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Our mission is to invent and launch “moonshot” technologies that could someday make the world a radically better place.

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The unexpected benefit of celebrating failure

At X, even when you’re learning lots of valuable things during weeks or months of frustration, everyone worries, “What happens if I fail? Will people laugh at me? Will it affect my career?” After all, we all have to pay the bills and want our colleagues to think highly of us. It’s human nature to follow the paths that feel psychologically safe and less risky. Here are a few things we’ve tried at X so our emotional environment keeps us brave enough to say and act on things that have a very good chance of being wrong — and just might be crazy enough to be brilliant. 

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Come on inside our moonshot factory with our captain, +Astro Teller. Things get a little messy in here since we spend a lot of time breaking things, but we’ve tried to make that our strength. Learn more: https://backchannel.com/the-secret-to-moonshots-killing-our-projects-49b18dc7f2d6#.je4mj6y85

At X, I see up close every day how messy innovation is
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Thank you to all our great speakers sharing their knowledge with us on our Asia tour! To recap, we will post brief presentations of who we heard from. First out is Professor Michael Sung, from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and Dr. Chiang-Hsiung Tong, Chairman & CEO, Green Cellulosity Co / ITRI, Taiwan.

Professor Sung is an award winning high-tech innovator, entrepreneur and leading technology and business expert in diamond/graphene/carbon material technologies, thin-film solar technologies, LED products, thermal management materials, and CMP semiconductor processing technologies. He is the author of over 10 patents & 80 conference/journal papers, and has started a number of successful ventures in the advanced materials and semiconductor industries.

Dr. Chiang-Hsiung Tong, a Nuclear Engineer with a PhD in Materials Science from MIT. After his studies, Dr. Tong returned to Taiwan and has since worked within the Industrial Technology Research Institute, InterContinental Aircraft Services Co. Ltd. and Mechanical & System Research Lab of ITRI. In 2010, Dr. Tong became the General Director of the Green Energy Research Lab at ITRI, developing a proprietary process to improve the conversion of biomass to biofuel. Dr. Tong currently serves as the Chairman & CEO of Green Cellulosity Co., a company working to commercialize and scale this technology.

Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us!
#WeSFXAsia   #NuclearEngineering #MaterialTechnology
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Let the Asia tour commence! Yesterday at We Solve for X in Beijing, we heard from 5 pioneers about their moonshot projects, while Friday we were in Hong Kong with our partners, the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology.

We covered topics from the mass production of graphene using retrofitted industrial diamond-making equipment to growing live beating hearts from our own blood (and Dr. Ronald Li brought a beating heart in his pocket!).
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What is a moonshot? We ask Robert Boehme, inventor of Moon Rover and member of the Part-Time Scientist! https://youtu.be/oXLUfUxhgE4
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Christian Frey, Project Lead at Seneka, tells us what #moonshots mean to him at #WeSFXBerlin  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KX20iib6UMU
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For all those that couldn't attend #WeSFXBerlin  last week, we will begin to publish the video footage today. In the meantime, check out Wired magazine's coverage of the event: https://www.wired.de/collection/latest/google-bringt-sein-ideenlabor-solve-x-zum-ersten-mal-nach-deutschland
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Tackling gigantic shrinking challenges at X

Imagine if we could compress data to the point that we could speed compute times by 10X? Or if we could miniaturize physical objects, dramatically increasing global portability while reducing their carbon footprint? That’s what project compression is about.

We decided to bring in the best to work on this truly transformational technology. We've hired our first ever Chief Compression Officer, Richard Hendricks, to make our biggest moonshots, well, smaller.

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Welcome to X, the moonshot factory!

Starting today, this is the place for all the latest updates on X projects and teams. Our new website, www.solveforx.com, has even more pictures, videos, and behind-the-scenes peeks at X.

“Hey!” You might say. “Aren’t you Google[x]? What happened to the Google? And the brackets?”

Well, Google[x] is now simply X, a part of Alphabet. Though we have a new name, our mission hasn’t changed: invent and launch “moonshot” technologies that we hope could someday make the world a radically better place for millions, or even billions, of people.

Our projects are designed to have the riskiness and ambition of early stage research and the focus and speed of a startup—+Project Loon, +Makani, and +Google Self-Driving Car Project are a few examples of what we’re up to. Our goal is to develop and de-risk these early stage ideas and turn them into proven technologies that make a real impact in the world—and create successful businesses along the way.

You'll also find information on this page about We Solve For X, our global community. We Solve for X (previously known as Solve for X) aims to bring together moonshot thinkers from all over the world to collaborate with each other on new ideas that have the potential to solve big global problems facing humanity.

Stay tuned—we’ll post updates here from time to time as projects move from the seemingly impossible to this-looks-like-it-just-might-work.
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Find out more about one of the speaker's at We Solve for X Berlin, Ooho, the edible water bottle on The Fast Company. http://www.fastcoexist.com/3028012/this-edible-blob-is-a-water-bottle-without-the-plastic#5
Inspired by techniques from molecular gastronomy, the Ooho is a magical way to have your bottled water and eat it, too. Just maybe bring a towel.
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Which of these illustrations of the moonshot ideas from We Solve for X Berlin do you like most?
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Seneka - Robots for Disaster Management
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Ooho - Edible Water Bottles
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Gleam - Epidemic Prediction
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Moon Rover - Space Exploration
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Micro Architecture - 3D printing
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*moonshot projects ..??? oh, Are you actually asking about the pretty pictures, fruity? :P
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From cellular computers to Moon Rover, you'll be seeing the best of Berlin's moonshots over the next few days.. #WeSFXBerlin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoAdEZ0t0tA
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