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Ideas Unlimited: 11 Suggestions for New Inventions

michael posted more than 10 years ago | from the mr.-fusion dept.

Toys 554

securitas writes "The New York Times asked 11 prominent people to write about a device that they'd like to see invented (Google). Contributors include John Perry Barlow, Scott Adams, William Gibson and Bill Joy, among others. There are some intriguing ideas and some that are way out there, but lots of fun for geeks everywhere."

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Nice Idea But... (5, Funny)

JamesSharman (91225) | more than 10 years ago | (#7346816)

This would have been a really cool article a few years ago, you know, back when to patent something you needed to actually build it and show it to the patent office.

In the current climate this article is completely redundant, if it can be conceived of it has not only been patented but there are defensive patents surrounding it's use, offensive patents surrounding it's use while painted a different colour and more than likely several publicly traded companies bidding on the future rights to sell a cut down version for kids.

The product itself will never be developed however because there are 3 studies proving it causes cancer and several court cases that are claiming that the concept artwork was inspiration for some violent outburst.

Please note, I have not even suggested the possibility that you might have to pay SCO for using it. Wait a minute. Damit!

I have an invention I'd like to see (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7346874)

How about an invention to prevent clueless submitters from submitting reg required articles without also posting a way around the reg?

Re:I have an invention I'd like to see (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7347037)

The people in need of the clue are the bizarro "privacy" niblets here (a minority by far) who haven't yet registered with the Times. Chase those black helicopters on your own time, we're tired of seeing your rants here.

Re:I have an invention I'd like to see (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7347100)

There are many of us who don't particularly want to register with a website we rarely go to - remembering fifty different usernames and passwords we use once in a blue moon (and with browser upgrades/switches in-between making "password manager" type solutions meaningless) is a PITA.

Oh, and privacy isn't something to be unconcerned about either.

Re:I have an invention I'd like to see (1)

missing000 (602285) | more than 10 years ago | (#7347073)

How about an invention to prevent clueless submitters from submitting reg required articles without also posting a way around the reg?

I rather liked the fact that slashdot linked to the google version too.

I do however much prefer the YOURMAMA partner. [nytimes.com]

Meanwhile, Union Parasites Prep to Support Dean (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7346994)

How can geeks still take this guy seriously?

Reported on Yahoo News Today:

Howard Dean Presidential ambitions are poised to get a major lift on Nov. 6 when the AFL-CIO's largest union, the 1.3 million member Service Employees International Union, is set to endorse him, BusinessWeek has learned. The SEIU's action, coming shortly after Dean won pledges from two small unions, the International Union of Painters and the California Teachers Assn., goes a long way toward completing the transformation of the former Vermont governor from a niche candidate backed by limousine liberals, antiwar activists, and tech-savvy young people into a mainstream candidate who can also connect with blue-collar America. Says SEIU President Andy Stern: "It's clear that Dean has gained the most support amongst our members and local leaders."

First post? (-1, Redundant)

binary paladin (684759) | more than 10 years ago | (#7346818)

My first, first post?

YOU FAILED IT (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7346834)

Not only have YOU FAILED IT, you lost to an on-topic, insightful, if somewhat pessimistic, post

Re:First post? (-1, Offtopic)

binary paladin (684759) | more than 10 years ago | (#7346840)

Guess not. Damn. That was almost the most exciting 6:12am event of my entire life. Okay... time to quit programming, read the article and catch some sleep. Blarg.

Replacement retinas (5, Insightful)

BWJones (18351) | more than 10 years ago | (#7346833)

Hmmm. Aside from the rather rediculous suggestions that ended up in the NYTimes, why not spend the ink space and advocate some suggestions for real innovations that could change peoples lives. Like bionic/biological/cybernetic retinas that actually work?

Re:Replacement retinas (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7346955)

Yeah, and how about an 80 foot tall robotic exoskeleton with built in rocket launcher and hyperspace capability while we're at it?

