California to Google Barge: ‘Get off My Lawn!’


Let no one accuse Google of being humorless. In November the company responded to rumors about the mysterious barge now floating in the San Francisco bay with the following statement:

“Google Barge…A floating data center? A wild party boat? A barge housing the last remaining dinosaur? Sadly, none of the above. Although it’s still early days and things may change, we’re exploring using the barge as an interactive space where people can learn about new technology.”

So…it’s like the digital Air and Space Museum?

We still have no specifics regarding the purpose of this massive metal husk, but the state of California’s decision to make Google move it ensures a new round of media attention as tech reporters everywhere continue to speculate.

It’s not really Google’s fault this time, though.

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

“The notice came after the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission investigated numerous complaints about construction of the floating, four-story building…the investigation found that neither theTreasure Island Development Authority nor the city of San Francisco had applied for required permits”

Seems like Google and San Francisco have progressed from “BFF” status to a fully co-dependent relationship. Don’t worry, though: the barge will be fine. Take it from the source:

The point of this story: “giant floating showroom” sounds cool no matter what’s on the inside.

[Pic via Stephen Lam/Reuters]