SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — For Google CEO Larry Page, happiness is a warm computer.
“Technology should do the hard work so people can get on doing the things that make them happiest in life,” Page told a crowd of 6,000 software developers and entrepreneurs who flocked to San Francisco Wednesday for the opening day of Google’s annual showcase for its latest breakthroughs.
In the latest display of its technological prowess and sweeping ambition, Google is rolling out another wave of products and services that will test how much more people want computers to control their lives and enhance their perceptions of reality.
This year’s event at San Francisco’s Moscone Center mostly consisted of announcements about upgrades to existing Google services that have already become daily habits for millions of people – one of Page’s main goals. The new features assume most people want to more help managing their lives from Google’s brainy engineers and the sprawling data centers that house its millions of computers around the world.
Investors are increasingly becoming convinced that Google’s tentacles are going to grasp more money-making opportunities as its dominant search engine and ancillary services become more pervasive on the mobile devices.