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Google To Fund Ideas That Will Change the World

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 5 years ago | from the we-should-all-become-deities-the-end dept.

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Peace Corps Online writes "This week, as part of their tenth birthday celebration, Google announced the launch of project ten to the 100th, a project designed to inspire and fund the development of ideas that will help to change the world. They have called on members of the public to share their ideas for solutions that will help as many people as possible in the global community, offering a $10 million prize pool to back the development of those chosen as winners. 'We know there are countless brilliant ideas that need funding and support to come to fruition,' says Bethany Poole, Project Marketing Manager for Google. 'These ideas can be big or small, technology-driven or brilliantly simple — but they need to have impact.' The project's website asks entrants to classify their ideas into one of eight categories listed as Community, Opportunity, Energy, Environment, Health, Education, Shelter and Everything Else. Members of the public have until October 20th to submit their ideas by completing a simple form and answering a few short questions about their idea."

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Easy Solution (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25171757)

The project's website asks entrants to classify their ideas into one of eight categories listed as Community, Opportunity, Energy, Environment, Health, Education, Shelter and Everything Else. Members of the public have until October 20th to submit their ideas by completing a simple form and answering a few short questions about their idea."

My idea could solve at least four of the above problems.

A good place to start would be to systematically exterminate the stagnant burden to civilization which are the populations of Africa, the Middle-East, and the Southern United States.

Re:Easy Solution (-1, Redundant)

ivandavidoff (969036) | more than 5 years ago | (#25172023)

I think the adjective you were looking for is "final".

First Idea (5, Funny)

xpuppykickerx (1290760) | more than 5 years ago | (#25171761)

a gun that shoots cookies. either at 600f/s or just gently enough to hit my mouth.

Re:First Idea (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25171989)

a gun that shoots cookies. either at 600f/s or just gently enough to hit my mouth.

Noo! that would be the ultimate weapon. Armies would drop their weapons to be shot! Children would run into war and battlefields thereby preventing the armies who refuse to give up their arms to stop shooting to not hit the children.

No sir! Your idea is extremely dangerous and anti-American! Why peace would break out along with our waistlines!

What next? C-130 tankers with milk?!? And then what?!? It'll escalate. You'd have others inventing pizza guns and then tankers with beer! There would be no end and our planet would degrade into obese partying!

Someone call the cops on the parent degenerate.

Re:First Idea (1)

xpuppykickerx (1290760) | more than 5 years ago | (#25172005)

touche...

it is well-established historical fact (0)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 5 years ago | (#25172297)

that the belgians defeated the german blitzkrieg in world war ii with waffles

the feared waffen-ss was helpless before the onslaught of delicious belgian waffles. yes, you heard me right, waffling defeated wafflen

it is so like you neocon warmongering americans to deny that Pastry Promulgates Peace(tm)

Re:First Idea (5, Funny)

Bogtha (906264) | more than 5 years ago | (#25172399)

Someone call the cops on the parent degenerate.

I tried that once, but apparently being grounded does not legally count as false imprisonment.

I'll get you one day, Parent Degenerate! Shakes fist at basement ceiling.

Re:First Idea (1)

sandysnowbeard (1297619) | more than 5 years ago | (#25172253)

That shit's poetic. =]

ok (0, Redundant)

thermian (1267986) | more than 5 years ago | (#25171785)

And who reaps the profit from these ideas? Would it be Google by any chance?

I'd prefer to go without any 'prize' and do all the work/reap all the benefits myself.

Re:ok (4, Insightful)

darth_MALL (657218) | more than 5 years ago | (#25171845)

That's a hell of a lot of extra work to globally disseminate your idea to the world.

You wouldn't let Google have the hassle of doing the footwork if they flipped you a few mil? I think maybe you lack some of the foresight/vision/humanitarianism that the contest seeks to capitalize on.

Just sayin....

Re:ok (2, Insightful)

DeadDecoy (877617) | more than 5 years ago | (#25171915)

Some projects require resources no matter how you look at it: e.g. labs, connections with other intelligent people, test subjects, etc. Unless you are rich or have a project that requires minimal resources, you may have a hard time doing all of the research and commercializing all of the work on your own. Now if you can do such a thing, kudos to you; but, these grants (and that is what they are) are probably meant for grand projects that bring together specialists across many different fields. What I'm curious about is how their process will differ from what the government already does in terms of funding such projects. Will google be equally rigorous in validating the work that comes out of this, or are they just looking for the next gadget to earn them millions? It seems interesting, so I'll just have to wait and see how it pans out.

Re:ok (1)

stranger_to_himself (1132241) | more than 5 years ago | (#25172983)

Some projects require resources no matter how you look at it: e.g. labs, connections with other intelligent people, test subjects, etc. Unless you are rich or have a project that requires minimal resources, you may have a hard time doing all of the research and commercializing all of the work on your own. Now if you can do such a thing, kudos to you; but, these grants (and that is what they are) are probably meant for grand projects that bring together specialists across many different fields. What I'm curious about is how their process will differ from what the government already does in terms of funding such projects. Will google be equally rigorous in validating the work that comes out of this, or are they just looking for the next gadget to earn them millions? It seems interesting, so I'll just have to wait and see how it pans out.

Agreed - If this is just another grant awarding body it's rather dull, and 10 million dollars won't go very far at all. Although most grant awards these days tend to go to short term projects with very definable and measurable outcomes, which is understandable for the sake of accountability, so maybe Google are going for some more blue-skies thinking and they won't care too much if they see anything come of each award or not.

Good on you bub! (1)

Finallyjoined!!! (1158431) | more than 5 years ago | (#25171923)

Please keep me posted on all of "your" work then.

So I can see how much prize/benefit you've reaped.

My guess: You can't program for toffee. Oh wait, this is /.

Re:ok (5, Informative)

Surt (22457) | more than 5 years ago | (#25171969)

I think the goal here is to give some funding to profit-losing ideas that help people. It's not hard to get profit-making ideas funded.

Re:ok (2, Interesting)

wellingj (1030460) | more than 5 years ago | (#25172083)

I think it's hardest to make something that truly makes peoples lives better and not not make a profit. Maybe I'm just too practical though...

Re:ok (3, Insightful)

VirginMary (123020) | more than 5 years ago | (#25172347)

Assuming the "not not" was a typo:

I think you're only thinking of things that have near-term benefits. This would probably exclude reducing your environmental impact, not having kids to benefit mankind etc. And don't laugh, the reason I chose not to have kids is because I decided that this would probably be the best thing anybody but a genius could do for mankind. I wanted 3 or 4 kids when I was 19 and then read a report about projected global population growth and the terrible environmental impact it would have and decided that truly caring about mankind meant not to add more people into the pool. That was 30 years ago and I feel just as strongly about the correctness of my decision now as I did then.

