Skip to comments.Want To Become A Billionaire? Just Solve One Of These 10 Problems
Posted on 04/22/2014 8:58:51 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
We recently gave you a list of 25 trends that would be making people billions. Most of the phenomena will end up benefiting everyone.
But if you fancied yourself as someone who could be turned into a billionaire, you were arguably cheating — these were things everyone has already figured out.
The real challenge, and the greater value and more lucrative pursuit, would be to come up with the solutions to problems that have befuddled engineers for decades or more.
We thought of 10 of them:
Digital devices have become so small that it can be cumbersome to plug them into a power source. Longer-lasting batteries? Nope — Apple iPod God Tony Fadell says pursuing greater efficiency in batteries is a trap. The key is to find ways of squeezing more efficiency out of the devices' other parts — and stealing power from what's around you. University of Washington engineers, among others, are at work on harvesting existing TV and cellular transmissions and turning them into a power source. "This novel technique enables ubiquitous communication where devices can communicate among themselves at unprecedented scales and in locations that were previously inaccessible," they say.
Everyone agrees this is a priority. But there appear to be a hard way and an easier way to achieve it. The former involves lots of expensive regulatory clearance and installations. The latter, currently spearheaded by Google, is called Project Loon. The company plans to send renewables-powered balloons to the edge of space to create an Internet network in remote parts of the world. "We believe it's possible to create a ring of balloons that fly around the globe on the stratospheric winds and provide Internet access to the earth below," they say. Whoa.
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I’ve always wondered how to build Buckminster Fuller’s ‘Cloud Nine’ spheres...
Fact is the pioneers are usually not the folks that cash in.
Gots one better...make it so grass grows like weeds do.
7. Cheap Desalination
I keep reading stories for the past 10 years, every six months or so that this one has been solved.
Bump for later.
“The early bird gets the worm, the second mouse gets the cheese.”
How about dandelions that have leaves like grass?
Didn’t Tesla do that?
Isn’t the answer obvious? Just create another government program.
No gold ring for someone who solves healthcare problems? Surely there’s some combination of actuary/lawyer/medical doctor/CONSERVATIVE! who can come up with an ethical, efficacious system!
Or only grow a few inches high and then stop growing.
For example: desalinization can be done very efficiently using Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactors, and that energy production method would be far safer and cheaper in the long run than the current nuclear energy systems. [BUT, it would not generate the isotopes in quantity desired by the weapons industries.]
Another perspective is the energy production and utilization processes for the UFOs now flying our skys. Those are not running on gas, and our black-projects technology are making working editions of these crft.
It’s called ‘dicondra’ or dichondra. I planted it in my uncle’s yard in Encino Hills, LA area way back in the early sixties. You can cut it like grass, but it will not grow into knee-high scrag if not mown regularly.
The solutions is simple. Deregulate the health insurance business. Let insurance companies offer insurance policies of any type and let the market decide which policies are needed and which ones are not. My guess is most consumers would migrate to catastrophic insurance plans with high deductibles, very high lifetime limits if any limits at all and low premiums. Routine doctor visits would be cash only transactions.
The other key is to remove the requirement of hospitals to treat someone who doesn’t have insurance or can’t afford to pay cash. The freeloaders would soon learn they need to buy insurance or be at the mercy of county hospitals or charities.
These two changes would allow the market to optimally set pricing and would thus optimally allocate resources, including investment in cost reducing technology that would lower the cost of health care while maintaining quality.
Penis enlargement pump/pill/lotion/chant. Of course an alternate would be something that makes the lady-bits smaller...
That was my first thought, too.
But as another poster opined, the powers that be frown mightily on developers like Tesla.
Just need to re-program the wrt54g with some better software to handle gridded internet...
Just deploy these units every section or so inthe country to help link up hotspots...
Develop a red gardenia.
Fastest way to riches...become a politician.
These two are the most important, the most critical. Energy and Water.
3. Cheap, Scalable Solar
7. Cheap Desalination
Wifi across the country would be easy. Just look at the thousands of cameras tha have been installed on poles throughout the country. The cameras are broadcasting via Internet.
Piggy back on that.
#11 High efficiency energy storage / batteries
7. Cheap Desalination
I keep reading stories for the past 10 years, every six months or so that this one has been solved.
currently desalinized water makes for expensive municipal water. Costs for this are all over the map depending on where in the world you are from $600@acre foot to $2000@ acre foot.
By cheap desalination they mean desalination cheap enough for agriculture. Agricultural water needs to be under $100@ acre foot for expensive crops and under $50@acre foot delivered for less expensive crops.
Since most of the world’s deserts are within 1000 miles of a seacoast—if you kill the cost of energy so that pumping water is cheap and desalinizing water is cheap—then it becomes possible to turn the world’s deserts green and basically double the size of the habitable earth.
For cheap energy — Thorium lftr reactors are a good candidate.
There are two other big costs with desalination plants. That’s capital and maintenance costs. At the heart of both are RO membranes. There may well be a solution coming in the near future with graphene — which if it holds to its current promise will be as big as plastics were in the 1960’s or nylon or synthetic rubber in the 1930’s and 40’s. We’ll know in another 5 years.
Also it bears mentioning that salt needs to converted from a cost center to a profit center.
In practice cheap desalinized water would increase the habitable size of the USA by about 1/3-1/2, triple the habitable size of Mexico and increase the habitable size of Australia by a factor of about 100...and so on.
The world’s food issues would be resolved for as much as 300 years.
We had an ethical efficacious system, nobody liked it.
A man named Jesus took care of #10 about 2000 years ago.
