Google[x], Google’s Moonshot Factory, was established with a somewhat unusual focus for a company like Google: all our projects aspire to survive contact with the physical world in some nontrivial way. Using examples from Google[x] projects, the talk will explain why Google[x] has this focus on atoms, not just bits, how that choice has shaped the culture and efforts at Google[x], what additional challenges this focus creates for us, and some of the general directions we see for the future of hardware.
Dr. Astro Teller currently oversees Google[x], Google’s moonshot factory for building magical, audaciously impactful ideas that can be brought to reality through science and technology. Before joining Google, Astro was the co-founding CEO of Cerebellum Capital, Inc, an AI-based investment management firm. Previously, Astro was the co-founding CEO of BodyMedia, a leading wearable body monitoring company. Prior to BodyMedia, Dr. Teller was co-founding CEO of SANDbOX AD, an advanced development technology incubator. Dr. Teller holds a BS in computer science and an MS in symbolic and heuristic computation, both from Stanford, and a Ph.D. in artificial intelligence from Carnegie Mellon, where he was a recipient of the Hertz fellowship. Through his work as a scientist, inventor and entrepreneur, Teller holds many U.S. and international patents related to his work in hardware and software technology. Astro is also a successful novelist and screenwriter, with a new book out entitled “Sacred Cows.”