Google are so mysterious, man. Or are they?
So there’s this thing floating on San Francisco Bay. Luckily enough, making things sound ever so cool, it’s actually moored to an island in the Bay just off San Francisco called Treasure Island. That’s right, Treasure Island.
Here is the island:
And here is the thing:
It’s a bunch of shipping crates stacked 4 wide, 4 high and 4 long and welded together. And it belongs to Google.
Up until a little while ago, this thing was a complete mystery. There was a front company called ‘By and Large’ who were eventually traced back to Google. But why were Google building it? What could be it’s purpose? Could it be for the launch of Google Glass? To house tiny pet dinosaurs? Or are google finally using their sea-water cooling data centre patent?
To be honest, the mystery of it all was pretty fun. We went out there to take a few photos ourselves, make a few stabs in the dark about it’s purpose and try to outstare the security guard there. Here’s one of our pictures:
And then, Google went and ruined all the fun/solved the mystery by releasing a statement saying exactly what the Google mystery barge is. Kinda.
This is what they said:
“Google Barge … A floating data center? A wild party boat? A barge housing the last remaining dinosaur? Sadly, none of the above. Although it’s still early days and things may change, we’re exploring using the barge as an interactive space where people can learn about new technology.”
And here’s what it is proposed to look like when it’s completed.
So, a clever publicity stunt designed around a pretty floating building where people can learn about technology. We’re thinking that when they say ‘technology’, they mean their technology. Namely, in all likelihood, Google Glass.
So we guess that’s still cool. Less full of dinosaurs than we would like, but whatever. They did say things could change, so we bet if we wish really hard, it could probably still end up being full of tiny pet dinosaurs for really special deserving people who want tiny pet dinosaurs?!