We all know there are big issues in the world today; debt crises, illiteracy, global warming, are just a few. Google has created a team to generate radical ideas to find answers to the world’s biggest problems, and they call the project “Solve for X“.

Tackling the biggest global issues

You may wonder, how can a group of people at “Solve for X” find remedies for problems that have confused world leaders for years? The brain trust at “Solve for X” is composed of forty-six scientists, entrepreneurs, and innovators from all around the world. And these people are eager. Google explains 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. What sort of solutions are “Solve for X” members devising to manage this issue? One involved forward osmosis with recycled ammonium salts. If you have no clue what that means, don’t fret—the individuals at “Solve for X” do.

The need for technology brain trusts

“Solve for X” may not generate any real, usable, solutions for the world’s problems nonetheless the brain trust idea undoubtedly has potential. Technology has, and can, change the world for the better; we just need outside the box thinking to generate ideas. So we shall see if “Solve for X” comes up with revolutionary purposes of technologies we currently have.