Google is not a company known for lacking in the ambition department. From “perfecting” search to building driver-less cars, internet via balloon or creating a mobile ecosystem from scratch; the company has a history of moonshots. Their latest announcement, however, is of a completely different order. While details are scarce, the just-announced Calico project has the stated aim of irradicating disease and preventing aging. Huh.
Their press release was interstingly vague with: “a new company focused on health and well-being, in particular the challenge of aging and associated diseases.” Google CEO Larry Page was slightly more revealing on his Google Plus page: “OK … so you’re probably thinking wow! That’s a lot different from what Google does today,” Page conintued. “…But as we explained in our first letter to shareholders, there’s tremendous potential for technology more generally to improve people’s lives.”
Finally, in an interview to Time magazine, Page laid out his time-frame for this top secret project: “Maybe we should shoot for the things that are really, really important so ten or 20 years from now we have those things done.”
So what we know about Calico is that 1) it wants to make us immortal, 2) it will take them some time, and 3) they don’t care that it has nothing to do with their current business. And that’s about it. Perhaps Larry and Sergey are upset that Elon Musk is stealing all the “mad scientist” press lately.
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