Google Borg Starts Assimilating NASA

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It's fun to make fun of Google and some of the things they do, but this whole Google NASA thing gives me the heebee geebees. This exerpt from a press release sounds a lot like the press release from skynet the ficticious company that took over the world in Terminator 3

"Our planned partnership presents an enormous range of potential
benefits to the space program," said NASA Ames Center Director G.
Scott Hubbard. "Just a few examples are new sensors and materials
from collaborations on bio-info-nano convergence, improved analysis of
engineering problems as well as Earth, life and space science
discoveries from supercomputing and data mining, and bringing
entrepreneurs into the space program. While our joint efforts will
benefit both organizations, the real winner will be the American
public," he added.

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As Silicon Valley continues to lead in developing technologies that will guide our nation's economy in the 21st century, partnerships combining the best in public sector innovation with the cutting edge of private industry will serve as the gold standard in public-private partnerships for years to come. The technologies created by the partnership of Google and NASA Ames not only will enable and enhance further exploration of space, they will positively impact the daily lives of all Americans for generations to come," Eshoo said.

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bio-info-nano convergence ?

WTF?

technologies created by the partnership of Google and NASA Ames not only will enable and enhance further exploration of space

okay, that's a partnership between a company that is perpetually in BETA and an organisation that awards everything to LOW BID.

Resistance is futile

The day is coming, and soon, when Googlers will be wearing those painful looking Borg eyepieces and shucking nanoprobes into potential employees' lattes.

Google's becoming the new Microsoft - they're so successful at everything they do that it was bound to get some backlash. It's cool to be a Google hater right now. Unfortunately I'm quite terrible at being cool, so I'll just keep on blissfully using it.

refreshing new honesty

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“Our planned partnership presents an enormous range of potential benefits to the space program,” said NASA Ames Center Director G. Scott Hubbard. “Just a few examples are new sensors and materials from collaborations on bio-info-nano convergence, improved analysis of engineering problems, as well as Earth, life and space science discoveries from supercomputing and data mining, and bringing entrepreneurs into the space program. While our joint efforts will benefit both organizations, the real winner will be the American public,” he added.

I bet that phrase wasn't pre approved by the collective.

last I read

NASA was doing Homeland Security's homework for them (data mining and intelligence stuff).

Americans?

Don't misunderstand me, I know plenty of really nice Americans, and I don't mind Americans as such, but:

the real winner will be the American public,

positively impact the daily lives of all Americans for generations to come

How can you guys (or, rather, those guys) be so friggin ego-centric and megalomaniac? How can you allow your public figures to talk like that? And nobody even thinks it's odd? Space is not about America for chrissake.

What the fuck happened to "a giant leap for mankind"?

Huh?

You mean there's life outside them there United States? (blank stare)Who'd a thunk it.

Oh claus

Didn't you know, mankind = USA, the rest of the world is full of evil insurgents, terrorists and *non-americans*! Once they have regime changed the world it will all be america anyway ;O)

It's easy claus, you have to

It's easy claus, you have to sell the idea (or at least justify it) to the American taxpayer. Those comments are directed at a domestic audience at a time when, because of the costs of hurricane Katrina, there is a lot of talk about scraping huge parts of NASA's plans for space. It's all internal politics and the taxpayer wants to know 'what's in it for me?'

Good point brad, it does

Good point brad, it does seem rather obvious once someone states it...

well

The rest of the world ain't funding NASA.

I hate taxes!

America

I am the first to admit America can be a short sighted country but...
We are paying for NASA. So excuse us if we put our interests first in this.

There are a million things you can complain about America that are legitimate. Pick one of them. I'll even throw a few out. The invasion of Iraq, the lack of concern for Africa, the support of undemocratic brutal nations while at the same time "freeing" others.

Only joshing

Your NASA your rules isnt it? :O) no argument from me

well

Sorry if I was a bit too harsh, I am not anti American as such. It's just that that way of speaking sounds like it's America against the world. It's not just the NASA guy and the politician, it's more or less everywhere these days. Just about every public American person talks like that. What did we do to be treated like that? Nothing. We've always been friendly and positive towards the American people.

It's very hard for otherwise friendly nations and people to constantly be treated like we don't even exist by your public figures. And that, ignorance, even seems to be the best case these days. We don't really care about your taxes as we pay two-three times as much, we just want recognition and a little respect.

Just a little. For one thing I'm sure we'd gladly cooperate in the space field and help share the large expenses, for mutual benefit. Especially when it comes to things like space it should be obvious to anyone that that is not about any individual nation.

Well, nevermind... I'm probably preaching to the choir - all I'm saying is that you should try to educate your public figures about the world outside the US borders. We're really not that bad.

If the pro-American

If the pro-American Americans leave a bad taste in your mouth, you should really try Texas sometime. We're a humble little bunch...

I agree about the education bit...

One problem with America is we Americans live in a nation where you can go your whole life and never meet anyone from anywhere else. Its hard for us Americans to imagine that there is a world outside of America and that others might view things differently. I know Americans that haven't even met an african american, let alone a European or Asian. Its the size and relative unoccupied landscape of America that does us in. My personal education was in the Navy and the oppurtunity it gave me to see the world.

That being said, NASA is our deal, so when we spend money on it we are interested in benifits for us. We aren't talking about curing cancer and keeping it to ourselves. We are talking about a strategic asset ( space and space technology ) that unfortunatly is going to be competed for.

And we do cooperate with other nations; the space station, the probe to Saturn(?) I think was a joint operation, I am sure there are more.

I apologize if I am coming across overly negative, I just feel that this isn't something we should have to say we are sharing; I mean we're paying for it.

I guess it comes down to if you view this as a competition or not. Is that your complaint ? That Americans view it as a competition ?

I think we ought to just

I think we ought to just drop it. There is not a single nation that has not engaged in a little us vs. them-ism or parochial attitudes in their public statements at one time or another in the last decade. Engaging in fingerpointing is likely to be counter productive.

Agreed.

Agreed.

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I don't really know about competition, haven't even thought about that. I guess competition can be just as good (or bad) in the space area as in any other area.

I was just offended by the use of language, that's all. It's the contrast, I think. I mean, the size of space is so extreme that you could hand every single American a piece of it the size of the whole US and that would still not be a visible fraction. Donate a piece of space the size of the whole earth to every single human being and you would still not even risk that any two pieces ever meet.

On one hand you have this thing that's so big that it's unbelievable, and on the other hand you have these (in the grand scheme of things) smaller-than-microscopic people insisting that this major volume is for the benefit of some odd fraction of the population of some random planet. I mean, not even a whole planet, the size of ... well, a lot smaller than a grain of sand in a desert. And then a fraction of that.

That just hit me as megalomania, if ever there was such a thing. And then from a NASA guy.

But I do understand all the tax justification arguments. Nobody likes paying without at least getting a sense of reward. And of course you can just shut down NASA if you don't want to pay for it anymore. That would still be sad, imho.

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Anyway, back on topic: Google and NASA. I'm sorry I hijacked the thread like that.

Personally I'm not sure what to think of it. Someting is definitely odd, especially the bio-info-nano science invented for the occastion. That doesn't really belong with any of those two parties, but what do I know. And then the suggested size of that "campus". And then some.

Perhaps the Google founders plan to change their corporate motto from "No Evil" to "Don't Panic"

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