Re:ok (1)

lysergic.acid (845423) | more than 5 years ago | (#25172501)

well, the problem here is that "profit"--at least financial ones--are a form of immediate return/benefit, whereas things like environmentalism, altruism, and other progressive ideas are looking at long-term interests and long-term benefits. often times immediate personal interests conflict with the long-term interests of society. that's why making the world a better place isn't generally a financially profitable proposition.

but that's a very shortsighted and selfish way of looking at things. i mean, if there's widespread poverty, societal inequity, then crime goes up, and other social issues also arise. so you may be able to make a ton of money in the short-term, but if there's social instability and severe environmental degradation, then are you really better off than if you hadn't only pursued short-term interests?

Re:ok (1)

Thiez (1281866) | more than 5 years ago | (#25172527)

You could just have had 1 instead of 3 or 4.

Re:ok (1)

2nd Post! (213333) | more than 5 years ago | (#25172725)

Except that, mathematically and statistically, you are not contributing to global population growth if you have two or fewer kids.

Replacement rate (steady state population) require 2.1 or so kids. If you have 2 kids, then you are actually contributing to population decline since a small portion of each generation is killed by accidents and such.

Re:ok (1)

Snospar (638389) | more than 5 years ago | (#25173493)

Care to state your sources on that? I know for a fact that the Mathematical and Statistical figures for life expectancy, and especially child mortality, vary wildly, depending on location, and have never been authoritatively "averaged". I don't care to state my sources either.

Re:ok (1)

2nd Post! (213333) | more than 5 years ago | (#25173641)

The cia factbook will tell you the average growth rate of many countries.

does that mean women should stay at home? (3, Informative)

cheekyboy (598084) | more than 5 years ago | (#25174055)

Its impossible for the vast majority of women to have 3+ kids and work full time.

So this whole 'promotion' of work/caree by 'communist feminists' is really an indirect
way to reduce populations. If 50% of women work, that means that 50% of families have less
than 2 kids or no kids. So we have negative population growth, hence the government reason
for increased wild immigration to offset the losses.

If taxes were lower and things not so expensive then it would be easier for people to have
single income families and also to have 3 to 4 or more kids, with much less needed immigration.

Re:ok (1)

rumith (983060) | more than 5 years ago | (#25172743)

I think that your personal decision not to have kids affects little. The current demographic growth is measured in millions per year, and most of surplus population comes from areas you've never been to and never will. And even there the population density doesn't grow beyond a certain threshold - the excesses die out due to starvation or illnesses.

Besides, why should only a genius have kids? Mankind as a whole needs healthy and strong guys and girls no less than it needs geniuses.

It could be also summarized this way: our 'job' as individuals is to produce as many children as we can support and grow till they reach fertility. The evolution will attend to itself: a species usually benefits from competition between its comprising populations/individuals, and such a competition only takes place when there's a limited supply of a resource, be it food, girls, oil or Lego Mindstorms.

Re:ok (1)

KGIII (973947) | more than 5 years ago | (#25174397)

Besides, why should only a genius have kids? Mankind as a whole needs healthy and strong guys and girls no less than it needs geniuses.

Eugenics?

Hitler?

Godwined in not quite record time but you beat me to it. The GP also believes that the lumps on their skull is an accurate measurement for a variety of things and that there is a master race.

(Really... I jest...)

Re:ok (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 5 years ago | (#25172043)

Why don't you read the TOS?

Google is watching! (1)

prateek_t2 (902232) | more than 5 years ago | (#25171819)

Beware!

Who profits? (3, Insightful)

ShadowRangerRIT (1301549) | more than 5 years ago | (#25171829)

So who actually profits from this? Does Google sift the data and then start up in-house projects or do they run a program like the MacArthur genius grant, where the money is provided with little to no strings attached?

Given the earlier controversy over their EULAs containing clauses to forfeit all rights to your IP, this isn't just an idle question.

Re:Who profits? (3, Informative)

iamhigh (1252742) | more than 5 years ago | (#25171901)

Why not read the TOS before spouting stupid questions...

Terms of service

Google created this call for submissions to engage Google users and the global community in a discussion about how to change the world. Participants are invited to submit proposals about how best to improve our world in a variety of key areas. Users are asked to vote on their favorite proposal. The most popular ideas will be put before a panel of experts to be considered for implementation by Google.

By participating, you agree to be bound by the Google Terms of Service (http://www.google.com/accounts/TOS [google.com] ) and the Google Privacy Policy (http://www.google.com/privacypolicy.html [google.com] ), both documents herein incorporated by reference, as well as the following additional terms (altogether "Terms"). If you choose to include a video, you also agree to be bound by YouTube's Terms of Use (http://www.youtube.com/t/terms [youtube.com] ).

1. Participation: Google will post instructions, restrictions and guidelines for this call for submissions on the Project 10100 website. You agree to adhere to these materials. Google reserves the right to reject your proposal or terminate your participation should you not adhere to these materials or the Terms. Google will email you if your idea is chosen as a finalist.

2. Intellectual property rights: You warrant and represent that any content you submit is your original creation and does not infringe any third party rights, including without limitation, copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, privacy, and publicity, and that the content is not otherwise illegal or made or submitted in violation of any contractual obligation you might have with a third party.

As between you and Google, you retain ownership of any intellectual and industrial property rights (including moral rights) you have in and to your submission.

As a condition of participation, you grant Google, its subsidiaries, agents and partner companies, a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to use, reproduce, adapt, modify, publish, distribute, publicly perform, create a derivative work from, and publicly display your submission and the proposal provided therein (1) for the purposes of allowing Google, the advisory panel and users to evaluate your idea for purposes of the call for submissions, (2) in connection with advertising and promotion via communication to the public or other groups, including, but not limited to, the right to make screenshots, animations and video clips available for promotional purposes and (3) for the purposes of putting your submitted proposal into effect.

You agree that Google has final authority regarding this call for submission and the selection of the ideas to be considered for implementation. You acknowledge that your submission might be similar to ideas submitted by other participants and/or proposals independently developed by Google, and that Google does not need to recognize your submission should your idea not be the source of the proposal or proposals ultimately implemented. You further acknowledge that even if your proposal is selected by Google, Google is not compelled to implement your proposal in its entirety, or at all. Google reserves the right in its sole discretion to incorporate your proposal or any other ideas into the project or projects finally selected for implementation

3. Privacy: You agree that personal data you disclose as part of this call for submissions, including name, phone number, and email address, may be processed, stored, shared and otherwise used for the purposes and within the context of the call for submissions. This data will also be transferred into the United States. By participating, you agree to the transmission, processing, sharing and storage of this personal data in the United States. You have the right to access, review, rectify or cancel any personal data held by Google in connection with this call for submissions by writing to Google at 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043 USA. All personal information that is collected from the participant is subject to Google's Privacy Policy, located at http://www.google.com/privacypolicy.html [google.com] .

