More than 150,000 ideas were submitted to be considered for Google's Project 10^100. From those, only five were chosen to receive a total of $10 million from Google.org, the search giant's philanthropic arm. One million of that has gone to Shweeb, a New Zealand-based company working to make human-powered bicycle monorail pods a reality in urban environments around the world.
The other companies that received money:
- Khan Academy for putting education online.
- FIRST, a non-profit for science and engineering education.
- Public.resource.org to make government more transparent.
- The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, which provides education to African students.
Shweeb is supposed to "drive innovation in public transport." The money will go towards funding research to see if these pods can work in urban areas. We could have saved Google $1 million. This will not work.
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