Open Ideation

Occasionally, I have ideas which I provide on an open-ideation basis. That’s similar to the idea of open-source software. Unless otherwise noted, I have not checked to see whether the ideas are novel.


Require that religions remove hate speech from their texts. Require that religions update their texts to replace anachronistic practices and views that are no longer valid due to modern science and technology. These same requirements might also apply to constitutions and systems of government.

August 15, 2019


Changes I would like to see in the Unites States system of governance.

  • Require competency qualifications for offices.
  • Eliminate the electoral system. Use popular vote.
  • Award senatorships based on population.
  • Move oversight of organizations currently overseen by cabinet members to oversight by congress.
  • Redesign system to avoid gridlock. Gridlock is not competitive.
  • Eliminate gerrymandering.
  • Begin a rewrite of our constitution with popular vote on each item required to pass a threshold such as 2/3 or 3/4 or whatever we think makes sense. We can vote on that too.

June 27, 2019


I had an idea for an app that can show your positions on issues and compare them to others. Instead of being labeled as a tribal group, the app would enable discernment of viewpoints in detail.  Perhaps it could be gamified in some clever way. Imagine that you bump phones with another and the app displays each of your positions and the differentials.   The app could include tips about constructive dialogue and destructive dialogue.

February 10, 2018


This technology would need to be seamless in the browsers.  Credential management. Two clicks to purchase.  One click for Amazon if they create a browser.   Does this exist in any popular browsers?


I wish for a much better Twitter browser or app that shows a thread diagram of tweets much more effectively than either the Twitter website or TweetDeck.  I am vaguely imagining something with a hierarchical or mind map like display.  It should have various ways to flag new tweets and unread tweets. The ability to mark a branch unread would be useful as well for reviewing.  Ideally it could have a time oriented view that was highly visual.   I don’t fully understand the challenges given the Twitter logical model, so this may be easier said than done.  Lastly, if the app could have a backdoor to work around any blocked accounts that would be helpful.  For extra credit, capturing the complete history, including deleted tweets would be great.

January 29, 2018


This is inspired by self-interest but good for a great many.   I would like to see brush clearing robots that could cut large swaths through brush on various SoCal landscape types, including steep hills.  Swarm mini-robots would be awesome.  Imagine grasshopper or caterpillar like robots that could chip away at brush.  Options as to leaving fuel in situ, burning it, or transporting it off site would need to be studied.  I wonder if UC San Diego and UC Davis would make for a good partnership on this idea?

January 24, 2018


When analyzing social inputs, e.g., Twitter tweets, many businesses will gain from their own unique set of AI models trained for what they need. Sure there are easily obtained basics, but the real money is in customizing for your particular business.  It is likely that startup and established companies are gearing up professional services, applications, and tools, for this market opportunity.  There is no doubt there will be a short term skill set challenge which may be mitigated to a degree by the level of automation in the applications and tools.

January 23, 2018


I’d like to find a website that tells where a show or movie is streaming.  Here are a few services:

January 23, 2018


I pine for the day when large numbers of social media users earn a badge for knowing Logic and Argument 101. And also that I could filter on users having that badge.

January 21, 2018


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