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Google Unveils 'secret Lab' For Radical Ideas

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CEO Larry Page, an influential supporter of the secret Google X laboratory.

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Google recently held a private technology gathering for innovators, and plans to share some of the discussions and related materials through the Web site

"Solve for X is a place where the curious can go to hear and discuss radical technology ideas for solving global problems," Google says. "Radical in the sense that the solutions could help billions of people."

The site is designed to be a forum for fostering discussion about seemingly insurmountable problems such as climate change and cancer. "The conference is driven by short, technology rich presentations on topics ranging from low-energy, low-cost water desalinization to stretchable silicon biosensors," says Google's Richard DeVaul.

Other topics included using crowdsolved labor to tackle science problems, electronic-waste mining, transforming education, improving agriculture, synthetic biology, and carbon-negative biofuels.

Google's Google X laboratory houses projects such as self-driving cars and robots. The secret lab might restore some luster to Google's image, which was slightly marred after the recent shutdown of Google Labs by CEO Larry Page.

From InformationWeek
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