Listen: Google, Holding Company And Larry Page discussed on The Economist: Babbage
"Which is this sort of Holding Company and Google theoretically sits under it and then all the other things that they've been Interested in so that's everything from life sciences to trying to deliver Internet by balloon they all separately. And then if you read their statements now they say well the this company has basically too many managers so a guy called Sunday Pichai. WHO's a lifelong Google's he's been in charge judge of Google for quite some time now and the idea is the whole firm all of alphabet they say would be better with one person in charge? So in a way it's it's sort of reversing the restructuring restructuring the did a few years back or maybe it's cemented. I mean this is these sort of official reason. There might be other reasons. We know that Larry Page for instance has had health problems in in the past. He's had problems with his vocal cords. which and he's been unable to speak some points? which makes it? Maybe you know. Hearts do management A lot of people will say they've seemed a bit kind of disconnected from the company. Anyway away you know. They haven't turned up to To annual meetings. You don't see them around the officers as marches as they used to and it might be you know these guys are sort of nerds at heart that it might be see that after twenty years of the grind I guess of managing you know a big company of the business side of things the money. Hr they just you know lesson inch. Didn't they were keen to go and do something else now. Google is an engineering company at heart and most of its problems now are not engineering problems but actually political ones so one can actually actually see why they might see this as a moment of evolution. But let's take a moment and think about the engineering prowess that gave rise to Google in the first place the history history. Yeah so it's the classic Silicon Valley Story in a way. The company was incorporated in one thousand nine hundred eighty. It was based on some academic. Work that Larry Page rented been doing Stanford Stanford and this was the door of the worldwide web and for all of the listeners of too young to remember that back in the day the weren't really search engines the original world. Where was it's a collection of pages that are indexed by hand The master index was kept on a server at Cernan Europe the particle physics lab where the world was was invented. Google came up with one particular way of doing this now with cooled page rank and the way that worked was by assuming that if a web page has lots of links pointing to it elsewhere elsewhere on on the web and those links are from other big important websites and the website is probably important so it was kind of an automated way to try and wrangle rank. Get some idea of what users we're looking for when they type text into the search box and one of those interesting connections that you often turn up in the history of technology. One of the influences They cite on page rank was another algorithm. Could rank dex invented by guy called Robin Lee. Robin Lee would go on to found by you. Which of course is China's big search engine? That's absolutely incredible. Credible now google is also known for something else and that is"