If you were able to invent a technology that would serve the world and make you billions, what would that technology be? Let’s look at a couple of options, some already present in some form, and some a little more far-fetched:
With the Eskom electricity woes here to stay, it would be nice to know when exactly the power is going to off, so that you can plan around it. There is an app of sorts, but as long as Eskom or the municipality where you live doesn’t stick to the schedule, the app becomes useless. The technology exists but human unreliability is the spanner in the works here.
- An easy-to-use stocks & shares algorithm
There are many websites and other manifestations in this area, but they’re all so complex to use and interpret – and can they be trusted? We’re talking about a reliable piece of technology, either hardware or software, like a GPS, that is easy to use and can give you accurate historical figures of stocks and bonds that have done consistently well. It’s not ground breaking, but it has functionality.
- An accident predictor app
Merc and a few others already have the technology installed to tell you when your car is getting too close to the pole behind you for comfort. It would not be a stretch to extend this to a phone or a car device to let you know that you’re taking a corner too quickly, or that your car’s handling is compromised because your wheels are out of alignment, so you need to take corrective measures. Of course we’re not talking about predicting the future here – nobody knows if you’re going to have an accident, but at least you can be a bit more circumspect in your driving.
It may be moot if the law is passed that the new policy is a zero blood alcohol level, but in the meantime if you know you might have had one too many, wouldn’t it be a good idea to check your blood alcohol simply by being able to breathe on your phone? It would have to be very sensitive and well calibrated to be accurate, but it could be a lifesaver.