Ideas

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  • "Social Conditionality in Patents: Achieving a Paradigm Change in Private Sector Participation" (+) [en]

    The idea is to introduce "social conditionality" in intellectual property agreements through the foundation of a Global Partnership for Social Patents: The submission proposes a reform to increase the involvement of the private sector in order to solve global challenges. The reform regards the insertion of social conditionality in intellectual property agreements. The granting of a patent would require licensees to abide by similar industry best practices as licensors. The inclusion of such conditionality would be promoted and facilitated through the foundation of a Global Partnership for Social Patents. This organization would also liaise with civil society, provide technical expertise to licensees, and would ensure accountability by acting as an interested party in license agreements regarding the intellectual property. by Thomas Höhne-Sparborth at globalchallenges.org  ››

  • "Planetary Condominium: the legal framework for the Common Home of Humanity" (+) [en]

    The idea is to scale the legal model of condominiums (a type of mixed private and collective cooperative ownership) to global level: Inspired by the thoughts of Garrett Hardin and Elinor Ostrom the submission proposes to legally recognize the Earth System as Natural Intangible Common Heritage of Humankind and scale-up the legal model of condominiums to the global level: A condominium is an object with a unitary structure and common functional systems, with private rights for determined fractions and, simultaneously, common ownership and governance for common structures and functions. Different legal regimes would be able to coexist. A revived UN Trusteeship Council would be the guardian of the new heritage and others global commons, as well as for addressing global catastrophic risks using the planetary boundaries framework as a guidance system. by Paulo Miguel Ferreira Magalhães, William Lee Steffen, Maria Alexandra de Sousa Aragão, Katherine Meyer, Leena Iyengar, Alessandro Galli at globalchallenges.org  ››

  • "Global Governance by Cooperative Communities" (+) [en]

    The idea is to create a parallel governance structure of two-level structure -- local communities as members of an international cooperative entity, all connected via a "new kind of global IT platform": The submission proposes a parallel global governance structure consisting of an international cooperative entity of local communities that collaborate on a wide range of local, regional, and global topics and challenges. Local voluntary communities can apply for membership in the global organization and can then select representatives to a global assembly. This assembly forms an equivalent of a government from its ranks. The structure also includes an equivalent of a judicial branch. A new kind of global IT platform, a reliable and secure open source network, connects the local communities with each other. The platform supports the structure’s decision-making process, with characteristics from both direct democracy and representative democracy. by Stephan Bettzieche, Katharina Peter at globalchallenges.org  ››

  • "Global Governance and the Emergence of Global Institutions for the 21st Century" (+) [en]

    The idea is to restructure the UN as described below. This is expected to achieve "good governance, transparency, efficiency and coherence of an effective, new UN system." The submission proposes a revised United Nations Charter, instituting a reformed UN General Assembly directly elected by popular vote and a second civil society-focused chamber. The representatives of the latter would serve as advocates of particular issues of global concern, and the UNGA would see its powers and jurisdiction gradually expanded over time. An Executive Council of 24 members, selected by the UNGA, would take the place of the UN Security Council. The Executive Council would provide general oversight and ensure good governance, transparency, efficiency and coherence of an effective, new UN system. The UN will have a standing armed force, with the rule of international law forming the centerpiece of the new governance system; peaceful settlements through the International Court of Justice (ICJ) or other mechanisms will be mandatory for international disputes. A new Bill of Rights is to prescribe the parameters for UN action, and the global human rights acquis will be upheld systematically by an International Human Rights Tribunal. A new funding mechanism would link members’ indirect tax revenues to …  ››

  • "Evolutionary Organisation" (+) [en]

    The idea is to augment United Nations with an open adaptive system of self-organized local people solving local issues via a framework involving IT portal supporting groups ("LAC" - local action circles") around local problems, and cryptocurrency. The groups would start projects, and get them funded incrementally by higher level organizations via cryptocurrencies (e.g., UN, crowdfunding or charities). This submission proposes an open adaptive system model created in addition to the United Nations’ current structure. “Power” in the system is held by self-organised local people solving local issues, in ways that address global goals. The proposal consists of a framework of processes, technology (IT portal and cryptocurrency) and skills, that work together to create a “living system.” Action is taken by “action circles” (LACs), which are formed by people who can solve a local problem. Circle incubators teach LACs: effective mass collaboration skills, action planning and how to get funded etc. Projects may be funded with local currency and/or UN cryptocurrency provided by the UN, crowdfunding or charities etc. Project success is evaluated by other LACs, promoting global collaboration and keeping the “energy” (funding, effort and knowledge) in the system. Like a living system, an Evolutionary Organisation starts small and …  ››

  • "Emergent Dynamic Governance Ecosystems (EDGE project)" (+) [en]

    The idea is to associate organizations with proven commitment to ecological and social well-being to collectively study patterns of regulation, decision-making and control mechanisms used in a set of 8 different regions (cultural regions?), and use the shared decision making processes and information systems to achieve common goals, holding governments and corporations accountable, growing into new multi-scale governance structure: The submission is a proposal for increasing the world’s governance variety, in order to enhance the wellbeing of all species. Formed as an __action learning organisation in eight regions that models the regulations, decision-making paths, control mechanisms and appointment processes that it wants to research and propagate more widely. The organization is ++open to institutions++ at any level, ++with proactive engagement of research, business and civil society organizations with proven commitment to ecological and social well-being++__. The EDGEs - assemblies of organisations, networks and initiatives - use shared decision making processes and information systems to achieve common goals and hold governments and corporations to account. They are to gradually evolve into a global network of multi-scalar EDGEs able to operate from community to international scales. The submission takes example from NGOs and technology platforms showing certain of the characteristics of …  ››

  • "Basic Tax Control" (+) [en]

    The idea is to allow citizens to use part of the taxes that citizens pay to governments, to invest freely into companies financed by the investment scheme, where the profits or shares of the companies thus funded are returned to investment/Universal Basic Income, and to address global risks: The submission proposes a crowd funding and investing scheme in which a certain small amount of taxation is retained by each person of a certain age each month. Every person that receives money needs to invest the received money into the projects created by people, companies, or government according to their personal preferences. Companies financed by the investment scheme need to enter a social-public partnership, either as a percent of their profits or providing shares of a company's ownership. Profits are to be returned to the investment/Universal Basic Income (UBI)-programme. Depending on the project type projects could be given to public ownership in their entirety. Any company that receives this funding and automates its workforce, needs to gradually relinquish control to public ownership. It is a proposal aiming for an affordable way to institute UBI, as well as providing solutions to catastrophic climate change through innovation. Eradicating extreme global poverty through UBI …  ››

  • "AI-supported global governance through bottom-up deliberation" (+) [en]

