What is Google: Solve for X

March 21st, 2012

Global warming? Poverty? Illiteracy? Debt crises? They are all big global problems. And they’ve attracted the interest of the technology pros at Google. Google recently revealed its new “Solve for X” initiative, a project in which Google’s greatest minds take on the world’s most vexing difficulties. The idea is for “Solve for X” minds to suggest radical ideas for eradicating some of the biggest problems facing the Earth.

Tackling the biggest global issues

Of course, it’s not that simple. The “Solve for X” brain trust will be tackling concerns that have long befuddled world leaders. However, the individuals behind this project are nothing if not enthusiastic. They claim the work taking place here is comparable to the progressive thinking that was required to send humans to the moon. On the “Solve for X” website, Google talks about it this way: “This combination of things—a huge problem to solve, a radical solution for solving it and the breakthrough technology to make it happen—is the essence of a moonshot.”

Tackling water scarcity

An article in regards to the “Solve for X” project appeared on Mashable.com last month. Mashable reported the account of an individual who took part in a “Solve for X” retreat. He said the minds involved discussed the issue of global water scarcity. What types of solutions do you think this brain trust came up with? How about forward osmosis with recycled ammonium salts. While we might not be clear about what that means, the individuals at “Solve for X” do.

The need for technology brain trusts

“Solve for X” might not generate any real, usable, solutions for the world’s problems nonetheless the brain trust idea definitely has possibilities. Technology has, and can, alter the world for the better; we merely need outside the box thinking to generate ideas. So we shall see if “Solve for X” comes up with progressive purposes of technologies we currently have.


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