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Global warming? Poverty? Illiteracy? Debt crises? They are all significant global problems. And they have attracted the interest of the technology pros at Google. Google recently announced its new “Solve for X” initiative, a project wherein Google’s greatest minds tackle the world’s most vexing difficulties. The goal is for “Solve for X” minds to propose revolutionary ideas for eliminating some of the biggest problems facing the Earth.

Tackling the biggest global issues

You may wonder, how can a group of people at “Solve for X” find solutions to problems that have perplexed 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 excited. 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 said that the minds gathered with him were focusing on the huge issue of global water scarcity. What type of solutions are “Solve for X” members devising to handle this problem? One involved forward osmosis with recycled ammonium salts. If you have no idea what that means, don’t fret—the individuals at “Solve for X” do.

The need for technology brain trusts

Whether “Solve for X” does generate any real solutions for the globe’s biggest problems, the brain trust idea is obviously one with merit. Technology has the ability to change the world for good. Yes, new tech entertains us. It can make it easier for us to enjoy our music, watch movies, and read our favorite magazines. But technology is capable of doing so much more. Perhaps brain trusts like “Solve for X” will help us truly tap the potential of technology.