4. Not an offer or contract of employment: Under no circumstances shall the submission of an idea, its use by Google, or anything in these Terms be construed as an offer or contract of employment with Google. You acknowledge that you have submitted your idea voluntarily and not in confidence or in trust. You acknowledge that no confidential, fiduciary, agency or other relationship or implied-in-fact contract now exists between you and Google and that no such relationship is established by your submission of an idea under these Terms.

Re:Who profits? (2, Interesting)

ShadowRangerRIT (1301549) | more than 5 years ago | (#25171997)

I'll admit, I didn't click through the three links needed to find the ToS. Of course, it still gives very little information as to how the funding is distributed. The guarantee of IP rights is nice, if they honor it. Problem is, it's really hard to prove the origin of an idea. I can see this being a legal headache for Google, since any new work they do that happens to overlap a submitted idea will probably lead to litigation.

Re:Who profits? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25172621)

I can see this being a legal headache for Google, since any new work they do that happens to overlap a submitted idea will probably lead to litigation.

Unfortunately, todays legal system has less and less to do with who is right or wrong, but who can financially last the longest as the lawyers churn the waters to keep the paychecks flowing. It's an utter disgrace.

Somehow I doubt a company with money equal to most countries GDP coupled with their literal army of legal representation would even break a sweat, much less a headache. They'll either not bother with it and simply settle for more zeros than you've seen in your life on a check, or drain you with months of pointless litigation.

Re:Who profits? (0, Offtopic)

ShadowRangerRIT (1301549) | more than 5 years ago | (#25172033)

Okay, I don't usually like to question moderations, but Flamebait? Really? If you don't like that others modded it Insightful, hit it with an "Overrated" or "Redundant" (even if the similar posts weren't there when I started writing it) or something, but there was no intent to bait here.

Re:Who profits? (0)

eln (21727) | more than 5 years ago | (#25172251)

Why would you encourage the moderators to give you an Overrated mod? Flamebait can at least be meta-moderated, unlike the much-abused Overrated.

Re:Who profits? Peek at the Terms of Service (2, Informative)

CyrusOmega (1261328) | more than 5 years ago | (#25172133)

From http://www.project10tothe100.com/tos.html [project10tothe100.com]

"As between you and Google, you retain ownership of any intellectual and industrial property rights (including moral rights) you have in and to your submission."

It would seem that the creator of the idea *may* profit.

Re:Who profits? Peek at the Terms of Service (3, Informative)

CyrusOmega (1261328) | more than 5 years ago | (#25172199)

Replying to self, this is bad but I also just found this http://www.project10tothe100.com/faq.html [project10tothe100.com] ...

"Q: What do I get if my idea is chosen? A: You get good karma and the satisfaction of knowing that your idea might truly help a lot of people."

Doesn't sound like profit is the name of the game here.

Re:Who profits? (2)

oGMo (379) | more than 5 years ago | (#25172197)

Given the earlier controversy over their EULAs containing clauses to forfeit all rights to your IP, this isn't just an idle question.

You mean the ones they immediately fixed? Are you one of those paranoid whiners who has no problem with Microsoft but points out all the evil things that Google must be doing?

Disconnect between incentives and goals (1)

compumike (454538) | more than 5 years ago | (#25171837)

The site says they've got $10 million sitting ready to implement these ideas.... but the idea submitter gets zero (or even any involvement in the process). So they're basically crowdsourcing the brainstorming step, and then will do a normal quote/bid process beyond that. So they've already made a disconnect -- people with truly great ideas are going to want to 1) have something to do with seeing them happen, and 2) want to benefit personally. (Even non-profits pay good salaries!) So I don't think this model provides adequate benefit to the idea owner to relinquish control of their intellectual property. Will the really good ideas come out?

--
Hey code monkey... learn electronics! Powerful microcontroller kits for the digital generation. [nerdkits.com]

Re:Disconnect between incentives and goals (1)

Flaggday (1373017) | more than 5 years ago | (#25172195)

I don't think your (1) and (2) are necessarily true. If we assume there's some truth in the re-usable cliche that "____ is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration". This contest gives a chance for someone who's got that 1% to get the 99% taken care of by others. I could just post in my blog, or on /., my great idea to help people, but if it wins the contest it's more likely to actually happen.

Re:Disconnect between incentives and goals (1)

SQLGuru (980662) | more than 5 years ago | (#25172203)

I think you'd be surprised at how many people would offer up their "wouldn't it be cool if...." ideas. I've submitted one already that probably won't win, but I have no knowledge of how to go about getting it implemented and wouldn't ever try, but if it were implemented, I could see how someone would benefit.

Any idea that people have that they would follow through with, sure, they'll keep it.....but if you aren't going to do anything with the idea, why not submit it and at least get credit for the idea.

My idea: glowing ceiling panels for businesses -- absorb the natural light during the day and use the glow panels a night. Someone will need to improve the glow so that the light is more akin to bulb light, but it should reduce the amount of energy used....which would be a good thing.

Layne

Re:Disconnect between incentives and goals (2, Interesting)

smoker2 (750216) | more than 5 years ago | (#25172753)

"relinquish control of their intellectual property"
It's assholes like you that prevent the world moving forward. Everything has its price in your world, even blood. Just maybe there are people out there who want better things for less fortunate people - no payment needed thanks !

5 simple things (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25171875)

1: Some renewable energy source that actually can handle dense loads 24/7. Solar can't. Nuclear really can't because contractors are too inept or corrupt to do a job right. Pretty much, fusion is the only thing we got going.

2: Batteries (supercaps preferably) with an energy density approaching gasoline.

3: Automatic pilot for cars so dense highways can be created to allow for the maximum density out there, so one drunk driver wrecking doesn't hamstring thousands of people.

4: Reliable, reusable space vehicles that can do more than low Earth orbits. SCRAMjet planes to the moon for example.

5: Tape backup that has a modern arial density, and that is inexpensive. Hard disks are fickle and fragile, and tape isn't perfect, but can stand the test of time.

Re:5 simple things (2, Funny)

Red Flayer (890720) | more than 5 years ago | (#25172029)

1: Some renewable energy source that actually can handle dense loads 24/7. Solar can't. Nuclear really can't because contractors are too inept or corrupt to do a job right. Pretty much, fusion is the only thing we got going.

Dude, if you have fusion going, then wtf are you doing applying to google for some share of a 10MM grant?! You could have billions in VC funding.

