Google CEO Larry Page on Negativity, Laws, and Competitors

Google CEO Larry Page held court at the end of the Google I/O keynote and even answered questions. Here's a complete transcript.

By TechHive Staff
Thu, May 16, 2013
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With that said, I mean it's very hard, if you're going to make a smart phone for a dollar. One dollar, that's obviously almost impossible to do. But I think, you know, if you took a 50 year time frame or something like that, if you took a longer view, you'd probably start to make the investments you needed to. And along the way, you'd probably figure out how to make money. So I just kind of encourage non-incremental thinking and a real, deep understanding of whatever you're doing. That's what I try to do.

[Question about the future of Android. With Oracle in control of Java from 7 forward, how does Google advance Android when one of the core technical underpinnings is not in its control.]

Yeah, I mean, I think we've had a difficult relationship with Oracle. Including having to appear in court as a result of it. So I think, again I think we'd like to have a cooperative relationship with them, that hasn't seemed possible. And I think, again, money is probably more important to them than having any kind of collaboration or things like that. So I think that's been very difficult. I think we'll get through that. And I think obviously Android's very, very important to the Java ecosystem. And so we'll get through that just fine. Just not in an ideal way.

Prashan, developer from India: Most of my opinion, I can trace back to a Google search. As search becomes more and more personalized, and predictive, I worry that it informs my world view and rules out the possibility of some other serendipitous discovery. Any comment on that?

People have a lot of concern about that--I'm totally not worried about that at all. It sounds kind of funny to say but that's totally under your control. And our control is cool. So I think, I think it's very important to have a kind of a wide world view, to have education, all those kind of things.

But the right solution to that is not randomness. You can't really argue doing a bad job of returning whatever you wanted is the right way to educate you. It's just not. It would be better to return exactly what you wanted, when you want it and use that saved time to have you read the news or read textbooks or books or other things that might be more general. So I think we can put that into the algorithms.

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