An Artist-Inventor
Sees the Future
What if?
What If Thinking is practiced
by young children,
cartoonists, science fiction
writers, historians, scientists
and futurists
What If Thinking is
often considered
impractical
My Path from
Cartoonist to
Futurist–
Prognosticator
1938-2014 Personal Career History
Sierra Club
Bulletin
What The World
Needs Now
Public Therapy
Buses
Have Fun
Inventing
Pu...
1938-2014 Personal Career History
AGE
World Future Society Annual Conference, 2014 Orlando FL “What If?”
1992
1991 Pedal Train Public Therapy Buses
1962 Cuban Missile Crisis
Freelance Magazine
Cartooning: Venturing into
What If Thinking
1962-1977 Urban Planning Journal of American Institute of Planners
1974 Yosemite Valley: Dammed and commercialized Sierra Club Bulletin
1974 Half Dome as Location for Billboard Sierra Club Bulletin
1973 Oil Drilling Proposed for Everglades Sierra Club Bulletin
1978 Lake Tahoe Strip Commercial Cry California magazine
1978 Public Campgrounds: Thought Control The Sacramento Bee
Thinking like a
six-year old:
Designing
What If Products
The Vacationeur
1974-78 RVs and Motorhomes-1 Sierra Club Bulletin et al
Trojan Duck
1974-78 RVs and Motorhomes-2 Sierra Club Bulletin et al
1974-78 RVs and Motorhomes-3 Sierra Club Bulletin et al
1974-78 RVs and Motorhomes-4 Sierra Club Bulletin et al
1975 1976 Bicentennial: Uses for Oversized American Autos Harper’s Magazine
1975 1976 Bicentennial: Uses for Oversized American Autos Harper’s Magazine
A Useful Tool for
What If Thinking:
Mix ‘N’ Match
1984 Dress Glove + Overcoat + Umbrella = Armbrella What The World Needs Now
1984 Ashtray + Helmet + Filter + Fan What The World Needs Now
1984 Lawn Mower + Yard Furniture What The World Needs Now
Bike Vest
1984 Foldable Bicycle + Jacket = Bike Vest What The World Needs Now
1976/1984 Scooter/Motorcycle + Motorhome What The World Needs Now et al
1984 Auto + Clothes Closet = Closet Car What The World Needs Now
1991 Suit + Air Pump = Wearable Airbag Public Therapy Buses 2nd ed.
Applying
Mix ‘N’ Match techniques
to Slightly More Serious
Subject Matter
2010 Six seats + office + solar/muffler dryer + recliner = RLV Design Mind magazine
2010 Six seats + office + solar/muffler dryer + recliner = RLV Design Mind magazine
2010 Six seats + office + solar/muffler dryer + recliner = RLV Design Mind magazine
2010 Six seats + office + solar/muffler dryer + recliner = RLV Design Mind magazine
2010 Six seats + office + solar/muffler dryer + recliner = RLV Design Mind magazine
2010 Six seats + office + solar/muffler dryer + recliner = RLV Design Mind magazine
1991 Bldg. Facade + Recreation = Wallmaster, Jogging Ramp Public Therapy Buses
1991 Worship + Vocal Prayer + StairMaster = Power Worship Public Therapy Buses
1991 Baseball + Pinball = Bonus Baseball Public Therapy Buses
1991 Swimming pool + Moat = Swimming Moat Public Therapy Buses
1991/2013 Natural Living + Hotel = Primitive Hotel Public Therapy Buses 2nd Ed.
Applying What If
Thinking to Fuel
Station Design
1966 Gas station architecture Cry California magazine
1974 Gas stations get a new business model Sierra Club Bulletin
2012 Future fuel stations Txchnologist.com
Retrograde Futuristic
2012 Future fuel stations Txchnologist.com
2011 Electric car recharge and diner Txchnologist.com
2011 Electric Car Recharge With Dining: Slow vs. Fast Txchnologist.com
What If Auto Travel
Could Be Made to Be
Fun or Therapeutic?
Already, many people
find driving a car alone
to be therapeutic: It is
their “alone” or “thinking”
time.
