March 7th, 2012
During the early 1990s, people were crazed about two things: grunge music and coffee. Now this isn’t something I’ve thoroughly researched, but I imagine even the folks at the University of Cambridge felt this way at least about coffee. You see, the researchers in the computer laboratories had a dilemma, or rather an inconvenience. There was one kitchen, and as you’d guess, only one pot of coffee. In a seven story building, this could cost a great deal of time and energy just to check to see if the coffee is ready. (And think of all the stairs!)
Because the sole coffee pot had to fuel the bellies of many hardworking academics, it had to always be available, hot and fresh and full. So before even the birth of the Internet, these crafty magicians wired up and created the first webcam. Yes, that’s right. The first webcam was created out of an inconvenience for coffee.
We must be inconvenienced in order to find out what is a neccessity, which is why the wise folks say that necessity is the mother of all invention. We create greatness when we embrace inconvenience.
G. K. Chesterton explains that an inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered. So, create an adventure. Embrace inconvenience. Or in the very least you just may create something we all now need.