If you could invent a device that would fix a problem you are facing right now, how would you use it? What problem would you like to solve?
A robot secretary and personal aid; I’ll call her Optima. She will be a simple to operate robot because I shudder at learning one more piece of technology. Optima’s main job will be to sort me, and all my stuff out. Because she has experience as an executive secretary the file system she sets up saves me hours each day. I gain the hours I usually spend looking for things.
I’ll say, “Optima take Sophie for a walk, one mile, and remember to wash her muddy paws before you bring her back in.” I am in desperate need of her this morning when so much delays me. I need to find a prompt for today’s writing session with Pat, so I Google ‘writing prompt’ and come up with hundreds which I begin to sort through—the coffee pot dings—my coffee is ready. I pour a cup of my morning delight, Sophie, paws clean sits at my feet. I am ready.
I reach for my cup and knock it over. Sophie yips and runs, oh no, the hot coffee hits her, I grab my pooch and run to the sink where I splash her with cool water and then dry her. She’s shaking, I rub Arnica on her, hold her close to stop the shivering and see that she isn’t burnt, just scared.
While cooling her I notice in the bathroom mirror a long hair protruding from under my chin— I hate that—when was the last time I’d taken a good look at myself? I spend the next twenty minutes looking for my tweezers; I can’t find either pair although I know exactly where they should be.
Time to go. I grab my purse, notebook, and the prompt and head out the door. I really dislike being late, keeping someone waiting. Now the door won’t lock, what’s wrong with the key? Has someone tampered with my lock?
I stop, breathe, and mentally turn the clock back two hours; here is how it goes.
- Optima take Sophie for a walk, wash her muddy paws, and feed her breakfast.
- Optima find my tweezers.
- Optima find the list of prompts I already have and select one for today.
- Optima thank you for setting up the perfect filing system so we can find anything.
- Optima call maintenance to come and fix the lock.
Now I have extra hours every day. Time to read, to write, take long lingering walks and reflect on life. Thank you Optima.
What is your invention?