1983 Hot Tub Convertible Road&Track magazine
1984 Road Yacht What The World Needs Now
1984 Exercise Roll Bar What The World Needs Now
1984 Passenger Exercise What the World Needs Now
1984/2012 Yogamobile What The World Needs Now/art print
1991 Exercise While You Drive Public Therapy Buses
2012 Workout Convertible Have Fun Inventing
2012 Slow Cars Have Fun Inventing
Around
Town
(Only)
Around
Town
On Freeway
2013 Sleeping or Reading in a Self-Driving Car The New York Times
What If Thinking
Applied to Home
Furnishing
Design
1984 Ceiling-mounted furniture What The World Needs Now
1984 Hiding Bed (vs. Hide-a-Bed) What The World Needs Now
1992 Fear Furniture The Sacramento Bee
1993 Potato Couch Room Group The Sacramento Bee
2014 Veggies Room Group Unpublished
What If Thinking
Applied to Computer
Use in the Home
1973/1975 Computer Use in the Home The Futurist
1973 Computer Use in the Home The Futurist
1983 Computer Use in the Home The Sacramento Bee
1993 Computer Use in the Home The Sacramento Bee
2012 Personal Cave/World Interface Have Fun Inventing
What If Thinking Applied
to Computer Use While
Out and About
1984/91 Clothing For Office Work/ Reading What The World Needs Now/Public Therapy Buses
1984 1991
1991 Keeping Up, Using Technology Public Therapy Buses, 2nd Ed.
Computer/TV-watching Screens Useful Neckties
1992 Uses for Apple Newton Desktop magazine
Order Food/Complain Communicate/Take Notes Share
1992 Introduction of Handheld Computers Desktop magazine
Lecture/Handheld image Video phone Screen/Special Glasses
1992 Us...
Built into Necktie Post Opinion on Wall Post Opinion About Movie
1992 Uses for Apple Newton Desktop magazine
2012 Computers/media accessible everywhere Good Magazine/Have Fun Inventing
What If the Needs of
Seniors Were Taken
More Seriously?
1984 Stable Shoes for Seniors What The World Needs Now
1991 Rota-Seat Public Therapy Buses
1991 Slow Reflexes Expressway Public Therapy Buses
2005 Combined Seniors Bench and Anti-terrorist Barrier Book proposal
2009 Napping Cubicles Have Fun Inventing
2010 Zoom Eyeglasses for Distance 50th Reunion Book, Yale Class of 1960
2005/14 Seniors-Only Malls Have Fun Inventing/art print
What If There
Were More
Choices for Public
Transit?
1973
1991 2011
1973-2011 Mass Transit
2013
NYC
Taxi
Contest
2011 Proposed Taxis for New York City The New York Times
2011 Proposed Taxis for New York City The New York Times
Racing
Seatbelts
Whole Body
Bumper
2011 Proposed Taxis for New York City The New York Times
1991 Snap-together Cars with Mother Car Public Therapy Buses
1991 Mail Oneself Public Therapy Buses
2013 Self Travel Module Public Therapy Buses 2nd Ed.
1991 ParkShrink Autos Public Therapy Buses
2013 ParkShrink: New Models Unpublished
Video
camera
1993/2012 See Over Traffic
Video
camera
2009 Traffic View Blimp Unpublished
1991 Intercontinental Highway for Ultralight Vehicles Public Therapy Buses
What If There Were
Fresh Approaches
Taken to Reducing
Public Costs?
2009 New Autos Pre-Scratched and Dented Have Fun Inventing
1991 Utility Toiler: Packages, mail, garbage, clippings, recyclables Public Therapy
Buses
1991 Public Therapy Buses and Solar Cook-A-Mats Public Therapy Buses
Applying What If
Thinking to Office
Furniture Design
1984 Nod Office What The World Needs Now
1991 Office Sleeper Public Therapy Buses
2010 Public Napping Lockers and Closets Good Magazine
2010 Cubicle Concepts Design Mind Magazine
2010 Cubicle Concepts Design Mind Magazine
2010 Cubicle Concepts Design Mind Magazine
2010 Cubicle Concepts Design Mind Magazine
2010 Cubicle Concepts Design Mind Magazine
2010 Cubicle Concepts Design Mind Magazine
2010 Cubicle Systems Design Mind Magazine
2010 Wallicle Design Mind Magazine
2010 Personal Workstations Design Mind Magazine
1991/2010 Flip Floor Good magazine, Public Therapy Buses
2nd Ed.
