Last Tuesday night, approximately 40 young minds gathered in the Pier Building to “Solve For X.” A brainstorming project run by Google[x] — the arm of the technology giant responsible for the self-driving car and Google Glass — Solve For X brought 17- to 24-year-olds together for an hour of presentations by three innovators, followed by a half-hour of brainstorming about each innovator’s idea. Google describes the process as the meeting point of a huge problem, a radical solution to the problem and the use of breakthrough technology.
At Friday’s morning lecture, a liberal television host and magazine editor, a researcher on Muslim-American studies, a major in the United States Army and the vice president of Google[x] gathered on the Amphitheater stage to talk about what it means to be part of “The Next Greatest Generation.”
Chris Hayes, Dalia Mogahed, James Smith and Megan Smith have all spoken in some capacity at Chautauqua Institution this week.
Hayes, who moderated the panel, began the conversation by asking James how he sees the past generation’s emphasis on service in the military in relation to the next generation’s service in the military.