It seems like every week Google is rolling out something new. Whether it’s a major change to Google Plus or some new terms of service, there is always something cooking at Google. Now, they have come up with something completely out of left field. They are launching Solve For X, which is based on getting people thinking about ways to solve the greatest problems in the world. It is similar to a popular video series called TED (Technology Entertainment and Design) in that it is designed to get some great thinkers together to discuss problems and make the viewers think.
Solve for X is more focused on big picture global problems than TED, but the principle behind them is similar. They want participants to think out of the box. The more crazy the answer might seem, the better. Google actually claims that some ideas “sound like science fiction,” but they are all within the realm of possible. According to their site, “solve for X is intended to be a forum to encourage and amplify technology-based moonshot thinking and teamwork.”
A program like this, with a company as powerful as Google behind it can only lead to good things. Getting people thinking about the major problems that we face is always a good thing. The only way to make change happen is to find a solution, and it seems like that is exactly what Solve for X is trying to accomplish.