General purpose 'futures' market that encourages cheating: people bet for or against something getting done, and if it happens the wagers are redistributed amongst the people who were not naysayers.
An app or a site that allows the user to create an inventory database off all the food they have in the house. It would then, using available ingredients, provide recipes that would require the least amount of shopping. Also, it could provide shopping lists, and a simple way to "receive" recently acquired food. It would also prioritize recipes by ingredients that should be used up first before they go bad. I'd use it.... more »
Pool spare CPU resources and sell them to biohacker types and would-be aeronautical engineers, maybe through a screensaver. Unlike seti@home, you get bitcoins in return for cycles used. Cycles are sold specifically to hackerspaces, at rates that beat amazon's, for doing things like bioinformatics and simulating air flow (stuff that has a high cpu-to-data-intensiveness ratio)
On pages that don't change frequently (especially for static pages with timestamps), server load can be saved by allowing browsers to serve up parts of the cached pages like seeds on bittorrent. If a site is down or very slow, the browser can look for other browsers sharing the requested page and query them instead, thus getting around the slashdot effect. This can also be used to get around domain-sitting tactics.
Hook gps-based augmented reality apps into a database of user-created 3d models (paired with orientations and locations), so that sets of models can be configurably layered on top of the real world. Get around opacity problems by having the opacity inversely proportional to distance from the object.
Each user creates a station/profile that streams real-time audio and/or stores pre-recorded material. Can link up with multiple other users' stations & all incoming signals are mixable & tweakable at each user endpoint. Like facebook except instead of images & text & whatnot, communication is primarily audio-based. Could include video streaming to facilitate realtime collaboration. Bandwidth permitting, naturally.
"U-turn" specific signal lights for motor vehicles as opposed to the standard turn signal.
Touchscreens and other spacial interfaces (VR, anything using a wiimote-style wand or a kinect) miss a certain amount of opportunity to more effectively train users to use them by avoiding touch feedback. While touchscreen devices and wiimotes have vibrating features, peizoelectrics could provide more nuance (a grid of peizoelectrics behind a touchscreen, to vibrate in response to a drag, or several directional sound... more »
Annual wildfires can be prevented with a crude but potentially inexpensive preemptive measure. Every year for the past seven years at least 100,000 acres have burned in the U.S. alone. The specific locations of fires change, but the areas of recurring fires do not.The assets destroyed remain the same every year: property, parkland and timber. Studies already exist logging, e.g., seasonal wind patterns, debris flows following... more »
edible board games as appetizers at restaurants. if they already exist, I WANT MOAR
Custom-ordered or designed electric cars that have several options built around the base or chassis, which is not unlike a skateboard. The idea is akin building blocks or Legos built around a three or four-wheeled vehicle. 1. All surfaces on vehicles are equipped with solar panels. 2. Standard sizes to be built around: compact, mid-sized, utility. 3. Manufacturer offers colors and designs, such as flames, right off... more »
With even the Pentagon planning for near-future conflicts over clean water or arable land, probably the age of ease and plenty has come to an end. In our seventh decade of the Atomic Era, the annihilation of life on Earth remains a real possibility. Not to put too fine a point on it, but humanity could use a Plan B or escape plan. I suggest that NASA and the greater Space Science community immediately repurpose to terraform... more »
Existing video games provide incentive for sustained play in terms of both positive and negative feedback, as well as 'punishment' and repetitive tasks. They also provide good examples of behavior shaping. While video games have been used for didactic purposes, they have typically been either in the context of detailed simulations (as with the use of video games for military training) or in the context of barely translated... more »
How many bodies does a kilo of Mexican cannabis have on it? I suggest you all encourage all serious U.S. magical groups to concentrate their offensive efforts on the Mexican Carteles. Regardless of ethical or unethical prosecution of foreign wars or domestic surveillance, if we wish to enjoy the luxury of civilization we ought to act *yesterday* and with devastating force. At least one narco-cartel has laid siege to a... more »
A videogame based in North Korea where the object is to survive prison camp, famine, cruel labor, NK troops, make a phone call and start a revolt or escape through China into S. Korea. Also, a "Cross the border" videogame from Mexico to US. obstacles would include minute men, border patrol, evading coyotes/cartel henchmen, finding water in barren land, and, perhaps the best feature, decoding an "alien language" while... more »