An app that provides you with random interesting problems to think about whenever you're bored
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Darko SavicDec 09, 2021
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Whenever you say "Give me something to think about," an app on your phone tells you a random problem that, if solved, would help many people. The app only gives problems that are presently unsolved or poorly solved. It never repeats the same problem or runs out of them.
Come up with useful ideas.
Develop your creative thinking skills.
Entertainment for people that like to solve problems.
How it works
A voice-activated app that reads you interesting problem summaries on demand. You activate it similarly to Google assistant, Alexa, etc.
The app should be voice-activated because
a) During times when you are more likely to come up with good ideas (incubation period) your hands are busy, but your mind is free to come up with solutions. For example while showering, driving, etc.
b) Looking at a phone screen is counterproductive if you're trying to be creative. There is a high likelyhood that something else on screen will distract you - shifting your mindset from creativity to content consumption. As it is easier to consume content, you may subconsciously switch to it.
Source of problems for the app
The app sources problems from the Brainstorming platform because:
only unsolved problems are active on the platform
there are tons of them and growing in numbers
they are categorized into tags
they are rated by people so the app can always serve the best ones
If the problem that was read to you wasn't interesting, you could say "next problem" and the app would read you another.
Additionally, you could specify which fields you are interested in so that more problems will be based on those. Personally, I would opt out of limiting the scope. I find diversity/serendipity extremely beneficial for creativity.
If you do come up with a good solution, you would say "take a memo" and then dictate the idea to the app. The app would transcribe your speech to text and save it for you as an idea draft. Optionally it could also email you the transcribed text or a link to the idea draft.
I suppose anyone willing could use such an app? People who are not ideators, but still can come up with good ideas from time to time, would be more motivated to use the app and solve problems if rewards (monetary rewards, or other types) were offered for solving important problems or/and for actively engaging and suggesting solutions often, even if those do not happen to solve the problem completely.
By important problems I mean those that are important enough for someone to offer a reward.
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Introducing the study of philosophy into daily routines
Spook LouwDec 19, 2021
I love this idea, it could also be a very cool way to get people thinking about philosophical problems and then introduce them to some philosophers.
Many people tend to react negatively when faced with academic philosophy, so much so that there has almost been a stigma created when you use the word philosophy, many people shut off. But an app like this could introduce philosophical questions in a more casual manner, then, based on your answers, it could introduce you to some philosophers who would agree with you and also, importantly, to some who would disagree and explain why.
This would be a great way to exercise your critical thinking abilities while also introducing you to the history of philosophy.