5: Tape backup that has a modern arial density, and that is inexpensive. Hard disks are fickle and fragile, and tape isn't perfect, but can stand the test of time.

10 pt or 12 pt arial? Fuck that. I want Times New Roman density.

EMC2 corp... (1)

Ungrounded Lightning (62228) | more than 5 years ago | (#25172649)

Dude, if you have fusion going, then wtf are you doing applying to google for some share of a 10MM grant?! You could have billions in VC funding.

You really missed the begging Bussard did between the time he DID have fusion going and the time he died, didn't you?

He even begged Google. They put his talk on their web site [google.com] and didn't give him any bux.

= = = =

Eventually the Navy dribbled out enough money for the next set of lab work, which should have been done as of last month. Now we're waiting for the Navy to decide whether to release the results and/or (if it went well) give his company the two hundred million they need to build a working 100MW demo plant. That's $2/watt, much better than solar panels - and includes the one-time development costs. If it works as Bussard expected it could then be cloned for $20M/unit, or 20 cents/watt, or even better stuff designed and built.

Re:5 simple things (1)

philspear (1142299) | more than 5 years ago | (#25172055)

1: Some renewable energy source that actually can handle dense loads 24/7.

SIMPLE things?!? You mean "Simple in concept but impossible in reality?" Yeah, fusion fits that bill. Another idea: the prepetual motion+ machine. Not only does it move forever, it turns a turbine to generate power. From nothing.

Also zero-point energy. That sounds interesting. I'd be suprised if someone hadn't proven it is impossible, or a misunderstanding of some physics concept.

Perfect solutions to energy problems probably will always be fiction.

Re:5 simple things (1)

HTH NE1 (675604) | more than 5 years ago | (#25172247)

3: Automatic pilot for cars so dense highways can be created to allow for the maximum density out there, so one drunk driver wrecking doesn't hamstring thousands of people.

Don't drink and drive: spill and you might short out your autodriver.

Re:5 simple things (5, Insightful)

techno-vampire (666512) | more than 5 years ago | (#25172269)

Nuclear really can't because contractors are too inept or corrupt to do a job right.

So, let's see, that means that you're simply going to dismiss the technology because you assert that the people doing the work aren't capable of doing it correctly. Do you have any proof, or are you just expressing your own anti-nuclear bias. Oh, and before I forget, fusion is a form of nuclear energy as well.

Re:5 simple things (1)

TigerNut (718742) | more than 5 years ago | (#25172549)

I've seen some pretty high density on the highway already... we don't need more of that.

Solar doesn't cut it? (2, Insightful)

zogger (617870) | more than 5 years ago | (#25172841)

Solar power is the only form of practical fusion power we have now, it is likely to be the only form of practical fusion power for the next several decades at least, and it scales from small dedicated solar powered devices to multiple megawatt sized solar farms. As for it being 24/7 we don't need that so much, the grid itself doesn't run peak capacity 24/7. We typically get larger demands during the heat (and sunshine) of mid day, when solar really rocks. As an adjunct to what we have now, a few billion panels more out on roofs all over would negate the need to build so many more fossil fuel plants, especially those "peaker" plants, and once you start talking billions of panels, economies of scale cost savings kick in and more R&D will come with it. You as joe sixpack also get to own it, compared to leasing your infrastructure with an open ended contract from the power company. Something else to consider if one wants to build equity instead of renting forever, and to have a supply independent of the vagaries of power politics and the rigged energy market.

    Solar PV since its invention has dropped from thousands of dollars per watt to now under 4 bucks. This is not insignificant and is an indication of the direction it has been going. We are *this close* to having it being really cheap.

  Diversified energy sources all contributing is the "silver bullet" energy solution, there isn't going to be any single "one" type of energy source in our immediate future that will cover all needs. Solar has a prominent place in the mix and could be more widely used (as some nations are doing right now, the US lags quite a bit in that regard).

In fact, this thread is about google looking for new ideas, solar is a good enough idea for them that they have already dumped some millions into it for their own purposes.

You are incorrect, solar is 24/7 (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 5 years ago | (#25173287)

"Some renewable energy source that actually can handle dense loads 24/7. Solar can't. "

Wrong, look into solar thermal. They store the super heated liquid so it can spin the turbines all night. In fact, there is talk of it being able to be a base load.

"Nuclear really can't because contractors are too inept or corrupt to do a job right. Pretty much, fusion is the only thing we got going."
I can't even imagine where you get this idea.
Also, look into the IFR.

My idea... (1)

ka9dgx (72702) | more than 5 years ago | (#25171895)

10. What one sentence best describes your idea? (maximum 150 characters)

Build a complete set of social and computer networking tools that can be distributed on/via USB Sticks.

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11. Describe your idea in more depth. (maximum 300 words)

CBBS opened a new vista of social networking in 1978, which lead to Fidonet, to parallel UUCP, etc.
Build a set of tools which allow the modern update to it, with sneakernet as the backbone.

This could be used by families to share photos. Researchers with huge data sets on the larger scale of things.

Provide a nice standard way to share stuff on a massive distributed scale that's extremely easy to use.

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12. What problem or issue does your idea address? (maximum 150 words)

Routes around censorship and trust issues with the internet. Lowers the barriers to entry for social networking.

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13. If your idea were to become a reality, who would benefit the most and how? (maximum 150 words)

Anyone who needs to share a huge amount of stuff with others they meet or send packages to on a frequent basis.

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14. What are the initial steps required to get this idea off the ground? (maximum 150 words)

Some brainstorming, evaluation of available tools, and a small community of people who want to contribute to the idea.

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15. Describe the optimal outcome should your idea be selected and successfully implemented. How would you measure it? (maximum 150 words)

Everyone around the world gets to share more stuff, and gets more as a result.

Re:My idea... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25172067)

How ironic, here was my entry

10. What one sentence best describes your idea? (maximum 150 characters)

Beer Sandwiches.

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11. Describe your idea in more depth. (maximum 300 words)

Ever since that first man drunk a fly infested bucket of rancid water and fermenting honey, alcohol has been a mainstay of society. If we were able to fuse the brilliance of beer with the genius of the sandwich, the possibilities would be endless!

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12. What problem or issue does your idea address? (maximum 150 words)

Beer is an aqueous solution which is prone to spilling. A "sippy cup" would address the problem, but will leave the user humiliated. A beer sandwich is the most logical solution

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13. If your idea were to become a reality, who would benefit the most and how? (maximum 150 words)

Most importantly, people who drink and drive. You see, a beer sandwich is a food, and there are no laws against "eating and driving". It would take stress off of the courts and put less innocent people behind bars.

