Google Picks 5 Futuristic Idea Winners

Google has announced the winners of a contest that will give out $10 million to people with futuristic ideas. The Internet giant received more than 150,000 submissions. The company has announced the five winners which include a project to put all legal documents in this country online.

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And today's last word in business is shweeb.

ARI SHAPIRO: Shweeb?

INSKEEP: Shweeb. Let's explain here. Google has announced the winners of a contest to give $10 million to people with futuristic ideas.

SHAPIRO: The Internet giant received over 150,000 submissions, and now the company has announced the five winners.

INSKEEP: The winning ideas include a project to put all legal documents in this country online.

SHAPIRO: There's also a plan for a robotics competition to promote math and science education.

INSKEEP: And then there's shweeb. It's a people-powered transportation system.

SHAPIRO: You climb into a transparent, plastic pod and start pedaling.

INSKEEP: Then you move along this monorail suspended in the air.

SHAPIRO: There's already a prototype track at a New Zealand amusement park.

INSKEEP: And Google's prize money can allow the creators to test the system in a real city, as soon as they find one that's interested.

SHAPIRO: And if your city takes part, then some day you, too, could fly along at speeds of 30 miles per hour. Think of it as a bike lane with a view.

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SHAPIRO: And I'm Ari Shapiro. We're out of here.

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