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Google’s mysterious floating barge turns out to be an interactive learning space

Google-LogoSearch engine giant Google has finally broken the silence on its secret barge project floating at the San Francisco Bay and another one at Portland, Maine. The company has issued a statement saying that it is trying to explore it as “an interactive space” for learning about technology.

“Google Barge … A floating data center? A wild party boat? A barge housing the last remaining dinosaur? Sadly, none of the above,” Google said in a statement. “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.”

Previously, it was rumored that the structures might be floating data centers, which Google is working on, as the company had patented a water based data center design in 2009.

Last week, a report by CBS KPIX stated that the floating barge will feature luxury showrooms and a party deck for the tech giant to market Google Glass and other gadgets to invitation-only clients. The report also explanined that the three floors were designed to serve as “dazzling showrooms” that can be outfitted with chrome features and floor lighting and a “party deck” meant to feature bars, lanais and other comforts so Google can fete its upscale customers.

Last month, CNET correspondent, Daniel Terdiman had discovered the giant four storied structure, made with a series of modern cargo containers,  of about 250 feet (76 metres) long, 72 feet (21 metres) wide and 16 feet (4.8 metres) deep, and had said that there was some sort of Google connection with the floating structure. It also said that a similar structure which was discovered at the Portland, Maine had some sort of connection.

As Google already had a patented water based data centre design and due to its structure, it was directly linked to be a floating data centre.

According to Guardian, till now San Francisco city officials are responsible for land use and state officials responsible for the Bay have no idea about what has been built in the four storey building. Even, the US Coast Guard inspectors who visited the site had non-disclosure agreements signed, so they weren’t able to share any information regarding the same. But as per reports, if Google wants to operate an on-barge interactive learning center in the San Francisco Bay, it will be requiring a permission from the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission.

A report by The Verge, said that the Google was in discussions on the idea of mooring the Treasure Island floating barge at Fort Mason.

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