Dear Future Daughter:
1) When you’re at some party, chain smoking on the roof with some strange girl with blue hair and exorbitant large dark eyes, ask her about her day. I promise you, you won’t regret it. Often times you’ll find the strangest of people have the most captivating of stories to tell.
2) Please, never mistake desire for love. Love will engulf your soul, whilst desire will emerge as acid, slowly making it’s way through your veins, gradually burning you from the inside out.
3) No one is going to fucking save you, anything you’ve read or heard otherwise is bullshit.
4) One day a boy is going to come along who’s touch feels like fire and who’s words taste like vanilla, when he leaves you, you will want to die. If you know anything at all, know that it is only temporary.
5) Your mental health comes before school baby, always. If its midnight, and you have an exam the next day but your hands have been shaking for the past hour and a half and you’re not so sure you want to be alive anymore, pull out that carton of Ben and Jerry’s and afterwards, go the fuck to bed. So what if you get a 68% on the exam the next day? You took care of yourself and at the end of the day that will always come before a high test score. To hell with anyone who tells you differently.
I have to admit. I was bummed when I saw the news that Google is buying Nest. For this reason, if nothing else:
Nest had the potential to be an enormous business on its own - very curious to talk to Tony and co. to see what they needed in this deal.— nilay patel (@reckless)
Yep. Nest had the potential to be the first great new tech company of this decade. Like you, I can imagine about a dozen other dumb consumer electronic products they could have improved on beyond smoke alarms and thermostats.
Yes, it will be interesting to see why Faddell and co sold.
But I think I have an idea.
People keep wondering why Google is doing things like self-driving cars. And Google glass. And Google Now. But they shouldn’t. You should no more wonder why they do Gmail and Google Calendar than any of that stuff.
Google is building the operating system of this century.
It’s not about a software layer or the internet of things. Ok. Maybe it’s about that on the component level. But on the philosophical and practical level? It’s about that meshing together. It’s about answers. Google told us from the very beginning that they wanted to organize the world’s information. On the web, that meant a range of options that they delivered to you so you could pick the best website.
But in life… and this is key… in life… when you are on the road or in the moment or when (lol) your house is on fire, you want only one answer: the right one.
Think about that. We live in a world right now where if your house… potentially your whole world… was on fire… you might not know it.
Coming in 2015: AdWords targeting by living room temperature.— Dan Frommer (@fromedome)
And yet, we have the technology to let you know it. In real time. Now. Today.
And that is the new operating system that Google is building. They want to give you the right answer in real time whenever you ask for it or need it. And I bet that that is how Google sold Nest on selling out to them: we are going really do this thing, really build it out:
Yep, like everyone says, we’re building the Star Trek computer. It will be the right answer to every question you might have, at any moment, wherever you are. You think it’s wild that we can send you an alert on your phone to leave your house because traffic conditions indicate that you might miss your flight (because your gmail is integrated with Google now)? Just wait.
All information. All information. That exists. In real time. No matter how mundane.
That is what Google wants to organize. Frankly, that is what the promise of the internet and the computer revolution has always been about.
For example: I proposed to my wife on a certain bench in Paris. What is the temperature around that bench right now? Is it raining on that bench? Is someone currently sitting on it? Is the bus that runs by it about to come in two minutes or ten? I have no way of knowing that information right now, but the technology exists. I COULD know.
Others have said that we will soon have computers imbedded in our bloodstream. 100 years from now people will think it was barbaric that we WAITED to go to the doctor. You waited until you had symptoms? You mean your doctor wasn’t alerted until it was too late?
The Internet Of Things. Connected devices. Self driving cars. Smart appliances. This is what it’s all about. THIS is the OS of the 21st century. It’s about the fact that it should be IMPOSSIBLE NOT TO KNOW. About anything. We can record it now. We can parse it now. We can organize it now. We can deliver it on demand now.
THAT is the OS of the future. It’s not a platform, but a network. Just like the web.
Google seems to grok that intuitively. That is why they are the most interesting company in the world right now.
*PS: This post was partially inspired by a post I read this weekend discussing the problems (anti-trust and otherwise) if Google moves to this “one, best answer” paradigm. But I can’t find the post now for the life of me. If any of you know it, let me know, I’ll add on to this post, and credit you for the tip. Thx.
Always interesting when someone is willing to buy someone else for all cash. You know how much more serious that is. Especially when you know things like this:
Nest had been close to completing a funding round of upward of $150 million that would have valued it at more than $2 billion
So, this was serious.
Bottom line: Google continues to be the most interesting company of this decade.