The X Prize was started because Elon Musk wanted to be sure that he could get the best in new technology on the scene to present itself to the world. The original idea was to get a rocket that would go into space, but now there are people bringing all kinds of technology that could be used in every day life. NASA used to do that often. They created things that we use every day, and they showed people that they could make things that had real world applications. The X Prize committee is doing the same, and Eric Pulier serves on that panel.
He started out long ago with adaptive technology and enterprise software for cell phones. He served on the Y2K committee with the government, and now he is asking people how they plan to apply what they have done to regular life. He is very good at what he does because he asks the right questions. He makes sure that people who are making these projects have really thought about how they make application of their work to the things that matter to real people in the real world.
There are many people who are trying to get the help that is needed from technological products that have been created for the people of the world. The advanced parts of the world that came about because of space travel or rocketry are very important to the planet, and Eric Pulier is trying to make those things better. He knows how to ask the right questions because he knows what it means to concern himself with others.