Google I/O 2014 kicks off with hecklers and killer robots



Google's I/O 2014 event kicked off two days ago, and it almost literally kicked off in some respects when the developer conference was interrupted by protestors on two occasions – one of them lamenting the fact that the big G is marching the world to its robotic doom.

One of the hecklers struck during a section of the keynote devoted to Android's enhanced battery saving feature – according to the BBC a woman shouted out, and held up a banner that said: "Develop a conscience – stop Jack Halprin."

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Jack Halprin is a lawyer for Google who has been the centre of some controversy and protests over his eviction of tenants following purchasing a property in San Francisco.

The second protestor interruption came in a segment of the keynote talking about developer productivity, and consisted of a man levelling accusations about Google staffers working to build robots that kill people, and working with the CIA.

He shouted: "You all work for a totalitarian company that builds robots that kill people. You all work for a totalitarian company that works for the CIA.... That is true... That is an undeniable fact."

Of course, this is a reference to Google's purchase of many robotics firms, specifically Boston Dynamics, which in fairness does have a slightly scary facet to it as we discussed in a feature at the end of last year.

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Needless to say, the heckles were short-lived and the protestors were both swiftly ejected from the Moscone Centre.

If you want to check out the full details of Google's event yesterday, then see: Google I/O 2014 keynote as it happened: Reaction, pictures and analysis.

Image credit: tristawang




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