Last week Google launched Solve for X which is a platform to hear and discuss radical technology ideas for solving global problems. The platform will celebrate what Google calls 'technology moonshots'. These are efforts that take on global-scale problems, define radical solutions to those problems, and involve some form of breakthrough technology that could actually make them happen. Moonshots live in the gray area between audacious projects and pure science fiction; they are 10x improvement, not 10%.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. Solve for X is intended to be a forum to encourage and amplify technology-based moonshot thinking and teamwork. This forum started with a small face-to-face event co-hosted by Astro Teller, Megan Smith, and Eric Schmidt - the Solve for X talks are now being posted on the site.
There are three important questions that distinguish a Solve for X talk:
- Does it highlight a huge problem?
- Is there a concrete solution that could make a radical impact?
- Does it explain breakthrough science and technology that could enable this solution?
The goal is to make Solve for X active, collaborative and useful to attendees, innovators everywhere, and the world at large says their website.