We know very little about our planet’s seafloor, but that’s poised to change as autonomous underwater scouting technology gets better and better. To that end, nearly two dozen teams are racing to develop robots that can investigate, map, and conduct science at extreme depths, and under serious time constraints.…
Going to the Moon is officially hip again, thanks in no small part to Google, which is offering $20 million to the first private company that can land on our nearest neighbor, roll around a bit, and beam images back to Earth. The latest contender for that sweet sweet X-Prize money is a Japanese company, which has…
A German Lunar X-Prize team has announced its intentions to send two mobile probes to the Moon to inspect the lunar rover left behind by the Apollo 17 mission. Finally, something that’ll get the Moon landing conspiracy nutters to shut the hell up.
We know surprisingly little about our oceans. To help with this glaring blind spot, the XPrize has announced a new $7 million contest to foster innovations in ocean exploration technology.
Star Trek's tricorder is up there with flying cars and hoverboards as one of those futuristic inventions that always just seems a few years away. We're not quite there yet, but this sensor, which can diagnose diseases from a single drop of blood, is a pretty massive baby step.
Imagine being able to come up with your own insanely futuristic idea — and then having teams race to achieve your goal. The recently launched HeroX platform could make this happen.
Move over Turing Test, it's time to make room for the A.I. XPRIZE. The recently announced competition will award a team who can create a machine intelligence that can deliver a TED Talk so outstanding that it would receive a standing ovation.
Wouldn't it be amazing if we all had a personal medical scanning device like Star Trek's tricorder? Now the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE is hoping to make it happen. We spoke to some contestants to learn how they're planning to win part of the $10 million in prize money.
The X PRIZE Foundation and Qualcomm are partnering to try to make the Tricorder—Star Trek's famous health-diagnosing gadget—a reality. They are offering up $10 million in purse money. This may be the most practical X PRIZE yet.
The venerable Star Trek tricorder, often imitated but never actually shown 100% emulating the one demonstrated in science fiction, could net an inventor $10 million if they're able to produce the real thing.
Of the 136 fuel-efficient vehicles entered into the 2010 Progressive Insurance Automotive X-Prize, three 100 MPG contenders emerged victorious this week to share in the $10 million prize. These are their names:
Director James Cameron is building a sub that can plunge 36,000 feet beneath the surface of the ocean. If he can pull it off, he could win a $10 million X Prize and shoot footage for an "Avatar" sequel simultaneously.
The X Prize Foundation, which spurs scientific and technological innovation with the greatest of incentives, a big pile of money, hopes we'll have a significantly improved method for cleaning oil by this time next year. The carrot: a cool million.
In today's Remainders: your noggin! It's what chess champ Garry Kasparov used to defeat increasingly sophisticated computer opponents; it's what the contestants on Jeopardy consult for answers (or questions); it's the site of the next X-Prize challenge; and more.
A program called MoonBots will allow children to simulate the conditions of Google's $30 million Lunar X Prize—get rover to the moon, snap HD pics, kick ass—but turns up the quirkiness (and the cool factor) by incorporating Lego.
The X Prize Foundation is looking for a new challenge for their next Energy and Environment prize, and they want Gizmodo readers to vote on it. The X Prize is an educational nonprofit prize institute dedicated to create radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity, like when Burt Rutan built and flew the world’s…
Even though NASA's budget actually increased in 2008, the government space agency faces an uncertain future as it transitions from the Space Shuttle to the Constellation Project, and it's been plagued for years by claims of inefficiency and lack of creativity. Is it time to look at a new way to pay for the exploration…
In addition to the Robotic Moon Race that X Prize announced yesterday, they are also going to start the Lunar Legacy Program. The program will allow regular geeks like you and me to upload a 1MB image and a quick note that will then be copied onto a 17GB DVD and placed on one of the spacecraft heading toward the moon.…
Google and X PRIZE are teaming up to offer $30 million in cash rewards to companies and organizations that can land a robotic rover on the Moon and do a bunch of mission objectives. Their first prize is $25M, second prize is $5M, there's an extra $5M in bonus stuff to the losers.