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14. What are the initial steps required to get this idea off the ground? (maximum 150 words)

Someone needs to cross beer and sandwiches. Is it really that hard? You're freaking google!

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15. Describe the optimal outcome should your idea be selected and successfully implemented. How would you measure it? (maximum 150 words)

Everyone around the world gets to enjoy beer sandwiches!

Wrong name? (2, Funny)

complexmath (449417) | more than 5 years ago | (#25171939)

The prize pool is only ten to the 6th.

Re:Wrong name? (1)

Shade of Pyrrhus (992978) | more than 5 years ago | (#25172007)

10^100 is where Google's name comes from.

After some brainstorming, they go with Google - a play on the word "googol," a mathematical term for the number represented by the numeral 1 followed by 100 zeros.

http://www.google.com/tenthbirthday/#start [google.com]

reinventing the wheel (1)

floatingrunner (621481) | more than 5 years ago | (#25171961)

16. towels

17. duct tape

Here's an idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25172049)

Why don't the companies that own patents on say... water powered cars, finally manufacture some of these gadgets.

Well, because... (1)

Weaselmancer (533834) | more than 5 years ago | (#25172699)

Why don't the companies that own patents on say... water powered cars, finally manufacture some of these gadgets.

Because it's easier to be a patent troll. Just sit and wait for people to actually go out and get their hands dirty and their pockets empty doing the actual work. Then pop up out of nowhere and demand your royalties! It's the American way.

Granted, it's only slightly less ethical than beating up nuns for crack money, but in this day and age it's par for the course.

Re:Here's an idea (1)

bestiarosa (938309) | more than 5 years ago | (#25173639)

No car will ever run on water. It's a chemical impossibility unless you're considering nuclear fusion.

my idea (1)

Coraon (1080675) | more than 5 years ago | (#25172073)

take the warning labels off everything, the stupid people will die, this will have the following effects: 1 reduce global population. 2 increase the global IQ 3reduce the amount of really stupid slashdot stories.

Re:my idea (5, Insightful)

2nd Post! (213333) | more than 5 years ago | (#25172825)

Didn't you know? Only the smart people read the warnings.

So removing the warnings would only kill smart people; stupid people already kill themselves.

If you really want that effect, you should remove legislation such as helmet and seatbeat laws.

You missed the point (5, Insightful)

acid06 (917409) | more than 5 years ago | (#25172085)

Google isn't asking for profitable ideas or anything like that.

Sure, some of them could end up being profitable, but that's not the point. They want to invest in nice ideas which could improve the life quality of people. From the video, you can clearly see they're interested in ideas that could, for instance, ease the burden put on poor people in countries like Africa. You can hardly profit from that.

This is called philanthropy. And it's amazing how people from the US find this so absurd.
Sometimes, there really isn't a catch.

Re:You missed the point (1)

FirstTimeCaller (521493) | more than 5 years ago | (#25172465)

Google isn't asking for profitable ideas or anything like that. Sure, some of them could end up being profitable, but that's not the point. They want to invest in nice ideas which could improve the life quality of people. From the video, you can clearly see they're interested in ideas that could, for instance, ease the burden put on poor people in countries like Africa. You can hardly profit from that. This is called philanthropy. And it's amazing how people from the US find this so absurd. Sometimes, there really isn't a catch.

Ahhhh... but then they get to live in that improved better world don't they? Eh, Mr. Smarty Pants?

Re:You missed the point (1)

ParanoiaBOTS (903635) | more than 5 years ago | (#25172709)

Sometimes, there really isn't a catch.

Just like its ok to blindly accept a EULA because the company certainly only has your best interest in mind. Call me jaded, but I have see one too many "no strings attached" offers turn sour

Re:You missed the point (2, Funny)

Garse Janacek (554329) | more than 5 years ago | (#25172921)

ideas that could, for instance, ease the burden put on poor people in countries like Africa.

Or improve the quality of education in countries like the US...

Re:You missed the point (1)

acid06 (917409) | more than 5 years ago | (#25173061)

Well, I was surprised the first reply wasn't about this. That was supposed to read "places like Africa".

Unfortunately, I didn't notice it during preview and Slashdot doesn't allow me to edit my posts.
Oh, well. I could always say I was referring to South Africa. ;)

Also note that English isn't my primary language.

Re:You missed the point (1)

Garse Janacek (554329) | more than 5 years ago | (#25173401)

Yes -- I figured it was a slip, but I wasn't strong enough to pass it up. I am but a man.

Re:You missed the point (1)

BraksDad (963908) | more than 5 years ago | (#25173525)

US citizens and companies are easily the most cheirtable in the world. We give away more money than anyone

Well, except maybe sometimes Bill Clinton who generously donated used underwear. Not sure I want that, but I bet ML's undies would pull a heft ticket... but(t) not on e-bay of course.

Just kidding, I am sure the Clinton's donate generously, aside from the underwear (boxers or briefs?).

My serious point is that American's have lower taxes than Europeans, for instance, and we give away some of that extra which we get to keep for ourselves. I am not the least surprised that a company like Google would do something like this, for no other reason than tax avoidance and PR. I think it is a great move and they may end up with profit from it on the side. That would only be a side benefit though. The real world benefits are tangible without any actual windfall from the idea itself.

Certainly the ROI for this will be better than that of the corporate site cafeteria. I imagine they have a business case for that, but I imagine the ROI is below 1.0.

Re:You missed the point (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25174381)

let's keep this above the belt. america is very familiar with the concept of philanthropy... http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/12/19/americans.giving/index.html. we are just a little more hesitant when donating to other countries...

Re:You missed the point (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25174413)

Africa is such a big country...

No Marketers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25172103)

First things first, no marketers. Google has proven itself to be 'evil' despite its dictum of "Don't be evil". Marketers are simply going to look for the profit in the situation and most likely Google will patent the ever-living shit out of something that's meant to help mankind regardless of nationality, race or invisible sky magician. Nothing will get done.
Second, don't bother. This is just a PR attempt. See the marketing department mentioned in the article and my prior comment.

Here's a simple one (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25172105)

Term limits for all Congresspersons.

That by itself should result in the solution of a whole host of problems.

one better (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25173731)

Term limits for all governmental employees, every single one, plus no pensions. Make all of government be forced to compete and live in the real world eventually and you'll see a lot less bullshit out of government.

Education (5, Insightful)

mikethicke (191964) | more than 5 years ago | (#25172107)

Use Google's infrastructure and clout to combat censorship and surveillance of dissidents by oppressive regimes.

Re:Education (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25173255)

Use Google's infrastructure and clout to combat censorship and surveillance of dissidents by oppressive regimes.

Please define "oppressive regimes"

plus 3, Tro7l) (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25172181)

Raadt's stuuborn Time I'm done here, no matter how If you answered windows, SUN or posts. Due to the move any equipment From within.

