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A Rare Peek Behind The Scenes At Google X09:30
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Google X's Captain of Moonshots Astro Teller gives a keynote during the SXSW Interactive Festival on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 in Austin, Texas. (Jack Plunkett/AP)
Google X's Captain of Moonshots Astro Teller gives a keynote during the SXSW Interactive Festival on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 in Austin, Texas. (Jack Plunkett/AP)
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While Google is busy running its search, email and smart-device businesses, one division of Alphabet — Google's parent company — is focused on the future.

X is a moonshot laboratory where minds come together to find innovative solutions to the world's major problems. Some products that have come out of the secretive division include Google Glass, the self-driving car company Waymo and Project Loon, which uses balloons to bring the internet to remote areas.

Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson speaks with The Atlantic's Derek Thompson (@DKThomp), who was granted rare access inside the facility.

This segment aired on October 16, 2017.

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