    The idea is to combine a blockchain-based global identity system with AI-based collaboration platform to enable citizen collaboration and ideation around policies and budgets, leading to a decentralized citizen participation in global governance (how exactly?). Include the AI tools (which exactly?) to provide automated analysis, enrichment, simulations of the solutions, real-time metrics for quick response to changes, and have an integrated technology to create and run new local and global institutions, stewarding local, national, and global commons: The submission proposes introducing new technologies and institutions in order to decentralize global governance to participatory and deliberative models. Recognizing the limitations of nations states in creating solutions to adequately govern global commons, which are often perceived as counter-productive to national interests, this proposal suggests combining a blockchain based global identity system with an AI-based collaboration platform to fuel citizen collaboration and ideation around policies and budget suggestions, as the entry point for decentralized citizen participation in governance. AI tools help augment ideas, provide trade-off analysis capabilities to test the merits of competing ideas, provide macro sentiment tracking, and safe environments for simulating popular ideas gaining traction from the bottom-up prior to any implementation. Real-time implementation and impact trackers also provide greater accountability …  ››

  • "A truly global partnership - helping the UN to do itself out of a job" (+) [en]

    The idea is to restructure the ILO (International Labour Organization) to include the NGOs and young people into the governance structures to make the UN outsource the development-related tasks directly to them, bypassing the tasking of states, which are inefficient at those types of tasks: The submission tackles the United Nations’ outdated state-centric nature and its skewed emphasis on development work, which other actors are often better-placed to do. The model proposed brings businesses, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and young people into UN governance structures, taking the International Labour Organization (ILO) as a starting point. Concurrently, the UN would transfer its development-related tasks to these stakeholders, who would bid competitively for contracts. They would be incentivised to do more but also subjected to greater scrutiny as part of this process. As a result, the UN could redirect its limited resources to crucial tasks such as conflict resolution, which cannot be easily performed by others. by Natalie Samarasinghe at globalchallenges.org  ››

  • "A Club-Based Model of Global Governance" (+) [en]

    The idea is to form membership-based associations ("clubs") with rewards and penalties, where membership entails commitment and accountability for addressing global challenges: The proposed model in the submission is two levels of clubs, composed of cities and countries respectively. In order to tackle global catastrophic risks the model is inclusive, accountable, and additive. Clubs have requirements tied to addressing global challenges. The clubs do not require membership from every single actor in the system to be viable. Current city collaboration initiatives lack enforcement tools, therefore the submission institutes a city forum, and an index for comparing cities' efforts, providing accountability and access to innovation exchange. The combination of tangible rewards to membership and the possibility of removal combined means decisions can be made despite the disagreement of a minority of individual members. by Luca Rade at globalchallenges.org  ››

  • "A (Simplified) Blockchain Approach to Non-Coercive, Decentralized Global Governance" (+) [en]

    The idea is to apply smart contracts on blockchain to create a universally accessible "idea-to-action marketplace" where solutions to pressing global challenges can be proposed, rapidly adopted, funded and then implemented, whereas financing is provided through a cryptocurrency: The submission proposes a decentralized, high efficiency mechanism for collectively identifying global risks and rapidly directing practical responses to combat those risks, utilizing a blockchain platform. The platform is equally accessible to individuals, states and emerging and established Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs). It is intended to create an idea-to-action marketplace where solutions to pressing global challenges can be proposed, rapidly adopted, funded and then implemented via smart contracts. The blockchain model lacks a standard hierarchy, with all decision making the de facto result of collective action, conducted openly. Financing is provided through a connected cryptocurrency. Once a smart contract seeking a particular action is placed on the blockchain, the request is instantly visible to any other NGO, private individual, government entity or commercial contractor, which may then undertake to fulfill some or all of the contract. The end result is a purpose-built economy which exists to identify and solve large scale problems. Link: detailed submission by John R. Bowley at globalchallenges.org  ››

  • "A Global League of Sustainable Cities" (+) [en]

    The idea is to invite cities of the world to pledge a percentage of their budget to solve the greatest challenges, and form a coalition that eclipses the importance of nation-states: The submission takes notice of the increased importance of cities in current policy making, and proposes a Global League of Sustainable Cities, circumventing current status quo of nation-states. The league creates a global network of hundreds of sustainable cities that synchronize their policies according to the best practices available to rapidly and decisively lead a fight against climate change, environmental damage, poverty, and violence. The League is open to all the cities in the world that want to be part of the solution to current problems, each pledging a percentage of their budget. The model creates a governing body, a general assembly, a body of experts, and a common know-how database using resources from the world’s top-200 cities initially invited. Votes are decided by simple majorities. Appointed expert juries recommend policies and can also sanction cities violating agreements. by Adrian Mihălțianu at globalchallenges.org  ››

  • Automatic Ideas Collector and Synthesizer (+) [en]

    What do these days, is manually thinking of ideas. However, we could automate it with AI. For example, let's say we have a problem in energy production. There already exist ideas to solve it -- look up on Wikipedia, on YouTube, on other sources on the internet. For example, we can find this video -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uStFvcz9Or4. It is easy to imagine an AI system, that uses voice recognition (parser) to transcribe videos like this one, and topic-based parser, to split them into parts, where each describes a separate idea (or solution) to the problem, synthesizer to generate an article about the idea on infinity, and then, link them the goal. ( The articles could be synthesized based on topic detection and topic similarity taken from texts in wikipedia, videos, etc. Writing an article on an idea that already exists, is essentially a content clustering and ordering problem. )  ››

  • Use Hawkes process to predict and prevent crime and conflicts as self-excitatory processes. (+) [en]

    Conflicts generally are self-exciting processes, and we have a mathematical mechanism to work with -- Hawkes process. There is a well-known application of this, called PredPol. More on this: - https://plus.maths.org/content/gangs-and-violence :baked:  ››

  • Contribution Training System (+) [en]

    A complete training system where every human has an access to 1:1 and community-based resources to develop strengths and skills, authentic ideas, create proofs of works.  ››

  • Mandatory Facilitator Training (+) [en]

    Facilitation enables humans to recognize the feelings and thoughts of each individual within a group, and guide everyone towards concrete and timed action steps.  ››

  • Consumer price breakdown requirement (+) [en]

    Require all product labels to include manufacturing cost in big letters! Then, add plea for consumer funding future development, with QR code to corporate plans, and returns on consumer investment, so consumer gets shares, when they buy anything over-priced. Originally suggested, at LinkedIn, here.  ››

  • StarChip (+) [en]

    The StarChip, would be an externally (e.g., laser-powered light-sail) spacecraft tiny (e.g., with centimeter-sized, gram-scale) integrated circuit board and cameras to send information from a nearby star system. The key of the idea, is to utilize the small spacecraft mass, and our abilities to provide it with much energy to accelerate them to large speeds.  ››

  • Make Anaesthetics Generally Available to Suffering Beings (+) [en]

    This could be done through mass-producing cheap and effective anesthetics.  ››

  • Space Elevator (+) [en]

