Google has launched a scientific breakthrough programme called Solve for X, where it brought together entrepreneurs, innovators and scientists from across the world to propose technological solutions to some of the world's biggest problems, like cancer and climate change.

Google has launched a scientific breakthrough programme called Solve for X, where it brought together entrepreneurs, innovators and scientists from across the world to propose technological solutions to some of the world's biggest problems, like cancer and climate change.

 
The search giant hosted an event last week led by Eric Schmidt, which aimed to get people of all ages and backgrounds working on what it calls “moonshots,” solutions to problems that drastically change the way we live and think – and border on science fiction.
 
One of the ideas being worked on is the provision of fresh water to anywhere and everywhere in the world at a cost of less than one tenth the existing energy input and effect upon the environment. If this proposal works it could save millions of lives throughout the world, and improve the water quality, and therefore the health, of many people.
 
 
Last week's gathering is just the first of many planned by Google. It hopes to bring together the world's visionaries several times a year to push the boundaries of scientific theory and development.
 
Google said that Solve for X is not about making products and expanding business portfolios, but about addressing some of the world's unresolved challenges. It invited participants to join the programme at its website: www.wesolveforx.com