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Transhumanists Should Work At Google
« on: February 20, 2014, 14:42:03 PM »
Transhumanists Should Work At Google

By: Nitish Kannan
Published: February 12, 2014

Google is the first mainstream company with a transhumanist culture and is the single most innovative company in Silicon Valley.

Recently, while visiting the Google Venice Headquarters in Los Angeles, I couldn't help but think that Google is one of the few companies in the world with revenues of well over 50 billion dollars and over a 300 billion dollar market cap. But it still retains its startup feel.

The biggest innovations over the last century have come from moonshot ideas. The last company in Silicon Valley that is still operating like a large startup and taking moonshots, the only company that still matters in Silicon Valley is Google. No, I do not have a single penny in Google stock, nor is this a promotion of Google in any way. Rather, this is my review of why Google is the most successful company in Silicon Valley and the most likely company to get us to the Singularity.

If you're a transhumanist, you would be well served by working at Google. Ever since Larry Page came back as CEO to Google, Google is bubbling with a lot of new ideas. Larry Page was the first backer of Singularity University as you all know and a big fan of Ray Kurzweil's ideas.  Google is probably one of the biggest AI companies in the world and has the largest data base, with machine intelligence being their core business. Thus, any investment in this area makes total sense.

However, in the last decade what Google has done is immensely fascinating. Google has embarked on a series of moonshot ideas that are all based on the 10^9 mantra.

Google wanted to connect over a billion people with smart devices in a decade; Since Android has been created in 2005, Google has connected over a billion Android handsets globally and aims to connect the next 5 billion over the next decade.

Google wants to give us all augmented reality; Google has made Ray Kurzweil’s predictions come true with the Google Glass and I believe that this will be a huge success for them. In fact, I was in India on TV in front of millions of viewers discussing Google glass technology recently.