    Given strong-enough and light-enough material, it extend a cable anchored to the surface of a planet, and extend it into space towards a counterweight object in a geostationary orbit (35 786 km). Create a climber to climb the cable.  ››

  • Fully Reusable Space Rocket (+) [en]

    This is already existing idea, that controlled rocket descent and landing is sufficient for full reusability, and therefore would make reaching it cheap to reach LEO and beyond.  ››

  • Use rotating beam of light to bend timespace and travel in time (+) [en]

    Circulate laser beams to create enough gravity to replicate the frame dragging of a rotating black hole, and create a minute time loop. Use it to send information to the past. The suggested size of the time loop would be on the order of size of human-hair, and the use of the number of lasers on the order of 10 thousand. Source: video -- about this idea of Ron Mallett, Prof. of Physics, University of Connecticut. (alt link)  ››

  • Extraterrestrial Nanolaser Transceivers (+) [en, cn]

    Summary: Fire self-aligning nano-lasers at near the speed of light to create a 'fiber optic' channel reaching to nearby another star. Today, nanolasers are small, like 35nm each (see link). As a receiver, put a photo-sensor of the same size. Attach a battery and counterweight with a tiny computer to adjust directions. Envelope in omnidirectional photosensor matrix. Test. Mass produce. Create a linear magnetic accelerator in space. Release. Use as a communication channel for any miro-sized probe travelling in parallel. Enjoy hi-res pictures of planets nearby another star. Related link: World’s Smallest Semiconductor Laser Created by University of Texas Scientists This idea should be under a goal of reaching other star systems, under space travel category.  ››

  • Consumer Investment Tax (+) [en]

    It has long been the true, that the standard path to wealth is through investment, and compounding interest. However, the vast majority of the population is not seem to be formally investing. So, the idea is that an investment tax could be created: in a similar way that alcohol and tobacco are taxed, the investment tax would be added, to allow government to buy the shares of companies that make the goods purchased, and distribute these shares to the actual purchasers of goods. For example, if you buy a pack of milk, you receive the shares of the specific company that makes milk. The idea of investment tax would also extend to work too -- the special version of the tax would be developed, that uses fraction of the salary to buy the shares of the company that the employees are working for. This way, any decision -- either to buy something, or to work in some company, would be a long-term investment decision. One may expect that people would choose to buy products of higher quality, and choose the workplaces that have better prospects. In summary: Add the tax together with products and salary payouts to invest into enterprises …  ››

  • Persistent Locator by Interests and GPS Coordinates (+) [en]

    A simple program, based on database of users (agents), which would allow them to select interests of their profile, and describe reasons why you're interested in those things. The program would run in background, and beep whenever a person of similar interests is close, prompting to read their profile's description of the reasons for the interests, and the ability to connect, and meet by sharing location. This could be easy to add to existing messengers with GPS location sharing, but could also work as an open source app, that reports locations to some kind of database online.  ››

  • Energy Wallet (+) [en]

    Create inter-blockchain wallet that exchanges based on difficulty of blocks, and associated expected energy to mine Each cryptocurrency unit represents a very different amount of energy used to mine it, which creates socio-economic crypto-inequality, as currently they are traded as if they are equal, in most cases... Wallets don't show invested energy (kWh), but can easily be made to, by legal requirement for all wallet owners to publish the sets of their public keys. (This is actually important for determining true value.) Idea: universal wallet that works for all coins based on electricity energy invested as universal exchange rate.  ››

  • WeFindX Ontology to Understand Web Content (+) [en]

    Beyond the Infinity project as user-created resource, it could make sense to use the WeFindX model to understand web content. Who might be interested? Anyone who wants to understand how world really functions. Intelligence agencies. Analysts After all, the meta-vocabulary is intended to become a method for the web to understand itself, and organize other vocabularies. One proof of concept, for example, could be to take GDELT project's data, and create the 7 recognizers, that would recognize, what type of non-terminal symbol does the web publication stand on. For example, a lot of patents stand behind the "Idea" symbol.  ››

  • Public-Benefit Purpose Group NDAs (+) [en]

    This is an idea of a kind of NDA, that comes from a pool of publicly defined NDAs around a social benefit (a group of Goals), that serve a purpose of uniting competitors in industries to cooperate in creating the social benefit, as well enabling interested individuals to take responsibilities, and exchange privileged corporate and private information needed to efficiently cooperate on creating the social benefits in concern. Ultimate goal of public benefit group NDAs would be to remove the barriers for doing good and having fun. There are 4 problems that this is about: (1) To encapsulate purpose groups of organizations and individuals. (2) To have more sharing and sense of common purpose and responsibility among competitors. (3) To collectively and reasonably decide about fair sharing of the markets. (4) Allow workers to have fun making friends through working together. [After all, doing work is among the most meaningful thing in life, and creativity can be an expression of love. It's much more fun to work, if we don't tight-lip people with sided NDAs from constructive cooperation and collective responsibility for common purpose of public benefit.] (5) Enabling interested people to cooperate more effectively. Think - something like professional …  ››

  • Long-Term Blood Catheters (+) [en]

    Insert and secure a long-term blood catheter to be used with any type of blood pump; make simple blood pumps available. As simple as the summary gets. Essentially, we would have to use some material plated catheters, like gold-plated, implanted into our blood system (ideally, near the neck), so that we can provide the hand-based or electric pumping. The pump would also be able to send SOS emergency signals.  ››

  • Solar-Powered Cryonics Storage Facility (+) [en]

    Use solar panels to keeping cryonically preserved items in solar-powered liquid nitrogen tanks, that could last hundreds of years. Atmosphere of Earth is full of nitrogen, and the liquid nitrogen production requires merely the energy. The max boil-off rate I've seen is 74.2 liters per day. (HSSV−R14,CRYOSTAT BOIL-OFF DATA (2008)), and the energy required to produce 1 liter of nitrogen, is approx. ??? kWh. Tesla power stations produce ??? kWh per day. (1m³ = 3.70L) http://www.cryonics.org/resources/ci-cryostats http://www.alcor.org/Library/html/cryopreservingeveryone.html  ››

  • Regressively miniaturize prosthetic hands, and employ people via VR to control them (+) [en]

    Just use existing drawings of prosthetic hands, to create smaller ones, which we could use to create even smaller ones, etc. For example, build a laboratory, and employ people over the internet, from virtual reality worlds, by massively selling cybergloves (like we today sell computer mouse) with force feedback, and allow game players to practice by doing surgery to all kind of small animals like insects, worms, bugs, with the hope that we could scale this to a degree, where the nano-workforce is widely available to fix us dexterously and efficiently before we die. At each scale of magnitude, we could have a progression of applications and business, because at each scale of magnitude of such hands, we would have different killer applications. For example, maybe 10x smaller hands may be able to fix gastrointestinal tracts and broken electronic, and help construct 100x smaller hands, which in turn, could help construct even smaller hands, etc. The crucial thing about this idea is the ability to scale and mass-produce such smaller hands with tactile feedback, as we would be trying to leverage on the abundance of natural humans who are naturally very adept at using hands (the ancient marvel of opposable …  ››

