Google Mystery Barge Is an 'Interactive Space Where People Can Learn About New Technology'

Which is not quite the floating data center for the dystopian future we hoped it would be. 
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The formerly mysterious barge (Reuters).

Well, that's too bad. Google's mystery barge is a mystery no longer.

The company released a statement saying, essentially, that the ship is the product showroom it has been reported to be. "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," it read.

The barge will probably be a cool store. After all: Who doesn't like a seafaring vessel? But it's not a massive 3D printer that can print more barges, as our fellow nerds at IEEE Spectrum hoped.

At least now we can go back to talking about Elon Musk's Hyperloop and hoping that someone is figuring out warp speed.

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The New York Observer calls Madrigal "for all intents and purposes, the perfect modern reporter." He co-founded Longshot magazine, a high-speed media experiment that garnered attention from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the BBC. While at Wired.com, he built Wired Science into one of the most popular blogs in the world. The site was nominated for best magazine blog by the MPA and best science Web site in the 2009 Webby Awards. He also co-founded Haiti ReWired, a groundbreaking community dedicated to the discussion of technology, infrastructure, and the future of Haiti.

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Madrigal is a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley's Office for the History of Science and Technology. Born in Mexico City, he grew up in the exurbs north of Portland, Oregon, and now lives in Oakland.

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