Nobody ever believes me but I've come up with a bunch of really good ideas that I never did anything about...that EVENTUALLY were thought of by other people....bringing them, great success. It kills me every time this happens but I'm not a business person....I'm not a sociable smoozer. I'm just an idea man.
The Matrix was one of them. I read William Gibson's Neuromancer in my late teens or early twenties some time and then wrote a really cool story about a world like The Mat...rix, except MUCH COOLER. It still exists in a pile of papers I got somewhere. It wasn't finished and it had more than the ONE cool idea The Matrix had, but it was a science fiction epic of intense realistic metaphysical proportions based on complicated but reasonable ideas. Each of the ideas were like nothing any popular sci fi had ever thought about before. Two of the ideas were what we're now calling the singularity, and the Matrix world, where the people all live inside this computer image...but there's still much more.
Another idea I had was vegetarian fast food. If I had the money I wouldn't opened up a place like this back in the early 90s. It wasn't just vegetarian food though. The idea was to specialize delicious veggie fast food to each customer. Most of us have SOME kind of restrictions to our diet. Some can't eat salt. Some can't eat fat. Some can't eat calories. Some can't eat diary, or gluten, or have specific allergies to things or whatever. The idea was to dress ALL OF THE FOOD as much as possible into typical fast food flavors, but to offer prepackaged items designed for different diets. It would be exactly like a McDonald's or Burger King except it'd avoid meat and cater to individual diets. Imagine going through a drive thru with a card or bar-code on your car that you'd run across a computer that'd then project YOUR individual menu complete with price list and everything else fast food on to the screen in front of you. You then order your gluten and low salt meal.....or whatever your diet is, and then pick up your fatty, sweet, gooey crunchy delicious meal at the window just as quickly as any fast food, without ever having to ask for or talk about being special. Imagine having a friend with you in the car with a different diet......running their card over the computer and him ordering a low sugar, fat free, lactose free meal, and he getting his salty gluteny goodness together with your food. mmmm. Amy's still hasn't done this exactly....but it's not much of a jump. And I had the idea back in the early 90s.