1991/2010 Cubicle = Office Chair Good magazine, Public Therapy Buses
What If Thinking on Steroids:
Permutations and
Combinations
Permutation:
Arrangement
of objects in a
specific order
2013 Permutation Unpublished
1 x 2 x 3 x 4 = 24 permutations
1984 Shirt and Tie Combinations What The World Needs Now
1984 Shirt and Tie Combinations What The World Needs Now
1984/2012 Duplex Toilets Have Fun Inventing
1984 Shoes for Formal Occasions What The World Needs Now
1984 Wingtips What The World Needs Now
The Occasional
Usefulness of
Weak or
irresponsible
thinking
2012 Weakly-conceived Toilet Concepts Have Fun Inventing
2012 Washers and Dryers: Mind Out The Window Have Fun Inventing
1991 Purposeless, costly, hard-to-justify projects Public Therapy Buses
2012 Tennis Shoe Design: No Thought/Don’t Care Have Fun Inventing
2012 Sleeping Bags: Designed Without Thought Have Fun
Inventing
2012 Whimsical Sleeping Bag Design Have Fun Inventing
2012 Inefficient Sleeping Bag Design Have Fun Inventing
2012 Friendship Sleeping Bags Have Fun Inventing
1984/2012 Reptilian and Marine Sleeping Bags What The World Needs Now
1984 Expedition Caterpillar Bag and Tent Set What The World Needs Now
1984/2012 Pup Tent and Sleeping Bag Matched Set What The World Needs Now
1984 The Meditator Sleeping Bag What The World Needs Now
1984 Midnight Mummy What The World Needs Now
1984 Bike Frame Design What the World Needs Now
1984 Bike Frame Design What the World Needs Now
1984 Bike Frame Design What the World Needs Now
Weakly Thought Out
Apparel Design
Open
zipper
alarm
Sole
mates
alarm2012
1980
2012/1980 Useful Clothing and Equipment Have Fun Inventing et al
1984 Fashion Concepts-1 What The World Needs Now
1984/2012 Fashion Concepts-2
How Does One Get
into the What If
Thinking Mode/Mood?
• Practice Lateral Thinking
techniques
• Practice Thinking While
Sleepy (Hypnagogic State)
Two ways to still one’s mind: 1)
conscious effort to control
thoughts, 2) natural concentration
as when making art, music,...
From The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, circa 200 B.C.:
“1. Now concentration is
explained.
2. Yoga is restraining the
mindstuf...
However, in my invention
creation process, I
consciously make my mind
very busy, as I actively
search for ideas, mixing an...
Methods
Imagining variation
Imagining variation
Imagining variation
Six shapes, 44 variations
Study: Modifying an object (boxed)
Study: Unique objects are formed
Study of spacing, repeated colors
Hide-sp/Japan
Wikimedia
Making your mind like a kaleidoscope
Letting random images proliferate in your mind
Imagining placing a lid on your mental images, forcing them to bubble up
Allowing multiple, varied images to come to mind
Preliminary selection: Don’t discard images yet
Focussing your attention on an interesting object
Refining and evolving the object
Watching the object change form
Morphing: Moving
Forward from the
Previous Idea or
Image, Modifying it
Visualizing
from left to
right, top to
bottom
Practicing morphing an image from its nearest neighbor
Morphing imaginary creature heads
Morphing imaginary creature heads
Predictions
I Made Using
What If Thinking
1991 “Instant Book Publishing” Public Therapy Buses
1991
1991 “Instant Book Publishing” Public Therapy Buses
Do-It-Yourself
Manuscript fits on disk
Disintermediation (getting rid ...
1975/1980 “Pre-torn Clothing For Sale” Public Therapy Buses 2nd Ed.
1975 1980
1975/1980 “Pre-torn clothing for sale”
Hippy youth shopped at Thrift Stores, “Sal’s”
Children of middle class embraced vol...
Radio-controlled and Joy-Stick-
Controlled Vacuum Cleaners
AutoVacc Robotic
Vacuum Cleaner
(5’-3” tall)
Roomba
Original
Ro...
Ever smaller processors (Moore’s Law)
Reduction in size of video cameras
More women working, seek chore convenience
RC-con...
Whole Mouth Dental Appliance
Blizzident whole mouth
brushing system
1991 2013
1991 “Whole Mouth Dental Appliance” Public T...
This was primarily a joke!!!
Love of convenience gadgets
More powerful small batteries
Speeded up life; no time for elabor...
Back-To-School Armor
Bullet-proof
Children’s
Clothes by
Caballero
1991
2013
1991 “Back-To-School Armor” Public Therapy Bus...
Increase in school shootings (pre-Columbine)
Fewer mothers in the home
Violence-as-a-solution depicted in movies, videos
U...
Newton-receiving Glasses
Loic Le Meur/Wikimedia
Google Glass
Image on inside
of glass
1992 2013
1992 “Computer screen visi...
Trends favoring this prediction
People will want these
Proliferation of spying gadgets
Always on, always engaged: news, fr...
