The New York Times ran an interesting piece last Sunday about a
secretive location in the Bay Area. Turns out to be the mysterious X Lab
run by Google. It’s so secret, that irony of ironies, the very story
that introduced it to the public imagination merely hinted at what goes
on inside. It’s a cool read though. According to the collaborative duo
Clair Cain Miller and Nick Bilton, the Google X Lab does stuff so far
out it’s almost hard to believe. Plus: Robots!
So maybe the robot part will further convince the paranoiacs out there that Google is a real life Sky Net. Relax…it’s just a harmless search engine. (Not.)
Here’s a teaser from the two page scoop:
A Google spokeswoman, Jill Hazelbaker, declined to comment on the lab, but said that investing in speculative projects
was an important part of Google’s DNA. "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,” she said.
Okay, that didn’t reveal much. For best results, go read the source link below. It’s worth at least a few minutes of excited consumption.