The Google mystery barge is actually not so mysterious, nor is it a conspiracy, since we already know what is going to be inside.
In a related report by The Inquisitr, the internet company has been famously hush-hush over the Google barges being built on both sides of the United States, with one being constructed in San Francisco Bay and the other Google barge located in Maine’s Portland Harbor. They are essentially a four-story boat with a steel hull that’s about 250 feet long and 16 feet deep.
Local governments were told what the Google mystery barge was being built for but for some odd reason they were sworn to secrecy, which only heightened interest in the project. For a while it was assumed it was a Google datacenter barge that used wave energy to cool off the server. After all, in 2009 Google filed a patent application for a Google barge which was a nautical data center:
“A military presence may be needed in an area, a natural disaster may bring a need for computing or telecommunication presence in an area until the natural infrastructure can be repaired or rebuilt, and certain events may draw thousands of people who may put a load on the local computing infrastructure. Often, such transient events occur near water, such as a river or an ocean. However, it can be expensive to build and locate data centers, and it is not always easy to find access to necessary (and inexpensive) electrical power, high-bandwidth data connections, and cooling water for such data centers.”
But it turns out the answer behind the mystery barge was relatively benign. Google is simply building a floating store intended to show off next generation tech like the Google Glass:
“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.”
But now San Francisco is telling Google the so-called mystery barge needs to get out of the San Francisco Bay and takes it fake mystery with it. Apparently its construction has received multiple complaints and the city is pulling the permits.
What were you hoping the Google mystery barge might be?