Camera helmetsCamera helmets
1991 2013
1991 “Camera Helmets” Public Therapy Buses
Motorcycle and bicycle helmet laws
Proliferation of spying gadgets
Record your life as you live it
Small enough to fit ins...
1984 2012
1991 “Pre-crash Inflatable Bruntwear” What The World Needs Now
First
Policeperson
in US on a
skateboard,
Green Bay,
Wisconsin
1991
2014
1991 “Police on Skateboards” Public Therapy Buses
Getting Serious:
Applying What If
Thinking to The
Growing Wealth Gap
Providing for the
Very Rich and
the Very Poor
1991 Max. Security Community Portable Toilet Mfg. Homes Public Therapy Buses
1991 Fear Complex for Seniors (Keep Criminals Out) Public Therapy Buses 2nd
Ed.
1991/2012 Add-A-Room Public Therapy Buses 2nd Ed.
1991 Used Car Lots for Used Up/Useless People Public Therapy Buses
2nd Ed.
1991 Indentured Servants Live Inside Gate Public Therapy Buses
1991 Portable Pullmans Public Therapy Buses, 2nd Ed.
1991 Portable Pullman Park Public Therapy Buses
1991 Portable Office Pushmaster Public Therapy Buses
1991 Motorless Home Public Therapy Buses 2nd Ed.
1991 Motorhome Community Public Therapy Buses 2nd Ed.
1991 Single Family Superhome Public Therapy Buses 2nd Ed.
1991 “Housing” for the Very Poor Public Therapy Buses 2nd Ed.
1991 Underground Hostels for the Poor Public Therapy Buses 2nd Ed.
1991 Tornado- and Hurricane-Resistant Homes Public Therapy Buses 2nd Ed.
1991 Underground Homes Public Therapy Buses 2nd Ed.
1991 Dining-Adapted Dumpster Edible Trash Public Therapy Buses 2nd Ed.
Thank you.
Steven M. Johnson
www.patentdepending.com
jnevets@mac.com
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Some futurists think up alternate future scenarios while working with a group at a futures research think tank, while others work alone as artists and writers, brainstorming within their own minds. In an illustrated talk, artist-inventor Steven M. Johnson shares his secrets for coming up with numbingly dumb, humorous invention concepts, as well as prophetically-accurate depictions of future technologies that were sometimes decades ahead.

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  1. 1. An Artist-Inventor Sees the Future
  2. 2. What if?
  3. 3. What If Thinking is practiced by young children, cartoonists, science fiction writers, historians, scientists and futurists
  4. 4. What If Thinking is often considered impractical
  5. 5. My Path from Cartoonist to Futurist– Prognosticator
  6. 6. 1938-2014 Personal Career History Sierra Club Bulletin What The World Needs Now Public Therapy Buses Have Fun Inventing Public Therapy Buses 2nd ed. What The World Needs Now 3rd. ed What The World Needs Now 2nd ed. AGE 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 76 URBAN PLANNER NEWSPAPER ARTIST FUTURIST RETIRED CARTOONIST (SIDELINE) QUIT CARTOONING ONLINE Correspond with Ed Cornish at World Future Society (1968)
  7. 7. 1938-2014 Personal Career History AGE
  8. 8. World Future Society Annual Conference, 2014 Orlando FL “What If?” 1992
  9. 9. 1991 Pedal Train Public Therapy Buses
  10. 10. 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis
  11. 11. Freelance Magazine Cartooning: Venturing into What If Thinking
  12. 12. 1962-1977 Urban Planning Journal of American Institute of Planners
  13. 13. 1974 Yosemite Valley: Dammed and commercialized Sierra Club Bulletin
  14. 14. 1974 Half Dome as Location for Billboard Sierra Club Bulletin
  15. 15. 1973 Oil Drilling Proposed for Everglades Sierra Club Bulletin
  16. 16. 1978 Lake Tahoe Strip Commercial Cry California magazine
  17. 17. 1978 Public Campgrounds: Thought Control The Sacramento Bee
  18. 18. Thinking like a six-year old: Designing What If Products
  19. 19. The Vacationeur 1974-78 RVs and Motorhomes-1 Sierra Club Bulletin et al
  20. 20. Trojan Duck 1974-78 RVs and Motorhomes-2 Sierra Club Bulletin et al
  21. 21. 1974-78 RVs and Motorhomes-3 Sierra Club Bulletin et al
  22. 22. 1974-78 RVs and Motorhomes-4 Sierra Club Bulletin et al
  23. 23. 1975 1976 Bicentennial: Uses for Oversized American Autos Harper’s Magazine
  24. 24. 1975 1976 Bicentennial: Uses for Oversized American Autos Harper’s Magazine
  25. 25. A Useful Tool for What If Thinking: Mix ‘N’ Match
  26. 26. 1984 Dress Glove + Overcoat + Umbrella = Armbrella What The World Needs Now
  27. 27. 1984 Ashtray + Helmet + Filter + Fan What The World Needs Now
  28. 28. 1984 Lawn Mower + Yard Furniture What The World Needs Now
  29. 29. Bike Vest 1984 Foldable Bicycle + Jacket = Bike Vest What The World Needs Now
  30. 30. 1976/1984 Scooter/Motorcycle + Motorhome What The World Needs Now et al
  31. 31. 1984 Auto + Clothes Closet = Closet Car What The World Needs Now
  32. 32. 1991 Suit + Air Pump = Wearable Airbag Public Therapy Buses 2nd ed.
