5 Things We Learned About Google’s Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg Last Night
It was a night of kings of comedy and tech. Stephen Colbert moderated a discussion with Google execs Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg on September 23 in front of a packed house. The conversation ranged from Google’s upcoming products, national security, and Schmidt and Rosenberg’s new book, How Google Works. Here are 5 things we learned about the Google guys.
- To get a job at Google, you have to be interviewed by “no more, no less” than five people. Schmidt and Rosenberg found that out the hard way after a candidate was interviewed 18 times before being rejected. They then created the five interview rule.
- Google has a dress code, but it’s a simple one. “You have to wear, something,” Schmidt said, noting that Google once had a “pants problem.”
- Google has developed a contact lens for people with diabetes. Schmidt says the company will release the product soon, which will notify the wearer of his insulin levels.
- What’s the most ambitious thing Google is working on (that they could tell us about)? Super-fast Internet for every house. “A gigabit is like taking drugs,” Schmidt said of the connection speed Google is poised to deliver.
- Porn helped make Google better. In efforts to figure out how to filter pornographic results out of searches, Rosenberg said Google developers discovered how to make searches more accurate.
- (And one bonus!) Schmidt throws shade at Apple. “That looks like the Samsung phone of last year,” Schmidt said when Colbert pulled out his iPhone 6.