We all know there are big problems in the world today; debt crises, illiteracy, climate change, are just a few. Google has created a team to generate radical ideas to find remedies for the world’s biggest problems, and they call the project “Solve for X“.
Tackling the biggest global issues
It might not be simple however the individuals behind the project are enthusiastic and eager. They think that our technologies are untapped resources and they compare the forward thinking happening in the “Solve for X” project to the groundbreaking thinking that was needed to get humans on the moon. Google describes 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
The Mashable.com recently ran an intriguing feature story on the “Solve for X” project. Mashable cited the account of a participant in a “Solve for X” retreat who said that the minds gathered with him were working on the huge issue of global water scarcity. What kind of solutions are “Solve for X” members devising to handle this concern? One involved forward osmosis with recycled ammonium salts. If you have little idea what that means, don’t fret—the people at “Solve for X” do.
The need for technology brain trusts
“Solve for X” might not generate any real, practical, solutions for the world’s problems but the brain trust idea certainly has potential. Technology has, and can, change the world for the better; we just need outside the box thinking to come up with ideas. So we shall see if “Solve for X” comes up with innovative ways to use technologies we currently have.