Unsolved Problems

Some of the most popular search terms, on my blog, are about how to do something that nobody has ever done before.  One way to begin that task is to choose a problem that hasn’t yet been solved.  If you snoop around and read a bit, there is any number of unsolved problems.  Here are some that come to my mind:

  • Writing bug free software
  • Getting your car repaired before it actually breaks down
  • Extracting radiant energy from the Cosmos (Tesla style)
  • Finding a way to communicate great ideas in the face of propaganda against them
  • Finding a way to ask important, unanswered scientific questions that scientists don’t want you to ask, without facing ridicule or worse
  • Living in peace with all
  • Opening those indestructible plastic blister packs that are meant to prevent theft of the contents
  • Learning a language without spending forever on doing so and retaining what you learn
  • A national and global economic system that isn’t mired in debt
  • A way to teach people not to gain pleasure from seeing other people unhappy
  • Guitar strings that don’t rust, yet sound bright, seemingly forever
  • Reusable packaging that doesn’t end up in landfill
  • A faster way to read and comprehend books
  • A way for everybody to see the 99 million more colours that some rare people can see
  • Houses purpose-designed for space, light, peace, quiet, energy efficiency and creativity
  • A very low cost, yet effective soundproof booth
  • Pharmaceutical drugs that actually cure you, instead of treating you indefinitely
  • An Internet where you own and control access to your personal data
  • Food that is designed for taste, optimum health and nourishment, instead of extended shelf life and profit maximisation
  • Truth in media, as opposed to propaganda, slant, naked bias and advertising
  • A way to sell your music online, without so many people stealing it for free
  • A way to survive and live without having to sell anything at all, if you want
  • Finding a way to teach people to be vocal and passionate about things that materially and spiritually matter to them and to others
  • A way for most people to work where they are, instead of having to commute
  • A method of dismantling the permanent military-industrial complex for good
  • Toasters that can be repaired, if they break down (same for most appliances, actually)
  • A computer that lasts longer than three years without having to be replaced
  • Contemporary furniture that will still function in three hundred years from now (like antiques do)
  • A less energy, labour and water intensive way of washing clothes and dishes
  • A way to put all the empty buildings to good use, instead of leaving them empty
  • A faster way of learning to use all the nuanced, rarely used, but useful features of software packages you use
  • Hover boards (I was promised hover boards, dammit!)
  • Removal of environmental, endocrine-disrupting and epigenetic toxins from the soil, air, water and products
  • Looking for impairment, not just outright death, when describing the toxicity of materials
  • Access to well equipped workshops / studios / ateliers for all who want them
  • A way to do research and development that isn’t perverted by the need to find funding or tenure
  • Low energy, high luminance lamps that don’t burn out so fast and require tossing away
  • Reusable, hygienic ways of bring food home for consumption, from where you buy it
  • Food distribution systems that do not leave food in the channel so long, that its nutritional value is depleted
  • Subsidised fruit and vegetables, instead of grains, sugar and corn
  • A cure for cancer that doesn’t involve burning, cutting, poisoning or damaging the body
  • A way to prevent and/or reverse dementia in old age
  • A computer that doesn’t freeze up or steal the focus, when you are in the middle of doing something
  • Software that works in the background properly, instead of making you, the user, wait
  • Software installation that doesn’t force or require a reboot
  • Personal computers designed for inherent resilience, high availability, redundant storage, disaster recovery and drive replacement, without software reinstallation from scratch
  • Vehicles that don’t pollute or despoil then environment, when at end of life
  • Vehicles that run so cleanly, there is no significant emissions of anything harmful
  • Delicious, nutritious food that can be grown reliably, without pesticides and fertilizers
  • A monetary system that doesn’t inevitably end in runaway debt and extreme wealth concentration
  • Data centres that we, the people, own.  Networks that we, the people, own.
  • A way of influencing important decisions without resort to elected representatives that are prone to corruption to raise campaign funds
  • An end to poverty, because it’s a man made phenomena that we bizarrely and unjustly choose to perpetuate
  • Reversal of hair loss, sight degradation or hearing loss, by non invasive, safe means
  • A way to correct anti-social behaviour that doesn’t involve violence, cruelty or vengeance
  • A means of raising the profile and desirability of kindness, as a life goal, over monetary wealth or “success”

If you really start thinking about it, the list is endless.  If you are able to make even a small contribution to any of the great unsolved problems, you are bound to be doing something that nobody has ever done before.

What’s on your list?


About tropicaltheartist

You can find out more about me here: https://michaeltopic.wordpress.com/. There aren’t many people that exist in that conjunction of art, design, science and engineering, but this is where I live. I am an artist, a musician, a designer, a creator, a scientist, a technologist, an innovator and an engineer and I have a genuine, deep passion for each field. Most importantly, I am able to see the connections and similarities between each field of intellectual endeavour and apply the lessons I learn in one discipline to my other disciplines. To me, they are all part of the same continuum of creativity. I write about what I know, through my blogs, in the hope that something I write will resonate with a reader and help them enjoy their own creative life more fully. I am, in summary, a highly creative individual, but with the ability to get things done efficiently. Not all of these skills are valued by the world at large, but I am who I am and this is me. The opinions stated here are my own and not necessarily the opinion or position of my employer.
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2 Responses to Unsolved Problems

  1. Janet says:

    Brilliant you!

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