No room for that when Cho and Moby are predictin' (2, Insightful)

mattbot 5000 (645961) | more than 10 years ago | (#7347030)

I love the New York Times, but they could've gotten more insightful predictions from grade schoolers on some of these. Drugs that don't addict? Come on Moby, think of something that might have more of an impact beyond just increased profits for your lame brand of new age trance music.

Re:No room for that when Cho and Moby are predicti (1)

KDan (90353) | more than 10 years ago | (#7347093)

Which doesn't event factor in the fact that there are plenty of drugs which are not addictive and greatly entertaining, such as weed, E, shrooms and LSD, which doesn't stop them from being illegal for reasons which the various governments can't seem to explain in any sort of way.

Daniel

Road to riches (-1, Offtopic)

Control-Z (321144) | more than 10 years ago | (#7346835)

1. Read Article on Suggestions for New Inventions
2. Patent Ideas
3. Profit!
4. ...?
5. Die surrounded by back-stabbing fake friends

Re:Road to riches (1)

POds (241854) | more than 10 years ago | (#7346897)

As i believe (correct me if im wrong) but if these ideas are not already patiented they have recieved copyright or some sort of protection, just because they have been talked about publicly or in this case publish for the public.

So if i remember correctly. Which im am probably NOT, these ideas are safe for a number of years, for the people who spoke about them!

hrmm... someone may want to correct me if im wrong.

i have a patent pending (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7346836)

for the penis bird - a true innovation

An Idea... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7346841)

How about we get michael to stop poasting his goatse.cx links learn to shut the hell up.

Deffently should be in teh top 10 somewhere.

Here's the next (realistic) thing I'd like to see. (4, Interesting)

i_want_you_to_throw_ (559379) | more than 10 years ago | (#7346845)

A flash/thumb drive that can store 4.2 gigs.
Imagine all the space Blockbuster would save. Rent movies on a flash drive, go home plug it into your home entertainment center or PC and watch the flicks. Probably save Netflix a ton of money on shipping too. Or, just go to Blockbuster with your own 4.2 gig thumb drives, plug into the USB 3 (this is the future ya know) port, download right there. Movie somehow self destructs and no need to return it.
Of course the MPAA would find some way to relate all of this to the Boston Strangler [slashdot.org] I'm sure.

Re:Here's the next (realistic) thing I'd like to s (4, Informative)

Sc00ter (99550) | more than 10 years ago | (#7346886)

They already have 4gig Compact Flash [dpreview.com] cards.

Re:Here's the next (realistic) thing I'd like to s (1)

Mr_Silver (213637) | more than 10 years ago | (#7347050)

They already have 4gig Compact Flash cards.

True, but they don't have a particulary realistic price (2 gig = $700, 4 gig = $1500).

It'll be a fair few years before the 1 gig one becomes a sensible price and many more before you can pick up a 4 gig one without remortaging your house ...

Re:Here's the next (realistic) thing I'd like to s (3, Insightful)

kruczkowski (160872) | more than 10 years ago | (#7346910)

No late return fees?

You know that companies make a lot of money of silly things like that.

Re:Here's the next (realistic) thing I'd like to s (2, Interesting)

HarveyBirdman (627248) | more than 10 years ago | (#7347092)

You know that companies make a lot of money of silly things like that.

Yes, but someone, somewhere, would open the store that uses the Flash devices, and it would be a hit. The Flash device would be given free and act as the customer's membership card. The store could be automated with just a couple people on site for technical help and system maintenance. Eventually, when they franchise the thing, their database of films could be sotred at a central location and dowloaded over the network. You could walk into this store and rent every film ever made in history (assuming a copy still exists to be transferred to storage).

Remember, Sam Walton started with one store.

The movie companies, I think, would like this. They get a fee for each rental, and they don't have to produce a physical product.

Actually, those auto-destructing DVDs might work well here if you could get a licensing agreement and the cost per disc gets low enough.

