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Allen D Leftwich
Collective Problem Solving Printer Friendly Version
I would like to introduce an idea that I have had for an application for the internet to be used for. There are several different terms for this idea from internet brain storming to collective creating to global reasoning. The general idea is to use the internet to bring up a host of ideas about any type of engineering problem that has confounded the experts and may need an outsiders perspective to solve the problem (thinking out of the box). The goal would be to introduce specific problems to the forum and then anyone with internet access could read the problem and put their input into fixing it or improving upon an existing design. Their are several distributed computing projects that involve human input to make them work. This would be another. It might take a company or corporation to organize the forum and give credit and royalties to those that come up with the best innovations. These companies would also need a staff of engineers to look through the ideas to make sure that they would work and be cost effective to implement, but it would be worth it.
We now use computers for parallel processing to solve problems but computers lack imagination to come up with ideas because they can only calculate not think in the abstract. I know that most people think that only the experts are expert enough to solve perplexing design problems but an idea can come from anyone. New discoveries can also be turned over to the public to find applications for them to improve our quality of life. The different areas that this type of thinktanking could help is electrical, mechanical, chemical, industrial, and civil engineering. This type of imagination power could be extremely powerful and virtually limitless. The internet is a tool that could make geniuses out of us all instead of just having a few around to improve the quality of life for us all. Solutions to problems would have to be sent by e-mail so that unscroupulous individuals or companies couldn't just take the info for their own use without including something for the innovator. I would like to accomplish this myself but know that it would take the resources of a big company to incorporate it.
Reward: Membership on the board of this proposed company. 

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Kettle for hot water without boiling Printer Friendly Version
The kettle is a household staple, used daily to boil water for hot drinks. Yet many of the most popular drinks around e.g. coffee and green tea, require hot but not boiling water. As boiling water burns these drinks, the kettle in its current design doesn't cater for them. I would like to see a kettle with the extra option to just heat the water until just below boiling.
Reward: Free Sample 

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Clothing Brand Made by the People for the People Printer Friendly Version
Have a social media site that lets the users design logos, styles, and pick target markets, for a "Public Brand." It could be an American Idol type contest where the public gets to vote on the best logo, style, target market, etc. The winners would combine to launch a clothing line to the interested public. This could be done every year!
Reward: Free clothes for life! 

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