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nicholas anthony
 USA
Smart Routing Printer Friendly Version
People drive around all the time. Some people know where they are going, some get lost, and others are slowed by traffic. Some days you get to work with no problems, and other days you run into heavy traffic. There are already systems that tell you how to get to a specific location. There are also some not so familiar systems, that determine the amount of time a light should be green, or red, to help avoid traffic jams (currently used in New York). If we combine the two into one system, I believe we would help avoid traffic jams. In order to do this a person would have to tell a computer where their destination is. This information would go to a main computer containing all the destinations of other cars. Your vehicle would also send out a signal to the main computer telling it where you are at all times. The computer would use formulas to determine what was the best route for every car at that time. This information would be sent back to your vehicle in the form of directions. This computer could also be told where an accident occurred, and then direct traffic around it by sending you new directions. Trial and error would help determine which formulas work best. Different machines could take all the information from previous days and try to come up with new formulas that in theory work better than the ones that were used.
Reward: Good luck! 

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 USA
Pod cars Printer Friendly Version
I feel it's time to step way back and re-think our entire transportation system.
Mono rail trains or public transport is nice, but most people don't bother because they still have to get to the depot. If we use the technology we have, we could run a single track everywhere there is now pavement, right to every garage. Wow you say, but how much do we spend now to pave and repave?
What sold me is the endless and amazing list of benefits to this: No more drunk drivers because a computer could be programed to drive the car!(big one), An end to our dependence on foreign oil!(nother big 'un). Much less need for continental air flights! (These monorails could get to California almost before you made it to the airport and got through security)(oh, yeah and decrease terrorist threat by hijacking.) Decrease or eliminate exhaust emitions! (Oh 'nother big 'un). No need for individual car insurance, cause nobody is driving. You could sleep, read, drink or whatever on the ride there. You could send your pod to be maintained, send it to pick up your kids (with onboard camera), send it to get groceries or pizza from the automated store, or send it off to be parked until needed. They could be "parked" on all levels of a high-rise building!
I could see main tracks dedicated to un-interupted long range flow elevated and capable of high speeds. Friction could be reduced to nothing with air cusions or reverse magnets.
Imagine the economic surge when middle class familys didn't have to pay for gas, tires and insurance.
I am not a scientist, but I do think outside the "box" and I know the technology exists, but it's the benefits that keep this idea etched on my brain.
Reward: peace of mind 

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MissPlayful
 Australia
Radio Sports Commentaries Printer Friendly Version
Here’s what is probably a common experience for those who listen to broadcasts of sports events on the radio. You are happily listening to the commentary, when it is rudely interrupted by someone in the studio turning off the commentary and giving score updates from other matches. Now this is fine if you want to know those other scores, but it can be very irritating if you are concentrating on the match being broadcast.
Television solves this problem by visually displaying the score updates in print at the bottom of the screen. The viewer can choose to continue to watch and listen to the game being televised, or choose to read the score updates.
The challenge for radio is this. We need to invent a way of broadcasting the updates from other matches without disturbing the main commentary for those who wish to continue to listen to it. In effect we need to broadcast two conversations at once in such a way that listeners can easily understand whichever one they choose to listen to. If the score updates were given in a quiet and very different voice to the main commentary (eg by using a voice of the opposite sex) would that work? Perhaps the studio could use special computer programs to modify the sound of the sports updates so they would be maximally different to the voice of the main commentary. Or maybe there is some other solution to this problem.

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