An Uber of things: Imagine a hybrid child of Uber as the father, and Air bnb as the mother... Maybe mix in a little Craigslist. The point is for location based peer to peer "thing" rentals. Imagine all the stuff you don't need to access every now and again, but don't need to own, like: ladders, power washers and PA systems. With such a platform, anybody who owns a useful object could start farming it for money. It'd also be cool if it was free, but a for-profit model is more likely to penetrate the market. Then, the hope is, that free equivalents would follow (something I hope will happen in the wake of Uber's ride sharing). What should it be called? Some newspeak kind of word that most aptly combines "library", "things", and "network." Thingworks? Any help on a name can be added to the bottom of the page. Attribution will be given.
Virtual Guestbook Have you ever gone to a cool event and wished you could get in touch with everybody who attended? Now, with my product, you can retroactively get back in touch with everybody who wishes to be available. It could be an embeddable to emails and websites, with ease of access for people on diverse platforms. Once I get this up and running, I will host a virtual guestbook at the bottom of my webpage.
Anonymous voting/commenting on the the internet Anonymous voting is a sacrosanct tenet of wester democracy; so why isn't the same true on the internet? I want to empower internet users to use this tool (most likely a browser add-on) to upvote and downvote and comment the many many webpages of the web. Imagine if the entire web as as interactive as reddit with the ability to upvote, downvote, and comment? That's what I think democracy looks like. If you remove the ability to down vote, you have facebook, or US electoral politics where your only recourse for unacceptable material is to ignore it, or boost it's hype by commenting on it. Imagine Yik Yak where useless comments can be voted off the information island. It's a shame that one person should have to navigate a spammy website and not have the option of warning his fellow peers. As things are now, there is no way to interact with the web in such a way without agreeing to give all of your personal usage data to a profit oriented data mining company. Web Of Trust is the closest thing I've seen so far, but they throw away everything good by requiring you to be continuously logged into Google or Facebook, an enormous breach in your privacy. To learn more about it, go here (Article not yet written). I want to offer websites the chance to allow comments from my service within their website ( the way they currently do with Disqus ) but then if they don't our addon would post their comments outside the website, in your search engine.
In short, I want to make an addon what will make the entire internet as interactive as reddit, but without allowing ANY marketers or spy agencies to peruse your valuable browsing data. This would be a trustless connection, because your data is never recorded by the service. All the information the srevice would need is that you aren't a robot, it would never actually know who you are. The name could be something like PeerNet to get the point across.
A public database for jumping-off ideas for inventions This page is in itself such a thing. I would prefer a unified platform where any person could suggest an idea for an invention, or note a problem that is ripe for resolving via ingenuity. This database would be freely available to potential makers and developers for inspiration.
A digital stamp! Think about how much of a pain in the ass printing can be, especially if you only need only need a few inches of printed text on a preexisting piece of paper or cardboard. Imagine a 3"x3" stamp that has the same printing technology as a printer. Except instead of one the paper moving through one axis of inkjet. The inkjet itself would move. The one obstacle would be keeping the stamp still as the inkjet passes. Is such a thing possible? This would be godsend for the shipping sector. You just type on the address on a little keyboard, or beam it over via NFC, and then print it onto an existing piece of cardboard. No more need to buy paper to paste onto cardboard-- cut out the BS and print directly onto cardboard! (Illustration coming soon)
Tinder Agents Why is it only famous actors and musicians that have dedicated agents to negotiate deals? Don't we all suck at using Tinder? Why don't we have seduction specialists take over our Tinder accounts and get the tedious initial greetings out of the way? They could sift through the all the non-user matches, start benign conversations, and then pass off the conversation once it gets interesting. Picture the online equivalent of having an intern who answers phones for you. One Tinder agent could manage many tinder accounts via a computer running several virtual android machines. If you gave up on Tinder because the screening process is too tedious, then this service is for you! If anybody is interested in collaborating on such a project, contact me stat. Or if you want to father my brainchild without me, then so be it. Just toss me back some attribution at the end of the day. I probably lack the effort to start such a project on my own, but would love to collaborate with somebody who's got the technical knowhow.
Open Source Online Homework Platform If you are in my age group, you may have been enraged at being forced to purchase a $200 "text book" that is bundled with access to some kind of online homework interface. At the end of the day, your book has zero resale value, and you just paid $200 for a semester's worth of membership to some homework-oriented social network. Imagine if there was one unified platform that was free and open source? It would have a simple plug-and-play style setup so that teachers could input their own homework questions or import pre-existing questions. The point of this would be to have a standardized and free platform for online homework, so that devils like Vista Higher Learning could never charge you $200+ again for few months access to their website again. Teachers would also have the option of making their homework assignments publicly available, so as to further democratize information accessibility around the world. Before it was the cost of printing physical books that impeded independent writers. Now it is the hassle of creating an online learning platform that is barring teachers content creators from making affordable digital learning packages.
By establishing a standardized and free platform for online school work, content creators would have an easier time getting their product to market, and students would enjoy more competitively priced texts, with the option of accessing public domain content. *drops mic*