Google might construct a hoverboard, however will not
Buried deep within the bowels of Google’s prime-secret X lab is the know-how that would, theoretically, allow us to all have a Again to the Future-fashion hoverboard. Sadly, in line with the lab’s director of moonshots, that is the place it should keep, disappointing all the bullied nerds of Hill Valley. Obi Felten revealed on the Hiya Tomorrow convention in Paris that researchers had efficiently developed a way to “levitate carbon on magnets,” however that it struggled to see that too many individuals would truly need such a tool. Yeah, we all know.
Felten was speaking about how the X lab quickly develops a know-how after which works out if it has a objective. If not, then it is taken to a big skip entitled “applied sciences seeking a use case,” and dumped till we actually want it — like within the occasion of an alien invasion. Within the case of the hoverboard, Felten and co. merely could not see a lot of a marketplace for the hardware past the “skater crowd,” and so scuttled the venture.
In fact, it isn’t as if we actually want Google, since corporations from Lexus to Hendo have labored on their very own hoverboards. Admittedly, very similar to the superconducting urinal cake developed by Tel Aviv College, there’s loads of caveats, like the very fact it may solely work towards metallic surfaces and never, you recognize, the important thing trifecta of concrete, water and Biff Tannen’s face.