I often find myself talking to people who I should know (in theory), but for some reason, in practice, my neurons refuse to make the right connections to remember these connections. Wouldn't it be great if someone designed a heads-up display based on your social network?
This is how it would work: when I activate it, and it notices I'm talking to someone, it would do a quick scan and tell me his/her name. That would be a life-saver, and would avoid the first five minutes of the 20-Questions game I have to play every time this happens (while making sure that the other guy (or girl!) doesn't notice I'm playing the game in my mind.)
It could also tell me how I know that person, because sometimes I remember the name, but nothing else. Wouldn't it be helpful to know that I'm talking to John Doe, who went to the same high school as I did, and who is now President and CEO of a Fortune 100 company (note to self: graduate soon.)
Not just names, it could even tell me more about the person I didn't already know (or, in the more likely case, I've forgotten.) I'd love to know that my friend John Doe is no longer with his (now ex-) girlfriend Jane, so that would cut out a lot of awkward conversation. Knowing that he just went on a cruise to Alaska would instantly give us a topic to chat about. Knowing that the lady on his arm is not his wife would probably also help. I could ask him about our common friends and if he were in touch with any of them. And then he could use his heads-up display to pull their details up and tell me what I'd already looked up, but that's another story.
So why isn't something like this on the market yet? I'm sure there would be throngs of people lined up outside the offices of the company that makes the first such thing. And if they try to patent it, you can cite my blog post as prior art. You're welcome.