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I propose an electronic device that the user
carries around with them. This device records
what they are doing through video, audio, and
possibly other means, and transmits this
information to one or more screenwriters, who sit
watching the incoming data stream and analyze
the likely result
of the user's current action and
thereby the importance of the action to the plot
of the user's life. The screenwriters are sworn to
secrecy and all electronic signals are encrypted
to prevent embarrassment. The screenwriters
enter their opinions into a computer with a
certainty measure, and update previously-
rendered results with increased certainty. Thus,
when the user is wasting time, the device can
alert him that what he is doing is unlikely to be of
Thus, the device can help the user seek out the
important and dramatic, with the help of
screenwriters who make their living by being
attuned to that sort of thing. Similarly, the device
can warn the user when they are making a
decision that has potentially severe
consequences, so they can assess whether they
are in sufficient control of their faculties to make
the decision, or if the decision should be delayed
until, say, the next morning. As a premium
service, the screenwriters could suggest actions
for you to perform that are likely to have
||You need help telling when you are wasting time? Well, [***BING*** ***BING*** ***BING*** ***WASTE OF TIME ALERT*** ***WASTE OF TIME ALERT***]
||I think a few paragraph breaks would constituted a good return on investment.
||I was convinced, from the title, that
[beanangel] had found his shift key.
||A service like this without the micromanaging might be useful. This would essentially a detached form of counselling: observe->fictionalise rather than the more traditional counselling: converse->advise
||Screenwriters usually lead double lives as wait(er/resses) and kitchen staff, don't they? Why would I want their advice?
||Yes, but the voices in my head do all that for free, already.