It’s time to save the world. Why? Because saving the world is cool. And you get to put your name on it. So, for the duration of this article, we are ALL super heros. Deal?
Ok, now let’s begin by covering some basics shall we. The world is crumbling before our very eyes and we are (not all of us) simply watching it. Repeating the same mistakes over and over again. All we’re really doing is taking note of the same event as it occurs a day, week, month or year later. This war. That death. This murder. Unemployment. Soildiers killing babies. I think we can all agree there’s a lot of bad news in the atmosphere and I for one am not having it. Or at least I will attempt to make stupendously large changes. My proposed changes may not help solve any of the above mentioned tradgedies, but they will create creative change.
Are ya with me so far? Now, on the other side of the spectrum, there are those who are thinking positively, but still not ready to do anything to make a change. They believe in the future. I semi-like these people. They’re better than the people who have just given up on the world and are counting down the days. Let’s call these positive people “futurists”. They’re already thinking about 2013! Exactly, we’re already in 2013 but because they’re thinking about the not so distant future, they believe they’re a special breed of advanced thinkers. They ask questions such as:
- Will Lindsay Lohan play Princess Leia’s daughter in the new Star Wars movies?
- Will Tiger Woods make a comeback?
- Will the Middle East “have tension”?
Well, ok, I can accept that you’re thinking about the future, but what benefit does any of this have on our lives (Star Wars fans may take offence to my previous statement). Not much! To quickly summarize the above. We have 2 groups. The negativists who are angry at the world and see no hope in the future and the futurists who believe in the future but are only contemplating silly events that may or may not happen. All in all, both groups are useless to the third group. Us! THE SUPER HEROES!
Welcome to Super Hero ville:
Here in Super Hero ville, we come up with REAL ideas that can save the world, or at least make it more interesting in a positive and creative way. There is a criteria however that we need to meet. Our ideas need to help at least 1 million people. If they idea fails to help the 1 million, then it should be interesting enough to write about in a book and be sold to 1 million people In this post I will share some ideas with you that have not been attempted yet and you can share yours in the comment section below. If you’re out of ideas, then let your ideas make love to my ideas and we’ll potentially have a jack pot baby. Are you ready?
Idea 1: Klout as currency – You should know by now that I am Social Media lover. So, this idea for me, makes a lot of sense. First, for those of you that don’t know what “Klout” is, it’s basically a Social Media ranking of how popular you are or how “social” you are based on various Social Media channels. Obviously the more channels you use and the more interactions you have with people across the channels, the higher your Klout score will be. So let’s just call it your “popularity score”. Now imagine this scenario. There is a coffee shop. I walk into this coffee shop and I buy a double espresso for $5 and a minute later, Barack Obama walks in and buys the same double espresso for $5. Guess who’s $5 is more valuable? B’s $5 is more valuable. Why? Because this coffee shop just became “The Presidential Coffee Shop”. It’s not “Rumrumi’s Coffee Shop”.
Let me give you a real life example of how Klout as currency has already started to seep into our lives. Oprah Winfrey. Heard of her? She’s like the Klout queen. Everything she touches turns to gold. Every book she reads makes the author a wealthy monkey. So it makes sense to say that people with a higher Klout score should be able to buy more than people with a low score. Their currency is more valuable than mine. And like Social Klout, when they buy something from a store, the store owner’s Klout increases and so he/she can buy more with that $5 than you and I.
One of you lovely people is going to put a patent on this idea and make buckets of money in return, in which I will accept 50% of it as good will.
Idea 2: Use Global Warming to Solve Global Warming – I don’t know why nobody has thought of this yet. Just look at the words “Global. Warming.” i.e. the surface of the planet is getting hotter. That means it’s giving off energy. Use photovoltaic strips to harness the energy coming off the planet to reduce our need for carbon-based energy. Problem solved.
Idea 3: Advertising in Houses – I know you’re thinking, “I hate ads, I’m not going to put them up in my house!” But what if I told you that you’d get the price of house/rent reduced? What you would be willing to allow is for projections to appear around you, not physical advertisements. For example, you’re sitting in the bathroom and suddenly a projection on your shower curtain shows you “daily deals”. The ad agencies agree to subsidize part of the price of my house and I get daily deals projected around my house. It gets better.
As part of this deal, the ad agencies offer you a second offer in which you allow them to follow your social media accounts in detail. So, if I write a Tweet or post a Facebook status saying something like “I’d really love to go to the Maldives this year but I can’t afford it”, I start getting targeted offers for Maldive trips at a discount on my shower curtain. It’s win-win-win. I save money while talking to my friends. My house is cheaper. And companies sell more, improving the economy, hiring more people, and life goes from “bad” to “good”.
