02 March 2013

Five Questions, Series 3, #4

Time to answer the next of the Five Question I posed some weeks ago.

Question 4. What's an as yet non-existent thing about which you’ve thought "why hasn’t someone created that yet?"

Do you remember this, from the White Queen in Alice in Wonderland?
Alice laughed: "There's no use trying," she said; "one can't believe impossible things."
"I daresay you haven't had much practice," said the Queen. "When I was younger, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."
Well that's a bit what it's like trying to think of non-existent things which should exist. One doesn't get enough practice now one's not engaged daily in mortal combat against corporate processes and management. So when one tries, the mind goes blank.

Hence I'm a bit stuck for ideas for a better widgetything. There are, though, some things I can think of — except they're more by way of attributes than tangible things. Two that stand out are:

a. common sense, and
b. governments that understand procurement and contracts

Well actually one could fix both of those with a logic equivalent of the Babel Fish: a device — maybe we'll call it the Alice Fish — which when applied to someone's brain (maybe via an ear, or just with a limpet sucker thingy to the skull) would instantly impart an inexorable need to not just think, but think logically.

You might also remember that 5% of people can't think, 5% can think and do, while the other 90% can think but don't bother. So our Alice Fish should be able to fix the 90%, at least.

What would you all like to see, that no-one has yet invented?

Oh, and apologies to all the girls out there called Alice Fish! :-)

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