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Hello, Larry! Google's Page on negativity, laws, and competitors

TechHive Staff | May 17, 2013
Google CEO Larry Page held court at the end of the Google I/O keynote and even answered questions. Here's a complete transcript.

I think people naturally are concerned about change. And certainly not all change is good. I do think the pace of change in the world is increasing. Part of what I would think about is, I think that we haven't adapted mechanisms to deal with some of our old institutions like the law and so on aren't keeping up with the rate of change that we've caused through technology. You know, if you look different kinds of laws we make, and things like that, they're very old. I mean, the laws when we went public were 50 years old. Law can't be right if it's 50 years old. Like, it's before the Internet. That's pretty major change in how you might go public. So, I think we need tomaybe some of you, maybe the million people watching you all love technology--maybe more of us need to go into other areas and help those areas improve and understand technology. I think that that's not happened at the rate at it needs to happen.

The other thing in my mind is we also haven't maybe built mechanisms to allow experimentation. There's many, many exciting and important things you could do that you just can't do 'cause they're illegal or they're not allowed by regulation. And that makes sense, we don't want our world to change too fast. But maybe we should set aside some small part of the world, you know, like going to Burning Man, for example. Which I'm sure many of you have been to. Yeah, a few Burners out there. That's an environment where people try out different things, but not everybody has to go. And I think that's a great thing, too. I think as technologists we should have some safe places where we can try out some new things and figure out: What is the effect on society? What's the effect on people? Without having to deploy it into the normal world. And people who like those kinds of things can go there and experience that. And we don't have mechanisms for that. So those are the kind of things I would think about.

I also think we need to be honest that we don't always know the impact of changes. We should be humble about that. I'm not sure getting up on stage and saying, "Everything is amazing," and so on, is the right thing. Maybe we should be more humble and see what the effect is, and the doubt, as we go. So those are kind of my thoughts.

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