Andrew Conrad at Google proposed an idea for a device similar to the Tricorder in Star Trek, that would use nanoparticles for cancer detection. With a huge amount of money to back them up, he said his team would have a working prototype within 6 months, yet three years later, there was still no device.
Now, an investigation by Stat, shows that three ideas set forth by Google’s new life sciences subsidiary, Verily, might never see reality. In addition to the cancer detector, other ideas, including much hyped contact lenses capable of sensing glucose to help diabetics, as revolutionary as they might sound, might not have the science data to back them up. And according to Stat, that might have to do with the way the company approaches its research, by routinely using the Silicon Valley model of: “Boast now, build later.”