’t allow driverless cars if they take away jobs

In language that is sure to frighten the likes of Google, Tesla, and every other company with a foot in the driverless car game, India’s road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari has said that driverless cars will not be allowed in the country if they take away jobs, reports the HindustanTimes.

“We won’t allow driverless cars in India. I am very clear on this. We won’t allow any technology that takes away jobs. In a country where you have unemployment, you can’t have a technology that ends up taking people’s jobs.” — Nitin Gadkari Highways minister 7/25/2017

India is one of the top destinations tech companies are focusing their resources on for growth. With a consumer market of 1.2 billion people, if India actually ends up not allowing driverless cars in the country it will effectively seal off one-sixth of the world’s population from the autonomous car market.  – Michael Grothaus (FastCompany)

After working in technology for 4 decades, it seems that technology doesn’t take jobs, but rather creates a new employment track that is fascinating and innovative. Yes training is needed to participate, but that should be an obstacle that we can tackle.

However my logic could be skewed, since I am eagerly awaiting autonomous cars and more innovation. — the editor

And just for fun, you might want to read this one too:  “Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg are having a spat about whether AI will kill us all”

Group Bike Riding – it’s a Conference Bike

It’s no joke: the ConferenceBike is a revolutionary way to bring people together. The CoBi-7 is pedaled by 7 riders sitting in a circle. One person steers while the other 6 pedal (or not) as the bike moves effortlessly along. More than 300 CoBies are now being enjoyed by a wide variety of groups in 18 countries. It is a tour bike in Berlin, Baltimore and San Francisco; a tool for corporate team-building in Copenhagen and San Diego, a way for blind people to bike in Dublin and Florida. Googlers use this for moving team meetings.  Looks hilarious.  It sorta fits with their multi-colored bikes that are available to get from one part of the campus to the other.

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Google in the News on April 1

Google to donate 80% of search revenue 

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (April 1, 2014) – Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced an unprecedented move to donate 80% of revenue from its search engine division to rainforest protection, effective immediately.

Google Inc. CEO Larry Page said the decision arose out a growing concern at the company about the impact of climate change on a number of other pressing social, environmental and economic issues in the world.

The new project entitled “Google Trees” will see the company plant a billion new native trees in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest by August 2014, which could – along with several other Google-funded projects – neutralize 100 percent of the world’s carbon emissions by 2017.

A press conference will take place on Friday, April 4 at 10:00 a.m. PST online only to minimize the event’s carbon footprint (Google Hangout Link).

About Google Inc.

Google is a global technology leader focused on improving the ways people connect with information. Google’s innovations in web search and advertising have made its website a top internet property and its brand one of the most recognized in the world.(source)

Ecosia – The “real” green search engine
Christian Kroll


April fools!

Though Google isn’t donating 80% of its search ad revenue to protect the rainforest,Ecosia does just that everyday, with 219,695 trees already planted! Find out more about how millions of people around the world are already helping the environment just by searching the web at www.ecosia.org – or get in touch with us directly.

Google wins Hangar One lease

Preservationists can rejoice — Hangar One’s restoration appears imminent. Google has won a lease deal for the massive hangar and operation of Moffett Field’s runways.

NASA and the General Services Administration announced today, Feb. 10, that Google’s Planetary Ventures, LLC has been selected for a long-term lease of Hangar One and the Moffett Airfield. The subsidiary of Google has already partnered with NASA in the past, and is now set to build a 1.1 million-square-foot campus on another portion of Moffett soon.

Hopefully, this is the happy end to a long battle.

Google Clean-tech Investment

$680 million has been pushed into clean energy by Google:

  1. $280 million fund with Solar City
  2. $168 million goes to BrightSource Energy’s Ivanpah project which includes a solar thermal power plant currently under construction in the Mojave Desert in California
  3. $100 million invested in Sheperd’s Flat wind farm in Oregon.
  4. $55 million for Alta Wind Energy Center in Kern County
  5. $39 million for two North Dakota wind farms built by NextEra Energy Resources.