How can we bring the grid out of the industrial age and into the age of intelligent technology?

The electric grid is an engineering marvel — a vast and complex system that keeps our lights on and powers all of the devices that are now essential to modern life. Designed…


After 9 years surfing the stratospheric winds, Loon’s journey is coming to an end.

When we unveiled Loon in June 2013, we meant everything in its name. It was a way-out-there and risky venture. Not just fragile-balloons-on-the-edge-of-space risky, but risky at the core of the question it was asking. Could this be the radical idea that might finally bring abundant, affordable Internet access, not…


I sent this note to Xers today and am publishing it here to share our commitment to improving racial diversity, equity and inclusion at X.

Hi Xers,

You may have seen Sundar’s blog earlier today about a range of commitments Google is making to improve racial equity within Google and…


The heroes of comics, books, film and 20th century science and engineering helped me realize that the world is full to overflowing with latent superheroes — that includes you, Class of 2020.

This year it’s harder than ever to look out beyond the horizon, beyond the current crisis, and imagine a better future. Amidst so much fear and uncertainty, it’s easier to see the disrupted dreams in front of us instead of the opportunities. …


10 years of moonshot taking

10 years ago Larry, Sergey, and Sebastian offered me the chance to run a grand experiment — to build a moonshot factory. Initially we only had a fuzzy idea about exactly what X was going to do, but we knew we wanted to create an…


From the Apollo missions, a blueprint for pursuing the audacious and near-impossible

In the fall of 2010, I asked Larry Page a series of questions to find out what he wanted X’s purpose to be. “Is X a research center?” No, Larry said. “A philanthropic organization?” No. “An incubator?” No…


Augmenting human creativity with computers

Imagine asking an all powerful, painfully literal genie to make you a peanut butter and jelly sandwich*. You watch as the genie smears the peanut butter and jelly all over the table and then throws the bread on top.

You then have to direct the…


Introducing Alphabet’s newest Other Bets

Tracking UFO sightings. Chasing balloons through California’s central valley. Finding friendly New Zealanders who let us stick a secret new technology on their house. Studying whether defibrillators delivered by air could save lives. Meeting welcoming Aussies who let us send them candy and dog treats…


Introducing Alphabet’s newest Other Bets

Tracking UFO sightings. Chasing balloons through California’s central valley. Finding friendly New Zealanders who let us stick a secret new technology on their house. Studying whether defibrillators delivered by air could save lives. Meeting welcoming Aussies who let us send them candy and dog treats…


Cybersecurity needs a moonshot

A few years ago I wrote some thoughts for Wired about why more people and organizations don’t take moonshots. …

Astro Teller

Captain of Moonshots, X

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