Each week a global thinker from the worlds of philosophy, science, psychology or the arts is given a minute to put forward a radical, inspiring or controversial idea – no matter how improbable – that they believe would change the world.
This week social geographer Anja Kanngieser proposes a remote control designed to modulate the amount of sensory information you get while cycling round a city.
“The invention I would like to propose is a remote control that can modulate the amount of sensory information you get – the amount of sound or smell, visual information, etc.
I came up with this idea because I cycle around London quite a lot, and every day I notice how much I am bombarded with the sounds of traffic and the smells of the city and visual advertising and media. I think this is something that in general people deal with in a number of different ways. Often it relies on putting more information or stimulus into your body, like wearing headphones or looking in your phone.