Future Google – Onstage at TED2014, Charlie Rose interviews Google CEO Larry Page about his far-off vision for the company.
It includes aerial bikeways and internet balloons … and then it gets even more interesting, as Page talks through the company’s recent acquisition of Deep Mind, an AI that is learning some surprising things.
One of the many interesting things that Larry Page talked about was the notion of not doing incremental change – but instead going for change on the order of magnitude.
Meaning not fiddeling around with details but rather go for the big, visionary changes that might require to kill Your darlings in order to give room for something new and better. Examples of that are the driverless car or the balloons that might provide internet access to underserved areas ie. poor areas of the world. These are the so called “moonshot” projects that the Google X lab are so famous for. Another word for this is “skunk project” – a project and/or team that is “protected” from the rest of the organization and given freedom and resources to work on “crazy” projects that might – or might not work out.
There is no accident that Tesla and Elon Musk are mentioned as examples of people and organizations that actually makes a change. You might have heard of Elon Musks Hyperloop – a blueprint to connect LA and San Franscisco at speeds approaching
.. or his vision of colonizing Mars - to “back up” humanity so to speak.
These are all grandiose – and ultimately necessary dreams.