  • Open Distributed Scientific Annotations Cloud (+) [en]

    Each reader of scientific paper can publish their annotations to a distributed public annotations cloud, others can load as they read, and discuss. So, let's say you are reading a paper, have ideas and annotations during the process of reading. You click (or point) to the location, where you want to add an annotation. The system takes the context of the location on the paper (e.g., the reader extracts large enough context of surrounding words or sentences, which uniquely identifies the location, and allows later display the same annotation around the same text in other formats - be it HTML on the web, or other. If that's a picture, then the picture features are extracted via, and the pixel location, allowing to display the same annotation on top of the same image in other formats). Essentially, we would have the context IDs and coordinates with context associated with feature sets, with 1:1 correspondence between context IDs and feature sets, and 1:many correspondence between context ID and annotation. Then, who-ever reads the paper, in what-ever reader, they could load public annotations, browse their history. This would be nice to have a conversation per annotation. E.g., each annotation creates a possibility for …  ››

  • Cortical Cryonics (+) [en]

    Focus on outer layers of the brain, where more abstract concepts are stored. A recent discovery of a person that was leading a relatively normal life while missing 90% of the brain tissue indicates that probably the internal parts of the brain does not play very significant role in defining a person. Apparently, our major focus should be twards preserving the cortical regions , and the "Cortical Cryonics" would be the cryonics that's focused on preserving the very outer layers first, and developing tools to cool the outer layers of the brain first.  ››

  • Incentivise animals to live in better conditions (+) [en]

    Set up environments in such a way that animals can co-operate better with us Animals are suffering because they are challenged by us beyond their limits, and that drives them to stress, hardship and eventually extinction. We should design an environment which makes animals live within their limits and help us in our activities at the same time. For example, we could create a border crossing and populate it with local dangerous predatory animals. Or alternatively create a designated habitat for birds on large fields, so that agricultural practises don't harm their life, while enabling them to perform pest control function on the whole field.  ››

  • Leftover food containers that auto-detect food contamination (+) [en]

    A system of leftover food containers and measurement devices One solution is a device which measures the amount of harmful bacteria present in food, like this : http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2013/11/personal-handheld-sensors-to-detect-pathogens-could-be-the-future/#.V5ZgxpMrKRs It is also possible to package leftover food in containers that change their state in some way, if bacteria is present : http://www.food.dtu.dk/english/News/2015/06/Method-provides-more-knowledge-about-harmful-substances-in-food-packaging?id=1fe3b5a0-8c76-4ee5-9fd5-a803878eda4f It will then be possible to employ a lawyer at the start in order to approve the technological food bacteria detection solutions. This could ensure that leftover food is always fresh enough for consumption.  ››

  • Communicate road information to citizens (+) [en]

    communicate road information to SatNavs and Phones in order to warn about potential hazards on the road ahead I reckon that the simplest solution is the following : - gather real-time data from roads, such as average speed of vehicles, presence of traffic jams, roadworks or slow moving vehicles such as tractors. - crunch that data and then send the most appropriate information to a driver's satnav device ( it could also be a phone ). This information could be a recommended speed or potential danger ahead. People usually make mistakes on the road because they go too fast and don't anticipate anything that is ahead.  ››

  • System of wristbands to monitor employee stress, and provide rest (+) [en]

    Wear specialised devices that measure stress People at workplaces should wear a wristband that monitors their heart rate and other factors. This could measure how tired people are, and warn them to finish work at critical times. This wristband can function in conjunction with a workplace environment which allows people to produce as much work as they can manage, rather than as much work as deadline or project dictates.  ››

  • Better management of projects and communications in the houses of parliament (+) [en]

    Summary: Introduce the latest project management and communication technologies Manage policy discussion much better in the government and use the most modern project management techniques, for example "lean" and "kanban" techniques. There are two layers to this solution : Basic layer : 1.) better prioritisation of discussions in terms of time duration 2.) only include people who could genuinely contribute to a debate on a certain topic, and don't waste time on including people who have vague knowledge of a topic ( this is a huge problem in all houses of parliament - especially among "backbencher" politicians who don't have an educated understanding of some topics but are invited to contribute ). 3.) implementation of "lean" and "kanban" methodologies 4.) introduction of digital platforms such as message boards and trackers to policy discussions. Too many policies are discussed verbally, and this leads to emotional confrontation which makes some arguments invalid. Message boards ensure that members of houses of parliament will have time to compose themselves and express their thoughts more accurately. If they fail to express their thoughts or opinions in simple terms, and fail to deliver their argument, then their input is excluded. 5.) introduce stricter metrics of …  ››

  • Mod-Laws of Physics (+) [en]

    Try to change the laws of physics, and verify if we are at base reality or not. I have one very observable thing - the laws of physics. If we were at base reality, arguably, the laws of physics would be part of it, as an object, which we can change. For now, we have zero evidence that someone would have changed the laws of physics. So, the idea is to run experiments to try to change the laws of physics at large. For example, change the Speed of Light, or something else that we can measure very precisely. Of course, we can predict the consequences of changing the constants. For example, changing gravitational constant would result in change of planet orbits and densities of matter (e.g., intensification in the number of supernovas). This could be an avenue for observational evidence. On the other hand, if it is the fact (which it seems to be) that we don't see the laws of physics as separate modifiable objects, then it arguably suggests that we are not at base reality. Your critique is very welcome -- would it work, or why wouldn't work.  ››

  • Air Cabon to Diamonds Converter for Cities (+) [en]

    Create Air Carbon Collector, Convert Collected Carbons to Diamonds, Fund Construction of More Collectors Daan Roosegaarde has come up with an innovative plan to tackle Beijing’s air pollution problem – and in doing so, turn a health hazard into a thing of beauty. Roosegaarde explained how the idea for the project came to him while he was looking out of a Beijing hotel window. “On Saturday, I could see the world around me, the cars, the trees, the people. But on Wednesday it was completely covered in smog, with pollution, and that image made me a little bit sad. Ultimately, we’ve created environments that none of us want, where children have to stay inside, and where the air around us is a health hazard.” The idea would be towers that suck up polluted air by ionic filters that charge and remove smog particles, clean it, and release it back into parks and playgrounds. Copper coils buried underground could generate an electromagnetic field that attracts the smog particles. 32% of Beijing’s smog is carbon, which under 30 minutes of pressure can be turned into diamonds. Mining.com “The great thing about the technology is that is safe,” Roosegaarde was quoted as saying …  ››

  • Educate Retailers on Food Donation Legislation (+) [en]

