Forum - Sixty Second Idea to Improve the World

Forum - Sixty Second Idea to Improve the World

An imaginative, quirky solution to a challenge of our age. Podcast weekly on Saturdays.

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  • A Musical Pacemaker 18th Oct 14

    Sat, 18 Oct 14

    4 mins

    28 days remaining

    Want your fingers to play music faster? Neuroscientist Jennifer Groh may have a solution for you: she suggests a type of brain pace-maker which would allow you to play faster. Humans are unusual in that they have control over how fast they can walk and talk, whereas birds sing their song at a particular stable tempo. We don't know how we get faster with practice but a brain pacemaker might help.

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  • Citizen juries to protect future genertions 11 Oct 14

    Sat, 11 Oct 14

    6 mins

    21 days remaining

    To protect the rights and needs of those as yet unborn, we need a randomly selected citizen jury with the power to veto political decisions, says philosopher Rupert Read. He argues that this would would keep our short-termist thinking in check.

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  • Feedback loops to calm the honking motorist

    Sat, 4 Oct 14

    7 mins

    14 days remaining

    Microphones fitted to traffic lights could be used to ensure that drivers leaning on their horns have to wait longer than their quieter counterparts, says experimental biologist Jamie Davies. He doesn't like car drivers honking their horns impatiently while they wait at stop lights. So he suggests using scientific principles of feedback and local control to restore peace to our city streets.

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  • Have an Alien Friend 27 Sep 2014

    Sat, 27 Sep 14

    6 mins

    7 days remaining

    Our new personal assistants could evolve from existing AI software, says Nigerian-American science fiction writer Nnedi Okorafor. They would permeate our mobile phones, and would be like normal thinking beings who would advise us on all issues in our lives, from booking flights to relationship problems.

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