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Dinner with Bill


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This post is a response to the question: “What living person would you have dinner with if you could choose anybody?”

I ruled out current role models I already look up to because to use my magical summoning power to have dinner with someone I already know seemed wasteful. My final choice was not the most famous person I considered; nor the most talented; nor the smartest; he is not even the most difficult to actually get in touch with among the dinner partners I considered (that would be you, Dalai Lama). If I could have dinner with one person, I would chose Bill Simmons: Editor and columnist for Grantland.Com, former ESPN columnist, author, and host of many sports related podcasts and talk shows.

I chose Bill Simmons over my other finalists (Malcolm Gladwell, Desmond Tutu, Dalai Lama, Donald Glover) because he has been a large part of my life for many years. he has been my undisputed favorite sports writer for as long as I can remember (Stephen A Smith’s days as a writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer were always a close  2nd place). He is passionate about his work. He has amassed an incredible amount of information and stories about the sports world, specifically the NBA, which I am very passionate about. He continues to be on the forefront of creating new types of content (ESPN’s 30 for 30 series), and more than anything he is entertaining, thought provoking, and has been my favorite read on the internet my whole life.

I imagine Bill and I would dine at a steakhouse in LA or Boston: a meal that should give us plenty of time to talk. I would want to hear anecdotes about Magic and Bird, about Michael Jordan, Allen Iverson, and Pedro Martinez. I’d want to hear about the times he’s had with Jimmy Kimmel that they can’t joke about on air. I’d trade opinions with him a wide range of topics from sports, to movies, music, and general theories on life. I’d want to hear what he’s working on next.

As much as I would enjoy the dinner itself, I would be happiest if I were able to translate our meal into a continued relationship. I would love to enter Bill’s inner-circle: to learn what he is working on next, to be able to be a fly on the wall and hear about the time he spends with superstar athletes and personalities, to be able to shoot him a text or an email when I see something on TV that I have to tell somebody about immediately.

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Help Make Us More Disconnected


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When was the last time you had dinner with a group of friends without checking your phone at least once? Very few people, especially millennials, cannot answer this question. Not because they can’t remember the last time they went to dinner with a group of friends, but because they can’t remember the last time they didn’t check their phone. Sherry Turkle, a professor at MIT discusses this in her TED talk titled Connected, but alone?. Continue reading Help Make Us More Disconnected

Think to type


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When thinking of inventions I would ask Elon Musk to dedicate his time too, I started by racking my brain for inventions that would service a public need and improve quality of life in some way. Then my mind began to wander… and an idea hit me that was so good I had to write it down before I forgot it: a system which allows you to dictate your thoughts without saying a word. Continue reading Think to type

Where we’re going, we need sustainability


Our world today is more polluted than ever. Though recycling practices continue to improve, our daily trash is often still dumped into landfills across the world. These man-made structures are detrimental to our environment and are a temporary fix for a long-term problem.  My challenge for Elon Musk would be to create a way to power our everyday gadgets, buildings, and automobiles with common trash.

Continue reading Where we’re going, we need sustainability

Solar Roadways?


I wanted to take Greg’s idea of heated roads a step further to challenge Elon Musk to invent solar roadways and parking lots. These roads and parking lots would not just be able to make roads safer, but they would completely change our roads as we know them. Roads and especially parking lots are almost always exposed to the sun. What if we could figure out a way to turn this valuable sunlight to into energy? We would be able to make roads that could provide energy to the grid. Vast parking lots could cut down the energy used by the buildings and stores that built them. An electrical engineer and his counselor wife originally proposed this idea. However, without the money and resources, they have been slow to get their idea to work. Elon Musk’s expertise, creativity, and resources could help commercialize this innovative idea…. Continue reading Solar Roadways?

Biometric Password


I think it would be really cool if Elon Musk could design a single biometric scanning system for everything locking in your life. This would range from phones and computers to cars and house doors. Every person would be scanned for a few simple things at birth, like eyeballs and fingerprints. These would then be uploaded into a massive database controlling everything someone would want locked. Obviously this has been an idea tossed around for quite some time, but I think if all biometric information were centralized in one single database, it would be incredibly convenient and simple. Scanners could be set for only one person, like a phone password or front door. However, if someone wanted to enable another person to borrow their car, they could enable their biometric information to give them access to the car for a specific period of time. When the time expired, they would no longer have the ability to use the car. Another advantage of biometric information would be it is incredibly difficult to counterfeit. A person can easily find out someone’s computer password or make a copy of their key, but replicating their fingerprint or eyeball is much more challenging.  I know a lot of progress has been made in the field of biometric passwords, but I think within 10 years, all passwords should be like this, and would like to see Elon Musk help do so.

The Great Recession


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I propose that you invent a solution to a problem that affects the life of every person who has ever lived, but is rarely spoken about.  It is a problem that worsens as we age and only makes life more difficult as it gets worse, and to be honest I am not quite sure why there isn’t already a good solution to it.  This problem is gum recession.  Depending on how well people care for their teeth and gums and in which behavior they engage, their gums can recede significantly, which can lead to tooth mobility and loss.  Strong teeth (and teeth in general) are such a necessary part of our lives–we can’t eat without them.   Continue reading The Great Recession

Use Your Body as a Energy Conductor…


The human body, at any given moment, produces energy equivalent to a 100 watt light bulb. -Sebastian Anthony

The discovery of electricity led to the finding of lighting, changed the way our society functioned and thrived. The introduction of this new technology helped change the way we operate at night and later finding how much more productive our society can actually be. Lighting has become so integrated into our lives that we are not trying to find new sources of producing this light at a cheaper cost. In the US and other developed countries, we take lighting for granted and we do not realize how many benefits they are actually provide us. Individuals who live in third world countries or rural communities they do not have the technology, money, and/or infrastructure to actually receive light. Continue reading Use Your Body as a Energy Conductor…

Buying Time


The affects on Climate Change are upon us. Weather as we know it, is only becoming more and more extreme. The rise in temperature globally, even though very incremental, creates detrimental affects that including the melting of polar caps, the rise of sea level, and major natural disasters. Scientists believe that what is happening is inevitable, because we have surpassed almost all of the world’s planetary thresholds. So Mr. Musk, what if we invented something that was able to prevent the increased temperature change on Earth?

I have two suggestions, both of which will either prevent the increase in global temperature change or slow it down. The first is a world wide cooling system that could be created in way that it uses only renewable energy.  In addition, it would strategically be placed so that the wind can carry the cooler air and spread across the globe. Tests would have to be done in order to create a product that is actually successful and doesn’t have adverse side affects.

The second is synthetic molecules that replicate molecules that create the ozone layer, in order to repair the holes in o-zone layer. This would stop the sun’s rays from warming up the global temperature. The combination of these two products could potentially give human more time to create more solutions that can decrease Climate Change. Because we are truly running out of time to find a solution.

This idea isn’t intended to solve the problem of climate change and the many issues surrounding it, but its to buy us time to change our practices in to something more sustainable. It’ll give us time to make the transition from oil and natural gas to electric.