“Moonshots” in the 21st Century

Published on
December 10th, 2019
19 minutes

Understanding “America First” & Economic Nationalism

“Moonshots” in the 21st Century

The Interview ·
Featuring Tom Kalil

Published on: December 10th, 2019 • Duration: 19 minutes

Tom Kalil, chief innovation officer at Schmidt Futures, lays out his vision of pursuing technological "moonshots," or highly ambitious but possible goals that will have an outsize social impact. Kalil describes the recent progress of projects ranging from mapping the human brain to creating carbon-negative sources of energy and making human life multi-planetary. Kalil explains the crucial role of both the public and the private sides in pushing "moonshots" from idea to reality. Filmed on September 10, 2019 in New York.



  • CB
    Chris B.
    18 December 2019 @ 01:47
    Thanks to RV for something a little different from the norm
  • LB
    LUIS B.
    14 December 2019 @ 23:38
    Alex Rosenberg could have focused on the topic of moonshots instead of the morality of private sector innovation, whether or not companies can or should pursue lofty goals. What bothered me the most about this interview is that misguided notion that the private sector is evil. Most people enjoy the fact that Steve Jobs created Apple, Bill Gates Microsoft, Zuckerberg Facebook. None of these companies are forcing you to use their services. Not one of them is putting a gun to your head and telling you to pay for their services, products and projects. You choose to trade with them. The argument that the democratically elected know what is best for the country is infuriating. The government takes what it wants by force. There is no free will element in there. Like a thief the Government puts a gun to your head and tells you to pay up. If you resist it can kill you, if you protest it can kidnap and confine you. That is not the kind of people that I would want pursuing moonshots.
  • CR
    Cindy R.
    14 December 2019 @ 00:24
    Just to hear his thoughts and futuristic ideas very interesting.
  • JP
    John P.
    13 December 2019 @ 04:25
    The topic is interesting but the interview did not have much detail or substance and did not go in directions that would be interesting or investment worthy. Even with the short length I felt like it could've focused on something.
  • M.
    Milton .. | Founder
    12 December 2019 @ 13:55
    Look folks, the moment you insult a person, I will delete your comment. If you have something to say, take a minute and give that thought a mature form. Then take 5 minutes and write a couple of paragraphs where you elaborate. It can be witty, it can be sarcastic or ironic, it can positive, negative or neutral. When you insult the guest or someone in the community, suddenly we don't care what you have to say and I'll delete your comment. Also, you might see this comment on future videos as I'll copy it from time to time. M
  • AK
    Ado K.
    12 December 2019 @ 12:50
    The criticism in the comments is a bit strange to me. Here we get access to a person who has had innovation responsibilities at very high levels of the government. Do you have any idea what this persons time would cost if you wanted to obtain an hour of consulting? The fact that RV gives us access to interviews like these for merely 180 USD per year is just amazing. Feeling extremely grateful and looking forward to seeing more interviews with Tom Kalil!
  • CB
    Clifford B.
    10 December 2019 @ 13:13
    Great altruistic discussion however the only way this can become reality is for the vast majority of countries to escape growth economics and focus on some sort of sustainable/subsistence model.