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Watch this: Google CEO Larry Page discusses 'big bets' on future technologies

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Google CEO Larry Page appears in two recent videos to discuss Google's longer-term plans, including driverless cars and Project Glass.

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Google CEO Larry Page has been on a bit of a tear lately, showing up in the US and England to discuss both the company's future and the challenges it's currently facing. In a 40-minute interview with Charlie Rose that aired on May 21st, Page covers a lot of ground, touching on the rise of Google Chrome, driverless cars, and his company’s recent decision to provide office space to Cornell University in order to incubate its nascent high-tech campus. Later, Page discusses his company’s disagreement with Facebook over contact portability, saying that users "don’t understand" that they can’t bring their Facebook contacts to Gmail. He goes on to challenge Facebook’s justification for the practice, saying "they claim it’s a privacy issue, but it’s not really, because they do it with Yahoo, they just don’t do it with us." This isn't Page's first stint as a guest on the show — he appeared with fellow co-founder Sergey Brin in 2001 to talk about the company's origin and early years.

Across the Atlantic, the CEO greeted the crowd at Google’s recent Zeitgeist event in London by snapping a photo of them with a Project Glass prototype (video below). Page is candid about the thinking behind recent housecleaning efforts to shutter "about 30" older projects, saying "we thought — we have an awful lot of products, some of which people don't seem to care that much about." Later, when talking about the company’s future plans for search, he discussed Knowledge Graph (apparently renamed Knowledge Panels), a new feature he hopes will push Google closer toward becoming a repository of information on top of providing search services. Together the two videos are an hour long, but they provide a fair bit of insight into Google's longer-term strategy.