Today’s Daily Prompt:A mad scientist friend offers you a chip that would allow you to know what the people you’re talking to are thinking. The catch: you can’t turn it off. Do you accept the chip?
The idea of having a device that tells me what people are thinking is too good an opportunity to miss. I’m going to say YES even though I cannot turn it off, providing that I am the only one who would ever have it.
I can only imagine dealing with car-, insurance-, and mortgage sales representatives who would try to con me. Job interviews would also be easier, not to mention my future job as a psychologist!!
How can I turn it off? Well, I would not talk to people if I do not want it activated!!
I took this photo a few months ago somewhere in Manchester’s city centre. I love the way it highlights the contrast between technological progress and people’s actual needs. It is great to be able to have a hand-held device that allows us to communicate to people anywhere in the world, browse the internet and store a lot of information. However, we must not forget the simple, most basic things in life, such as face to face conversations. We have all seen a group of people out in public places who are more interested in their phones than the people who are with them.
Today’s Daily Prompt: Soft drinks, electronics, nutrient-free snacks – you can get all of those from a vending machine. But what type of vending machine is sorely needed but doesn’t yet exist? Share your automated retail fantasies with us!
First of all, I must say that this prompt is a very, very cool one! Kudos to the peeps at Daily Post!!
I found it very hard to think of a really cool, yet non-existent vending machine. What I really wanted already existed – a vending machine that dispenses cars. Look:
What I think this society needs is a vending machine that dispenses really bright and cool ideas. Most people (that I have encountered) lack imagination, creativity and innovative ideas, and I feel that we could all use an easy way out. I know that this idea sounds ridiculous as each of us may have a different opinion of what constitutes a good idea and what doesn’t. Also, who would monitor and manufacture the vending machines? Nevertheless, even though it is a wild idea, I would stick to it.
There’s a catch, though. Every idea that you get from the vending machine comes with the chip that Sheldon Cooper described in the Big Bang Theory:
Daily Prompt: Your local electronic store has just started selling ‘Time Machines’, ‘Anywhere Doors’ and ‘Invisibility Helmets’. You can only afford one. Which one of these would you buy and why?
Why can I only afford one? Darn!! In this fictitious scenario, why can”t I have unlimited money?
If I had to choose between the three items mentioned above, I would pick an Anywhere Door. Wouldn’t it be nice to travel anywhere in the world (or in space, for that matter) in a heartbeat? I would be able to visit my friends and family all over the world anytime I want. I can have an espresso in Venice, then stroll around Paris, have some gumbo in New Orleans, relax by a beach in the Carribean before coming back home. Well, actually, I woulldn’t have to call any particular place ‘home’. I could finally become a citizen of the world.
Using an ‘Anywhere Door’, I could finally go to the moon and other planets. I could perhaps see if there really is a heaven and/ or a hell.