“A great science fiction detective story” - Ian Watson, author of The Universal Machine
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Those of you who are space geeks like me will be familiar with the X-Prize, which helped move space tourism (and cheap space flight generally) from being a great idea to being a reality that is in the process of being constructed.
The prize has two categories.
One is for banking organs: the winner must preserve a complex organ for 30 days — thousands of people die because the best we can do now is less than a day.
The other is for creating organs: the winner must build a complex whole organ from a person’s cells, transplant it, and have it function for two years.
As with the original X-Prize, the New Organ Prize is set at $10 million. And the fact is that X-Prize competitors were sufficiently incentivized with that prize for many of the teams to spend far more than $10 million on their projects.
Prizes like this — when combined with prestige and the prospect of future profits from new technologies — appear to be enough, in at least in some cases, to spawn teams that will meet the project’s goal.