The horrifying truth about Google's secret project

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For weeks, the internet has been buzzing about Google's sexy secret project, a massive barge piled with customized shipping containers floating in the San Francisco Bay. Was it a secret data center, soon to be outside national jurisdiction? A rejuvenation lab for Ray Kurzweil? No. The truth is much worse.

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Photos by Daniel Terdiman

It turns out that Google is using the barge as a marketing device. In an open letter to journalists, a Google rep said, "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." Daniel Terdiman, the journalist who broke the barge story in the first place, wrote yesterday that it will also be "a temporary exhibit space." Here's an artist's rendering of what it will look like when complete:

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Translation: We will bring advertisers and potential partners here to wear Google Glass devices, take smart drugs, and spitball about how Google is totally going to change the future, man.

Am I being too harsh, here? This seems like a horrible waste of an amazing design for a post-apocalyptic data haven.

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There has to be a message about the wastefulness of excess in this.I mean really?Some kind of ultraluxury techno-alter?Come worship the power of Google through our traveling chapel of technology?

Who knows how much this cost.That money could have equipped probably thousands of schools with PCs or given a huge bunch of people broadband access who couldn't have it before.

Wouldn't that do just as much for them from a PR standpoint or are they only concerned with the people who would ever be on this thing?