The biggest moonshot of all may be the skunk works itself: With X, Google has created a laboratory whose mandate is to come up with technologies that sound more like plot contrivances from Star Trek than products that might satisfy the short-term demands of Google’s shareholders. “Google X is very consciously looking at things that Google in its right mind wouldn’t do,” says Richard DeVaul, a “rapid evaluator” at the lab. “They built the rocket pad far away from the widget factory, so if the rocket blows up, it’s hopefully not disrupting the core business.”

A fascinating feature if you’re interested in what Google will release in the future. Of course, we’re not talking search engines here, Google X delivered driverless cars and Google Glass. 

To think that this exists only since 2010 is frightening. 

Inside Google’s Secret Lab - Businessweek