Re:Here's the next (realistic) thing I'd like to s (1)

sklib (26440) | more than 10 years ago | (#7346925)

By the time you can squeeze a dvd into flash memory, it won't even be necessary. I think that within a few years, cable providers will be offering on-demand programmint out the wazoo, and companies like Blockbuster and Netflix will either go out of business, or change their business model from moving physical data containers (dvd) to their customers, they will host data instead, so ppl can download it. The idea isn't that far off -- you can already order movies in your home/hotel room just by browsing some menus. Right now the selections are relatively limited, but given time i think that can only grow.

A lot of people talk about convergence as the wave of the future, where every device does has pretty much the same capabilities. I think that things are going in a different direction -- the convergence of people's butts to the couch. Right now you might have to go to a store to get a dvd you want, but in our bright future you'll just click your remote, and content will magically appear on your tv. iTunes is doing this for computers now, so video can't be far off.

Re:Here's the next (realistic) thing I'd like to s (1)

Bishop (4500) | more than 10 years ago | (#7346982)

I think that within a few years, cable providers will be offering on-demand programmint[sic] out the wazoo,

This has been said and repeated many times for the past two decades.

Re:Here's the next (realistic) thing I'd like to s (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7347075)

You can already use a lossless compression algorithm and not need 4 gig for a movie.

Re:Here's the next (realistic) thing I'd like to s (-1)

show me (696663) | more than 10 years ago | (#7347083)

1998 called, it wants its Divx back.

My favourite (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7346850)

An honest-to-goodness cluebat for the manager that Just Doesn't Get It[tm].

Things that people want to see invented ? (5, Funny)

Rosco P. Coltrane (209368) | more than 10 years ago | (#7346855)

The New York Times asked 11 prominent people to write about a device that they'd like to see invented

Hmm, if they can think of something to invent, didn't they just invented it? I thought an invention was essentially something new that nobody thought about before (and no, it's not the same as something that's patented : you can patent something everybody wants).

Here's the invention I'm working on : a machine with a dictionary of technical words, verbs and old english expressions, that spits out random descriptions and diagrams, staples everything together, puts it in an envelope, stick a stamp on it and sends it to the USPTO automatically. It then sits on google, waits for pages with a lot of similar words, and automatically dials my attorney's number when it finds one. I expect to reap great profits from such a machine.

Re:Things that people want to see invented ? (3, Insightful)

kalidasa (577403) | more than 10 years ago | (#7347067)

Invention is not merely dreaming up an idea, but figuring out exactly how to do it.

Super Ketchup Package (-1)

Trixxter (166) | more than 10 years ago | (#7346873)

Why hasn't anyone created the super-ketchup package? How many times have you wanted ketchup on your fries and you have to open 5 packets of ketchup to get a decent amount that would actually change the taste of the fry from salt to a salty tomato. The technology is there - look at the salad dressing container they give you.

The super ketchup packet will not only be more environment friendly, but it will be more user friendly and cost effective as well by these 3 things:

a) I open up at least five packages every time. This is a lot of waste compared to just one big container that would have the appropriate amount of ketchup. You would be able to get only one at your drive through rather than the arsenal of packets you currently receive.

b) If your hands are greasy in any way- it become a battle against futility as you crinkle that container in every way trying to wean one side from another and expose the contents of container. With the super packet, this battle would only take place one, instead of five.

c) I have not seen the accounting figures for ketchup, but my guess is that the packet costs the most of the whole apparatus. By incorporating the super packet, this will cut-down cost substantially, as long as overhead from customers asking for more ketchup and having to grasp numerous packets to fling into your bag of conglomerate unhealthiness.

One milestone the ketchup producing empires have finally figured out is ketchup in a plastic housing may be better than a glass one. I have been lobbying them since 1989 about this one. Who knows, this may already be in development in one of the ketchup companies top-secret tomato laboratories and just waiting for the current supply of packets that are still being used up since the first production of packets from 1983 to run out.

"Solve my problem" (2, Funny)

el_frostie (548005) | more than 10 years ago | (#7346876)

I always dreamed of the "solvemyproblem" program:

Just one big button saying "Solve My Problem", press it and voila....