    Educate Retailers on Legislation The perception seems to be that donating food is a legal liability - if someone got sick from eating that food then the retailer would be liable. However, there is no precedent for this as there has never been a case An education team with a pro bono lawyer could probably convince some big food retailers to spend their social consciousness money on donating expiring perishable foods to local charities/homeless shelters etc. Other problems are that this would only help food poverty in relatively well off countries. Also, it seems to be cheaper for retailers to throw out expiring food than to donate  ››

  • A Numeric Code to Refer to Goals and Ideas, etc. ~ Design a code name system to refer to goals and ideas, easy to use in any language. (+) [en]

    Use culturally-neutral supra-organizational IDs for goals, ideas, projects, etc. to refer to them in multilingual media, so that it is clear what goals and ideas we are representing, regardless of language. For example, it is probably not hard to imagine "G 15", "G 20", "I 120", etc. becoming well known, like brand names. In fact, on Infinity Project, we already have something like it, for example, we use letters and our database object IDs to refer to: G [Goal] I [Idea] P [Plan/Project] S [Step/Milestone] T [Task] Make this database available over API, and IDs - globally-register-able.  ››

  • Keep super-greenhouse gas store? (+) [en]

    A highly potent greenhouse gas to inject into atmosphere in case nuclear winter is imminent. If the nuclear war by any chance does occur, and we are subjected to high risk of nuclear winter, would it be rational to have a reserve of strong greenhouse gas to avert the cooling black carbon emitted to stratosphere?  ››

  • Homepage 2.0 (+) [en]

    This would be a personal open-source system to connect all one's accessible web data into a usable semantic network and a language to access it all. Homepage 2.0 would be a website made of 3 major components: Daemons on personal devices like computers, phones, cars and other smart devices accessible to user, making data from various apps to which the user is logged onto available to the owner. Local version of the website for editing and writing content conveniently, and producing markdown files with associated static files retrieved from daemons while editing. Remote version of the website for sharing that data with others, implementing the access permissions based on social identities. When user is typing (WYSIWYG), the user is automatically accessing the various device apps for data s/he needs to compose text. When user finishes writing a post, the user simply pushes the content to remote server.  ››

  • Go back to Glass, Ceramic & Metal Packaging, and Eliminate Landfills (+) [en]

    Simply manufacture reusable glass, cermaic and metal containers and specialize bags convenient for anyone to store, transport and trade food products. Today, we have resilient forms of toughened glass, like Glasslock, Pyrex, etc., which are not easy to break, can be used for cooking, and storage in refrigerators, can be reused, and easily recycled. Just need a startup that would mass-produce such metal/glass containers, and accommodate the food traders and people in general with this new medium for exchange, by creating ecosystem of return points. While it may not seem convenient for all cases, like for cone ice cream. In those cases, we could use metal (e.g., aluminium) packaging. We could simply not use plastic and even paper, as the paper manufacturing uses trees, important for CO2 reductions. If we eat up all food that we buy, we could do away without throwing away remainders of food. Instead, we could be having special containers for collecting back the glass and metal for small cash back. These collectors could even be installed at the bottom of houses.  ››

  • Inductively heated clothing (+) [en]

    There is a saying, that there is no bad weather, only bad clothes :) So, here is an invention from a patent by Michael J. Bourke, Brian L. Clothier, that tries to fix it: Induction heatable clothing items such as footwear and apparel are provided which include a clothing body having an induction heatable element and preferably having heat retentive material containing phase change material, wherein the element is operable to be heated when subjected to an alternating magnetic field. The clothing items are heated using induction heaters. In preferred forms, wireless temperature sensing is used to control heating of the items. To this end, the heating elements may be provided with RFID tag/temperature sensor assemblies, and the induction heaters are equipped with correlated RFID reader/writer devices. Alternately, microwire temperature sensors may be used with the induction heaters having microwire detectors. In other embodiments, temperature monitoring is achieved using impedance detection feedback control.  ››

  • Cryo-Cymatics (+) [en]

    Control temperature with microwaves and use ultrasound to control crystallization Microwaves can in principle change temperature from inside of a body, and ultrasound has been shown to be able to "control the rate of crystal growth, ensuring small and even-sized crystals are formed, and can prevent fouling of surfaces by the newly formed crystals" (link). A simple idea would be to combine the two, in order to slowly traverse the crystallization barrier with minimal damage, but I didn't find any attempts to that. While you can reduce the ambient temperature very slowly without microwaves, introducing microwaves in low powered randomized pattern unfreeze at random locations, and maybe let some of the tensions within ice to even-out before they result in fractures. I would look forward to experiments of freezing at least a glass of water with different microwave and ultrasound patterns to see if you can control where the fractures occur, and how uniformly it freezes using these means... and maybe you would want not just ultrasound, but sound with more diverse wavelengths. [TAG: Speculative]  ››

  • Mobile browser plugin to synchronize controls (e.g., scrolling and thumb location) (+) [en]

    Make mobile browser plugins to synchronize positions of scroll-bar, tab, and thumb, and read websites together. This would be very useful for people who like to read much, and for language learners, study together.  ››

  • Ordinary Substances, +Concentrated (+) [en]

    Ordinary things, deadly-when-concentrated See my original "Cancer Treatment](" (linked) Idea for the background. Basically, it proposes that a cancer lump might be treatable with an ordinary substance that is deadly to cells in pure form, but can be tolerated by cells when sufficiently diluted. Ordinary (but pure) table salt, sodium chloride, was suggested in that Idea. Injected into the middle of a cancer, it should kill cells indiscriminatly (but mostly only cancer cells) until it becomes diluted enough, with ordinary body fluids being the dilutant. For some reason I (and apparently no one else, in the annotations) didn't bother to think about other ordinary substances that might work the same way. So, here are three more: 1. Alcohol is long known for its ability to kill cells when in concentrated form. It is also well-known to be tolerated when diluted. Ordinary wine, for example, can become up to about 12% alcohol before it kills the bacteria that makes it. Therefore it seems reasonable that a small amount of 100% pure alcohol, injected into a cancer, should be quite deadly to the cells in its vicinity, but become tolerated by other cells as it becomes diluted. 2. Sugar is …  ››

  • Anonymous Messenger Designed for Coaching (+) [en]

    A messenger for digital coaching that doesn't track message history and lets users register anonymously. It'd be nice to have a website where people can browse a list of coaches, buy a coaching service anonymously and be able not track IM conversations with a coach (coaching session involves personal questions that we want to keep private).  ››

  • Communication Assistant within messengers and email (+) [en]

    Instead of allowing people to add gifs or emoticons to their IM conversations, let them add automatically generated coaching questions It would work the same way we can select a gif or an emoticon within popular messengers. Instead, it would give people coaching questions to choose from based on their personality styles.  ››

  • Aldehyde-like non-toxic fixative (+) [en]