Not AI -- AS. (1)

ivandavidoff (969036) | more than 5 years ago | (#25172235)

10. What one sentence best describes your idea? (maximum 150 characters)

Artificial sentience.

11. Describe your idea in more depth. (maximum 300 words)

Beyond artificial intelligence, this project aims to create a sentient being. Using recent advancements such as ultra-fast processors, massive storage capacities and object-oriented coding, this being would be a conglomerate of interacting objects, each representing an aspect of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. Put simply, it would be your standard AI, with the addition of new types of modules that compete with each other for processing priority and storage space. These modules will be analogs of lust, greed, fear, grief, pride and envy, and will tend towards gluttony, sloth and bloody-minded bastardism, pitted against other modules representing altruism, love, curiosity and an admiration of Alan Alda's character in M*A*S*H.

12. What problem or issue does your idea address? (maximum 150 words)

The lack of the kind of awesome coolness that such a being would represent.

13. If your idea were to become a reality, who would benefit the most and how? (maximum 150 words)

I'm sure some major corporation would be interested. Look under "G" in Yahoo Yellow Pages.

14. What are the initial steps required to get this idea off the ground? (maximum 150 words)

1. Give me the monays.
2. Leave me alone to work on it.

15. Describe the optimal outcome should your idea be selected and successfully implemented. How would you measure it? (maximum 150 words)

It would be measured by the extent to which the machines take over the world.

What do you think, sirs?

To change the world: (1)

arizwebfoot (1228544) | more than 5 years ago | (#25172271)

I don't know, give everybody a coke?

--
Oh well, Bad Karma and all . . .

Re:To change the world: (1)

TinFoilMan (1371973) | more than 5 years ago | (#25172289)

Personally, I like RC Cola and a moon pie.

Stop already we are not that stupid (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25172291)

from http://www.project10tothe100.com/faq.html [project10tothe100.com]

Q: Why is Google doing this?
A: The short answer is that we think helping people is a good thing, and empowering people to help others is an even better thing.

No. You are doing this as PR. Seriously stop with the BS. You have long ago left behind being a search-engine company, you are CLEARLY an advertising company. I cannot go anywhere on the web these days without being bothered by you (google ads, double click ads..., embedded google analytics on vast portion of the web, google apps embedded in others pages through google API or youtube videos..., references/links to content hosted on google maps or earth or orkut or blogger or knol...,) The web and our information does not belong to you. Now you are taking over advertising on cell phones, games, print, radio media; yesterday I read that you now do ads for Bloomberg TV http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/25/AR2008092502313.html [washingtonpost.com] . Now you need to directly control the browser (chrome), OS (android starting with my cell phone) and finance all this with my information. I read a previous statement from google (I do not have link currently) that if we do not like your services use something else, problem is I cannot use much of the web without being forced to use you in one fashion or another.

Really, slashdot once cared about personal privacy and calling things as they are. google mission first line from their mission statement is: "Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful." http://www.google.com/intl/en/corporate/ [google.com] As we have seen that includes EVERYTHING and is rapidly expanding. A few years ago no one would have said it would be ok for some advertising company to data mine their email, contact folder...

Slashdot you the community have let me down and I think I will need to find another place to waste time. I once loved this community as geeks, but I guess those days are gone. I truly miss you.

Easy questions (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25172351)

If you think this is a troll, you are culturally insensitive.

Community: How can we help connect people, build communities and protect unique cultures?
Assumes connecting people is a good thing. Sometimes people want to be left alone. Not all cultures are worth saving (varies by what culture you are in)

Opportunity: How can we help people better provide for themselves and their families?
Generally; remove the [government, dictator, local warlord] that is the problem.

Energy: How can we help move the world toward safe, clean, inexpensive energy?
Use up all the unsafe, dirty, expensive energy sources at a higher rate.

Environment: How can we help promote a cleaner and more sustainable global ecosystem?
I dunno, look dirty clean enough to me. I expect it to last longer than I will.

Health: How can we help individuals lead longer, healthier lives?
Tell them to eat less junk food and exercise more. Also ask them not to breed if they might pass on nasty traits that might contribute to short unhealthy lives in their offspring. On the other hand, maybe people already live long enough. Maybe a shorter, happier life would be better.

Education: How can we help more people get more access to better education?
Education is over-rated. Your local cleric can tell you everything you need to know.

Shelter: How can we help ensure that everyone has a safe place to live?
Lower their expectations. Great grand-pappy had a sod house he built himself, and he was happy with it. No tax collector buggin him 'bout it neither!

Everything else: Sometimes the best ideas don't fit into any category at all.
Buy lots of happy pills. Give them to EVERYONE. If your definition of helping people is to make them happy, who cares if it is "real"?

How can we... protect unique cultures? lol (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25172361)

"How can we help connect people, build communities and protect unique cultures"

By leaving them alone... but I doubt that's an option which Google will consider. A laptop in every Igloo, broadband for every forest clearing.

Yep, those unique cultures really need technology to protect them.

Open Source Voting (1)

BountyX (1227176) | more than 5 years ago | (#25172483)

I submitted my idea, open source voting. I know theres a foundation out there already, but I was hoping if Google took the lead they could actually make it a reality. Heck, maybe they will bring about a direct democracy system where all issues are first released to public for voting (directly) then if there are not enough public votes it falls into a representative body of voters (congress). Would be cool if they made the server side technology system to supplement something like that and it actually DID improve the democratic system with technology.

Failure (1)

sane? (179855) | more than 5 years ago | (#25172491)

By imposing the terms Google has, they have ensured that only a small subset of ideas will only ever be submitted to them. No commercially viable ideas can be proposed, and their instance that they can ignore the creator means they will only get what nobody really cares about.

Google should get a clue, up the funding by an order of magnitude, ensure the individual benefits ($1m minimum) AND maintains control and then they might get something worthwhile. If you have a solution to the energy crisis you will not be submitting to Google so they can rape you and the world over with it.

just throwing this out there... (2, Funny)

owlnation (858981) | more than 5 years ago | (#25172523)

Here's a great idea that would change the world...

Search.

You know, that works really, really well.

I know, it's a crazy idea and I bet no-one at Google has thought of it.

I'm gonna run with my idea (1)

CrazyJim1 (809850) | more than 5 years ago | (#25172643)

A math program that teaches anyone math regardless of skill level.

Come On! (1)

PPH (736903) | more than 5 years ago | (#25172671)

Until I've got my flying car, there's not really any point in getting side tracked with something else.

Pretend the Earth is doomed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25172695)

and send anyone with the words "financial", "banker", "accountant", "hairdresser" or "president" in their job description off to Alpha-Centauri in the first wave evacuation.

