Alphabet moonshot-chief: climate crisis, the world ‘biggest problem’ – CNET

Alphabet moonshot-chief: climate crisis, the world ‘biggest problem’-CNET


Astro Teller, the head of the Alphabet X research lab.

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Google ‘ s parent company, Alphabet, has said it is focusing on technology to combat climate change, because the “crisis is the single biggest problem the world has right now.”

Astro Teller, the head of the Alphabet X research lab, made the remark Friday in an interview in Wired-25-conference in San Francisco. Teller also said, many of the division’s projects and past projects with environmental themes. A failed initiative, called project fog horn, not trying to be a carbon dioxide-neutral fuel from seawater, but the new fuel cost-effectively. Another project, called the dandelion, which has been spun from X, it uses geothermal technology to heat and cool homes.

“Our goal is to find and solve big problems in the world,” the narrator said. “[Climate change] takes a lot of space in our windshield, right now, because it’s just so big.”

X, formerly under the name of Google X, the company’s moonshot factory. Several Alphabet most ambitious projects, including driverless cars, drone delivery and balloons, the internet connectivity, which were spun beam-down from the X research lab. 

narrator-come to comments, how Google the criticism about the climate change. The Guardian reported last month that Google has a “substantial” contributions to some of the “infamous climate deniers” in Washington, DC. Google told The Guardian it sponsors organizations across the political spectrum. “We are hardly alone company, the contributions to organizations, which said very strongly disagree with you on climate policy,” a spokesman.

at the beginning of this week, more than 1,000 Google employees an open letter chief financial officer Ruth Porat demanding action on issues in connection with climate change. To reach In the letter, employees will require commitment from Google, zero emissions by 2030, as well as shun contracts “enable or accelerate the extraction of fossil fuels.” Also, the employees are called upon to prohibit the company, the funding to think tanks, lobbyists, or politicians who deny climate change and delay solutions. In addition, the workers will not be affected by Google want to swear to, to work with groups that harm refugees and other groups on the “front line” of climate change.

Google is nbsp this week also&; launched an accelerator program to help Start-UPS to work on projects in connection with sustainability and the solution of social problems. 

X its share of controversy had as well. Last October, The New York Times a bomb released a report about sexual harassment allegations to Google and the Alphabet. One of the executives accused of wrongdoing, Rich DeVaul, a Director at the X. At the time was, DeVaul apologized for a “mistake in the assessment.” He stepped out of the Alphabet, a few days after the Times report. Plate was not asked about the allegations, the interview during the Friday -. 

Published mon, 09 Nov 2019 02:22:00 +0000

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