California CDC Evicts Google Mystery Barge From Treasure Island

California CDC Evicts Google Mystery Barge From Treasure Island

Google seems to have two slogans: 'don't be evil', and 'it's better to ask forgiveness than seek permission.'

The state of California has told Google it must remove its mystery barge from its current berth at Treasure Island, in San Francisco Bay. Nobody knows exactly what's going on out there; Google's building something, and it floats, but Google's playing coy about what it does and why it's there. The thing's four storeys tall, hardly inconspicuous, but by building it on barges rather than on land it seems Google may have been trying to avoid filing city permits, which would have been public. The Coast Guard has signed NDAs, and city officials say they haven't the slightest idea what the building work actually is.

Google says it intends to use the barges - one in San Francisco, the other currently in Portland, Maine - as "an interactive space where people can learn about new technology," though with the proviso that "it's still early days and things may change." The Island, a man-made platform formerly home to a Navy base and site of the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition, has its own development authority. It's thought the Treasure Island Development Authority gave the go-ahead without alerting the city authorities. A TIDA representative has said "we did not intend to violate or circumvent the process."

Work on the Google barge has come to a halt. The Coast Guard wants to make sure the barge meets its standards, and in any case, TIDA never had the authority to allow ship construction on Treasure Island. Once built - if it ever is - it will need even more permits to be moored or docked.

The San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission strongly suggests "that this thing is moved in an expeditious manner so when they want to start building again, they can build it lawfully at a place where it is permitted," says commission executive director Larry Goldzband.

The East Coast barge was built in New London, Connecticut, and is currently docked at Portland, Maine. Nobody knows what it's supposed to do either, but plans seem to be afoot to send it on some kind of tour, starting in New York Harbor.

Source: Guardian

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its prob just crazy tech they working on or virus stuff like zombies or... ... or ..portal stuff OMG HALF-LIFE 3 CONFIRMED PORTAL 3 CONFIRMED AND LEFT 4 DEAD 3 CONFIRMS your sneeky dogs valve !!!! ^.^ i bet that barge vanishes with part of the dock !

Clearly this is the start of Google's eventual plan for world domination. They'll lure us in with promises of science and education but before anything ever opens, out will come swarms of independent military-grade robots who will subjugate human-kind with their automatic twitter feeds before data mining our bodies in horrible, horrible ways and eventually getting us to buy junk we don't need.

Fear the future, for it is now

When I read the headline I thought it was referring to the Centre for Disease Control and thought "WTF where Google doing thats hazardous to health?" Maybe some materials research or RTG powered servers or something.

Was disappointed to find out its over a mundane planning application problem.

J Tyran:
When I read the headline I thought it was referring to the Centre for Disease Control and thought "WTF where Google doing thats hazardous to health?" Maybe some materials research or RTG powered servers or something.

Was disappointed to find out its over a mundane planning application problem.

glad im not the only one who associated CDC with the centre for disease control.

buying up AI research companies, military robot developers, and building these floating super barges.. if a single individual did it they would be a supervilian but google are going worse they want to be the worlds first cyberpunk megacorp

Skynet is on those barges.

I welcome our ai overlords.

Captchas "worth overdoing" damn right captcha damn right.

You go into learn about new technology and come out implanted with a mind control device. Aka google glass.

Yeah, that title is highly misleading.... not the CDC I was imagining.

I'm guessing it's skynet. Considering all the A.I and robot companies Google has purchased over the last year I think it's safe to assume Google is under the influence of skynet and is building it's army.

took long enough. rumor has it that google was installing secure servers on that island, using the cold bay water as a cooling system. Problem is they never told anyone what they were doing and are still extremely tight lipped about it.

Maybe it's just a floating safe to keep all of the bars of gold they bought by avoiding tax and you can have a look at them for free as long as you sign up for google plus and join the glasshole horde. All glory to the Googletoad!

Or maybe this is the launch of google boatview. Never again will you be swimming in a canal at night and not know how to get home.

so google now builds secret floating fortresses. after buying a lot of robotic technology and abosrbing artifiacial intelligence companies, and throw around NDA keeping it silent. oh, google why oh why did you have to become a supervillian. Wasnt Putin enough?

also perfect place for cooling servers in water for SkyNet till it learns quantum computing.

BrotherRool:
Clearly this is the start of Google's eventual plan for world domination. They'll lure us in with promises of science and education but before anything ever opens, out will come swarms of independent military-grade robots who will subjugate human-kind with their automatic twitter feeds before data mining our bodies in horrible, horrible ways and eventually getting us to buy junk we don't need.

Fear the future, for it is now

ninja'd about everything on second post, your quick!

 

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