Icelanders can now use a phone app to avoid incest. There are only 320,000 residents of Iceland and many of them are related due to generations of inbreeding; cousins marrying cousins. Now, they can simply “bump” their phones and an alarm will tell them if they’re related.
Wouldn’t that sort of technology be useful for all of us in a variety of ways?
You could bump to see if you’re a suitable romantic match for another person.
If you’re a salesperson you could bump to see if there is a business match between you and a potential customer.
Doctors could bump with patients, churchgoers could bump with ministers, cops could bump with drunks, scientists could bump with subjects…you get it.
You know…it now occurs to me that we “bump,” but not with the ease of the Icelanders. Their way only takes a second; our way takes lots more time, energy, money and emotion.
On second thought…what’s the airfare to Iceland?