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Just signed up for puddle.com

I plan to play it with, see how it works and see if its a viable slush fund for the family. What's interesting is it already looks exactly what I think it is, by checking out the stream of people who used it recently. people borrowing 50 bucks here, 70 bucks there... beats the HELL out of payday loans, or pawnshops, or begging family members and friends.

The idea here is for me to create a personal puddle, maybe something only for family members, and feed it weekly for the next time some damn thing happens and my wife, ex-wife, or daughters needs some scratch because things did not go according to plan. Its the built in payback that appeals to me. I can feed it, I can afford to lose what I feed into it, and the family won't need to even ask about borrowing when they need it.

PLUS there is transparent accountability. what you borrow, you pay back... or the whole family will know.

If the experiment works. I may expand into more puddles.
Puddle is where like-minded people come together for smart and hassle-free financial support. Use Puddle for a little financial boost for your business, to start a new project, to buy a laptop for college, to travel the world, to help relocate or just to cover those unexpected expenses.
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kinda.

I'll spend a few weeks increasing the pot and see if it works out. It would be nice to make sure the family has a slush fund... especially as they get older. Right now all three of my girls are not old enough to borrow anything.  It's a long term planning thing.
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Impessive. Not because it can draw, but because of what it could do with other tools, like a laser cutter, or rotary bit
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Autodesk, huh? Is this at their Pier9 lab?
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Okay. How would you describe this in heraldry?
Ever wondered what the international flag of Earth looks like? No, it's not simply our planet on a m...
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Very flower of life ala sacred geometry
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Send the printers first... send people in a decade or so after the life takes hold.
Musk and the genetics pioneer have discussed how printed life could help terraform Mars.
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+Aaron Coakley - I disagree.  ETs do reside within the solar system.  Mainly on moons; though Mars was once inhabited.  Perhaps it still is and they moved underground after the cataclysm that caused the vast "sea" and severely diminished the atmosphere.
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Fabric. Finally. 
Looks something like spraying felt onto a mold.
no idea if this is machine washable.
Design and create seamless, ready-to-wear garments based on custom 3D geometries. All from your desktop. No sewing required.
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Now I need something to print shoes. THen I will finally be set.
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Steve Mann.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Mann

I've been following his stuff off and on for years. In the '90's he strapped two crt monitor's to his face, and wandered around MIT campus like an extra in a sci fi horror movie. Wearing cameras that sent images to the screens.

He spent the next thirty years shrinking the technology. He's hit the news a couple times because of his cyborg nature, getting kicked out places, and actually assaulted in a french McDonalds for having a camera implanted on his face.

If anybody in particular pioneered wearable devices and augmented reality... it would be Steve Mann.

What impresses me in this video is not just what he's talking about, but what he's wearing. Has he gotten AR down to those goggles on his head now, or is he now wearing AR contact lenses? 

And he never moves his eyes...
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So this exists. 
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ahh.
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So, umm... little disruptive maybe?
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Does it interfere with near-eye displays?
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From Kahnemann Thinking Fast Thinking Slow:

"The magic of error reduction works well only when the observations are independent and their errors uncorrelated. If the observers share a bias, the aggregation of judgements will not reduce it. Allowing the observers to influence each other effectively reduces the size of the sample, and with it the precision of the group estimate. To derive the most useful information from multiple sources of evidence, you should always try to make these sources independent of each other"

In other words, a crowd of ignorant people won't make accurate predictions (translating "bias" as innacurate knowledge). You need to mix in a positive "bias", such as an individual who has insider knowledge. You then need to weight that bias, which prediction markets do very effectively.

Leakers are "market movers" since they alone are certain of their knowledge, their risk is minimal, and rewards great,  they are motivated to place large bets. Augur knows this, and are adding the extra incentive of using cryptocurrency to allow for anonymous financial profits from insider knowledge.
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How I started writing. 
About four years ago, I was talking to a guy at Norwescon ( a science fiction convention) and he suggested I submit something for this anthology they were working on. I hadn't really written anything before that, other than stuff not really meant to be seen, or for college papers.

I submitted "Mapping People" and got selected to be in the book. (Chapter 5)  Turns out the guy is the futurist for the Intel Corporation.

I've been writing ever since. I've got a collection of short stories and a novel out now as well.
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You said it well.  "Mostly because they don't know how to incorporate people who do not share their vision, or who exploit it."

From what little I know of the Venus Project, Jacque Fresco, it's visionary, seems to advocate a "resource-based" post-scarcity economy.

So far, I like his vision.
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(Sigh) we can now modify yeasts easily to make thousands upon thousands of marvels and wonders. From new sources of fuel, to bioplastics, to a food with every protein and carbohydrate we require to be healthy.

So what's one of the first things we do with this amazing scientific advance?
Advance holds potential for better opiate painkillers — but raises concerns about illicit use.
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Not in the harvesting +Laston Kirkland  but in the refining and so forth.  You're right, though: afghan farmers get completely cut out of a lucrative and fairly benign industry*

And yeah, drugs are like the porn industry that way.

*I'll explain that later, if you like.
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speechless.
 
Realistically Animatronic Horse.
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Animatronics refers to the use of robotic devices to emulate a human or an animal, or bring lifelike characteristics to an otherwise inanimate object. Animatronic creations include animals (including dinosaurs), plants and even mythical creatures. A robot designed to be a convincing imitation of a human is more specifically labeled as an android. Modern animatronics have found widespread applications in movie special effects and theme parks and have, since their inception, been primarily used as a spectacle of amusement
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Reminds me of the play War Horse, it was awesome!
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