The Problem itself as a Solution : Six examples

Problems are everywhere. Problems are opportunities. The more, the merrier.
Because ,we all make money on problems. Every single business in the world thrives by offering a solution to a problem. However, we are yet to recognize that many a times, the problem itself is the solution.
Here I furnish six Innovative solutions by experts using the problem itself as solution.

Vaccines :  Use the Pathogen itself  as a Medicine
A vaccine typically contains an agent that resembles a disease-causing microorganism, and is often made from weakened or killed forms of the microbe, its toxins or one of its surface proteins.

Traffic Jams : Avert bigger traffic jams by creating Smaller Traffic jams.
Yes. Indeed. Haven’t you thought that systematically small traffic jams are created at every Red light to ensure you avoid bigger traffic jams. We all know the chaos when traffic signals fail. Mumbaikers,the citizens of Mumbai Know its Value. That’s way you find they rarely jump the signals.  Want to know more science behind this , read the brilliant book titled “Numbers Rule Your World: The Hidden Influence of Probabilities” by Kaiser Fung.

Population Control: Control Population by increasing the life expectancy at Birth (reducing child mortality)
Research shows when child death rates are high, families tend to have more children in anticipation of child mortality . we may not agree Immediately due to lack of understanding of numbers. Take a look at Video by Prof Hans Rosling.  He says …Child survival will help in stopping population growth, will help the family also having less pregnancies . Watch the video at the end of the post.

Homeopathy :  Similia Similibus Curanter (Latin)
or in plain English,  “that which can cause can cure”. In a layman’s language, a substance that causes the symptoms of a disease in healthy people will cure similar symptoms in sick people. This is the fundamental principle of Homeopathy.

Mosquitoes: Control Population of Mosquitoes by breeding more mosquitoes
Yes. Oxytec, a company of Mr.Haden Parry has a solution to control the mosquito menace. The solution is to breed a special male mosquito that can regulate a female mosquito fertility. All you need to do is breed them and leave them to in to the environment. The concept lies in using two biological features. One is that male mosquitoes do not bite and so can not cause disease and the other one is a law of nature! The male will find females! Confused? Watch Ted Video at the end of the post.

Cyber security: “Hactivists” as cyber security professionals or Anti Hacker hackers!
Today the world uses hackers to combat cybercrime. We now have Ethical Hacking as a respectable profession !

We were never taught to look for the solution in the problem itself. So, we need to unlearn and relearn. 
This unlearning and relearning can creatively change our approach to the problem and possibly bring in innovative solutions.

Though it is a cliché, I dare to quote “Even Impossible and I ‘ m possible” .
Does it ring a bell ?




Hans Rosling, The role of vaccines in global health from David Hager on Vimeo.

1 comment:

  1. Never thought in this direction... really good one.

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