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Google Launching TED-Style Think Tank With 'Solve For X'

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Google has been pushing their eduction products over the past few weeks with Good To Know (a site dedicated to web safety) and Google in Education being two examples. Now Google are launching their latest initiative which will try and solve the problems of the world called 'Solve for X'.

Launching later today, 'Solve For X' is described by Google as a forum to encourage and create new technological solutions for existing problems through crowd sourcing. By allowing the brightest minds a place to collaborate and develop ideas in a wide range of technological areas, it's hoped that the site will become a hub for scientific endeavour.

"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."

Earlier today, a invite-only conference for 'Solve for X' was held with the conference consisting of presentations discussing topics such as low-energy, low-cost water desalinization to stretchable silicon biosensors. On his Google+ page, the company's Rapid evaluator (points for guessing what that job position actually means) Richard DeVaul stated that the conference videos and other materials for 'Solve for X' would be posted by the end of the day on the main site wesolveforx.com.

Google's new project is hoping to become a TED-style site where users will give talks about their chosen field - a concept hinted by a leaked image which shows a ten-step guide for those interested in putting together their own presentation. While TED talks have a wide range of subjects and topics, Google's new venture seems to be more specialised focusing on technology so developing a niche area could work in their favour.

But since these are areas that Google has links to, you could be cynical and say that this is an exercise in talent acquisition for them, finding the brightest minds who are as of yet undiscovered. It's certainly cheaper than buying out a company which is a trend for the major companies but time will tell whether or not 'Solve For X' will make any ripples in the field of technology, knowing Google's aggressive stance in promoting their own products, we'll be sure to hear more about it over the coming weeks.

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