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Four failed Google X project
Tuesday at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in New York, the head of an unusual division Google X Astro Teller told that the company’s laboratory, known for its secret and sometimes strange projects, including Google Glass and self-managed cars, tried to create a safe jetpack (jetpack), but abandoned the project.
“The problem is that he neergonomichen. And with that I could not accept, “- said Teller, explaining that the aircraft could fly” a quarter mile on a gallon of gas, “roaring motorcycle.
Loud and gluttonous jetpack was among the many ideas that Google X has left in the past. Teller said that he and his team “easily get rid of hundreds of ideas a year,” as early as the initial stage of the design process it becomes clear that they are meaningless. Found that people in the Google X trying to try everything, even the craziest ideas to see whether it is possible to realize individual goals of the company, including saving lives.
Projects that failed in Google X, rarely discussed, but Teller eventually had to tell more about the failures of his team.
Not so long ago, members of the team showed tiny hoverboard (flying skate) measuring almost four times less than usual, which they were able to create with the help of magnets and a small piece of graphite. However, the team was faced with the practical problems of scaling up the concept of useful sizes. Eventually it was decided that overcoming these problems would be very expensive and complicated, and that the potential social and economic benefits from the hoverboard will not justify the cost.
Another unusual project, which is rumored to be developing in the Google X, is a space elevator. Although this concept is directly related to science fiction, its principle is simple – an elevator that lifts from the ground station directly into the atmosphere and beyond, being at its other end anchor geostationary Earth.
Journalists talk about the Forbes interview with Teller last year when he denied all the rumors about space elevator, but Fast Company – a division of participants Google X – told that Google X was not going to build a space elevator, but seriously considering this project. Ultimately, it was decided that the only materials which can be strong enough, namely ultra-long cables of carbon nanotubes has not yet ready for mass production, and if ready, on a smaller scale. Until now, no one has created a cable longer than a meter.
Similarly, Google X team thought seriously about the possibility of teleportation, kind of like “Star Trek.” Ultimately, all came to the conclusion that the idea violates several laws of physics, but the conversations have led to new insights in the field of encryption technology.
Although most insane concepts Google X, from space elevators to teleport canceled before, history has yet to judge other inventions X, from Google X and self-cars to Project Loon. All three are almost exist in our world, but how they are practical for use – is unknown. Nevertheless, anxiously waiting and waiting for the next invention Astro Teller and team.
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