  33. 33. Applying Mix ‘N’ Match techniques to Slightly More Serious Subject Matter
  34. 34. 2010 Six seats + office + solar/muffler dryer + recliner = RLV Design Mind magazine
  35. 35. 2010 Six seats + office + solar/muffler dryer + recliner = RLV Design Mind magazine
  36. 36. 2010 Six seats + office + solar/muffler dryer + recliner = RLV Design Mind magazine
  37. 37. 2010 Six seats + office + solar/muffler dryer + recliner = RLV Design Mind magazine
  38. 38. 2010 Six seats + office + solar/muffler dryer + recliner = RLV Design Mind magazine
  39. 39. 2010 Six seats + office + solar/muffler dryer + recliner = RLV Design Mind magazine
  40. 40. 1991 Bldg. Facade + Recreation = Wallmaster, Jogging Ramp Public Therapy Buses
  41. 41. 1991 Worship + Vocal Prayer + StairMaster = Power Worship Public Therapy Buses
  42. 42. 1991 Baseball + Pinball = Bonus Baseball Public Therapy Buses
  43. 43. 1991 Swimming pool + Moat = Swimming Moat Public Therapy Buses
  44. 44. 1991/2013 Natural Living + Hotel = Primitive Hotel Public Therapy Buses 2nd Ed.
  45. 45. Applying What If Thinking to Fuel Station Design
  46. 46. 1966 Gas station architecture Cry California magazine
  47. 47. 1974 Gas stations get a new business model Sierra Club Bulletin
  48. 48. 2012 Future fuel stations Txchnologist.com Retrograde Futuristic
  49. 49. 2012 Future fuel stations Txchnologist.com
  50. 50. 2011 Electric car recharge and diner Txchnologist.com
  51. 51. 2011 Electric Car Recharge With Dining: Slow vs. Fast Txchnologist.com
  52. 52. What If Auto Travel Could Be Made to Be Fun or Therapeutic?
  53. 53. Already, many people find driving a car alone to be therapeutic: It is their “alone” or “thinking” time.
  54. 54. 1983 Hot Tub Convertible Road&Track magazine
  55. 55. 1984 Road Yacht What The World Needs Now
  56. 56. 1984 Exercise Roll Bar What The World Needs Now
  57. 57. 1984 Passenger Exercise What the World Needs Now
  58. 58. 1984/2012 Yogamobile What The World Needs Now/art print
  59. 59. 1991 Exercise While You Drive Public Therapy Buses
  60. 60. 2012 Workout Convertible Have Fun Inventing
  61. 61. 2012 Slow Cars Have Fun Inventing Around Town (Only) Around Town On Freeway
  62. 62. 2013 Sleeping or Reading in a Self-Driving Car The New York Times
  63. 63. What If Thinking Applied to Home Furnishing Design
  64. 64. 1984 Ceiling-mounted furniture What The World Needs Now
  65. 65. 1984 Hiding Bed (vs. Hide-a-Bed) What The World Needs Now
  66. 66. 1992 Fear Furniture The Sacramento Bee
  67. 67. 1993 Potato Couch Room Group The Sacramento Bee
  68. 68. 2014 Veggies Room Group Unpublished
  69. 69. What If Thinking Applied to Computer Use in the Home
  70. 70. 1973/1975 Computer Use in the Home The Futurist
  71. 71. 1973 Computer Use in the Home The Futurist
  72. 72. 1983 Computer Use in the Home The Sacramento Bee
  73. 73. 1993 Computer Use in the Home The Sacramento Bee
  74. 74. 2012 Personal Cave/World Interface Have Fun Inventing
  75. 75. What If Thinking Applied to Computer Use While Out and About
  76. 76. 1984/91 Clothing For Office Work/ Reading What The World Needs Now/Public Therapy Buses 1984 1991
  77. 77. 1991 Keeping Up, Using Technology Public Therapy Buses, 2nd Ed. Computer/TV-watching Screens Useful Neckties
  78. 78. 1992 Uses for Apple Newton Desktop magazine Order Food/Complain Communicate/Take Notes Share
  79. 79. 1992 Introduction of Handheld Computers Desktop magazine Lecture/Handheld image Video phone Screen/Special Glasses 1992 Uses for Apple Newton Desktop magazine
  80. 80. Built into Necktie Post Opinion on Wall Post Opinion About Movie 1992 Uses for Apple Newton Desktop magazine
  81. 81. 2012 Computers/media accessible everywhere Good Magazine/Have Fun Inventing
  82. 82. What If the Needs of Seniors Were Taken More Seriously?
