Inside Google HQ: What does the future hold for the company whose visionary plans include implanting a chip in our brains?

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The power of computing, and the thrill of its apparently infinite possibilities, has also long been a source of fear.

Daniel G. J. 
London Independent
July 20, 2013


Scott Huffman, Google’s engineering director, says the company’s intention is to “transform the ways people interact with Google”. That means having conversations similar to those you would have with humans. No longer will we have to go to “settings” to recalibrate our devices – we will simply order them to make the desired changes. And those devices will not be in our pockets – but all around us in every room.

“If you look back 10 years there was a computer on my desk and today there’s a computer in my pocket and it still has a screen and a keyboard,” says Huffman.

“But fast forward a bit and… I think there is going to be a device in the ceiling with microphones, and it will be in my glasses or my wristwatch or my shirt. And like the Google Glass it won’t have a keyboard… you just say ‘OK Google, blah-blah-blah’ and you get what you want.”

Where will it end? Gomes agrees that a chip embedded in the brain is far from a sci-fi fantasy. “Already people are beginning to experiment with handicapped people for manoeuvring their wheelchairs,” he says. “They are getting a few senses of direction with the wheelchair but getting from there to actual words is a long ways off. We have to do this in the brain a lot better to make that interaction possible. We have impatience for that to happen but the pieces of technology have to develop.”

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Skynet rising: Google acquires 512-qubit quantum computer; NSA surveillance to be turned over to AI machines

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Quantum computers are not made of simple transistors and logic gates like the CPU on your PC. They don’t even function in ways that seem rational to a typical computing engineer. Almost magically, quantum computers take logarithmic problems and transform them into “flat” computations whose answers seem to appear from an alternate dimension.

Now imagine the god-like powers of a 512-qubit quantum computer in the hands of Google, which is working with the NSA to spy on everyone. Before long, an AI computing system decides who are the bad guys vs. the good guys. It has total control over every webcam, every microphone, every traffic light, airplane, vehicle, website and electronic billboard. It decides for itself who to eliminate and who to protect. It makes life and death decisions but has no heart, no soul and no conscience.

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Google Glass hacked, could be used for spying

The advent of Google Glass – the Augmented reality, head-mounted display that looks like a pair of glasses (albeit a little more high-tech) and allows users to access information and record everything they see and hear – has people worried about their privacy.

So far, only developers and certain consumers who were admitted into the early adopter program have had the chance to test the device, and among them is technology consultant and Android hacker Jay “saurik” Freeman, who discovered that hacking Google Glass (the “Glass Explorer Edition”) and using it to spy on the wearer is not that difficult for those who know what they are doing and have physical access to the device.

According to a very long post in which he explained the technical details of how to do it, he showed that a number of things conspired to make the device vulnerable and “rootable.” In short, a malicious individual can easily put the device into Debug Mode using the Settings panel and then use adb access and an exploit to get root access to it.

“Once the attacker has root on your Glass, they have much more power than if they had access to your phone or even your computer: they have control over a camera and a microphone that are attached to your head. A bugged Glass doesn’t just watch your every move: it watches everything you are looking at (intentionally or furtively) and hears everything you do,” he writes. “The only thing it doesn’t know are your thoughts.”

He also pointed out that Glass can record the passwords, PINs, door codes and other similar things the user types or writes by hand.

In the wake of the post, a Google engineer commented that they intentionally left the device unlocked so that testers could “play” with it and hack it, and another took umbrage at Freeman’s reference to “rooting” the device, pointing out that “It’s not rooting if they let you do it on purpose!”

Freeman responded that “as long as engineers, advocates, and officers from Google make statements like these without carefully looking into the facts first, it will not be possible to have any kind of reasonable and informed discussion about this system.”

“The doors that Google is attempting to open with Glass are simply too large, and the effects too wide-reaching, for these kinds of off-the-cuff statements to be allowed to dominate the discussion,” he pointed out, and added a few ideas on how to solve some of the problems that he perceived with the device and its use.

“We recognize the importance of building device-specific protections, and we’re experimenting with solutions as we work to make Glass more broadly available. It’s also important to understand that Glass doesn’t access many parts of a Google Account, including settings or many products. And your personal MyGlass site allows you to change the content that you see on Glass or, if you misplace it, wipe all the data off your device,” Google officially commented.