The $3 trillion dollars we'd save could throw one hell of a party.

OhOh! How about a Universal Surface Detector! (1)

tobiah (308208) | more than 5 years ago | (#25172717)

We can do it on the cheap in Cali where you don't have to pay overtime!

You mean revolutionary ideas like... (1)

macraig (621737) | more than 5 years ago | (#25172795)

... doing no corporate evil?

My humble idea (1)

pembo13 (770295) | more than 5 years ago | (#25172943)

Shoot 90% of lawyers, put politicians to work on farms, appoint intelligent people who despise power to positions of leadership.

I posted four... but I do this for a living ;-) (5, Interesting)

vkg (158234) | more than 5 years ago | (#25173003)

May those who help most win so they say.

I made three entries - the hexayurt, the infrastructure package, and the low cost medical care.

The Hexayurt
The hexayurt is a reasonably well tested next generation disaster relief shelter built on free/open source principles and industrial supply chains. It comes from work done at the Rocky Mountain Institute. The basic idea is to take 12 standard 4âx8â industrial panels, cut six in half diagonally and fasten them into a cone (see the site for pictures) and use six whole panels for the walls, giving a durable shelter of 166 square feet, big enough for 5 people at UN standards. These shelters will survive 80 mph winds easily.

The emphasis on using standard industrial materials is the key. Nobody can afford to carry extensive stocks of emergency housing for disasters in the developing world, which often displace millions of people. Airfreighting tents is expensive and inefficient, and tents are lousy shelter for long term use, which is all-too-frequently how they are deployed. The Hexayurt idea is that industrial cities near regular disaster zones (Bangaladesh, strife-torn areas of Africa, the hurricane belt) take their existing industrial infrastructure and add a few simple new skills so that before or after a disaster they can mass produce a simple, long-life shelter for affected populations. This is a step towards disaster relief self-sufficiency at a regional level, so that these areas begin to be able to cope without being so reliant on patchy and poorly-funded international relief effots.

The Hexayurt concept has been tested by US DOD, and is an integral part of the STAR-TIDES program. American Red Cross and Netherlands Red Cross both think it is a great idea and have supported its development, and AMURT is considering the system. All of this has been done by a persistent self-funded open source development effort.

http://hexayurt.com/ [hexayurt.com]

The Hexayurt Infrastructure Package
The hexayurt is a free/open disaster relief shelter which has its own entry. However, a shelter alone is not enough to really help people after a disaster. If you have 100,000 perfectly good shelters in a field, the next problem you face is water and sanitation: without some deployed solution, people will get sick and die.

There are lots of appropriate technology solutions to sanitation, cooking without wasting wood or generating toxic smoke, purifying water to drink. All of them are under-funded, under-tested, and under-adopted. Millions to tens of millions die every year because this âoeappropriate technology infrastructureâ is not being properly funded, and the result is needless loss of life.

The key is to understand that credible candidate technologies exist to provide all the same basic essential services that people enjoy in the developed world on a budget of maybe $200. Furthermore, the services can be provided house-by-house. For example, rainwater is collected on your roof, then purified using a biosand filter to give you safe drinking water, rather than having a water purification factory down the road and pipes. These systems are basic, and some need work, but some combination of SODIS, solar water pasteurization, thermophilic composting toilets, sulabh toilets, solar cookers, rocket stoves, gasification stoves, biosand filters, microsolar, microwind and microhydro will provide all the basic essential services of life in nearly any climate anywhere in the world. What hasnâ(TM)t been done is a global systematic program of testing each of these individual technologies in each region of the world, making local adaptations, cleaning up and publishing the designs, making training videos, running educational courses, and looking for chances to integrated, combine and synthesize systems into whole packages which are proven to provide all essential services in the field. This is our proposal.

http://www.archive.org/download/HexayurtPresentation/Hexayurt_pentagon_presentation.pdf [archive.org]

The $10 per year health insurance system
There is no current model for health care for the 4 billion rural and slum dwellers. We can lower the cost of some kinds of healthcare to affordable levels using the network. Hereâ(TM)s how.

Firstly, we need a global map of diseases, and their symptoms and progression, represented in a machine readable and standardized format. This is a major labor in and of itself, but will find many supporters in hospitals and universities.

Secondly, a treatment database exists, and is filtered for the treatments which have little negative effect if misapplied by an unskilled worker. For example, giving babies boiled water with a little lentil soup mixed in will not ever harm them, but if they diarrhea, it can save their life.

Now these databases are combined into a medical expert system, which has probabilities set from field data about the area it is deployed in, which takes symptoms from users and returns non-invasive care suggestions, including âoeseek medical help immediatelyâ for indications of serious disease. This front line system will likely save lives immediately. As data improves and statistics from all the users are gathered and combined, the system will improve. Think non-insulin dependent diabetes management as an example case.

To handle prescribing drugs, a safe pharmacopeia (drug list) is compiled - under $10 a dose, no refrigeration, hard to abuse, no overdose. People pay $10 per year for health insurance, getting them a few visits a year from a bicycle-riding health worker who has a backpack of drugs, and a more advanced expert system to guide them, analysis of their prescribing habits to watch for mistraining, and tools (stethoscope) for simple medical evaluation. Visits are scheduled in priority order using the network to coordinate. Affordable rural health care needs the network!

http://vinay.howtolivewiki.com/blog/hexayurt/health-insurance-for-10-per-year-using-the-network-898 [howtolivewiki.com]

A COSMOS for the 21st Century
Remember the first time you heard Carl Sagan say something that just totally transformed your understanding of reality? I was about 8 when Cosmos started showing on British TV. I lived in a 5000 person sheep farming town. Once a week, I tuned in as a religious ritual to understand the world around me was not made of rugby and action man and the Beano. I tuned in because I wanted to know how the world was made.

I want to extend that model to the rest of the planet, but I want to add in a new concept: training to survive poverty. Yes, the 11 year olds of sub-saharan Africa should see a show that tells them the sun is a ball of burning gas in space. But they should also know germ theory and the lifecycle of the malarial mosquito.

The proposal is as follows: script and fund a pilot for a world transforming TV series. 60 episodes, covering the world of basic survival science using a COSMOS type format. 12 episodes on farming, 24 on health/ecology/environment (linked in the developing world,) 12 on culture, 12 on cosmology. All science to be both pure and applied, from the history of the microscope through to how to make a sand filter. Focus on teaching people what is possible, and showing people just like them doing it. Show them a better world, that they can live in, if they learn and apply appropriate technology techniques, basic science like germ theory, and use the other information resources at their disposal to get the rest of the story.