No more phonecalls, no customers, no deadlines and ofcourse it autoinstalls gimmemoney 1.0 at the same time. :-)

Re:"Solve my problem" (0)

liquidpele (663430) | more than 10 years ago | (#7346914)

it's right next to the "any" key, you're just not looking hard enough.

Re:"Solve my problem" (1)

el_frostie (548005) | more than 10 years ago | (#7346916)

... ofcourse when someone makes it they'll make it Windows-only. So after pressing "Solve My Problem" gimmemoney would be rather useless as the platform would be gone. *Sigh*

Re:"Solve my problem" (1, Funny)

gfxguy (98788) | more than 10 years ago | (#7346930)

Our systems programming teacher described the MRC 99 command in the 8088 instruction set. He had us all going right up until he explained what it did - makes any program work the way you want it to.

It's better known as the "Miracle 99" command.

HCF (1)

Gothmolly (148874) | more than 10 years ago | (#7347068)

MRC99 commands have lower precedence to the HCF (Halt, Catch Fire) instruction. At least where I code.

Re:"Solve my problem" (5, Interesting)

PoshSpod (549405) | more than 10 years ago | (#7347003)

I remember on the Amiga a program called 'why'. You could type it into the CLI after a command had failed and it would tell you in plain English what had happened.

Bring that one back and go from there...

Personal taste... (2, Interesting)

Gago (720274) | more than 10 years ago | (#7346877)

...ending up defining standards for new inventions does not sound all that much surprising. Wasn't Walkman invented because Sony's director wanted to hear music while playing golf, or something similar ? Sounds quite similar to the definition of the hacker by Eric Reymond. The only thing is you want people with good taste making these decisions (unlike "the Sun" or Fox News defining the standards of journalistic quality).
Besides, there are objective criteria that can define constraints; for instance, falsh media cards are better that 5''1/4 floppies, because they fit better in the palm of the hand.

Re:Personal taste... (1)

kalidasa (577403) | more than 10 years ago | (#7347084)

That the capacity of the world's most popular music format was defined by one man's musical taste should not be all that surprising. Necessity may have once been the mother of invention, but these days convenience is the likely surrogate, or at least the midwife.

They make it sound like the 9th Symphony is somehow an erratic thing to have such a high opinion of; in fact, the 9th Symphony is pretty widely (though of course not universally) regarded as the finest piece of music ever written, and a reduced version of its fourth movement (with the lyrics from Schiller's Ode to Joy as Beethoven adapted them) is the European Union's "national" anthem.

Moby's is the best... (1)

thenextpresident (559469) | more than 10 years ago | (#7346880)

"I would love to see recreational drugs that aren't bad for you and that aren't addictive."

Drugs. The other white meat.

Re:Moby's is the best... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7346973)

Hug me honey, snuggly bunny, love's as good as soma!

Re:Moby's is the best... (4, Insightful)

Glock27 (446276) | more than 10 years ago | (#7347071)

"I would love to see recreational drugs that aren't bad for you and that aren't addictive."

Well, there is a problem with that. You see, the anti-drug puritans have basically defined "addiction" as "liking something and doing it regularly". Soon we'll be hearing about Internet addiction (oops too late), sex addiction (oops too late), chocolate addiction, McDonalds addiction and psychologist addiction.

Let's face it, when people like something, they often do it frequently. When people really like something, they really do it frequently.

To put it a different way, is skiing good for you? It might help your mental attitude, and might help your conditioning, but it could also land you in the hospital or the morgue (ask Sonny Bono). So, is someone that skis every day an "addict"? Should skiing be illegal because it's dangerous? Should Big Macs?

My answer to all of that is no. People should be held accountable for their behavior, with the freedom to do what they please even if it is "partly bad for them". If someone uses drugs and kills someone they should be tried for murder. If someone uses drugs and eats a pizza, well...let the punishment fit the crime.

