The mysterious Google barges docked in San Francisco and Portland, Maine, have speculation running rampant onTwitter. Theories range from the seemingly plausible to the outrageous. Like any great mystery, conspiracy theories abound.
A Bay Area TV station reports the four-story stack of shipping containers docked in San Francisco are a marketing center for Google Glass, the company's wearable computer. The speculation is the shipping containers will then be towed to San Francisco's Fort Mason and open to the public.
Floating data center
CNET talked to an expert who thinks the barge in San Francisco could be a data center put on a barge for "easy access to a source of cooling," according to the article. The idea isn't new -- Google received a patent in 2009 for a floating data center.
The San Francisco barge belongs to a company by the name of By and Large LLC, perhaps an homage to the fictional company Buy N Large in the animated film WALL-E, a writer for Gizmodo speculates, adding, "Though I'm sure if Google is building WALL-E, Apple's EVE shouldn't be too far behind."
Also, in another nod to the WALL-E connection, The Washington Post speculates: "And the barge numbers are in binary code (BAL0011 in Maine, BAL0010 in San Francisco)," perhaps a not-too-subtle reference to the futuristic film about robots.
An elaborate PR stunt
Has Google gone to extreme lengths to get people talking about it?
The theories go on...
And the speculation continues: a floating paintball arena, robots taking over San Francisco and even the apocalypse. Whatever the truth turns out to be, it's unlikely it will be nearly as imaginative as the theories floating around Twitter.