Google company culture strongly erodes for two reasons:
De-facto retirement of Larry and Sergey and significant deepening of the reporting structure in the last few years (ie endless layers of middle management).
Both of these make consistent vision and values much harder to achieve. Recent Googlegeist just reflects that.
Are you comparing yourself to an independent carpenter ?
An independent carpenter would be like a mercenary, who first works to earn money, and then eventually selects his/her clients according to his/her own vision.
A carpenter working for a big corporation would wonder what is the vision of the company, what is he contributing to, beyond the delivering of the building, imo
When you work for a corporation, you are supposed to embrace (and consent to) the company's goal, which is defined by the top level.
Having a search "10% faster every year" looks like a narrow-minded KPI without awarness of a greater purpose.
If you are happy, fine, but I think some people would trade your happiness for their freedom and privacy
Business is complicated. You cannot be narcissus forever.
I would have definitely said yes back in the day; but not so sure now.
(Admittedly might be biased. I'm the founder of Synthetic Minds. We're building program synthesizers; basically all compilers work: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19059922)
Out of curiosity: if not the language platform team, then which team does PL research? My email is in my profile of you'd rather ping there.
They’ve gone for “cloud services” instead. Drastically, drastically, less inspiring — and also pretty competitive. What happens if Amazon drop their prices a bit?
Originally bezos was pissed off that Amazon’s excess capacity for the Black Friday/Christmas surge was going to waste the other 50 weeks of the year. I suspect that’s a pretty powerful motivation. But google absorbs huge spikes too (9/11 was one of the first harbingers of this) so it seemed inevitable, even back then, that they’d do it eventually.
Fighting the momentum of entire markets and hoping a muse settles on your shoulder isn’t a sustainable business strategy for most companies, let alone very large public companies.
There was a hard pivot in TechInfra when Cloud became a priority. And there is a business reason for it - if was estimated that with other cloud providers growing and consolidating Google will cease to be hardware buyer #1 and thus will not get best hardware discounts, affecting profitability of Ads/Search. So there was no choice but to get serious about cloud.
As for dropping prices, nothing will happen - clouds already run on relatively small, albeit oligopolic margins. If one provider reduces price, other providers will follow, with a bit less profit for everyone. This happens from time to time.
This is actually pretty cool. The butler part makes it sound silly but if you were able to pull it off it would mean that we have reached a technological breakthrough. It would be very close to a technological singularity.
It's just an incredibly stressful time in a family's life, no matter how you cut it.
A butler to handle taking out the trash, cleaning the house, cleaning after your parents while you did the other tasks is already s big help.
At first they'll promise they won't collect a lot of data and you'll always be able to opt out. However, increasingly more data will start getting collected, you'll start having a hard time finding the option to opt out and even if you manage to do it, the UI will progressively get more deceptive and annoying at trying to get you to turn it back on.
Next thing you know, almost everyone has them connected, you're a weirdo if you don't and Google is even more powerful than before.
It's possible they Google release another version when technology will be ready (better battery, camera, sound packed into much smaller form & size)
This is broadly true of wearables so far: nobody has come up with a use case for them more compelling than, "shave a few seconds off checking notifications on your phone."