The Google Barge.
The Hidden Harbor Mystery has finally been solved.
According to TechCrunch, a Google spokesperson says that the barge docked at Treasure Island is...wait for it: "A floating data center? A wild party boat? A barge housing the last remaining dinosaur? Sadly, none of the above. Although it’s still early days and things may change, we’re exploring using the barge as an interactive space where people can learn about new technology."
Wait, what? That doesn't clear anything up at all. "An interactive space where people can learn about new technology?" What is that? Let's take a look at all the things that could fit that description:
A university classroom.
A bar in the Mission where you can buy a tech bro a beer and get him to explain coding to you.
A theater that plays clips from Sesame Street where Elmo teaches you not to put forks in electrical sockets.
A secret DARPA facility that builds Terminator robots (or Wall-E robots).
My father-in-law's Detroit garage where he fixes up motorcycles.
A coffee shop with WiFi access.
A store that sells Google Glass.
So, which of these will turn out to be the true barge? Stay tuned.