How Google X Head Astro Teller Defends Moonshot Projects

A revealing conversation days before Google's Alphabet reorganization

Earlier this week, Google shocked the science and technology world when it announced that it was restructuring itself to operate its moneymaking search products separately from its loftier, long-term initiatives. Astro Teller, the visionary head of X Labs (formerly Google X), that builds those projects, spoke to Popular Science a few weeks before the announcement. He talked about dealing with investor skepticism, how to solve big problems, and much more. Here’s an excerpt:

It’s unclear where Teller’s comments stand in the context of the Alphabet reorganization. For the full interview, check out the next issue of Popular Science.