The barges appeared mysteriously on both the east coast and west coast of the United States. Were they something sinister like No Such Agency high tech eavesdropping equipment recording every second of all cell phone conversations on each coast? Even the Coast Guard could not figure out how to classify these floating mystery structures.
Then someone in the know said these enigmatic barges were owned by Google. Immediately, they became floating data centers that could survive natural disasters by simply floating out of the path of danger. That makes sense – sort of. The ocean water could be used to cool the computers, at least on the Pacific coast as the water temperature off the east coast can get to 80-something in the summer due to the gradually sloping continental shelf.
As soon as Google’s name became tied to the barges, they suddenly became big party boats to woo high-end executives and partners. They could even be used to show off experimental products to select industry people while avoiding the prying eyes of reporters and bloggers. Maybe they are physical streets and buildings where people can roam wearing their Google Glass and see advanced features known only to a few developers.
Google founders are known for owning and housing a full-size jet at Moffett Field in Sunnyvale California, so owning barges for parties on both coasts is the most rumored and believable explanation. Maybe a complex for paintball fights would be more fitting for Google’s corporate family structure and attitude adjustment sessions.
TechCrunch evidently persuaded a Google employee to leak a little tidbit of information, and we do mean minute! The barges are going to be used as “an interactive space” to show off and educate people on Google’s technology.
If I was forced to make an educated guess, I would choose the part boat scenario.