Silicon Valley's Hottest Innovations 2016

How do big ideas get turned into reality?

Astro Teller, the head of X, which is working on some of Google’s most ambitious  projects, talks on what’s going on at the “moonshot” factory

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Published 5 years ago on Dec 03, 2016 4 minutes Read
Photographs by WSJ/Nikki Ritcher

X is Google’s “moonshot factory,” a place to work on projects, like autonomous vehicles, that have the potential to radically reshape the world. To get insights into how the operation works, and why it celebrates failure, The Wall Street Journal’s Rebecca Blumenstein spoke with Astro Teller, captain of the factory. Here are edited excerpts of their conversation: