Solve for X: radical ‘moonshot’ technology ideas for solving global problems

February 7, 2012

Solve for X (credit: Google)

“We’d like to introduce Solve for X, an experiment to encourage individuals and groups to undertake “moonshot” technology projects to solve global problems,” says Google’s new Solve for X forum in a low-key announcement on Google+. It continues:

Solve for X is a place where people can go to hear and discuss radical technology ideas for solving global problems.

Radical in the sense that the solutions could help billions of people. Radical in the sense that the audaciousness of the proposals makes them sound like science fiction. And radical in the sense that there is some real technology breakthrough on the horizon to give us all hope that these ideas could really be brought to life.

“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 technology moonshot.


(Credit: Google)

Solve for X is intended to be a forum to encourage and amplify technology-based moonshot thinking and teamwork.

Our goal is to make this page a source of interaction and dialogue, discussing the Solve for X talks from our Feb. 1–3 event co-hosted by Astro Teller, Megan Smith and Eric Schmidt.

Most importantly, hearing your ideas for Solve for X thinking. What’s your <x>? What radical science and technology ideas are you thinking about?

We’d love for you to share other talks (maybe yours, maybe someone else’s) and explain (1) what’s the huge problem, (2) what’s the radical solution, and (3) what’s the science and technology detail? We’ll re-share posts to the broader group to further the discussion.