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Google Co-Founder Says People Shouldn't Have to Work So Much
abcnews.go.com ^ | 7/7/2014 | Alyssa Newcomb

Posted on 07/07/2014 7:55:41 PM PDT by RoosterRedux

It sounds like a dream: Work part-time while maintaining the same standard of living.

Google co-founder Larry Page thinks it should be a reality for everyone.

The tech titan and his co-founder, Sergey Brin, sat down for a rare joint interview that was moderated by fellow billionaire, Vinod Khosta, and posted to YouTube.

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"If you really think about the things you need to make yourself happy -- housing, security, opportunity for your kids ... it's not that hard for us to provide those things," Page said. "The idea that everyone needs to work frantically to meet peoples' needs is not true."

Page said the world should be living in a "time of abundance" in which robots and machines could help meet everyone's basic needs much more easily.

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Oh Gee, these guys, with none of the wisdom of life, are going to tell us where we might find the wisdom of life and the happiness that is the byproduct thereof.

How lucky we are!

1 posted on 07/07/2014 7:55:41 PM PDT by RoosterRedux
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To: RoosterRedux

FG

I’ll work as much as I want.


2 posted on 07/07/2014 7:57:07 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: RoosterRedux

So does Google kick its employees to the parking lot with a full day’s pay when 2pm hits? No? I didn’t think so.


3 posted on 07/07/2014 7:57:38 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (The IRS: either criminally irresponsible in backup procedures or criminally responsible of coverup.)
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To: RoosterRedux

Like youth, success and wealth is wasted on some people.


4 posted on 07/07/2014 7:58:14 PM PDT by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (HELL, NO! BE UNGOVERNABLE! --- ISLAM DELENDA EST)
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To: RoosterRedux

“If you really think about the things you need to make yourself happy — housing, security, opportunity for your kids ... it’s not that hard for us to provide those things,” Page said. “The idea that everyone needs to work frantically to meet peoples’ needs is not true.”

MORON


5 posted on 07/07/2014 7:59:13 PM PDT by headstamp 2
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To: RoosterRedux

Googletards ride gay bicycles.

Also, its a private arm of the NSA


6 posted on 07/07/2014 8:00:06 PM PDT by Viennacon (Rebuke the Repuke!)
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To: RoosterRedux

Larry,

Why even work part-time with our welfare state?

May as well let all these illegals in so they don’t have to work either.


7 posted on 07/07/2014 8:00:54 PM PDT by boycott
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To: boycott

THE OLD LINE IS:
‘There is a leisure class at each end of the social scale.’


8 posted on 07/07/2014 8:07:06 PM PDT by DUMBGRUNT
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To: RoosterRedux
Google SWAT team?
9 posted on 07/07/2014 8:07:16 PM PDT by Ouchthatonehurt ("When you're going through hell, keep going." - Sir Winston Churchill)
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To: RoosterRedux
"If you really think about the things you need to make yourself happy -- housing, security, opportunity for your kids ... it's not that hard for us to provide those things," Page said. "The idea that everyone needs to work frantically to meet peoples' needs is not true."

Page said the world should be living in a "time of abundance" in which robots and machines could help meet everyone's basic needs much more easily.


Yeah, Larry...if you have working models of these "security machines" or these"opportunity robots," I'll be more than happy to clear a few minutes on my calendar for you. If you can produce a working model of a "happiness-tron," well, I'd love to see one of those, too.















You know...considering this Page guy is supposed to be some kind of genius, some of the dumb things he manages to say can be really surprising.
10 posted on 07/07/2014 8:09:19 PM PDT by Milton Miteybad (I am Jim Thompson. {Really.})
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To: UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide
What we are seeing is that wealth is losing its value.

If any college geek can be a billionaire? What good is it being a billionaire?

Ergo life is making a turning point. Wealth as a thing to be sought is losing its attractiveness.

Coming soon...young men and women will be heading to the mountain caves and convents, respectively.

That is where the real value of this life can be found.

Many will fall away, but smart people will seek Him because He is the REAL bottom line.

For me...I will gather up my cats and head for the mountain caverns.

11 posted on 07/07/2014 8:10:28 PM PDT by RoosterRedux (Obama: Race is his cover...jihad is his game.)
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To: RoosterRedux

So, will he be sending me $2000 a month out of the kindness of his heart?