Idea 4: Happy Hotspots – The name is already making me smile. I’m all about happiness and I’m all about promoting happiness and shutting down the sadness. This idea can and will, allow for a larger concentration of happy people to be happy together right in your city, or even globally if the idea picks up.
Ok. So smart phones. Most of us have them. Most of us love them. If you don’t have a smart phone, or do not care to own one, then please skip this idea and move on. We are noticing more and more localization apps popping up in the app store and the Google play store right? Well, why not take localization a step further and embed some science into it? “Studies show” that it’s better to be around positive people than negative people. Positive people uplift you, negative people bring you down. We all know this, and I personally agree with this. If you’re sad or in a shitty mood, stay away from me. Unless of course something terrible happened, then by all means, come and talk to me so I can make you feel better, but otherwise, I honestly prefer to be around happy positive people. Here’s what we’re going to do. Everyone who buys/downloads this app will get delivered an ear plug which constantly scans our brain activity. Those brain scans are then matched against a database of let’s say 10,000 brain scans which are labeled “happy” and “sad”. Are you with me so far? So this database contains 10,000 templates of happy and sad brain scans and the ear plugs are measuring your brain scans from the second you put them on and walk out of your door and comparing them with the 10,000 templates.
NOW! Me, Rumrumi. I’m about to leave my house to meet my friend for a coffee, but I’m not quite sure where do go yet, so fire up my new Happy Hotspot app and it opens up a Google Map of my current location with various shades on the screen. The brightest colors denote the areas in which the happiest people are currently chilling and the darker, grey shades denote where the sad people are. So with a quick look at my happiness map, I call my friend and tell her to meet me Uptown rather than Downtown today because we’ll have a better time being surrounded by happy people.
If I’m not meeting a friend and I just want to go shopping or something, I’ll probably end up making new friends in the areas where the happier people are located.
Idea 5: Cerebrum Dating – Please don’t make me spell it out for you. “Cerebrum = brain”. There you go, I did it anyways. This idea plays off of the brain scan idea above. Now, if you’ve never tried a dating service, you probably have a friend or know someone somewhere who has. They are socially acceptable scams in my opinion. I pay you money and you promise to find me a partner to live with for the rest of my life? Oh please. What are these “dating services” using as a basis for their matching? A profile? That means they are making the false assumption that everyone is being honest and that all the information in their database is 100% correct. Well guess what? I’m not stupid and I’m never going to pay for someone to find me someone that will probably end up driving me nuts and I’ll have a very quick divorce to.
Forget all that. As a member of Super Hero Ville, my brain allows me to come up with better ideas to solve the mystery of partner finding. Here’s how we’re going to do it. We’re going to take the brain scans of 1000 couples who have been happily married for 40+ years. You know those couples that say, “we’ve had our fights, we’ve had our problems but we’ve made it through all that because we love each other”. Yes, these couples exist. Now we are going to average their brain scans together to create a baseline scan. Got it? Good.
Now when you signup at “Cerebrum Dating”, you will be asked to submit your brain scan (again using our magical ear plugs). So let’s flip this into a story about me. I submit my scans to cerebrum dating and they are immediately cross checked against the entire database of women who have submitted their scans. The system will simultaneously cross check my scan + women’s scans with the database of 1000 happily married couples. When the closest combination is reached by the system, you are both notified and a date is setup. Price: $10,000. Guarantee: life-long marital bliss or your money back.
Idea 6: A “Like” button in contact lenses - Have you heard of those contact lenses that can read SMS texts? I’m not sure why companies are still using SMS as a term. I’m a heavy whatsapp user. I haven’t sent an SMS in maybe 3 years. In any case, I like to be in constant communication with everyone I know all the time. So, the idea so far is we have contact lenses that can become digital and can do digital things like sync with our phones. Great! But let’s take it one step further. I meet you, I like you, voila! I blink twice quickly and my contact lens registers the like. Now you go about your day and other people who meet you can immediately see, “Rami has 80,000 Likes today”. And I can also see which of my friends like you.
Suppose you’re having a bad day, you get only “5 Likes today”. No problem. People will avoid you on those days and give you your space. Life is stressful and maybe you need a break. Tomorrow you might be refreshed and get more Likes again. I don’t want just “social media”. I want social LIFE.
Idea 7: My final idea – I don’t have a final idea. I’ve just used up all my brain cells on the 6 ideas above and so now I am seeking your help to complete this article because my favorite number is 7. If your idea (#7) is a good one and I ever make a company out of it that makes a couple billion dollars, I promise to give you a small piece (US$10,000,000) of the company and part of my Klout score. Speaking of Klout score, please follow me on Twitter and like my Facebook page so my Klout score goes up. I love you long time.
Did you enjoy this post? If so, please share your ideas & comments below. I look forward to becoming a Super Hero with you.