  83. 83. 1984 Stable Shoes for Seniors What The World Needs Now
  84. 84. 1991 Rota-Seat Public Therapy Buses
  85. 85. 1991 Slow Reflexes Expressway Public Therapy Buses
  86. 86. 2005 Combined Seniors Bench and Anti-terrorist Barrier Book proposal
  87. 87. 2009 Napping Cubicles Have Fun Inventing
  88. 88. 2010 Zoom Eyeglasses for Distance 50th Reunion Book, Yale Class of 1960
  89. 89. 2005/14 Seniors-Only Malls Have Fun Inventing/art print
  90. 90. What If There Were More Choices for Public Transit?
  91. 91. 1973 1991 2011 1973-2011 Mass Transit 2013
  92. 92. NYC Taxi Contest 2011 Proposed Taxis for New York City The New York Times
  93. 93. 2011 Proposed Taxis for New York City The New York Times Racing Seatbelts Whole Body Bumper
  94. 94. 2011 Proposed Taxis for New York City The New York Times
  95. 95. 1991 Snap-together Cars with Mother Car Public Therapy Buses
  96. 96. 1991 Mail Oneself Public Therapy Buses
  97. 97. 2013 Self Travel Module Public Therapy Buses 2nd Ed.
  98. 98. 1991 ParkShrink Autos Public Therapy Buses
  99. 99. 2013 ParkShrink: New Models Unpublished
  100. 100. Video camera 1993/2012 See Over Traffic
  101. 101. Video camera 2009 Traffic View Blimp Unpublished
  102. 102. 1991 Intercontinental Highway for Ultralight Vehicles Public Therapy Buses
  103. 103. What If There Were Fresh Approaches Taken to Reducing Public Costs?
  104. 104. 2009 New Autos Pre-Scratched and Dented Have Fun Inventing
  105. 105. 1991 Utility Toiler: Packages, mail, garbage, clippings, recyclables Public Therapy Buses
  106. 106. 1991 Public Therapy Buses and Solar Cook-A-Mats Public Therapy Buses
  107. 107. Applying What If Thinking to Office Furniture Design
  108. 108. 1984 Nod Office What The World Needs Now
  109. 109. 1991 Office Sleeper Public Therapy Buses
  110. 110. 2010 Public Napping Lockers and Closets Good Magazine
  111. 111. 2010 Cubicle Concepts Design Mind Magazine
  112. 112. 2010 Cubicle Concepts Design Mind Magazine
  113. 113. 2010 Cubicle Concepts Design Mind Magazine
  114. 114. 2010 Cubicle Concepts Design Mind Magazine
  115. 115. 2010 Cubicle Concepts Design Mind Magazine
  116. 116. 2010 Cubicle Concepts Design Mind Magazine
  117. 117. 2010 Cubicle Systems Design Mind Magazine
  118. 118. 2010 Wallicle Design Mind Magazine
  119. 119. 2010 Personal Workstations Design Mind Magazine
  120. 120. 1991/2010 Flip Floor Good magazine, Public Therapy Buses 2nd Ed.
