Huge Scary Problem, Simple Cheap Solution

December 31, 2013 · Posted in innovation, problem solving · Comment 

An article in Foreign Policy claims there appears to have been “Military-Style Raid on a California Power Station”.

The second to last paragraph is a perfect example of intelligent innovation.

A shooter “could get 200 yards away with a .22 rifle and take the whole thing out,” Wellinghoff said last month at a conference sponsored by Bloomberg. His proposed defense: A metal sheet that would block the transformer from view. “If you can’t see through the fence, you can’t figure out where to shoot anymore,” Wellinghoff said. Price tag? A “couple hundred bucks.” A lot cheaper than the billions the administration has spent in the past four years beefing up cyber security of critical infrastructure in the United States and on government computer networks.

Systems break at the weakest point. Quite often that means the solution is the simplest thing.

Innovation doesn’t make any random thing better. Innovations improve the most important thing. Innovations must:

  • better satisfy the currently most under-satisfied desire
  • not reduce the satisfaction of other desires bellow the required  level
  • not over-satisfy currently satisfied desires

How to stop suicide bombers, crazed gunmen, and other terrorists.

May 22, 2007 · Posted in innovation, problem solving · 6 Comments 

One of the most frightening threats today is suicidal murderers. Either organized militant terrorists or crazed individuals, we feel helpless against their attacks. Is there a way to prevent the attacks?

Yes there is!

There are two innovative approaches to stopping suicidal murderers. You could diagram protecting people or you can diagram the terrorist’s process then find ways to stop it.

If you stop any of the functions in the terrorist’s process you prevent the terrorist act. So, let’s approach the problem that way. Figure out the functions of terrorism then find ways to prevent any or all of them.

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