Google X and the Science of Radical Creativity - The Atlantic

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Google X and the Science of Radical Creativity - The Atlantic

Post by bdahm on Wed Nov 15, 2017 6:11 pm

A snake-robot designer, a balloon scientist, a liquid-crystals technologist, an extradimensional physicist, a psychology geek, an electronic-materials wrangler, and a journalist walk into a room. The journalist turns to the assembled crowd and asks: Should we build houses on the ocean?

The setting is X, the so-called moonshot factory at Alphabet, the parent company of Google. And the scene is not the beginning of some elaborate joke. The people in this room have a particular talent: They dream up far-out answers to crucial problems. The dearth of housing in crowded and productive coastal cities is a crucial problem. Oceanic residences are, well, far-out. At the group’s invitation, I was proposing my own moonshot idea, despite deep fear that the group would mock it.


http://tinyurl.com/y7epn3bk


And here's an interview (podcast) with the author of the article:

http://think.kera.org/2017/11/14/how-google-hopes-to-build-the-next-google/


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