Learn about Google: Solve for X

There are a lot of problems in the world today; Climate change, poverty, Illiteracy, debt crises, these are only a few. Google has elected to give solving these problems a try and created the “Solve for X” initiative. This project draws together some of Google’s best minds and asks them to imaginatively tackle some of the most perplexing global issues. The hope is that the “Solve for X” brain trust will develop radical solutions using today’s technologies in a way previously unthought-of.

Tackling the biggest global issues

You may question, how can a group of people at “Solve for X” find remedies for concerns that have confused world leaders for years? The brain trust at “Solve for X” consists of forty-six scientists, entrepreneurs, and innovators from all around the world. And these people are excited. Google describes it as: “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 stated that the minds gathered with him were working on the huge issue of global water scarcity. Which kind of solutions are “Solve for X” members creating to handle this problem? 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

Whether or not “Solve for X” produces real remedies for the world’s problems, the idea definitely has value. Technologies are commonly developed with a single purpose in mind, usually for entertainment. That being said, it’s likely that there are many ways we could use current technologies that we haven’t thought of. Hopefully, “Solve for X” will help us take advantage of that potential.


Posted on: 03.21.12