So I was over at Steven’s place as usual, and saw a link to an interesting app/device that Google’s working on to (in effect) combine eyeglassess and their search engine.
So, my question is this… Has Google become the Bell Laboratories of the 21st century? Yes or No? Discuss.
To open, I’ll take the “No” side, on the basis that Google is engaging in engineering, that is, creating software/hardware solutions by pushing the envelope of existing technology, whereas Bell Labs also engaged in pure research — which is how we got the transistor.. But after a certain point (possibly when you’re no longer applying known solutions to known problems, and are creating fundamentally new solutions to problems that were never previously known to exist) engineering itself could be said to cross the line into research. At the level that they’re having to function to achieve their goals, has that happened? Am I just engaging in hair-splitting semantics?
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