Just when you thought Google couldn't get any more jaw-dropping
with its latest explorations, you realize with a sudden and
exasperated "omigod" that this is bigger...much bigger than we
imagined. Google, NASA, and MIT are going to change the
It was titillating enough to think of the seemingly inevitable
GoogleNet, an ad-supported wireless network that would transform
the Internet into a broadcast-style medium like radio or television.
The scope of that, in the immediate future anyway, was hedged by US
borders (or North American borders perhaps).
Then, Google hires the exalted Father of the Internet, CEO Eric
Schmidt gets over his CNet freeze out, decides to move in with NASA,
and is a sponsor of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's
massively philanthropic ambition to put $100 drop-it-in-the-mud-if-
you-want, hand crank powered laptops into the hands of the poorest
children of the globe in countries like Brazil, Cambodia, Thailand,
China, Egypt, and South Africa.
And you're all, "huh?" Be careful to avoid anyone that may pat you
on the back, your face could freeze that way.
Eric Schmidt says, "Google and NASA share a common desire-to bring
a universe of information to people around the world."