Think tanks are not for everyone, they are for the intellectually strong. Think Tanks are for people who think outside the box, in the box in and around the box. Not everything Think Tank is suitable for every super intellectual, and those that have the minds and abilities to help lead the human race need to be sure they are with a think tank that is looking for solutions and not just repeating the problems that everyone already know challenges the human race.
Running an Online Think Tank, is no easy endeavor, in fact, it is quite hard for instance let me tell you a little bit about what our Online Think Tank did last week and let us discuss what we did not talk about. A few days ago, a gentle man from a far-off land e-mailed our Online Think Tank and proposed the following topics:
- Peak Oil and Climate Change
- Lack of Space Technology Advancements
- Probability of Bird Flu Pandemic and BioTech
- How People Treat Each Other in The Internet Age
Perhaps these might become topics for next week in another incredible lineup, which will probably include: 30 topics, 20 book reviews, 1000 researched web site views and 50 research papers or perhaps not. We did discuss some climate issues, however not regarding the Peak Oil Theory. This week’s topics include a challenge is and solutions to some of the following topics:
A. High Buildings of the Future — Graphene coatings, increased solar cell efficiency, return on investment for solar cells, new materials such as Carbon Nano Tubes, self-cleaning glass and flexible concrete.
B. Oxygen Making Machines — for underwater use in construction, special forces equipment, environmental and pollution mitigation adding oxygen into the water to prevent dead zones, which are void of sea life.
C. Speedboats with Wheels — A look at the current designs being built in the UK and in Lake Havasu City, AZ – can these automobile/speedboats be made to fly through a combination of wings and hydrofoil or hovercraft technologies?
D. Lagoon Cleaning — possible new inventions and innovations for environmental cleaning up lagoons to prevent mosquitoes and pollution build up, which will get into the groundwater. A look at several technologies currently available plus looking through eight years of Pollution Equipment News Magazine and other library periodicals.
E. Honey Cone Shape Soundproofing Designs — A look at cloaking sounds to improve quality of life, stealth UAVs, missiles and aircraft. How the Future Fighting Force might use these technologies.
F. Large Wind Farms VS Early Warning Radar Systems — How to prevent enemy stealth aircraft and small boats from entering our borders un-detected, while increasing efficiency of the wind generators without creating a radar signature.
G. The Biometrics of Human Scent — Attaining a human scent from a fingerprint.
H. Creation of a Whale-to-Human Communication Device — creating an ELF or ULF communication device to talk to the largest sea creatures on earth.
I. Brick Designs and Earthquakes — Of all the potential designs that can be used for brick Laying, which one is best to hold up in an earthquake and why.
J. The Reality of Biofuel Emissions in Creating the Fuel — how much pollution is created in the air from growing seeds, planting, cultivation, shipping by rail, ethanol plant refining, transportation by truck, refueling at the pump and the cars themselves.
K. Strategic Business Units (SBU) — are the terms special team, project management team or innovation team. Similar to a strategic business unit, which was tot in 1975 in America’s top MBA business schools.
L. Air Cushioned Lawnmower — is it possible with lighter materials and high-tech plastics to now create a better air-cushioned lawnmower, which were popular in the 1970s? Can we build a ride on lawnmower that rides on a cushion of air instead of wheels?
M. No Smoking Outdoors Laws — Should cities be allowed to enforce no smoking outdoor laws or no smoking at your home, if a neighbor complains and can smell the smoke? Some cities are doing this now will more follow, what about freedom?
N. Congressional Caucuses and Oversight — There seems to be way too many Congressional caucuses such as the Caribbean Caucus and with all the congressmen and women in joining these caucuses and their donations to their war chest for future political campaigns, should the taxpayers make this an issue?
O. Information Longs to Be Free — Is it true that intrinsically information always finds a way to get out? What does this mean for keeping secrets in the Internet age? What does this mean for those who sell information and are making money by controlling it?
