Global warming? Debt crises? Boston Celtics slump? These are all significant global problems--well, maybe the last one is regional, but still important--and they are attracting attention. Google recently launched its new "Solve for X" initiative, a venture wherein Google's greatest minds tackle the world's most vexing challenges. The aim 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
It might not be simple, however the individuals behind the project are excited 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 progressive thinking that was necessary 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
An article regarding the “Solve for X” project appeared on Mashable.com a few weeks ago. Mashable reported the account of an individual who participated in a "Solve for X" retreat. He stated 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 may not be clear about what that means, 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. Technology is usually developed with a single purpose in mind, frequently for entertainment. That being said, it’s likely that there are many ways we could use current technologies that we haven’t considered. Ideally, "Solve for X" will help us tap into that potential.
Hopefully Google's efforts will inspire the entire IT industry to step up. Computer security has been a hot topic lately, and it affects everyone on the Internet. At Terminal, we strive to make the IT world a little safer with all of our services. We're just trying to do our part.