Idea for a startup – "what’s it like to be you?" device
Make a device or a pill which would allow one to view the world through the eyes of someone else, for a day. A device would be similar to the one from “Men in black” movie, namely, a flash of a light would make a man loose his personality and obtain the one of a selected person, for a day. The next day the 1stperson would return to his original self and would be able to remember his experience of yesterday. The 1st person thus would become able to understand other person’s perpective. He’d also develop compasion for them or a group of people as a whole, to which the 2nd person may belong to, and thus reconcile with them all at once, at least partially.
A device could be applied to one person multiple times and over time, for instance: one week a person would view the world through the eyes of their spouse, next week – of a person of a different religion, next week – of a person of a different race, next week – of a person who’s lower in status, next week – of a person who’s higher in status, next week – of a person who’s disabled, next week – of a person of the opposite sex…, and then - a drug dealer, a serial maniac, a muslim, a christian, a very logical person who doesn’t belive in God at all,…. on so on.
Wouldn’t this be cool? Shit, it wouldn’t be merely cool, it’d expand one’s mind in a big way, and it might erase most of bad stuff in the world. Aren’t all the wars, for instance, cased by lack of perspective? How about misunderstanding between men and women, husbands and wifes, young and old? I invision that a device would be of paramount importance to the humanity.