P. Science Is Negotiable — In this age of Global Warming fear tactics, and self interest groups finding large amounts of research, is science negotiable? What about the cloning fraud experiments – What about bogus theories coming from once strong research facilities with impeccable credentials and integrity? What about Thomas Kuhn’s book; “The Structure of Scientific Revolution?”
Q. Atheists and Moral Foundation — Can anyone relation claim, morals and integrity over a matter relation or even a non-religion? Can a Christian legitimately tell an atheist that he or she has no moral foundation? Does a moral foundation include going to a building, a church or a Mosque once a week to be reminded to be good? What is a moral foundation, can we define it without using the names of historical philosophers or dead white men? How should we go about that process?
R. Collecting Deadly Space Radiation — should we be collecting a space radiation and using it for energy, a rather than trying to shield the Astronauts, why waste energy?
S. Ogallala Aquifer — the southern part of the aquifer is losing two to 4 feet per year. This will severely affect regional economies perhaps even collapse them; the, corn, winter wheat and grain are all at risk. Tillage strategies need to be introduced to hold in the moisture and save 50% and drip irrigation could save another 50% – cover crops, pancake strategies and modified irrigation scheduling makes sense.
T. Los Angeles Police Department — CompStat System is working well in covering 465 mi.² of concrete with only 9500 policemen – one policeman for every 465 people, which is half that of New York City. Can these systems be used in smaller towns to save on budget money for police and if so why are we not using them now; Nationwide.
U. RFID Tags and Efficiencies of Distribution — There is $8 trillion worth of inventory, which is lost in the system. Reducing this number will prevent spoilage and loss of brandname through better customer service. Individual RFID unit level tags, approaching three cents each, active RFID tags need to come down a little in price. This could prevent counterfeit drugs, which is a loss in the economy of $50 billion per year.
V. Global Warming, and Ice Melt — Are the scientific reports true that 92 cubic miles per year of ice melt will raise the ocean height one inch every 100 years? If so why is everyone so worried? The European Union transportation sector increased emissions by 24%, and yet they are complaining that the United States of America, allows too much CO2 into the atmosphere and what about China? The Kyoto Treaty would cost the US economy 100 Billion per year. Both sides on global warming science need to come together and get legit.
W. Chinese Airlines Accused of Dumping — China Airlines is charging 50% less than South Korean airlines, are they dumping? China needs open markets, less protectionism, a floating currency, reduction of graft and corruption in the legitimate stock market that is not trading at 67 times earnings. Is fair trade, free trade, if so what is fair?
X. Consumer Expectations and Entitlement — are consumers expecting too much of small-businesses? Do consumers expect every single company to deliver as fast as Domino’s pizza and every online company to perform is well as Amazon.com? How can this possibly be possible with all the rules and regulations on small-businesses? More and more consumers are demanding to talk to the manager and threatening to boycott the businesses and call the Better Business Bureau. What can be done to mellow out consumers in the Internet age?
Y. Bicycles for Guns — in the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa and NGO has traded 6500 guns, grenades, poison arrows for a large number of bicycles. If we could lower the cost of a bicycle to $50, is it possible to have one bicycle per child, just like having one laptop per child. If they trade their guns in for bicycles, fewer people will be killed.
Z. Truck Driving Dangers — the occupation of truck driver is still in the top 100 of the most dangerous jobs in America, with a fatality rate on 23.3 per 100,000 drivers. Will the sleep rules actually help or hurt. If drivers are asked to sleep more and drive less than there will be more trucks on the road, and therefore more traffic and potentially more fatalities. Recently, the DOT asked for comments on the Mexican truck driver rules and they were overwhelmed; many of the comments came in with regard to lack of sleep for Mexican truck drivers. No one knows how long they had sleep or if they even had slept before entering the United States.
It is our belief at the Online Think Tank that a Think Tank should be unlimited in thought. Therefore, they should think on a wide variety of subjects even if they specialize in a specific industry. Being able to think and come up with solutions often means borrowing ideas from other industries and considering all the potential crossovers. May I ask you if your think tank thinks like this? If not, perhaps you should look for one that does. Think on it!