Live this week, it’s humanity vs the machines, as Google’s AlphaGo AI battles Korean champion Lee Se-dol at the ancient board game of Go. The five-game match is set to be as historic as the competition between IBM’s Deep Blue and chess grandmaster Gary Kasparov, and, even better, you can watch the whole thing unfold live on YouTube.
PLATONIC SPELUNKING: Google Capital(ism): the next holding company will be called Numbers, which will eventually be involved in the merger and acquisition of Alphanumeric
In the onward march of global capitalism the rhizome needs to grow and thank goodness the planet won’t be renamed Google (yet),
SAN FRANCISCO — Google was born as a company that did Internet search. Over time, it has broadened its interests into everything from drones to pharmaceuticals to venture capital.
Larry Page, co-founder and chief executive of Google, said in a blog post on Monday that he was creating a new company named Alphabet that he would run along with Sergey Brin, the other co-founder of Google.
Alphabet is to act as a parent entity, with several other companies operating under the structure. The biggest among them would be Google. In addition, Alphabet is to house other businesses such as Nest, the smart thermostat maker, and Calico, a company focused on longevity, among others.
For Mr. Page, the decision to shake up Google’s structure is driven by the desire to reinvigorate the company with an entrepreneurial culture and to give operating divisions more leeway to make their own decisions. The structure is reminiscent of that of Berkshire Hathaway, Warren E. Buffett’s industrial empire, a giant conglomerate that includes railroads and Fruit of the Loom underwear.
So many of us seek to be a Master of Go, yet only console ourselves as competent chess players that game played during breaks in the game of GO. Yet for most of us it is a game of Halt and Catch Fire.
For me it may wind up being a hang fire ultimately.