New York Times about Google X

Die New York Times hat einen Artikel über Google X, ihr (jetzt nicht mehr so) supergeheimes Labor für künstliche Intelligenz und Robotik, wo sie an selbstfahrenden Autos basteln (die hatten sie im Frühjahr bereits vorgestellt, hier ein Clip einer Testfahrt, hier eine Präsentation vom Oktober), am Web of Things (vernetzte Kühlschränke und Glühbirnen und sowas) und an einem Space-Elevator bauen.

One Google engineer familiar with Google X said it was run as mysteriously as the C.I.A. — with two offices, a nondescript one for logistics, on the company’s Mountain View campus, and one for robots, in a secret location.

While software engineers toil away elsewhere at Google, the lab is filled with roboticists and electrical engineers. They have been hired from Microsoft, Nokia Labs, Stanford, M.I.T., Carnegie Mellon and New York University.

A leader at Google X is Sebastian Thrun, one of the world’s top robotics and artificial intelligence experts, who teaches computer science at Stanford and invented the world’s first driverless car. Also at the lab is Andrew Ng, another Stanford professor, who specializes in applying neuroscience to artificial intelligence to teach robots and machines to operate like people.

Johnny Chung Lee, a specialist in human-computer interaction, came to Google X from Microsoft this year after helping develop Microsoft’s Kinect, the video game player that responds to human movement and voice. At Google X, where he is working on the Web of things, according to people familiar with his role, he has the mysterious title of rapid evaluator.

At Google X, a Top-Secret Lab Dreaming Up the Future, mehr: Paris Lemon X (via Hacker News)