12 posted on 07/07/2014 8:11:03 PM PDT by wastedyears (I'm a pessimist, I say plenty of negative things. Consider it a warning of sorts.)
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To: RoosterRedux

Wasn’t this the plot to Frank Herbert’s Dune pre-history? The Robots made everybody apathetic and then other people with robots took over.

Maybe the google guys are science fiction fans and it’s gotten to their heads.


13 posted on 07/07/2014 8:11:41 PM PDT by Greetings_Puny_Humans (I mostly come out at night... mostly.)
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To: RoosterRedux

Is Google willing to pay people not to work with it own money?


14 posted on 07/07/2014 8:12:15 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: RoosterRedux

So how much time did Sergey and Larry put in to establish Google? I’ll bet it was more than 30 hours per week. Something happens to liberals when they become filthy rich, and the reason is they never had any core Christian values to begin with.
I’ll bet the Koch bothers still work as much as they want and so will I. It is none of your f...... business what we do Google, one of the reasons I no longer use that search engine. While they are off on “their 30 hour” work week, the computers are they’re watching our every move. Nice try guys, nice try. Go to your island and leave us alone, we can think and act for ourselves.


15 posted on 07/07/2014 8:12:19 PM PDT by Fungi
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To: RoosterRedux

the billionaire says this.

billionaire.

really.


16 posted on 07/07/2014 8:12:20 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man ( Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: RoosterRedux

They know exactly what they are talking about.

Work hours, Productivity, Competition mean nothing.

You need merely show up to your job, and the state will decide what you will be compensated, based on your utility to the state.

This is really easy now. The Fed has the power to determine the value of ANYTHING. Capital is obsolete; Clout is King.


17 posted on 07/07/2014 8:17:36 PM PDT by bakeneko
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To: RoosterRedux
So sez the .1%. Will this utopia extend to the other 7 billion people in the world? Will they only have to work 20 hours a week in the rice paddys of Cambodia or the yam patches of Central Africa?

CC

18 posted on 07/07/2014 8:34:53 PM PDT by Captain Compassion
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To: RoosterRedux

What is it about billionaires that so many of them spout loopy ideas? Soros (though I think he’s not so much loopy as just plain bad), Buffet, Ross Perot, the Google guys, Zuckerwhatshisface over at Facebook?


19 posted on 07/07/2014 9:05:46 PM PDT by DemforBush (Whoever double-crosses me and leaves me alive, he understands nothing about Tuco.)
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To: RoosterRedux

Of course he’s right. We should not have to work as hard as we do. In fact, it would be best if everything we ever wanted tumbled out of the sky from a big horn. Who could argue with that?


20 posted on 07/07/2014 9:07:12 PM PDT by PUGACHEV
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To: RoosterRedux
OK. Please transfer 5,000 shares of Google stock to me and I promise I'll work less.
21 posted on 07/07/2014 9:12:45 PM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: RoosterRedux

I love my job. It gives me a sense of purpose. The sense of accomplishment I get after successfully troubleshooting and fixing a failed system is awesome. They are going to have to carry me from my job in a bodybag. I don’t want to retire. I wouldn’t know what to do with myself!


22 posted on 07/07/2014 9:13:44 PM PDT by sean327 (God created all men equal, then some become Marines!)
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To: RoosterRedux

WORK! In the 40 years of my working life I only turned down two days of overtime! I knew that overtime was the way to get set up for retirement and out of debt!

I would check the vacation list, and volunteer to work that shift for the people off. I often worked 16 hours a day! On my vacation, in the last few years of working I worked every hour I could get.

I have been retired now for 6 years. I’m not rich but I haven’t missed a meal either.

Work is the only way out of poverty and I’ve taken it!

NEVER TURN DOWN A CHANCE AT OVERTIME!


23 posted on 07/07/2014 9:15:16 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need more than seven rounds, Much more.)
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To: RoosterRedux

They know that within thirty years, machines will be doing all the work and there will be no jobs for the vast majority of us.

When that happens, we all will be on the dole, with no opportunity to better ourselves through hard and smart work.

These morons at Google think that will be a wonderful future for us—no rich, no poor. Everyone gets to live the same boring life with a little solar powered box to call home and battery powered car that drives itself.

