Wednesday, September 24, 2008


In their continuing effort to convince us that they are, in fact, our benevolent overlords, Google has launched a contest which will award $10 million to those ideas which are deemed the most beneficial to society. Sounds vague, but it's really just broad. Until October 20th, contestants can submit their ideas to address food, shelter, fresh water, environmental, health, and education problems. As an example, Google has described the Hippo Water Roller, a device designed to make transporting large quantities of water by foot much easier than traditional methods. Finalists will be narrowed down after internal deliberation and public voting, and the $10 million will be spread equally among whatever number of finalists make it to the end. Unfortunately for me and the rest of the world, I'm all out of ideas after a rather intense session of Mario Paint. Unless society can benefit from making music out of mushroom sprites, the money will probably go somewhere else. More details here.

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