Every year Larry Page and Sergey Brin write a founder’s letter to update shareholders about what’s going on.
This year Larry let new Google CEO, Sundar Pichai do most of the talking. While Google is obviously a player in the domain space there was not one word about domains.
Sundar did speak about something that long term could affect domains. The move to a world of virtual reality and artificial intelligence.
From the letter:
Powerful computing platforms Just a decade ago, computing was still synonymous with big computers that sat on our desks. Then, over just a few years, the keys to powerful computing—processors and sensors—became so small and cheap that they allowed for the proliferation of supercomputers that fit into our pockets: mobile phones. Android has helped drive this scale: it has more than 1.4 billion 30-day-active devices—and growing. Today’s proliferation of “screens” goes well beyond phones, desktops, and tablets. Already, there are exciting developments as screens extend to your car, like Android Auto, or your wrist, like Android Wear. Virtual reality is also showing incredible promise—Google Cardboard has introduced more than 5 million people to the incredible, immersive and educational possibilities of VR. Looking to the future, the next big step will be for the very concept of the “device” to fade away. Over time, the computer itself—whatever its form factor—will be an intelligent assistant helping you through your day. We will move from mobile first to an AI first world.