10 Projects Showing Google Has The Future Figured Out

Have a question? Ask Google. You can say that Google is the best search engine out there and no one would even argue with you. But Google isn’t just a search engine company anymore. Yes, of course it is also home to the ever-popular Android OS but Google’s reach is far beyond the online realm.

For many years now it has been trying to conquer the world’s heart when it comes to research, particularly in new sciences and technologies that would greatly benefit humanity. From a mere search engine that was almost sold to Yahoo! for $1 million to exploring space, Google sure has come a long way. And it isn’t stopping anytime soon. Let’s take a look at what Google has been up to.

In the twenty-first century, the robot will take the place which slave labor occupied in ancient civilization. — Nikola Tesla

1. Robotics

2. Self-Driving Cars

3. Space Exploration — Lunar XPRIZE

4. Project Ara — Modular Phones

The explosion in access to mobile phones and digital services means that people everywhere are contributing vast amounts of information to the global knowledge warehouse. Moreover, they are doing so for free, just by communicating, buying and selling goods and going about their daily lives.” — Ban Ki-moon

5. Project Tango — 3D Mapping

6. Calico — Immortality

Calico is a research and development company whose mission is to harness advanced technologies to increase our understanding of the biology that controls lifespan. We will use that knowledge to devise interventions that enable people to lead longer and healthier lives. Executing on this mission will require an unprecedented level of interdisciplinary effort and a long-term focus for which funding is already in place.

7. Liftware — Spoon for People with Parkinson’s Disease

The Liftware stabilizing handle contains sensors that detect hand motion and a small onboard computer that distinguishes unwanted tremor from the intended movement of the hand. To stabilize the utensil, the computer directs two motors in the handle to move the utensil attachment in the opposite direction of any detected tremor.

8. Google Contact Lens

The main purpose of Google’s smart contact lens is to help monitor sugar levels on diabetics

9. Makani — Google’s Airborne Wind Turbine

The Earth’s fossil fuel supply is dwindling fast, and the race is on to find alternative and more sustainable sources of energy. Google is facing this problem headlong and has turned its attention to the energy that can be harvested from wind

10. Project Loon — Internet In A Balloon

So far, I have only mentioned a dozen of their projects, but in reality they have way more than that (and maybe even a few secret ones onGoogle X). The truth is, though, their projects come and go, and no matter how good some of these projects sound on paper, some do not see the light of day.

Others get cancelled just when they’ve gained popularity (or infamy, like Google Wave), but that’s what research and development is all about, right? In any case, the future is looking great, don’t you think so?

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