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Forget Area 51, the new hot conspiracy topic belongs to Google.
Have you heard of Google X?
Google X is a semi secret facility run by Google. It is dedicated to making major technological advancements.
This is the division that has been experimenting and testing those self driving cars we’ve been hearing so much about.
Their experiments and innovations don’t stop there. Google X is tackling everything from augmented reality to a cure for cancer.
The rumour is that Google X was born from a dare. If it weren’t for the robo-cars, it might have never been born.
The lab’s conceptual origins reach back to 2005, when Chief Executive Officer Larry Page met the Stanford computer scientist Sebastian Thrun at the Darpa Grand Challenge.
Thrun’s team of graduate students was competing to send an autonomous vehicle through a 7-mile obstacle course in the Mojave Desert. The two men both shared passion for technology and the potential of Artifical Intelligence. They quickly became friends.
Two years after the competition, Page convinced Thrun and several of his students to team up to help create what would eventually become Google Maps.
Although the idea began there, Google X wouldn’t truly be born until 2010 when the company earnestly started designing the self driving car.
Since then it has mostly remained hidden from view.
Today, it stylizes itself as the heir to the classic research lab – evolved versions of the facilities that created the innovations of their times.
Think NASA 2.0.
A lot of companies in the west have cut down on research funding since the 2008 financial crisis. Big, innovative projects that involve no immediate payout are considered too high risk for many companies that are still hurting from the recession. Google X suffers no such fears or restrictions.
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Regardless of all the strange experiments rumoured to be going on behind their closed doors, the official building where Google X exists is remarkably ordinary. It occupies a pair of red buildings about half a mile from Google’s main buildings. It has no official website – which is understandable! Given all of the top secret projects, what would they post there?
Of course, these are just the ‘official’ headquarters. Google has many other secret locations that are hidden from view, or filed through dummy cooperations.
In 2013 it was revealed that Google has purchased four barges. They are all registered under the name By and Large. And yes, that is the name of the evil corporation from the Wall-E movie that destroyed the planet.
Then, last week Google signed a 60 year lease on a former Navy dirigible hanger in Silicon Valley. They will pay 16 billion dollars for the 350,000 sure foot structure called Hanger One.
The theory goes that a Google subsidiary, Plantary Ventures LLC, will use the spot for research and development of technologies related to space and aviation, assembly and testing on the areas of space exploration and aviation robotics. It will also work with other emerging technologies.
Google has some unbelievable projects. In fact, it prides itself on working on things that have a slim chance of succeeding. Google calls this endeavours Moonshots.
Generally speaking, there are three criteria that X projects share. All must address a problem that affects millions—or better yet, billions—of people. All must utilize a radical solution that at least in part resembles science fiction. And all must use technologies that are now (or very nearly) obtainable.
All Google X projects start with the Rapid Evaluation team, Rapid Eval for short.
They choose ideas and test out the most promising ones by doing everything possible to make them fail. These are the steps:
As of 2014 there have been eight projects listed as under construction at Google. These include:
It is worth noting that X’s moonshots are not as purely altruistic as Google likes to make them sound. While self-driving cars will save lives they will also free up drivers to use the internet and Google. Wi-Fi balloons could result in a billion more Google users.
Even Google X isn’t perfect. It has had its share of spectactural failures.
They may not be readily discussed, but Astro Teller, the head of Google X, is starting to shed some light on these hidden misnomers.
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It is important to classify exactly what you are looking for short term and also where you want to be long term. Remember when changing your career it also affects your family life, and your social life. So don’t forget to include these categories in your list. Here are 8 categories to help you analyze your next career change:
Some people are made to be in a supervisory position, other people find it very challenging. There is nothing wrong with either side. It is important for you to analyze yourself and decide if you like and want the extra challenges that go with supervising people.
Commuting is a big deal breaker on my list.
Are you comfortable with the technologies you are using or do you want to train with the new technologies on the marketplace.
Times change and so do you. Just graduated, no family ties – then long hours and travelling with your job are great. Add a family into the scenario or have an older parent you need to help with. Your needs change and so do theirs.
Everyone has different needs. As you grow in your career your needs will change. It’s important to analyze each factor for each time in your life. Be honest!! Changing careers and companies is a hard decision and not something you want to regret.
Start with these 8 factors and analyze each one. Let me know which factor, either one of these or one of your own that made the difference in your decision.
Good luck job hunting
Lynne Carlson started her career off in administration, moved to Cobol Programming and for the last 14 years worked in all things recruitment. Absolutely loves social media and excited about all the new innovations appearing every day!