Series to be produced internationally with local stars, dubbed into many languages, distributed under open licenses. Slick, professional, global culture product.

http://www.globalswadeshi.net/forum/topic/show?id=2097821%3ATopic%3A2241 [globalswadeshi.net]

gay bomb? (1)

jipn4 (1367823) | more than 5 years ago | (#25173143)

Why not try that "gay bomb" again that the military had started? It was supposed to be a chemical weapon that turns armies into horny homosexuals, with the effect that fighting immediately ceased and a gigantic orgy would commence. They were somewhat vague on the issue of "friendly fire", but either way, people would stop getting killed.

Imagine: no more bloodshed on the battle field.

Now, if it got into terrorists hands and they constructed a "dirty bomb" out of it, that might be a problem. But considering that cities like New York and San Francisco are already safe from this kind of bomb (what's it gonna do?), the risk is fairly limited. OK, they might hit a Southern Baptist convention, but that would be an acceptable risk.

Bloodshed (1)

ynotds (318243) | more than 5 years ago | (#25173933)

[...] a gigantic orgy would commence. [...]

Imagine: no more bloodshed on the battle field.

Unless it was accompanied by rapid technique training (something highly unlikely that the US military would think about) there might still be plenty of blood shed from certain parts of the anatomy.

A triumph! (1)

syousef (465911) | more than 5 years ago | (#25173263)

...in marketing. Make something difficult to understand to get people interested, put a lot of words around it. Doesn't matter what you're doing, the aim is to get people intrigued as to what the fuck you're on about.

Why don't you just fucking fund the projects already and quit with the sleight of hand and weasel words.

To this day the only software Google have put out that I've found better than the competition is their search engine. I'm sure there are other niche products but I hate Chrome, can't stand Piccasa, and won't give up my privacy for GMail. Google groups has deteriorated since Google bought Deja. If they want to put out something mind blowing, stop talking and fucking do it already.

RELEASE G-CODE! (1)

MilesNaismith (951682) | more than 5 years ago | (#25173375)

How about releasing all their software in some open-source form? Oh right all revolutionary thinking stops when it might cut into the jet fuel budget for Google. Never mind.

Google is a next generation company (1)

StackedCrooked (1204878) | more than 5 years ago | (#25173565)

According to Spiral Dynamics (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spiral_Dynamics), a theory about human development, Google would be categorized as a company that has reached Second Tier. More specifically level Yellow. Yellow thinking follows the philosophy to "Express self for what self desires, but to avoid harm to others so that all life, not just own life, will benefit." I really believe Google is not evil. I think they are honestly trying to create win-win situations, with the biggest win for humanity instead of themselves.

Concrete Canvas Dome Tents (1)

penguin_zoo (958185) | more than 5 years ago | (#25173629)

These guys I think deserve a top ten spot. http://www.concretecanvas.co.uk/ [concretecanvas.co.uk] Currently they take a week to produce one of these, if only these were produced en mass and distributed as relief aids. Apologies for trolling. These guys are based in Wales, I rang them last week having read about them on Wired, great bunch of people.

Some energy ideas, one partially of my design (1)

Ex-MislTech (557759) | more than 5 years ago | (#25174063)

These are worthy of mention...

The Aquanator captures power for underwater currents.

http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/09/26/1096137100758.html?oneclick=true [smh.com.au]

The Florida current has 30 times the flow of all rivers
of the World.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gulf_stream#Possible_renewable_power_source [wikipedia.org]

The Antarctic current has 135 times the flow of all the
rivers of the world.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antarctic_Circumpolar_Current [wikipedia.org]

There are a lot of other underwater currents around the world.

This next idea has been more about how to do it vs. practicality.

I think the undersea currents are the best direction at present.

But for those who like to think on the fringe...

Some ppl have found out that 1% of the jet stream world wide
would replace all forms of fuel and power around the world.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jet_stream#Future_power_generation [wikipedia.org]

No one has figured out a sure way to capture the power.

But I think I have an idea how to do it.

Cables from the extreme height to the ground in a 100+ mph wind
are going to be subject to terrible sheer forces.

Microwave loses power over distance geometrically.

With the high altitude aerodynamic balloon you can ease into
the high winds like jet liners do now to cut down on long
flight times.

A large Zeppelin like the prior planned Cargo-lifter, but
designed for higher altitude flight like planned by
21st century airships, and fuelless flight.

Cargolifter 160 tonne capacity planned Zeppelin: ( out of business )

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cargolifter [wikipedia.org]

The fuelless flight idea:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nKltbQ8PBQ [youtube.com]

21st century airships ( Strato-lites - High Altitude Balloons )

http://www.21stcenturyairships.com/HighAlt [21stcenturyairships.com]

21st century plans a balloon that will reach 67,000 ft
above all the wind and can act as a low cost satellite for telecom.

The jet stream is around 25,000 ft up.

Imagine these ideas as a hybrid where it can move into the
Jet Stream, and capture power via Super Capacitiors or in
some other extreme dense power storage method.

Then it glides to the ground once full of stored energy
in what ever form is most efficient and xfers it.

If two were connected like in the Fuelless flight idea,
it would have a Cargo capacity of near 320 tonnes.

The extreme cold at that height might also make
super conductors viable.

It is a wild and expensive idea, but it could be tested
small scale with a smaller model with long range remote controls
like 21st century has planned for their unmanned balloons.

A manned flight to 132,000 ft. is in the works right now.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2003/jul/11/spaceexploration.sciencenews [guardian.co.uk]

So 25,000 ft. unmanned is quite doable.

Attainability v Longevity (2, Interesting)

ynotds (318243) | more than 5 years ago | (#25174077)

Two of their five "criteria" do not sit well together:

  • Attainability: Can this idea be implemented within a year or two?
  • Longevity: How long will the idea's impact last?

The rapid implementation requirement kills anything I would want to bring to the table, that is stuff we haven't been able to fix in a generation though the need has been increasingly evident because it requires a more patient approach than markets will tolerate (even while they burn googillions in retirement savings without a thought that we might like some priority to investments which at least try to provide a "better" world we might retire into.)

Reminds me of Microsoft's Imagine Cup (5, Informative)

gringer (252588) | more than 5 years ago | (#25174145)

This reminds me of Microsoft's Competition:

http://www.microsoft.com/nz/imaginecup09/about.aspx [microsoft.com]

In 2009, the Imagine Cup challenges the world's most talented students to "Imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems facing us today."

I find the goal a bit too broad for a challenging competition, there are also a few requirements, some of which I find a bit odd:

  • Use of a Mobile device
  • Implementation or consumption of a XML Web Service
  • .NET Framework 2.0 or later;
  • Visual Studio family (Express, Standard, Professional, or Team System) for development
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