    Understand and mimic the effects of glutaraldehyde prior to ethylene glycol, to find a non-toxic alternative. The attempt of using glutaraldehyde-based fixative, then slowly perfuse increasing concentrations of ethylene glycol over several hours in a manner similar to techniques used for whole organ cryopreservation (using 65% w/v ethylene glycol, and reaching −135 °C), has resulted in synaptic-granularity preservation (link). The 'aldehyde-like non-toxic fixative' would be a fixative that in would be derived by understanding why does the glutaraldehyde worked, by analyzing the overall changes that brain tissue undergoes under the effect of it, and researching all chemicals similar to it, to discover a similar non-toxic cryoprotectant.  ››

  • Emergency Non-cryo Head Preservation Device (+) [en]

    A device that makes body-bypass neck vessel surgery quick and easy. Human brain can survive very short period of time without oxygen, and survivals of prolonged deprivation of breathing generally result in permanent brain damages, which makes cryopreservation taking many minutes to refrigerate and freeze a human body unlikely to be successful. Imagine a device, which anyone could have at home. The device would contain a scalpels necessary to cut through the neck to reach the arteries and veins passing from the body to the brain. Next, to avoid human errors of cuting the veins and arteries manually, there would be prepared clips engineered so that once you place a clip, it cuts through the vessel and creates a bypass via the machine's internal tubes. The machine would contain a handy pump that works to suck out the blood from the body into a container with specialized walls of very high surface area to let the oxygen in carbon dioxide out, and circulate the 5 liters of human's own blood dedicatedly through the brain. The sack would contain slowly diluting vitamins and sources of energy, and extra supplies that can be activated by squeezing extra little sacks full of nutrients …  ››

  • Use skin cells to kill cancer (+) [en]

    Reprogram collagen and connective tissue-producing skin cells to become induced neural stem cells with tumor-killing protein (?). Pharmacy researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have turned skin cells into cancer-hunting stem cells that destroy brain tumors. See link for more details. Scientific paper -- not found yet.  ››

  • Adaptive growth control (+) [en]

    Control growth rather than try to eradicate cancer "Can we learn to live with--rather than kill--cancer? A new study suggests that frequent, low-dose chemotherapy that keeps tumor growth under control may be more effective than standard high-dose chemotherapy that seeks to eradicate cancer cells completely." Research study: http://stm.sciencemag.org/content/8/327/327ra24.  ››

  • Eye blink tracker to track personal energy (+) [en]

    Eye blink tracker to track personal energy A natural metric correlated with personal energy is the frequency eyes blink at. It is used, for example, by vehicles to warn a driver if he is too tired to drive. Our goal here is to find the exact nature of this relationship and to create a prototype which measures it.  ››

  • Counteract entropy to reverse time ~ Evolve intelligence, and hope that it will eventually reverse time. (+) [en]

    Life is fundamentally extropic in nature, in that it preserves the information that is the most useful for counteracting entropy (or surviving under the flow of time). One could fathom an extremely long-term hope for super-intelligence to eventually becoming so good at counteracting entropy that it reverses the flow of time, so that the people and information that was lost in history, becomes available again. However, it might be as hard as for information to escape from a black hole. The “present time” is like an event horizon past which information becomes irretrievable. A super-intelligence could be our hope in escaping from the "black hole" of loss of information, - make information of the past, present, future universally accessible.  ››

  • Simulate universe ex-nihilo ~ Assume nothingness, and derive everything from it. (+) [en]

    If Pi is not normal, there seem to be a meaningful way to receive information by simulating universe. (see link)  ››

  • all-social-data (+) [en]

    For each data providing service (e.g., e-mail, twitter, weibo,...), implement a set of tables ("stream", "messages", "notifications"), and use cron. Just like we have open source package like all-auth for social authentications, we could create an all-social-data for data retrieval from these services. Most of social networking services rely on 3 inventions: "stream", "messages", "notifications", etc. Implementing retrieval and storage of these things for each service could allow later to merge their data. Just add a new service, and you can integrate its data into your stream copies on hard drive. This could be used as a core application, that would be useful for creating a universal client for all social networks, allowing the user to have one's all social data in an easily analyzable (e.g., PostgreSQL) database on one's desktop computer. Anything like that already exists? Link it, if so. :)  ››

  • WikiResearch (+) [en]

    A place to publish a paper in wikipedia style, and in multiple languages, and a common discussion to all languages. Basically, we could start from taking MediaWiki and adding same Disqus thread to all language versions of it, so people speaking with different languages have mixed conversation. Later, replacing Disqus with home-grown comment system that spans through all languages, and supports LaTeX.  ››

  • High Quality Open Source Video Editing Software (+) [en]

    Create high quality open source film-making software and allow everyone to express themselves through film-making with tools that they own. On of the bottlenecks for people's self-expression, is the ability to use high-end editing tools at low cost. Currently, most advanced editing software, like Adobe Premiere, are expensive, which prevents it from being used legally for self-expression. Moreover, the closed-source software is not available in all platforms. Creating a high quality open source video editor would enable everyone on the planet to express themselves through filmmaking with tools that they can own.  ››

  • Web Synchronization of Video Player Controls (+) [en]

    A video player feature to synchronize their controls A video player feature allowing to synchronize the "Stop", "Play", "Pause" button clicks, and timeline manipulations of two or more video players on remote computers over the web.  ››

  • Deep Underwater Cities ~ Build cities deep underwater for reducing likelihood of extinction from natural catastrophic events. (+) [en, cn, lt]

    Unavoidable natural catastrophies, such as Gamma Ray Bursts could affect life not just on Earth, but potentially on other planets of The Solar System almost simultaneously. Even right now, as we don't have a colony in Mars, it would make sense building a self-sustaining city deep under the sea. People could live from cultivating sea cultures.  ››

  • Use Mealworms to Degrade Plastic (+) [en]

    Or probably, look what enzymes digest plastic, and try to genetically engineer some marine animal to do it? New findings from Stanford researchers, in collaboration with researchers in China, found that mealworms can subsist on a diet of Styrofoam and other forms of polystyrene. This is great news for mealworms, as it means they can feast on the 33 million tons of plastic Americans throw away every year, but it also has potentially large implications for the future of the recycling industry. This is because microorganisms in the mealworms’ guts biodegrade the plastic during the digestion process. Not sure if it works on BPA/BPB microplastic though. What microplastic is composed of?  ››

  • NeuroHealth EBooks & Short Printed Handbooks. (+) [en]

    Provide easy to use, clear informative books online and in print to educate people on neurotopics. Book series, originally done as eBooks and then also provided in short print handbook format. They would be written in clear, informative, easy-to-understand, correct style, with colourful illustrations. I have the background training and access to relevant information. I have potential access to an excellent neuro-illustrator. All it needs is a plan and the effort to be put in.  ››

  • Code of Conduct (+) [en]

    Define a code of conduct to avoid assumptions and provide clear and direct help A constructive and open to diversity community requires a code of conduct for many reasons. One is that each culture and class has different assumptions that are not obvious to other cultures and classes on first contact. In one culture a touch on the shoulder may be OK while in another it is seen as unwelcome contact. Good primer on why a conference needs a code of conduct; http://rachelnabors.com/2015/09/01/code-of-conduct/ So does an online text chat community.  ››

