Since its establishment in 2010, the Google X Lab has spent millions of dollars in research every year - and it has paid off! Say Hello to the future.
1. DRIVERLESS VEHICLES
When the project was first announced in 2010, Google stated, “Our goal is to help prevent traffic accidents, free up people’s time and reduce carbon emissions by fundamentally changing car use.” Since then a working prototype has been unveiled to the public. Google says that by 2020, driverless vehicles will hit the market! The company has already completed 300,000 miles of computer-led driving!
2. Space Elevators
Google X confirmed it has been working on a space evelvator. According to Wikipedia, “An Earth-based space elevator would consist of a cable with one end attached to the surface near the equator and the other end in space beyond geostationary orbit (35,800 km altitude)”. In 2012, a major Japanese construction company, Obayashi Corporation, claimed that in 38 years it could build a space elevator using carbon nanotube technology. It would travel at 200 kilometers per hour and take passengers into the space in 7.5 days. Google hopes to develop material stronger than carbon nantubeing before furthering the project.
3. Project Loon
About 2/3s of world’s population does not have internet access. Project Loon intends to produce a global internet connection through balloons in space. Basically, a network of balloons will be carried around the stratosphere by winds. These balloons can be steered by rising or descending in height. This will allow anyone with a special internet antenna attached to the roof of their home to access the network.
4. Home AUTOMATION
For years we have been dreaming the perfect high tech home: doors that unlock automatically, refrigerators that keep track of and order foods, lights that turn off when you’re not in the room – the list in unending, and Google wants to provide it. The Android Home platform connects to electrical devices like fans, coffee pots, and light bulbs so you can easily control them from your smartphone or tablet. However, it’s just the starting stage. The official launch of the project has not been decided yet, but I’m sure you’re already excited. Companies, like Crestron London, can already install home automation systems which allow your house and various devices to be interconnected.
Google has ventured into a biotech company called Calico, which focuses on the challenge of aging and associated diseases. This union is speculated to be working on something to slow down aging as well as increase lifespan.
6. Green Energy
Google is using eco friendly resources encourages the public to also make the shift to renewable power sources. They have already spent a billion dollars on this project! Google’s data centers are designed to use as little energy as possible, in fact they are recycling 100 percent of electronic equipment and generating electricity from renewable sources such as solar cells and wind energy.
According to the New York Times, there is a lab at the Google X research headquarters where robots rule the roost. Google’s bots perform basic tasks like making tea, printing data, moving items from one place to another. This ‘project’ only exists to give engineers greater comfort and flexibility to focus on higher level tasks.
8. Future Telling
Google and the CIA have come together for future of web monitoring. Both have invested in a company called Recorded Future that monitors the web in real time and uses the information to predict the patterns. Recorded Future goes through huge amount of data from websites, news, social networking site, and blogs to find relation between events, organization and people. Sounds a bit like Caprica.
9. Cancer Treatment
Google has come over the ownership of two very important companies in the biological field. A company called iPierian, which uses cellular reprogramming to create new drugs that will attack a disease by modifying them. The second company, Adimab, is researching the development of antibodies.
10. Test Tube Burger
A burger produced entirely in a lab has recently been unveiled by a team at Maastricht University. The project was backed by none other than Google co-founder, Sergey Brin. The development came at the cost of $330,000 and hopes to pose a solution to potential meat shortages.