Alphabet’s X division, formerly known as Google X, is often perceived and marketed as a near-superhuman force, specializing in audacious projects called “moonshots.” But, in a recently released video from this year’s TED Conference, X’s “Captain of Moonshots” Astro Teller said that doesn’t mean the team is always right. 179 more words
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Ah, springtime, when a young engineer’s fancy turn to harvesting icy moons for rover fuel. NASA has announced the recipients of its yearly National Innovative Advanced Concepts awards, and they’re just as out there as the planets and other stellar objects they propose to mine, analyze, and explore.
For years, Larry Page told Wall Street he wasn’t blowing all of Google’s money on crazy bets like self-driving cars and smart contact lenses.
Turns out, he was right. 158 more words
On Monday, we got our first look at how much Google has sunk into grandiose ventures outside of its core Internet operations.
It’s not a very detailed look. 96 more words