Re:Moby's is the best... (1)

zootread (569199) | more than 10 years ago | (#7347097)

"I would love to see recreational drugs that aren't bad for you and that aren't addictive."
Drugs. The other white meat.


Already have that. Its called marijuana. And its harmless if cooked and eaten.

Yes, I understand the concept that anyone can get addicted to anything. But marijuana isn't inherently addictive.

Anyone want some pot brownies?

Highs that don't hurt...... (1)

i_want_you_to_throw_ (559379) | more than 10 years ago | (#7346881)

As far as Moby is concerned regarding highs that don't hurt: think back to the days of everyone's first LEGAL high: spinning around and around.

Huey Lewis first brought this up [lyricsfreak.com]

Re:Highs that don't hurt...... (1)

martinthebrit (565913) | more than 10 years ago | (#7346907)

That still hurts when you collide with the playground wall. Ah, memories of a time long gone...

Re:Highs that don't hurt...... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7346948)

Someone's been watching VH1's "I Love the 80s Strikes Back".

One of the people interviewed had the EXACT same comment (everyone's first LEGAL high) about that "You spin me right round, baby, right round" song.

How about a lameless filter... (-1, Troll)

pegr__ (144172) | more than 10 years ago | (#7346891)

for Slashdot articles!

Trump's onto something (3, Funny)

mblase (200735) | more than 10 years ago | (#7346894)

Donald J. Trump... I would like a computer chip that I could attach to the brains of all my contractors so that they would know exactly what I wanted, when I wanted it, and at what price I wanted it. This would save me a lot of time and a lot of yelling.

Heck with contractors, I'd attach those chips to my wife and kids. For pretty much the same reasons. (Admit it, Donald, you'd do the same.)

Exactly. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7347121)

I'd attach those chips to my wife

I'd attach one to your wife too. ;)

Someone needs to invent... (1)

Evil Adrian (253301) | more than 10 years ago | (#7346905)

... a way for the Red Sox to get to the World Series.

Re:Someone needs to invent... (1)

schuster (39361) | more than 10 years ago | (#7347049)

the hell with getting to/winning the world series. let's just beat the yankees first. I bet that just by beating the yankees in something significant (either winning the division series in the final game of the season to keep them out of the playoffs or beating them in the playoffs) we can break the curse.

My Favorite (5, Funny)

geeber (520231) | more than 10 years ago | (#7346911)

Margret Cho says, "The computer should be powered by solar energy, which could be from any source, not only the sun, so that even the illumination of the screen could keep it going."

Holy Crap! Patent that before someone else does!

Re:My Favorite (1)

twiddlingbits (707452) | more than 10 years ago | (#7346958)

This sounds like the perpetual computer, which would be a "derived work" of the perpetual motion machine which has already been patented ;)

Re:My Favorite (5, Funny)

Turing Machine (144300) | more than 10 years ago | (#7346983)

Okay, I'll take one for the team and make the obligatory Simpsons reference.

"Margaret, in this house we obey the laws of thermodynamics."

Re:My Favorite (1)

Jellybob (597204) | more than 10 years ago | (#7346985)

Or maybe it could power itself from human bodies, wired into a giant computer simulat[Executing trace program... target found, removing anonomolous records.]

Re:My Favorite (1)

GileadGreene (539584) | more than 10 years ago | (#7346989)

LOL... not only has she (re)invented perpetual motion, but what other source of solar energy, aside from the sun, does she think there is?

Re:My Favorite (-1, Redundant)

tjensor (571163) | more than 10 years ago | (#7346996)

"Lisa, in the house we obey the laws of thermodynamics!" - Homer Simpson

margaret cho doesn't need it to be solar powered (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7347051)

I'm sure she'd be set if it just ran off of bad "you like fly lice" Chinese impressions and unfunny tampon jokes.

Link is broken (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7346915)

Sorry to mention this, but the link to the story is broken. It leads to some form of census site, which may be indicative of a future without privacy, but I doubt that is what these people want to see invented.