  • Mosquito-Sensing Alarms in Rooms (+) [en]

    Combine a sensitive microphone, a mosquito sound frequency recognizer, solar battery and a speaker, to construct alarm devices. There are several things that NPOs are doing to help prevent the mosquito bites -- offering mosquito bed nets, and probably mosquito traps. People are able to build mosquito traps themselves from water, yeast and sugar to emit CO2 and PET bottles, however, there seem to be no alarm mechanisms to reduce the likelihood of being bitten even more. These alarming device selectively be sensitive to just mosquito sound, and would go off whenever there is a mosquito flying in a room. Since the bite of a mosquito is a threat to life, the alarms (in addition to mosquito nets in the windows) or would be appropriate measure of safety. Since there is usually no electricity in the regions where this is a problem, solar-powered, chargeable alarms would be appropriate.  ››

  • Ultrasound 3D-Printing Tumor Burning (+) [en]

    Use 3D data guided ultrasound point of resonance to heat (brun) the tumors. This is a speculative idea. Tumors usually exhibit higher rates of metabolism than normal tissue, and that is the rationale behind PET scan. In 2011 TEDMED, surgeon Yoav Medan shared a technique that uses MRI to find trouble spots and focused ultrasound to heat the human internal organ tissue to ~60'C, with specific precise location targeting. Assuming that we can image the precise tumor location with a PET scan, it is conceivable that we could control the ultrasound point of concentration like a 3D printer head, burning out the cancer tissue in specific regions of human body.  ››

  • Sequence Cancer DNA and Do Drug Search (+) [en]

    The idea is to sequence the whole genome of cancer, and then do computationally-intensive search drugs that would work. As Renée J. James, president of Intel Inc., points it out in her IDF 2013 keynote speech personalized genomic sequencing is within our reach, sequencing of cancer cells, and using that information to find the specific drug for specific cancer based on that, is within our reach. Specific, she gives example of Intel fellow and employee Eric Dishman, who has been fighting with kidney cancer for 24 years, and eventually, had his cancer DNA sequenced, and specific drug found that cured his cancer. She mentions that Knight Cancer Institute is working on analyzing human genomic profiles, and creating searchable customized DNA maps, with goals of scaling this data-intensive work, to make this available to everyone.  ››

  • Use DNA Nano-Robots to Recognize and Release Drugs (+) [en]

    Design DNA nanobot shell with opening upon binding to a component of cancer cell, fill it with a drug, inject to organism. As Ido Bachelet mentions during his talk in TEDMEDLive 2014 Jerusalem Center, we could use open source software cadnano.org to design robots, that self-assemble from short DNA sequences, which we can order from DNA synthesizing labs, and obtain by combining them in the specificied sequence. The idea is to create biological locks that recognize cancer cells, and unlock the payloads upon coming in contact with cancer cells. The technology is already developed for filling the payloads of nanobots with anti-cancer drugs, and actually creating the nanobot. Reportedly (if I'm not mistaken), it takes about 1 month to develop a nanobot for a specific kind of cancer.  ››

  • Detect micro-RNAs like oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes (+) [en]

    Due to similar epigenetic (microRNA-controlled) mechanisms. Cell division is upregulation or downregulation via post-transcriptional RNA by attachment of microRNAs to it. As Jorge Soto points it out in his TED video, although no cancer is the same, at the microRNA level, there are common patterns, making it possible to differentiate between different types of cancer by the microRNA content in the cells: Several scientific studies have shown that abnormal microRNA expression levels varies and creates a unique, specific pattern for each type of cancer, even at the early stages, reflecting the progression of the disease, and whether it's responding to medication or in remission, making microRNAs a perfect, highly sensitive biomarker. The microRNA-based biomarkers for pancreatic cancer, lung cancer, breast cancer, and hepatic cancer are already developed, and are under clinical trials. The idea promises havng a library of microRNA patterns of as many cancers as possible, and a widely-available, streamlined process of blood testing and detection.  ››

  • Design molecules to mimic or inhibit micro-RNAs like oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes (+) [en, cn]

    Control cell growth by upregulation or downregulation of post-transcriptional RNA by interferring with attachment of microRNAs to it. As well explained on Andre Ventura's video presentation, recently, a new control layer has been discovered, which epigenetically affects the expression of DNA, by attachment of microRNA (small RNA molecule containing about 20-24 nucleotides) to post-transcriptional (messenger) RNA. Normally, cells have complex mechanism of regulation of cell division. For example, when we have an open wound, cells grow and divide to fix it, and then stop dividing when the wound had healed. It appears this process is regulated by microRNAs, which had been discovered just a few years ago. Some microRNAs accelerate the cell growth ("oncogenes") and some decelerate cell growth ("tumor suppressor genes"). It seems that most cancers are a result of microRNA deregulation (e.g., too much of oncogenes, or too little of tumor suppressor genes). Luckily, microRNAs are small molecules, and in principle, it should not be hard to design drugs that affect their binding to RNA, or mimic them. So, the idea explained in Andre Ventura's video, is to design molecules that mimic or interfere with oncogenes or and/or tumor suppressor genes. The general approach then, would be …  ››

  • Mobile Remote Surgery Room (+) [en]

    Have standardized equipment for remote surgery, and integrate it into living infrastructures This is certainly baked somewhere, but a standardized mass-produced surgery room would come-in-handy. We can mass-produce cars and phones these days, but with the advent of trans-humanism, body modifications and more diverse surgery could become a common-place. Currently, the remote-surgery is successfully performed from 400km away. With more reliable internet networks, it could be possible to do it at larger distances. Okay, moreover, this idea would integrate with the Universal Beehive Cell-like Capsule-Hotel-like Car Connectable into Buildings and Spaces, enabling the attachment of surgical equipment directly above one's living place when needed.  ››

  • Tattoo-Sensor to Track Brain Waves (+) [en]

    An invisible tattoo used as a headband to track brain waves and send the data to a mobile app. A piece of wearable technology that has a look of an invisible tattoo similar to this one, more comfortable to wear than current brain wave scanners such as Emotiv, Muse and others.  ››

  • A Book on the Future of Jobs with AR / VR App (+) [en]

    A cartoon book that walks you through professions in technology industry which didn't existed 20 years ago (ie. digital marketer, UX designer, etc). The goal of a book is to educate people and get them visualising the possibilities within technology industry that didn't exist a few years back. The book aims: to show what jobs are available in the technology industry. to inspire people of any age to rethink what job they want to do today and tomorrow. Why a book? People still read (and share) books. No matter if you have digital skills or Internet access, you can still read a book. No matter what language you speak or what age you are, you can "read" images. As a physical object it has a tactile element that people can relate to.  ››

