Google unveils ‘Solve for X’

Google has launched a Web site for something called ‘Solve for X,’ which is supposed to facilitate and present“moon-shot thinking.”

From the Web site: “Solve for X is a place where the curious 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.”

Based on a YouTube video posted on the Web site, the project sounds like a crowd-sourced think tank, similar in some ways to the nonprofit group TED. The Google Web site is big on design but light on details, though it feels similar to the Google X laboratories that were profiled in the New York Times several months ago.

According to tweets and Google+ messages from Google’s “Rapid Evaluator,” Richard DeVaul, some people have been invited to a “solve for x” conference to discuss big ideas.DeVaul was formerly a prototype scientist at Apple.

On Friday, DeVaul said the attendees “have had talks on transforming education, 5x improvements in agriculture through better decision support, synthetic biology and carbon-negative biofuels.”

He also said that the videos and materials from the conference will soon be posted to a new YouTube channel, so anyone interested in what may be up Google’s sleeve should stay tuned.

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Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.



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