Cat locator (1)

The G (7787) | more than 10 years ago | (#7346917)

The cat locator really would for me be the proof that we have truly Arrived at the era of High Tech. I mean, if we can locate a cat, what can't we do? It's embodying the intelligence of the cat in an electronic device. It's just one jump from Star Trek tech levels ("check the tricorder; scan for life signs!"). And it's finally a link between the two most arbitrary and capricious elements in my life: Cats and computers (they're brothers in spirit, or at least in league with one another, I'm sure).
--G

Re:Cat locator (1, Funny)

pdhenry (671887) | more than 10 years ago | (#7346995)

Finding the cat is one thing. Determining whether it is alive or dead has been proven to be impossible.

Re:Cat locator (0)

Satan Dumpling (656239) | more than 10 years ago | (#7347082)

Oh that's easy. Put a heart monitor in it's collar with the tracking device.

Re:Cat locator (1)

RealSalmon (177174) | more than 10 years ago | (#7347028)

Since Sci Fi movies are realistic predictors of our lives in the future, this obviously won't happen for quite some time (if ever). Otherwise they might have lasted a little longer on the Nostromo.

So... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7346924)

WTF are the ideas? The NYTimes article doesn't print them, nor does it print a link to where you can read about the ideas. It just says that these 11 people came up with some, thats it. ?????

Re:So... (2, Informative)

pdhenry (671887) | more than 10 years ago | (#7347014)

One the right side of the page is a box lableled "Related" with each of the submissions listed...

Re:So... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7347077)

Cool. thx man.

WTF though... mabye NYT should've made this a little more prominent? It doesn't exactly jump out at you - a title like "The IDEAS" wouldve helped.

Re:So... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7347064)

the links you are looking for are in the right hand margin.

Open source ideas website (5, Informative)

StarEmperor (209983) | more than 10 years ago | (#7346931)

Hey, we don't need 11 prominent people to come up with ideas. Everyday folks do just fine. Check out whynot.net [whynot.net] for a variety of clever solutions just waiting to be implemented.

Re:Open source ideas website (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7347101)

http://www.halfbakery.com [halfbakery.com]

Tee Hee (1)

dolo666 (195584) | more than 10 years ago | (#7346937)

The article, as written, seems to be one pageblock after another. This has to be the most annoying slashdot article I've seen to date.

I would like Slashdot users to invent a strategy for posting articles from sites that require login/passwords... sites like the New York Times. You can't have an article that requires this, and the google link leads to a hacked-down version of the article.

I have a NYT account somewhere, but it's going to take me fifteen minutes to dig up my old username and password. This is a pain in the ass.

My solution? What if we use the new copyright law [copyright.gov] that states:

"Computer programs and video games distributed in formats that have become obsolete and which require the original media or hardware as a condition of access. A format shall be considered obsolete if the machine or system necessary to render perceptible a work stored in that format is no longer manufactured or is no longer reasonably available in the commercial marketplace."

Pretty simple here to argue that the text we want is not reasonably available in the commercial marketplace, because their delivery system is all wrong. I signed up already for a NYT account, but they keep asking me for a password and username I forget. Who cares about that? Seriously.

What difference does it make if I sign up to their website, or if I don't? I'm still not paying any money! Who does?

Re:Tee Hee (1)

theGreater (596196) | more than 10 years ago | (#7347118)

It's already been invented, and I've been using it for years. It's called disobedience.

See, apparently the New York Times thinks I'm a 103 year old grandmother making a quarter million per year as Chief Technology Operator of a homemaking empire. I also subscribe regularly to the NYT.

If you don't like what they're doing to you, break it so it doesn't work.

-theGreater Disruption.

Re:Tee Hee (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7347125)

how about slashdot contacts NYT and gets a referred "deal"... otherwise stop putting articles up from them, they are not reputable nor interesting

GIVE JENNI A BIGGER BONE (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7346940)



She's gonna need something mighty to get through all that flab.

Michael Powell (4, Interesting)

gallen1234 (565989) | more than 10 years ago | (#7346944)

I would love to have a small device like the Apple iPod in a small relational database to store virtually everything I would need for family and personal records, including health records.

