Peres urges Google to expand Israel R&D

President Shimon Peres met with Google founder Sergey Brin during a tour of Google headquarters in California.

"Israel is a pioneer in R&D, and at Google we have great appreciation for Israeli developers," Google Sergey CEO Brin told President Shimon Peres during his visit to Google Inc's (Nasdaq: GOOG) headquarters in Silicon Valley yesterday. Peres replied, "In Israel, we've learned to look to tomorrow, and the secret of the country's success is in Israel's special brilliant brains, creativity, daring, and chutzpah."

Brin gave Peres a tour of Google's headquarters and showed him a number of developments, beginning with new Google Translate technologies, which can automatically translate entire web pages from Arabic to Hebrew and Yiddish. He also showed Peres Google's new voice recognition capabilities.

Brin gave Peres a virtual 3D global tour on giant Google Earth screens, including Peres' childhood home in Poland, Kibbutz Alumot, which he helped found as a young man, and Jerusalem, as well as tours of the Moon and Mars. Brin showed Peres a prototype of the Google computer operated driverless car, which the company has been developing for several years.

Peres and Brin discussed trends in the global and Israeli economies, and Peres asked his host to expand Google's collaboration with Israeli R&D centers.

Peres today concludes his three days of meetings and events which high-tech and internet leaders in Silicon Valley. He met with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and launched a personal Facebook page, attended the Launch Conference for entrepreneurs, angel investors, and venture capitalists, toured the IBM Almaden Research Center, and mingled with global high-tech leaders at a dinner hosted by Cisco Systems CEO John Chambers.

Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - - on March 8, 2012

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