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But We Were Promised Jetpacks!
May 12, 2014
Agriculture continues to be a Wall Street darling of sorts. Even Google wants to get involved.
Astro Teller, who heads the company’s secretive laboratory arm known as "Google X," told attendees of the TechCrunch Disrupt conference earlier this week that agriculture and batteries are the two areas that currently hold the most promise.
"A tenfold improvement in energy density … would change the world so radically we can’t even see [all of the implications]," he says of batteries. And he challenged agriculture as a large, inefficient industry that poses some of the greatest opportunities for Google X.
This marks a change for Google X, but change is nothing new for the company. It sheds ideas quickly that aren’t able to take root. Google X has recently ditched forays such as teleportation, space elevators - and most recently, jetpacks.
"The problem is that it is going to be so power inefficient," Teller says. "I just couldn’t live with that."
So generations who grew up dreaming about moon colonies and jetpacks will have to put this one particular dream on hold. In the meantime, it will be interesting to see what Google X dreams up for the agriculture industry.