Why am I not surprised that the chairman of the FCC wants to come up with a way for forms to be filled out quicker? Why am I not surprised that a senior government beauracrat wants to take all of my personal information and put it in one easy to subpoena location?

Re:Michael Powell (2, Interesting)

HarveyBirdman (627248) | more than 10 years ago | (#7347005)

Why am I not surprised that a senior government beauracrat wants to take all of my personal information and put it in one easy to subpoena location?

Which is also one easily erased or disposed of location if you think about it.

Two types of responses (2, Interesting)

SlashDread (38969) | more than 10 years ago | (#7346947)

- I want a cool thing to gimme more cotrol over me.
- I want a cool thing to gimme more control over YOU.

Watch the YOU sayers...

Chips in contractors brains, sjeeez, is this Trump guy STILL not in jail?

"/Dread"

Resistance is not futile (1)

ShaggyBOFH (694048) | more than 10 years ago | (#7346957)

I refuse to have my reading habits tracked by the Nytimes. They probably think that if I get frustrated enough times by not being able to read their article without signing up, I'll give in and sign up. Screw them. I'll sign up for monitoring just after I have my SSN (IPV6#?) tatooed on the back of my hand!!!

An invention that would check for Prior Art... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7346959)

...for the Patent Office. Imagine all of the frivolous patents that might be prevented.

Score -1: Recursive (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7346984)

Of course, then the invention would check and see your post, invalidating the invention. It would then vanish in a puff of logic.

NYT? (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7346960)

Not Yet, Thanks.

Trumpy? (2, Insightful)

hampton2600 (654273) | more than 10 years ago | (#7346964)

From Donald Trump's response, I think that he should personally donate $5 billion dollars into circuit/brain interface development... you know, since that will be feasable in the near future... right?

A comment on Moby's harmless drug idea... That's impossible. Several drugs are not physically harmful. They do not horribly scar your brain chemistry or anything (LSD, for example... save for flashbacks). Though, the problem with them is that they may not be phsyically addictive, they are psychologically addictive. If there are pills to make you feel good, then people are going to become reliant on them regardless of their not being phsyically addictive.

But, how about self washing clothes! Now that's something my fellow collegiates would like to see!

How can this list be complete... (1)

nizo (81281) | more than 10 years ago | (#7346971)

if there are no new sex toys or no new ways for viewing porn listed?

Pathetic! (3, Insightful)

geeber (520231) | more than 10 years ago | (#7346974)

Pat Russo, CEO of Lucent, at one time a supposed leader of the technology revolution (Lucent, not Russo, that is) says she would like "One Gizmo to Supplant 15," a laptop, cellphone, and pda all in one. Wow. Amazing. I can't believe no one else has thought of that.

Shouldn't someone leading a giant technology company be able to come up with something a little more clever than that?!? It could be at least a little more interesting - like an all in one device where the power comes from an organic photocell for photosynthesis. Jesus. No wonder Lucent isn't going anywhere!

Re:Pathetic! (1)

mike3411 (558976) | more than 10 years ago | (#7347065)

Based on a misreading of your post, I've come up with a great new idea.

I want a PDA powered by Jesus.

Sure he died for our sins, but what has he done for us _lately_??

Re:Pathetic! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7347111)

Russo is the CEO, not the CTO. CEO's are not vision people: they are pointy headed bosses with brains ... (or not).

SlipHead.com (1)

Telluride (720291) | more than 10 years ago | (#7346977)

Check out what the guys at SlipHead [sliphead.com] are up to. They look like they are just starting up, but seem to have a cool setup - Open-Source concepts applied to ideas. Besides the basic features of any blog, they have a leaderboard of best idea posters, etc. Now I just need to get some of my ideas up there!

Mod Idea (5, Funny)

jabbadabbadoo (599681) | more than 10 years ago | (#7346987)

I want a device that gives me a hug when someone mods me up.

