I would like to see an XPrize, 'N.E.S.'
i.e. XPrize, 'Not Elsewhere Specified'
It is impossible to foresee all the solutions that have already been dreamed up, let alone those where the problem has largely been missed by the 'powers that should be’; I have come to realise that most politicians etc can’t even see where problems exist!
Many are so accepting of the status quo that they cannot comprehend that many problems have already been solved. When a solution is presented to them, many feel obligated to dismiss it for any number of reasons, which can usually amount to NIH '(Not Invented Here)' or NHI '(Not His Idea)’.
As an example, I have studied oral hygiene for around 25 years; I have a theory how it should be optimised, and the massive benefits that should be realised; health, cost of living, quality of life, etc etc. However, no researchers I have approached want to be associated with it; is this because it does not coincide with their research? It appears I will never know; when my phone doesn't ring, I know it's them again.
As a inventor I have many inventions which may never see light of day. My invention record is not too shabby; inc Bronze, Silver & Gold last Inventors Day. Many other awards; Inventor of the Year, CES Design & Engineering, twice. I am CO2 negative, approx 10 tonnes per month; great potential to increase that.
Around the time of the publication of ‘The Limits to Growth’ I had an invention which should reduce fossil fuel use in commuting by 50%; I could not get anyone interested, particularly the media. Now would seem to be the ideal time to bring it up again, ’TGW’ (Terminal Global Warming) being a current topic of conversation; however, I am burned out promoting other solutions, & would prefer not to waste time bringing any more ideas forward.
If, however, there was a scheme which would reward solvers for their solutions, outside of the regular IP system, I would seriously consider promoting that or other inventions again. I would consider publishing it as an ‘Open Innovation’ for discussion / implementation / improvement, if some not insignificant award / reward was made. The value of the reward would be much, much less than the benefits to society, however. Many other inventors would put their solutions forward for open access, I believe, following award / reward; chance of (quality) survival of civilisation might be greatly increased.
I often think of the USs’ best inventor; he took radio from the time of cats whiskers and horn speakers, to hi fidelity; inventing most of the tech in the modern radio. Inventing feedback, superhet, etc etc; also explained how De Forests ‘Audion’ (triode) tube worked (De Forest didn’t know). On the way, he also provided the Allies with unjammable communications, during the war, when those of the axis were jammable. Yet, commercial interests put him through such a lifetime of hell pirating his inventions, then refusing court awards in inventors favour, that in the end he jumped from the 13th Floor. This was not long after his wife walked out, also unable to stand the pressure.
The guilty party (BTW, his best friend!) in this event settled with the wife not long after his suicide. This may be what gave the expression ‘do we deal with you, or do we deal with yer widder?’
Now, effectively nobody even knows inventors name. He gave so much to society; society, in turn, destroyed him.
Xprize, N.E.S. could consider (confidentially if required) solutions put forward from anywhere, to the problems of society. They could be appraised by Xprize, or by voluntary or paid consultants in the field of the disclosure. Many solvers would be content to have an award & reward, even much much less than the benefit to society.
I would be happy to contribute to appraising any solutions put forward; also I would like to contribute solutions, but would not of course want to be involved in the appraisal of my contributions; just would like to be able to dialogue with appraisers, to ensure a proper understanding.
Very busy here manufacturing (novel oral hygiene products) but would make time to formalise 'XPrize, ’N.E.S.’ if you think it has merit.
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