11) Build that flying car we have been expecting since the 50,s
I know how to solve the problem of ‘cloaking’ for aircraft. Any member of the Defense Department or Pentagon who reads this can contact me via FReepmail.
Correct. Facebook, Google and Apple are good examples of companies that made billions by taking technology developed by others and then tweaking and adapting it to reach a mass audience.
MySpace paved the way for Facebook. Earlier search engines like Lycos and Alta Vista gave Google the opening they needed. And remember those crappy MP3 players before the iPod that took you half an hour with third party DOS-based software to load a playlist of about 18 songs?
You’re too slow. Black project already dun that.
[ Also it bears mentioning that salt needs to converted from a cost center to a profit center. ]
Lots of industrial metals and chemicals can be extracted from the leftover salt...
Post of the day! Thorium based nuclear solves cheap power, cheap water, and rural internet in the same swipe.
I think the future of solar is actually in space. The way to realize this would be to build a “seed plant” on the moon to harvest lunar material to build cheap solar arrays onthe moon to build more factories to build cheap orbial space based solar power plants that beam the energy back to earth via phased microwave power transfer.
If you made $100,000 per year after taxes then you could buy anything you could ever need in the free market because someone would produce it for money( look at the millions of products for sale on Google , internet , ebay , amazon,Walmart, Dollar Tree etc etc). So we dont need government for ANYTHING. A private company created a whole city DISNEY WORLD in Florida. So democrats create fake crisis like global warming,no health insurance crisis to justify the very existence of government and the continued growth of government(socialism)
government is the enemy and the problem. the news media and democrat party are also the enemy and the problem
I’ve tried using mesh network wifi to extend internet in rural areas. The problem is that the trees (in my area) are full of water and absorb 2Ghz microwave radio. So the range is very limited.
Another “problem” for the Powers That Be is that replacing fossil fuels defunds the terrorist regimes the PTB depend upon to keep the peons scared (and thus willing to trade freedom for (the illusion of) security).
Ultimately, TPB pay the terrorists salaries, just as Western Bankers funded Hitler’s rise, until he decided to establish State backed and issued currency instead of running Germany on a debt-based banker controlled system.
1. What does firewall cracking have to do with password cracking?
2. The reason passwords can be cracked by brute force is that most people are nitwits and choose weak passwords (e.g. a word from the dictionary with one digit stuck on the end). A proper password (e.g. at least eight pseudo-random characters, which really isn't hard to memorize if you use simple tricks like taking the first letters of a phrase) will still defeat most brute-force attacks (especially since most of them are "I don't have to be faster than the bear" situations -- if you're a reasonably hard target, the bad guys will go after somebody else).
I was thinking on order to give each “node” a unique name, you could have a GPS chuip in each router that would determine it’s own name by it’s physical location and every so many oof them would be designated as a “primary node” based off of location.
Basically it would be a noded type of internet that would be immune to government shutdown and cheap enough to make/power via solar panel that it could be distributed out, maybe as a bonus make it EMP proof...
Think of it as a wireless internet grid with two channels, one for the grid and one for people to tap into and use...
Based off some of the cheap routers I have seen this could be done cheaply in a few years where the elctronics could be boiled down to a few chips and use long duration lead acid batteries to provide service during night/cloudy days.
Hmm, this could be a way to circumvent gov internt control...
I would make the base backbone IPV6 as it would be easily able to handle the address problems...
Maybe have a model that can interface with HAM radio....
I will have to think about this....
Your recommendations are part way there.
Unfortunately you leave in place the unregulated monopolies that really drive health care costs — the physicians, who constitute a monopoly-guild which constricts the supply of members artificially, suppress effective competition as “unethical” (just as lawyers and trade-unions do), inveigle state legislatures to ban competition from allied health professionals (e.g. nurse midwives, psychologists), and pharmaceutical and medical device companies which sell their products under explicitly granted monopolies called “patents”.
When the government grants a monopoly for a product which has inelastic demand (like life-saving drugs or medical devices), or creates a guild-monopoly by so regulating a profession that there is no effective competition (even when done in the interest of public health or safety), there is no free market, and the government ought, as is done in the case of utilities, regulate the monopolists rates and fees in the public interest.
And to top them all... The political will to allow any of these things. The feds will stop ANY of this until they get their cut.
“Youre too slow. Black project already dun that.”
It is my understanding that they are ‘working on it’ but are having difficulties actually doing it. I can end their ‘difficulties’.
Since Kennedy’s administration the bastards have been able to project holographic imagery into the sky. Don’t help the buggers!
But if you fancied yourself as someone who could be turned into a billionaire, you were arguably cheating these were things everyone has already figured out.
Thank goodness we have Business Insider. Otherwise, nobody would know what to do.
No they use batteries and their cars charge by being plugged in. Their gigafactory is to mass produce more efficient Lithium Ion batteries.
LOL, I was thinking of a different Tesla.
Oh. Stupid me. Sorry :-)
The idea of obtaining useful wireless power is a pipe dream. It has long been demonstrated possible to extract a few milliwatts of power from a nearby radio tower by using resonant radio circuits. Extracting useful amounts of power to light a house or power a car is impossible even from a short distance away. Suppose there was a practical device for doing so, the transmission radiant energy is still limited by the Inverse-Square Law, which states that a specified physical quantity or intensity is inversely proportional to the square of the distance from the source of that physical quantity. In other words, an object twice as far away, receives only one-quarter the energy. Double the distance several times over, and you will see the radiant intensity falls off so rapidly as to be practically useless.
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