  121. 121. 1991/2010 Cubicle = Office Chair Good magazine, Public Therapy Buses
  122. 122. What If Thinking on Steroids: Permutations and Combinations
  123. 123. Permutation: Arrangement of objects in a specific order 2013 Permutation Unpublished 1 x 2 x 3 x 4 = 24 permutations
  124. 124. 1984 Shirt and Tie Combinations What The World Needs Now
  125. 125. 1984 Shirt and Tie Combinations What The World Needs Now
  126. 126. 1984/2012 Duplex Toilets Have Fun Inventing
  127. 127. 1984 Shoes for Formal Occasions What The World Needs Now
  128. 128. 1984 Wingtips What The World Needs Now
  129. 129. The Occasional Usefulness of Weak or irresponsible thinking
  130. 130. 2012 Weakly-conceived Toilet Concepts Have Fun Inventing
  131. 131. 2012 Washers and Dryers: Mind Out The Window Have Fun Inventing
  132. 132. 1991 Purposeless, costly, hard-to-justify projects Public Therapy Buses
  133. 133. 2012 Tennis Shoe Design: No Thought/Don’t Care Have Fun Inventing
  134. 134. 2012 Sleeping Bags: Designed Without Thought Have Fun Inventing
  135. 135. 2012 Whimsical Sleeping Bag Design Have Fun Inventing
  136. 136. 2012 Inefficient Sleeping Bag Design Have Fun Inventing
  137. 137. 2012 Friendship Sleeping Bags Have Fun Inventing
  138. 138. 1984/2012 Reptilian and Marine Sleeping Bags What The World Needs Now
  139. 139. 1984 Expedition Caterpillar Bag and Tent Set What The World Needs Now
  140. 140. 1984/2012 Pup Tent and Sleeping Bag Matched Set What The World Needs Now
  141. 141. 1984 The Meditator Sleeping Bag What The World Needs Now
  142. 142. 1984 Midnight Mummy What The World Needs Now
  143. 143. 1984 Bike Frame Design What the World Needs Now
  144. 144. 1984 Bike Frame Design What the World Needs Now
  145. 145. 1984 Bike Frame Design What the World Needs Now
  146. 146. Weakly Thought Out Apparel Design
  147. 147. Open zipper alarm Sole mates alarm2012 1980 2012/1980 Useful Clothing and Equipment Have Fun Inventing et al
  148. 148. 1984 Fashion Concepts-1 What The World Needs Now
  149. 149. 1984/2012 Fashion Concepts-2
  150. 150. How Does One Get into the What If Thinking Mode/Mood?
  151. 151. • Practice Lateral Thinking techniques • Practice Thinking While Sleepy (Hypnagogic State)
  152. 152. Two ways to still one’s mind: 1) conscious effort to control thoughts, 2) natural concentration as when making art, music, etc.
  153. 153. From The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, circa 200 B.C.: “1. Now concentration is explained. 2. Yoga is restraining the mindstuff from taking various forms.” – From Raja Yoga, Swami Vivekananda’s translation of The Yoga Sutras Stilling your mind
  154. 154. However, in my invention creation process, I consciously make my mind very busy, as I actively search for ideas, mixing and matching
  155. 155. Methods
  156. 156. Imagining variation
  157. 157. Imagining variation
  158. 158. Imagining variation
  159. 159. Six shapes, 44 variations
  160. 160. Study: Modifying an object (boxed)
  161. 161. Study: Unique objects are formed
  162. 162. Study of spacing, repeated colors
  163. 163. Hide-sp/Japan Wikimedia Making your mind like a kaleidoscope
  164. 164. Letting random images proliferate in your mind
  165. 165. Imagining placing a lid on your mental images, forcing them to bubble up
  166. 166. Allowing multiple, varied images to come to mind
  167. 167. Preliminary selection: Don’t discard images yet
  168. 168. Focussing your attention on an interesting object
  169. 169. Refining and evolving the object
  170. 170. Watching the object change form
  171. 171. Morphing: Moving Forward from the Previous Idea or Image, Modifying it
  172. 172. Visualizing from left to right, top to bottom Practicing morphing an image from its nearest neighbor
  173. 173. Morphing imaginary creature heads
  174. 174. Morphing imaginary creature heads
  175. 175. Predictions I Made Using What If Thinking
  176. 176. 1991 “Instant Book Publishing” Public Therapy Buses 1991
  177. 177. 1991 “Instant Book Publishing” Public Therapy Buses Do-It-Yourself Manuscript fits on disk Disintermediation (getting rid of middle man) Instant printing shops Convenience Trends that favored this prediction
  178. 178. 1975/1980 “Pre-torn Clothing For Sale” Public Therapy Buses 2nd Ed. 1975 1980
