The Federation of World Scientists holds an inventors contest. For inventing a way to make life more convenient, the winner will receive one million dollars. The contest is presided over by Professor Wonderwitz. The first contestant, Paul Mason, unveils a perpetual motion machine. Wonderwitz uses the studies of both Leibnitz and Newton to disprove the validity of Mason's invention. The second invention was a machine for extracting gold from sea water. Wonderwitz points out that cost of extracting gold from seawater would be prohibitive.
The next invention is a sonic typewriter, that types words spoken into it. Wonderwitz points out that the typewriter has no way of differentiating words like "Sail" and "Sale", or "Piece" and "Peace". The final inventor brings in a television that can depict various moments in time. At first, Wonderwitz believes he has found his winner. Then Wonderwitz remembers that the speed of light and sound are completely different. Therefore, the television would not be able to project both light and sound at the same rate. Realizing the inventor is a fraud, Wonderwitz has the man arrested.