Google’s 25th Birthday: Can It Still Dominate The Next Quarter Century?
As Google celebrates its 25th anniversary on Wednesday, the company is looking to the next quarter of a century the same way it did when it first started in September 1998.
Just like the day it all started, Google continues believing it will be able to change the world with technology. Only this time, what it envisions is far more advanced.
With artificial intelligence emerging as the newest battleground in the technology arena and multiple organisations eyeing a prime position, Google plans to make AI “for all”.
It’s the very same idology the company had when its co-founders, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, started dabbling with web search in 1998 and seeing the difference it could make.
Is AI Google’s Future? Let’s Learn
Over time, artificial intelligence will become the “biggest technological shift we see in our lifetimes,” said Sundar Pichai, chief executive of Google parent Alphabet.
“It’s bigger than the shift from desktop computing to mobile, and it may be bigger than the internet itself. It’s a fundamental rewiring of technology,” he added.
AI has come a long way. With its Bard service, Google is currently locked in a battle for supremacy with Microsoft-backed OpenAI’s ChatGPT and other companies.
AI is also widely used across Google’s portfolio of products, which total 127 and include popular services such as YouTube, Gmail and the Android operating system.
Google25 Marked With A Quirky Doodle
The tech giant is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a quirky doodle. The GIF shows all of Google’s old logos, ending with the current one in which the two ‘o’s are replaced with ’25’.
“Much has changed since 1998 … but the mission has remained the same: to organise the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful,” Google said in a blog post.
The first doodle was a stick figure drawing behind the second ‘o’ in the word, Google, and the revised logo comically showed the founders were “out of office”.
Later, a doodle for Bastille Day in 2000 was well received by users. Since then, the company’s team of illustrators and engineers has created more than 5,000 doodles.