  179. 179. 1975/1980 “Pre-torn clothing for sale” Hippy youth shopped at Thrift Stores, “Sal’s” Children of middle class embraced voluntary poverty Decline of Eisenhower-era “grey flannel suit” Torn clothing appeared in 1983 movie, Flashdance TV exposure to images of world poverty Trends that favored this prediction
  180. 180. Radio-controlled and Joy-Stick- Controlled Vacuum Cleaners AutoVacc Robotic Vacuum Cleaner (5’-3” tall) Roomba Original Roomba/Wikimedia 1991 1990 2002 1991 “Small Vacuum Cleaner Goes Under Sofa” Public Therapy Buses
  181. 181. Ever smaller processors (Moore’s Law) Reduction in size of video cameras More women working, seek chore convenience RC-controlled hobby airplanes and model cars Drudgery increasingly in disfavor (no servants) 1991 “Small Vacuum Cleaner Goes Under Sofa” Public Therapy Buses Trends that favored this prediction
  182. 182. Whole Mouth Dental Appliance Blizzident whole mouth brushing system 1991 2013 1991 “Whole Mouth Dental Appliance” Public Therapy Buses
  183. 183. This was primarily a joke!!! Love of convenience gadgets More powerful small batteries Speeded up life; no time for elaborate brushing 1991 “Whole Mouth Dental Appliance” Public Therapy Buses Ever smaller processors (Moore’s Law) Trends that favored this prediction
  184. 184. Back-To-School Armor Bullet-proof Children’s Clothes by Caballero 1991 2013 1991 “Back-To-School Armor” Public Therapy Buses
  185. 185. Increase in school shootings (pre-Columbine) Fewer mothers in the home Violence-as-a-solution depicted in movies, videos US culture/Constitution favor private gun ownership 1991 “Back-to-school armor” Public Therapy Buses Increase in divorce rate; alienated, sad kids. Trends that favored this prediction
  186. 186. Newton-receiving Glasses Loic Le Meur/Wikimedia Google Glass Image on inside of glass 1992 2013 1992 “Computer screen visible on inside of glasses” Desktop Magazine
  187. 187. Trends favoring this prediction People will want these Proliferation of spying gadgets Always on, always engaged: news, friends Powerful PDAs (Personal Digital Assistants) 1992 “Computer screen visible on inside of glasses” Desktop Magazine Ever smaller processors (Moore’s Law)
  188. 188. Camera helmetsCamera helmets 1991 2013 1991 “Camera Helmets” Public Therapy Buses
  189. 189. Motorcycle and bicycle helmet laws Proliferation of spying gadgets Record your life as you live it Small enough to fit inside hat Powerful small still and video cameras 1991 “Camera Helmets” Public Therapy Buses Trends that favored this prediction
  190. 190. 1984 2012 1991 “Pre-crash Inflatable Bruntwear” What The World Needs Now
  191. 191. First Policeperson in US on a skateboard, Green Bay, Wisconsin 1991 2014 1991 “Police on Skateboards” Public Therapy Buses
  192. 192. Getting Serious: Applying What If Thinking to The Growing Wealth Gap
  193. 193. Providing for the Very Rich and the Very Poor
  194. 194. 1991 Max. Security Community Portable Toilet Mfg. Homes Public Therapy Buses
  195. 195. 1991 Fear Complex for Seniors (Keep Criminals Out) Public Therapy Buses 2nd Ed.
  196. 196. 1991/2012 Add-A-Room Public Therapy Buses 2nd Ed.
  197. 197. 1991 Used Car Lots for Used Up/Useless People Public Therapy Buses 2nd Ed.
  198. 198. 1991 Indentured Servants Live Inside Gate Public Therapy Buses
  199. 199. 1991 Portable Pullmans Public Therapy Buses, 2nd Ed.
  200. 200. 1991 Portable Pullman Park Public Therapy Buses
  201. 201. 1991 Portable Office Pushmaster Public Therapy Buses
  202. 202. 1991 Motorless Home Public Therapy Buses 2nd Ed.
  203. 203. 1991 Motorhome Community Public Therapy Buses 2nd Ed.
  204. 204. 1991 Single Family Superhome Public Therapy Buses 2nd Ed.
  205. 205. 1991 “Housing” for the Very Poor Public Therapy Buses 2nd Ed.
  206. 206. 1991 Underground Hostels for the Poor Public Therapy Buses 2nd Ed.
  207. 207. 1991 Tornado- and Hurricane-Resistant Homes Public Therapy Buses 2nd Ed.
  208. 208. 1991 Underground Homes Public Therapy Buses 2nd Ed.
  209. 209. 1991 Dining-Adapted Dumpster Edible Trash Public Therapy Buses 2nd Ed.
  210. 210. Thank you. Steven M. Johnson www.patentdepending.com jnevets@mac.com

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