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MissPlayful
 Australia
Stop Answering Machines Wasting Our Money Printer Friendly Version
How often have you rung a telephone number, an answering machine replies, and you hang up because you don’t want to leave a message? Is it possible to design the system so the ringer is alerted by a particular ringing tone that an answering machine is switched on and will come on in say one minutes time if nobody answers the phone? We would then have the option of hanging up before the machine answers the call.
It would save a lot of money. For example, in Australia where I live, if ten million people make five such calls a year, that’s about ten million dollars simply wasted every year.
Reward: a free telephone with an answering machine! 

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treadair
 USA
A new and improved democracy Printer Friendly Version
As the color of democracy in the US changes from red, white and blue to green, it might be time to tinker with the design a little bit. Instead of letting money, power, charisma, lineage, etc... effect the outcome, why not give everyone a chance to lead the country by voting for anonymous slates of ideas (solutions to problems put forth by those who want to run for office). A primary would be run to pick the top 4 or 5 sets and then a runoff would be held with the authors of those ideas now being public. This would take away most of the negative influences that now infect our elections. It would also give the winners a huge pile of solutions to pick from during their administration. It might be a good idea to try this out on a small scale first, say at the town or city level.
Reward: None required. 

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 Canada
Road Resurfacing Machine (Recycle) Printer Friendly Version
To decrease costs of resurfacing a road and reduce amount of asphalt used. The idea would be to design a paving machine which uses microwaves to heat up old asphalt on the road and enabling it to be picked up easily. The machine would then remix the asphalt to the proper ratio by adding extra asphalt tar and then resurface the road all in a single operation with the same machine. This machine would eliminate the system used presently whereby pavement is stripped, new pavement is brought in days later and the road is resurfaced weeks later.
Reward: New roads resurfaced cheaply with less noise and disruptions. 

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