To be fair, this version of Glass is surely not the one that will end up in production and on the nose of consumers. That’s why they have the testing program, so that any potential problem might be solved beforehand.

Pixel: Google’s New Touchscreen Chromebook

Rumors had been going around cyberspace after news emerged Google was going to hold a news event on Thursday morning. While there wasn’t any official word from the tech giant regarding what they would announced, speculation was rampant that a touchscreen Chrome device would be unveiled. And boy did it prove to be true. This was exactly the objective of the press conference as Google unveiled the new Chrome touchscreen laptop.

Google’s New Touchscreen Chromebook Pixel

This is another step in the right direction for Google as it looks to consolidate its position in the gadgets’ market. After having seen off competition from mobile devices and also the threats to its status as the leading search engine, Google is in a position to consolidate and that is what it seems to be doing. Called the Chromebook Pixel, the device is a high-end one and costs a steep $1,299. This is only for the Wi-Fi exclusive version. A $1,449 model that carries built-in LTE wireless connectivity is also going to be sold.

According to the latest reports about the Chromebook Pixel, the LTE version is expected to go on sale from April. Verizon Wireless would be offering specially priced packages for people who own a Chromebook Pixel. Still, the device is a departure from the usual Chrome devices. Firstly, none of the existing gadgets feature touchscreen technology. Moreover, none of them is priced as highly. You can buy a Chrome device for as low as $199 but Google seems to have shunned the low-price approach.

Google Touchscreen Laptop

For now, Google plans to sell their new Chrome device through its own Google Play store online. The computers would also be available through Best Buy with consumers getting the chance to test them before purchasing. However, they would have to convince people to part with the kind of cash they are asking for. After all, people would demand value for money and unless the Chromebook Pixel provides that, the average person wouldn’t want to spend any money on it.

More significantly, this is the first move by Google that shows it is making the most of its acquisition of Motorola Mobility. Having paid billions of dollars for the company, Google might be expecting to recover a large chunk of the amount through the new Chromebook Pixel. There is still the risk though that the device might suffer the same fate as the much hyped Nexus Q. Despite being touted as a cutting edge music streaming gadget, the Nexus Q failed upon release so much so that Google had to pull it.

One thing which Google cannot ignore is that several other leading gadget makers are working on laptops which can be operated by gestures alone. Unveiling a touchscreen laptop at this juncture might not generate the kind of buzz expected of a new top of the line device. The reaction from critics and most importantly the public would only become clearer in the days to come. Till then, Google can work on promoting the Chromebook Pixel and ensure people line up to buy it when it finally goes up for sale.

Best mini PCs to Access Google Play From Your TV

Nowadays you don’t really need a PC to surf Google Play. If you have a Smart TV you can use an internal app to do that… maybe… as I learned the hard way, not all Smart TV’s are equal. The Smart TV that I bought does not have an app for Google Play, but I have found a solution to that problem.

New Generation Mini Android

If you haven’t got a Smart TV yet, pay attention, I have some good news for you. You can get an Android 4.0 Mini PC powered by Google Android operating system (which is actually quite powerful considering its dimensions) and transform your dumb TV into a Smart one.

For instance MK802 is a great product on sale for under $40 dollars at Amazon and it runs full the Ice Cream Sandwich OS. It could be used as an inexpensive second computer for the kids or a super-portable PC that fits in even the smallest pocket.

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The MK802 Dongle doesn’t connect via USB but rather by the HDMI port on your TV, so you need to make sure you have got one. It doesn’t come with power so you will need to power it via USB (and in some cases you can to this via the USB port on your TV).

This particular model is also able to run Linux on and it has full root access if you need to install any apps or customize the ROM as you wish. Like the Raspberry Pi (sold for just 25$) this is another incredible gadget which could be an easy fit with your TV and doesn’t require any extra table space.

Don’t forget the 500,000+ Game apps you will be able to download from the Google Play store, hence no need to purchase an expensive game console. Head over to to check out the latest deals on Android TV Gadgets.