Secret "Google X" lab reimagines our future

By on November 14, 2011, 4:00 PM

Many large enterprises are known to tinker with blue-sky projects from time to time. Google is certainly no exception but the blue sky itself may be no limit for the search giant, a company run by two young idealists, Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

Word of Google's clandestine facility first oozed its way into public eyes this summer. Dubbed "Google X", only a handful of people actually know where the facility is located. Very little is known about the lab itself or the people involved, but you can bet Google has been working on some fascinating concepts behind its closed doors. 

When Google employees were asked about the project, very few know anything at all. Even fewer know more than it just exists, the New York Times reports, although the location of the lab is thought to be somewhere in the Bay area of Nothern California.

One of the people pegged as being involved with the project is Sergey Brin. When Larry Page was announced as CEO, Sergey was appointed as "head of special projects". Internally, Sergey is known as the "Head of Google X", sources close to Google told the Business Insider. Larry Page and Eric Schmidt are also known to participate, having contributed many of the 100 ideas found on Google X's research and development list.

Little is also known about the list itself, but the projects found on it include a "space elevator", not to mention a number of ideas involving robotics and artificial intelligence. Many of these items are still conceptual in nature, but New York Times sources claim one of these projects will be released by the end of this year. No one was able to provide details about what we can possibly expect.

Google spokeswoman, Jill Hazelbaker, wouldn't comment on Google X specifically, but said:

"While the possibilities are incredibly exciting, please do keep in mind that the sums involved are very small by comparison to the investments we make in our core businesses"

Google's autonomous vehicle experiments are a good example of the company's seemingly eccentric interests. Headed by Sebastian Thrun, the co-inventor of Google Street View,  the "driverless car" project has logged over 15,000 miles of autonomous driving since 2010. Sources claim Google continues to investigate having such vehicles manufactured.

Will we be seeing a space elevator soon? Probably not. But armed with one of the world's largest piles of money, Google is in a very good position to pursue the impossible.




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Mindwraith said:

Mind Control Rays

fimbles fimbles said:

Virtual reality cooking mama.

chaboi390 said:

fimbles said:

Virtual reality cooking mama.

Yes i would love that!

Guest said:

and the best of all is that it will be FREEEEE!!!

spydercanopus spydercanopus said:

Mostly involves profiling their database of info on us for the CIA

Guest said:

space elevator. sounds like google should take images of space and turn google earth into google milky way. imagine, you could oventually simulate flying through space or create video walls like in the cosmo canyon scene on FF7. i cant wait for the future and google is gonna be a big part of it.

Guest said:

yep one more step torward skynet and terminator

Emin3nce said:

Guest said:

yep one more step torward skynet and terminator

+5 internets for you sir.

Tomorrow_Rains said:

Guest said:

yep one more step torward skynet and terminator

You mean one more step to Wall-E

A bunch of overweight people in chairs looking at advertisements all day.

fpsgamerJR62 said:

so this is where they hatch their plans for world domination ?

MilwaukeeMike said:

Tomorrow_Rains said:

Guest said:

yep one more step torward skynet and terminator

You mean one more step to Wall-E

A bunch of overweight people in chairs looking at advertisements all day.

haha, Skynet is right next to time travel as possible futuristic scenarios. 'Artificial Intelligence' is something we like to think of as robotic servants, but it'll be used for things like sorting packages at a walmart distribution center.

How bout something useful Google.... maybe an RFID (radio frequency ID) tag system for groceries (or whatever) so I can put my stuff straight into bags in my cart and walk over a scanner and instantly have the total price. Make checkout lanes obsolete, and cut down on theft too. Nooooo.... space elevators and AI and Google TV is cooler right?

All those resources with real power to change our world and instead of some brilliant system to cut down on city traffic they think we need another facebook.

Guest said:

Let's see...teleport, replicator, holodeck whichever is fine by me!

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