First Larry Page and Sergey Brin hired Ray Kurzweil, who famously wants to live forever. Now they’ve started a new company, Calico, to be run by a top bioscience executive Arthur Levinson (formerly head of Genentech) and focused on anti-aging. It’s enough to make you think that the guys in the Googleplex want to live forever. The news is all over the media, but apparently only TIME had exclusive access to Larry Page which it proclaims in its cover story “Can Google Solve Death” (at right):
“In some industries,” says Page, who spoke exclusively with TIME about the new venture, “it takes 10 or 20 years to go from an idea to something being real. Health care is certainly one of those areas. We should shoot for the things that are really, really important, so 10 or 20 years from now we have those things done.”…
Google is not happy just organizing the world’s information. The Internet search giant wants to help you live longer now too.
Google unveiled Calico Wednesday, a new health technology business focused on aging and related diseases.
It will be run as a separate company and operated independently, however, Google is an investor alongside Arthur Levinson, the chairman of Apple and biotech company Genentech, who will be Calico’s CEO.
This is the latest project that takes Google away from its Internet search origins. The company is already developing driver-less cars and giant hot-air balloons that bring Wi-Fi to remote corners of the world.
Wall Street sometimes gets unnerved by such projects because investors worry that Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are not concentrating fully on the main, money-making parts of the company.
However, some side projects, such as Google Glass, are beginning to show commercial potential, and Page reminded investors Wednesday that this is what they signed up for when they bought stock.
“OK … so you’re probably thinking, ‘Wow! That’s a lot different from what Google does today,’ ” Page wrote on his Google+ page. “And you’re right. But as we explained in our first letter to shareholders, there’s tremendous potential for technology more generally to improve people’s lives.”
“So don’t be surprised if we invest in projects that seem strange or speculative compared with our existing Internet businesses,” he added, while noting that new projects like Calico are very small compared with Google’s main operations…
[continues at USA Today]