With the 10-year anniversary of Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL)’s IPO upon us, there has been a good deal of reflection upon the technology giant’s exploits and growth over the past decade, as well as what the next decade will bring. David Vise, author of 2005’s The Google Story, is well positioned to discuss both, and did so on CNBC earlier today.
“[…] As you look towards the future, you’ll see Google with the operating system that we’ll be using in cars, it’ll be providing information there. You’re going to see Google doing a mammoth job in health care, where it’ll be possible to Google all aspects of your own personal health, and your genes. And you’re going to be able to see Google in places that you can’t even imagine today,” Vise said.
To the latter point, one can see within the past decade, some of the directions Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) has gone in that were completely unexpected, including those self-driving cars, which Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) is currently testing in the hopes of making the technology commercially viable within the next few years.
Aside from autonomous vehicles, we’ve seen Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) come out with their wearable computing device Google Glass, launch initiatives through satellites and hot air balloons to bring free Internet access to underserved regions of the world, patent wearable tattoos that would be able to connect with other devices over Bluetooth, and develop gaze tracking technology that could bring new insight into their advertising business.
While it’s impossible to even guess at some of the things Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) could have their hands in ten years from now, one thing is for sure; as Vise pointed out, it’s truly an incredible rise for the company built around a search engine that probably could’ve been had for a few hundred thousand dollars back in the day, but that no one wanted.