Re:Mod Idea (0)

ultrasound (472511) | more than 10 years ago | (#7347113)

I want a device that gives me a {rewarding stimulation} when someone mods me up :-)

There are definately more rewarding things than hugs.

Come on you mods.

Re:Mod Idea (1)

squiggleslash (241428) | more than 10 years ago | (#7347124)

Isn't there a risk though that the same device would kick your ass if you were modded down? ;-)

and I want it to be magic, and, and... (1)

endersdouble (719120) | more than 10 years ago | (#7347006)

Hmm.... Let's see.

"The computer should be powered by solar energy, which could be from any source, not only the sun, so that even the illumination of the screen could keep it going."

The other claims made in that request makes me pretty sure's she's kidding...but if not...

I just want practical nanotechnology. I'd like to among other things augment my body and simply make normal things using nanotech...paper with embedded computers, for example.

The most interesting idea (5, Interesting)

cschmidt (89733) | more than 10 years ago | (#7347017)

I thought Michael Powell had the most interesting and useful idea -- standardized data formats. Technologically, it wouldn't be difficult to do (XML for example), however it would be very difficult to get everyone to agree on a standard. It's hard enough to reach a consensus on DVD formats -- imagine trying to get every doctor's office, community rec center, grade school, church, retail store, etc. in the country to abide by the standardized formats. Not to mention providing the necessary hardware to communicate with your 'MePod'. Yikes!

Re:The most interesting idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7347091)

I thought Michael Powell had the most interesting and useful idea -- standardized data formats. Technologically, it wouldn't be difficult to do
...which is why it's already been done 100000000 times.

Duh. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7347018)

Eleven prominent men and women, few of them technologists, suggested a technology or gadget they would like to see invented. One theme in their responses is a desire to break free from the incessant blinking and buzzing and flashing that the digital age has produced. It is a yearning to make technology more responsive to human needs rather than an inchoate web of digitalese existing for its own sake.

They already did invent that, it's called an answering machine, or its modern incarnate, voice mail. "Leave a message, I'll get back to you whenever I damn well please."

#12 (4, Funny)

grub (11606) | more than 10 years ago | (#7347019)


GAWS: The Goatse.cx Advanced Warning System

A heuristic neural network which would flash large warnings on a computer screen when an obfuscated link would lead the user to goatse.cx.

Cat idea is brilliant... but. (1)

MarvinMouse (323641) | more than 10 years ago | (#7347021)

That cat tracker idea is a great idea, and wouldn't be hard to build. (I have lots of friends who own cats and complain about similiar problems.) The problem is though, if I make it, will I be forced to pay Scott Adams any type of royalties for giving me the idea, or can I decide to donate whatever percentage to him on my own?

Sweet irony (1)

AndrewWood (680668) | more than 10 years ago | (#7347022)

I love it that Bill Joy fantasizes about a device that would enhance his myopia.

Margaret Cho? (0, Funny)

DoorFrame (22108) | more than 10 years ago | (#7347058)

Margaret Cho is not prominent.

Why do you need a cat locator? (5, Funny)

Fratz (630746) | more than 10 years ago | (#7347059)

Doesn't everyone just velcro them to the wall above the litter box?

Why is everyone backing away from me?!

car radios (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7347106)

I would like a button on the car radio to save the tune, so that the next time the tune comes on again, it would switch to that station, for the length of the tune, then go back to it's previous station when done.. of course its gotta have a clear button as well.

Non addictive and non toxic drugs (1)

Exxxodus (25065) | more than 10 years ago | (#7347120)

Anything that is a pleasure to take, eat or smoke, will be addictive because of the pleasure. People get addictive to coffine and chocolate and something to get you high must be stronger than this. When it has no bad consquenses like addictive, more people will take it more often. There is simply not possible to make a non toxic drug that isn't addictive.

Hey! (1)

Black Parrot (19622) | more than 10 years ago | (#7347123)


Shouldn't we get our flying cars before all the inventors go chasing after these new ideas?

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