Harper's Bazaar March 2016 - Page 202

HOT LIST Bazaar SEALED WITH A WISH What would you do if you could change the world? Novelists, writers, and filmmakers pen their wish list, from anti-gravity devices to the death of intolerance. Illustrations by Sumedha Sah P a a dmana l u j n a bha M n WRITER AND CARTOONIST ANTI-GRAVITY DEVICES: Pallets for lifting heavy luggage off the floor; floating seats; and personal conveyors that would glide a few inches off the surface of the road or floor. Cars or vehicles that no longer need tarred roads could mean that millions of acres of land would be freed for growing plants, grass, and other living things. BATTERY CHARGERS POWERED BY HUMAN ENERGY: Wouldn’t it be great to be free of plug points, cables, and bulky transformers? Batteries of the future could be made sensitive to their owner’s vital energy and remain charged as long as they’re within range. PAIN CONVERSION: If we think of pain as a form of nervous energy, then perhaps converting it to positive uses might provide relief as well. I would like to see this as a method of alleviating many forms of distress, without requiring poisonous or habit-forming drugs. TRANSLATING TO/FROM ANIMAL LANGUAGES: Learning to speak to and understand the other creatures that share the Earth with us has often been imagined by mythologists and visionaries of the past. This might be possible by learning to read and interpret brain-waves. 202