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Friday, October 25, 2013

I Hope They Name It "Skynet"

Posted by on Fri, Oct 25, 2013 at 3:22 PM

CNET's Daniel Terdiman just broke the story that Google appears to be building a mysterious four-story-tall barge just off the coast of Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay:

Google did not respond to multiple requests for comment. But after going through lease agreements, tracking a contact tied to the project on LinkedIn, talking to locals on Treasure Island, and consulting with experts, it's all but certain that Google is the entity that is building the massive structure that's in plain sight, but behind tight security.

Could the structure be a sea-faring data center? One expert who was shown pictures of the structure thinks so, especially because being on a barge provides easy access to a source of cooling, as well as an inexpensive source of power — the sea. And even more tellingly, Google was granted a patent in 2009 for a floating data center, and putting data centers inside shipping containers is already a well-established practice.

Until Google talks openly about the floating structure, I think it's time for some wild supposition. Is Google secretly constructing a Googly Promised Land to survive the apocalypse, which the search company's complex algorithms predict will be arriving any day now? Are they building a structure in which to imprison Bing and store it safely away from humanity forever? Does it all, finally, come down to Godzilla?


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Joe Szilagyi 1
Prediction: they move it to international waters to get around government "issues" with "oversight" or "scrutiny" to some end. Sealand shall rise again! What is encrypted may never die, but rises again, harder and stronger.
Posted by Joe Szilagyi on October 25, 2013 at 3:41 PM · Report this
God, it must be hard for you people on the outside, with all your speculation and guesses.
Posted by Tyler Pierce on October 25, 2013 at 3:48 PM · Report this
Dougsf 3
Just one of the many brilliant pieces of advice from Google's attorney, Barry Zuckerkorn.
Posted by Dougsf on October 25, 2013 at 3:49 PM · Report this
TomJohnsonJr 4
I believe it's a floating landing strip for Google employees' personal jets and choppers. If I recall correctly, the company was rebuffed after trying to buy a surplus military airfield for that purpose. Now they're trying this.
Posted by TomJohnsonJr on October 25, 2013 at 3:54 PM · Report this
Oh, the pirates will have fun with this one.
Posted by tiktok on October 25, 2013 at 3:54 PM · Report this
Dr_Awesome 6
So it's powered by seawater. Which is made up of hydrogen. HOLY FUCK! BAILO WAS RIGHT ABOUT SOMETHING FOR ONCE!
Posted by Dr_Awesome on October 25, 2013 at 3:57 PM · Report this
@4 False. A company owned directly by Google's executive team, H211 LLC, has a contract with Moffet =t FIeld in the Bay Area for use of the hangers and airfield. It's an active facility used by NASA close to Google's headquarters in Mountain View.
Posted by Tyler Pierce on October 25, 2013 at 3:58 PM · Report this
nikoniko 8
Silicon Valley was obviously serious when they said they were gonna secede.
Posted by nikoniko on October 25, 2013 at 4:01 PM · Report this
Seawater isn't a source of power: it's a source of seawater. Tides, they can be a source of power, but not enough to power a datacenter of this size.
Posted by tiktok on October 25, 2013 at 4:01 PM · Report this
Posted by ReefTraverse on October 25, 2013 at 4:09 PM · Report this
keshmeshi 11

While I accept that Google has abandoned its "don't be evil" principle, I still highly doubt that. The cost of flying or boating people in and out of there would exceed any benefit of that project. And surely at least one nerd at Google has played Bioshock.
Posted by keshmeshi on October 25, 2013 at 4:11 PM · Report this
disintegrator 12
Following in L. Ron Hubbard's footsteps, they're developing their own Sea Org filled with indentured servants!
Posted by disintegrator on October 25, 2013 at 4:29 PM · Report this
They are planning to release autonomous bots to map the ocean floor.
Posted by ejamadoodle on October 25, 2013 at 4:32 PM · Report this
The main problem is that it's no longer economically viable for China to send home "empties". It's cheaper (and better for their pull economy) to build new ones. Hence they are looking at any use possible (like tiny houses). Boon or white elephant. You decide.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on October 25, 2013 at 4:45 PM · Report this
This is but the first of a fleet of Dagon-centers meant to summon Googthulhu.
Posted by shiftyeyedog on October 25, 2013 at 5:39 PM · Report this
TomJohnsonJr 16
@7, best "False." in AGES! Thank you for the news. My recollection was from a long time ago.…
Posted by TomJohnsonJr on October 25, 2013 at 7:38 PM · Report this
sirkowski 17
Who is John Galt?

But seriously, Google is rebuilding the lost empire of Mû.
Posted by sirkowski on October 25, 2013 at 10:10 PM · Report this
Knat 18
You're all way off. This is the first step in an elaborate advertising blitz for the upcoming big-screen adaptation of Snow Crash.
Posted by Knat on October 26, 2013 at 3:20 AM · Report this
ArtBasketSara 19
Well I got my invitation in the mail! If I spend one night on Google Island I get a million GB of information...
Posted by ArtBasketSara on October 26, 2013 at 7:46 AM · Report this
venomlash 20
Are they building Ghostwheel, or are we in the wrong shadow for that?
Posted by venomlash on October 27, 2013 at 10:06 AM · Report this

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