Global warming? Poverty? Illiteracy? Debt crises? These are all significant global problems. And they have drawn the attention of the technology pros at Google. Google recently presented its new “Solve for X” initiative, a venture in which Google’s greatest minds take on the world’s most vexing difficulties. The idea is for “Solve for X” minds to propose revolutionary 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 problems that have long befuddled world leaders. However, the people behind this project are nothing if not eager. They are saying the work happening here is akin to the progressive 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
Last month Mashable.com ran a story on the “Solve for X” project. Mashable cited the account of an individual who participated in a “Solve for X” retreat. He said that they were focused on the issue of water scarcity. What resolutions did they come up with on this retreat? One involved forward osmosis with recycled ammonium salts. It’s fine if you do not understand what that means, fortunately the people at “Solve for X” do.
The need for technology brain trusts
“Solve for X” may not produce any real, practical, solutions for the world’s problems nonetheless the brain trust idea definitely has possibilities. Technology has, and can, change the world for the better; we merely need outside the box thinking to come up with ideas. So we shall see if “Solve for X” comes up with progressive ways to use technologies we currently have.