But it will be the worst kind of existence. And it is coming.


24 posted on 07/07/2014 9:30:15 PM PDT by Age of Reason
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To: RoosterRedux

Socialists want more people dependent on gov’t.

They have this notion that peons shouldn’t have so much independence and prosperity, least they damage the precious planet.

Gov’t control is the best way to save the dirt, and to hell with the people.


25 posted on 07/07/2014 9:31:02 PM PDT by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: RoosterRedux

Everybody on the planet can’t be a commie freeloader! Somebody has to work!


26 posted on 07/07/2014 9:42:45 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The future must not belong to those who slander bacon.)
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To: RoosterRedux

When you’re sitting on a wallet full of bazillion dollar bills, it easy to wax philosophical.


27 posted on 07/07/2014 9:45:23 PM PDT by eddie willers
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To: sean327

Great point!


28 posted on 07/07/2014 10:07:55 PM PDT by funfan
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To: RoosterRedux

We aready have millions of part timers who enjoy a standard of living far above that of the average worker — government employees.


29 posted on 07/07/2014 11:21:01 PM PDT by twister881
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To: DemforBush
"What is it about billionaires that so many of them spout loopy ideas? Soros (though I think he’s not so much loopy as just plain bad), Buffet, Ross Perot, the Google guys, Zuckerwhatshisface over at Facebook?"

My theory is that the generation of fantastic wealth has very little to do with intelligence, logic, common sense or even hard work. I think it has more to do with the very rare combination of having no fear of risk, and simply being at the right place at the right time.

The reality is if people like Warren buffet or these two google idiots or zuckerburg had to start over today, they would likely never be able to duplicate their success.

30 posted on 07/07/2014 11:51:31 PM PDT by precisionshootist
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To: Ouchthatonehurt
Google SWAT team?

Meet Dillon SWAT team: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Nug5FZgxuk

31 posted on 07/08/2014 12:06:07 AM PDT by cynwoody
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To: RoosterRedux

Gogole employees work huge hours. They even work when they are traveling to and from work on google’s buses.


32 posted on 07/08/2014 1:17:40 AM PDT by grundle
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To: sean327

Besides being completely wrong and mis-reading human nature, you are correct.

Work has value, and it provides balance. Not all the time, and not for everybody, but it does have value apart from the obvious money-generation.

All you have to do is look at people who have been given everything their whole lives, and you can see it isn’t good or healthy.


33 posted on 07/08/2014 2:33:13 AM PDT by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by it"s weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: Greetings_Puny_Humans

Wasn’t this the plot to Frank Herbert’s Dune pre-history? The Robots made everybody apathetic and then other people with robots took over.

Maybe the google guys are science fiction fans and it’s gotten to their heads.


I think it has more of a chance to end up like the old Judge Dredd Comics. Idle hands being the devils Workshop and all.


34 posted on 07/08/2014 3:54:40 AM PDT by The Working Man
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To: rlmorel

LOL...I just re-read the last post...hope you didn’t misinterpret it...

What I was trying to say was “...besides GOOGLE being wrong and misreading human nature...”

Not you!


35 posted on 07/08/2014 4:40:09 AM PDT by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by it"s weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: rlmorel
Work has value, and it provides balance.

"The goal of work is the general welfare. Work then is blessing, work then is prayer." Friedrich Krupp

Despite the author, I agree with the sentiment, but then I'm an old school "If you're standing around, there's a wall that needs washed somewhere." kinda guy.
36 posted on 07/08/2014 5:21:59 AM PDT by BikerJoe
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To: RoosterRedux
"If you really think about the things you need to make yourself happy -- housing, security, opportunity for your kids ... it's not that hard for us to provide those things," Page said. "The idea that everyone needs to work frantically to meet peoples' needs is not true."

I notice no one thus far has addressed what he actually said. Instead the focus has been on what they wanted him to have said.

What he did say is undeniably true today.

37 posted on 07/08/2014 7:46:14 AM PDT by Balding_Eagle (I am a proud citizen of an idea called America.)
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To: headstamp 2
MORON

There is a certain eloquence in the simplicity of your conclusion. Nicely done.

38 posted on 07/08/2014 10:51:52 AM PDT by pilipo (GOP=Gutless Old Party)
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