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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.

There's over one million people watching this live over YouTube. It's unbelievable. So let's thank them for participating.

Robert Scoble: Where are we going with sensors in devices?

This is a big area of focus, I think you saw that in the presentations. I think really being able to get computers out of the way and really focus on what people really need. Mobile's been a great learning experience for us and for all of you. You know, the smaller screens, you can't have all this clutter. I think you saw on the new Google Maps how we got all sorts of stuff out of the way. You know there's like 100 times less things on the screen than there was before.

And I think that's gonna happen with all of your devices, they're going to understand the context. You know, just before I came on stage I had to turn off all of my phones. So I'm not interrupting all of you. That's crazy. That's not a very hard thing to figure out. So all that context that's in your life, all these different sensors are going to help pick that up and just make your life better, and I think we're, again, only at the very, very early stages of that. It's very, very exciting.

Daniel Buckner, Mozilla: Question about future of web development.

Sorry, you're asking about the future of the Web? We've been very excited about the web, obviously, being birthed from it as a company. And I think that we've really invested a lot into the open standards behind all that. And I've personally been quite saddened at the industry's behavior around all these things. You just take something as simple as instant messaging. We've kind of had an offer forever that we'll interoperate on instant messaging. I think just this week Microsoft took advantage of that by interoperating with us, but not doing the reverse. Which is really sad, right? And that's not the way to make progress. You need to actually have interoperation, not just people milking off one company for their own benefit

So I think Google's always stood for that. I've been sad that the industry hasn't been able to advance those things. I think generally, because of a focus on negativity and on zero-sum games. So I hope we try to be on the right side of all of those things, but we also try to be practical and look at what other people are doing, and not just rely on our principles to shoot ourselves in the foot, and our users in the process.

So I don't know how to deal with all those things. And I'm sad that the Web's probably not advancing as fast as it should be. We certainly struggle with people like Microsoft. We've had a great relationship with Mozilla, I think, and value that deeply. I'd like to see more open standards, more people getting behind things, that just work, and more companies involved in those ecosystems. I think that's why this conference is so important. But I wouldn't grade the industry well in terms of where we've gotten to.


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