  • Start a network of community initiatives (+) [en]

    Start a formal and professionally run network of community initiatives, independent of government One of the solutions is to start community initiatives like ChangeX in towns and villages : info about ChangeX. That platform curates the best social change ideas, so it will be easy to find a suitable one for a particular community. It may not work in all parts of Ukraine, but a similar movement is already taking off in Lviv, and it's proving to be a success. People all around Ukraine will be more likely to support it if it will not be run by a government.  ››

  • Online Reading Time and Topic Tracker (+) [en]

    A browser plugin that tracks my online behaviour and provides visual graphs on what I'm doing. A plugin that tracks my eye ball movement, time spent reading an article, parts of text I selected, etc. This data is then presented as a visual graph showing topics I read about, etc.  ››

  • Order To Print (+) [en]

    Printer that will print individual copies of books. A printing company that will print any number of copies of a book on demand (not necessarily immediately). Including out of print books. They should also give the option of printing and binding copies of scanned antique books and rare, where possible. Prices could be reduced for batches of printing, if bulk printing the same book means decreases in costs on the company.  ››

  • In-Person Business Services Agency (+) [en]

    An agency to take care of your start-up and business needs. You want to build a business but want someone else to do work you're not into? Engage with an agency that will take care of the legal and official requirements of a start up. Startup services suite will include: taxation registration, business name registration, company formation (optional), business plan writing, and other requirements. The (hypothetical) agency will also have a marketing department, accounting department etc for the growth and development of your business. Then you can go back to running the aspects of the business that interest you - or hire a manager / sell the business and move on to your next project.  ››

  • Startup Solution Site (+) [en]

    A website that streamlines and simplifies the startup process Basically, your business has its own profile online. The website takes into account your base country's laws, tax system etc. Your profile becomes like an online business plan, where you can manage the development and growth of your business. It incorporates an accounting and taxation system, that makes inputting, labeling, calculating and paying easy. It connects to government tax website (e.g. Revenue.ie)so you can pay tax directly from your profile to your country. The way the profile is designed, it guides you through the official steps a startup goes through. You can change the business name at various stages. It could link up to the Company Registration Office too. Following the startup Steps, you know exactly what needs to be done and can see an overview of your business timeline. You can ask it to gently prompt you, coming up to deadlines, both official and ones that you set for yourself. You accountant, if you have one, can also have access to the accounting aspect of your business through the website so that it's all done together in one place. It creates backups as well to ensure no technical problems will …  ››

  • National Online Guidebook for Business (+) [en]

    Each participating country has its own guidebook on starting and running business there, with a unifying website. It would be like a travelguide collection for businesses and entrepreneurs. - Think Lonely Planet for business. Open source, peer-built, checked by legal experts. Each book or 'country section' on the website would have sections on Banking, Tax, HR (wage guides, employment laws and so on), Demographic data, specialties of the nation (e.g. a country that specialises in ecological conservation and solar power / dairy farming / chocolate / genetic research / forestry / medical technology / pharmaceuticals / systems engineering / etc. / whatever), geography, currencies, education, tips, advice from established local businesses etc. The book would be reviewed and updated annually or whenever there's a big change in relevant policy etc. The book would be available as an e-book and possibly also in print (or maybe on an 'order to print' basis). The website would be a unifying platform where countries can interact and be compared to help choose business locations. It would also include facts and figures, as well as 'how to' guides (e.g. 'how to apply for income tax in this country' / 'what you need to incorporate here' …  ››

  • Design Viruses That Affects Only Cancer Cells? (+) [en, et]

    Oncolytic virotherapy had been tried long a go, however, with advances in biotechnology, it became more feasible. Oncolytic viruses are also capable of inducing an anti-tumour immune response. Specific question then is, how to design such selective oncolytic viruses? General approach could be -- sequence normal human cells, sequence tumor cells, and attack the difference. As of 2014, genome sequencing cost has dropped to $1000 per genome. (Google: "genome sequencing price")  ››

  • Online Busking Boxes (+) [en]

    People can click to donate directly to artists they want to support, on the artist's own pages, without having to visit a third party website. Artists of all kinds (visual, musical, theatre, writers, comedians, film-makers, architects, whatever) can sign up to have a "Support Me" type button on their own websites and/or online profiles (youtube videos / blogs / fan pages / Vimeo / Facebook / MySpace, music streaming sites, other profiles/pages etc.). People who like their work can click on the support button to easily give money to the artist to support them. It would transfer money using a system like Paypal (maybe Paypal itself) directly from the supporter's bank or paypal account. At least 95 - 99 % of the support money would go directly to the artist.  ››

  • Emergency Flying Blood Pumps (+) [en]

    Implant blood connectors to blood system and drone-deliver temporary artificial hearts. The people who run a risk of heart failure would have two connectors to blood circulation system implanted, enabling automatic attachment of the specialized pump. Pumps would be delivered by drones, which would self-activate by heart failure signals, and fly to patients guided by their GPS location, align by use of spider-like feet, to provide the required pumping. It is unacceptable that people die simply because of a pump failure, while all other metabolic reactions in body would be working just fine. People should not be dying of heart failures. Or should we just all have two hearts? (I originally posted this idea on Halfbakery, here).  ››

  • Oximeter Popularization via Handbands ~ Just like smoke alarms, but for human bodies. (+) [en]

    Fire alarms work sensing alarming levels of fumes, and oximeters work by measuring the red light and infra red light is absorbed by the blood, which can be done by really small light-powered diodes and photo sensors, connected via bluetooth to phone. The advantage of oximeter, is in lower false positives rates. When measuring just pulse, the reasons of absense of pulse could be numerous, such as removal of the handband. However, the absence of measurement of oxigen would not raise the alarm. Only the measurement of oxigen level that is dangerously low, would, and automatically summon help.  ››

  • Representation Format of Actualization States of Individuals (+) [en]

    In order to ensure that people stay healthy and perform optimally, a way to understand the current states of individuals may be useful. For example, we had lately introduced an experimental "How Are You?" questionnaire [link], which attempts to exhaustively cover all variables that explain human pursuits and happiness, and indeed, provide actionable insights into what to do to move towards improvement of the state for arbitrary individual. Through my experimental practice, I had found, that such high level summary was useful to look at and update daily (as a single file on a Git repository), giving a bird's eye view of all of one's current projects, ailments, career changes in need of improvement, etc. With some improvements (for example inputs from experts, such as, for instance, financial summary may be improved by separating variables describing assets and liabilities, or medical summary may include something what medical experts know to be the best descriptors of health), generic representation format about actualization states of individuals may help ensure that they perform at least nominally, and make greater inferences about the society's aggregate aspirations.  ››

  • Immunopheresis ~ Remove blood of decoys which cancer cells use to hide from immune system, and get immune system attack cancer cells on its own. (+) [en]

    It is said that this treatment is safe, effective and non-toxic. More information is available here: here.  ››