Google: Solve for X

Google: Solve for X

We all know there are big issues in the world today; debt crises, illiteracy, climate change, are only a few. Google has created a team to generate radical ideas to find solutions to the world’s biggest problems, and they call the project “Solve for X“.

Tackling the biggest global issues

Of course, it’s not that simple. The “Solve for X” brain trust will be taking on concerns that have long befuddled world leaders. However, the individuals behind this project are nothing if not enthusiastic. They assert the work occurring here is akin to the revolutionary thinking that was necessary 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 about 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 challenge of global water scarcity. What types of solutions do you think this brain trust produced? How about forward osmosis with recycled ammonium salts. While we may not be clear about what that means, the individuals at “Solve for X” do.

The need for technology brain trusts

“Solve for X” may not create any real, practical, solutions for the world’s problems nonetheless the brain trust idea undoubtedly 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 revolutionary ways to use technologies we currently have.