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Neat bitcoin technology application: "wisdom of the crowds" decentralized prediction market. Apparently when you average people's guesses about an outcome, and they have a stake in making that prediction right, the average is usually pretty good, whether it be for jelly beans in a jar or a lost submarine: http://wisdomofcrowds.blogspot.com/2009/12/introduction-part-v.html

I'm still a little foggy on why the decentralized part matters,... I guess it comes down to trust. For the same reason you don't want a government or bank holding the ledger in Bitcoin, you probably don't want a single entity controlling a prediction result or compensation--too much incentive to tweak the results for personal gain.
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Love this. I'm hoping to someday see a laptop performer that is as fun to watch as a real drummer. I want to see what's triggering the sounds, beyond the play button. I want a performance, not a playback.
Called the XOXX Composer, the machine transforms digital processes like looping, sequencing and sampling into a more tangible act.
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At bitcoinconsumerfair.com buying from food truck with bitcoin, and getting money from an atm :) gave a bitcoin primer earlier and now learning about atms from #AaronWilliams 
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Augur.net presentation by Jack Peterson for Atlanta Bitcoin meetup
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Some old power equipment on display at Duke Energy's museum on Lake Keowee in SC, including a power meter you put quarters in to buy power, some pole climbing leg straps, and hard wood they used for bearings under water. The neatest thing about the hydro plant is that they can reverse it to pump water into an upper reservoir to store energy in off-peak times.
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The intersection of human and machine... algorithms seeded with human taste + more fun to look at than a laptop :)
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local friend making bitcoin t-shirts with more than a B coin :)
http://bloctopus.com/
Bloctopus. We are the first blockchain inspired and branded apparel company. We offer bitcoin and cryptocurrency related t-shirts and handmade items.
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Thanks for the shout out Scott, new shirts coming soon!
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How does the evolution algorithm not just end up copying the "good" reference melodies? How does it compare the machine output to the reference to decide if it's good? An exact match? Same pitches? Same timing?
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It seems reasonable that machines or rather processes can be creative but the example given in the video is only creative by human selection.  Modeling how humans form judgments about beauty or humor and then evolving a sequence that is literatively selected based on a machine's simulation of human judgment might get closer.
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"When I pet my cat, and then touch her on the nose, I get a little shock. Sometimes, when she walks up to something, her nose sparks and she jumps back and puffs out. I was wondering how I might go about measuring the capacitance of my cat.

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For purrfect results there should be minimal paws between first and second iterations of 2.3.4.

Select cap - say 100 pF.
Discharge cap (short)
Connect one end of cap to ground - one end of cap to cat.
.... ( How "to cat" is achieved is left as an exercise for the reader.)
.... (Cap and cat are now at same purrtential)
Disconnect cap from cat
Measure Vcap
repeat 2. 3. 4.
Compare readings.
Repeat with higher and lower caps. Aim is range where V1 / V2 is usefully high - say about 2:1.
When I pet my cat, and then touch her on the nose, I get a little shock. Sometimes, when she walks up to something, her nose sparks and she jumps back and puffs out. I was wondering how I might go ...
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Somebody should publish the results, this sounds like great Ig Nobel material. 

Capacitance doesn't seem the right measurement though, you want to measure the capacity of a cat to collect static charge. Not the same thing. (One of the StackExchange answers points this out too)

One time when I was a kid, I was jumping on a trampoline with my socks on, and my cat jumped up on the metal frame. I reached out to pat her on the head, and a blue spark an inch wide jumped across to her nose with a loud cracking noise. I had never seen her run so fast, and she wouldn't come near me for days. So I can verify, at least qualitatively, that a cat's capacity for dissipating static charge is enormous when the cat is properly grounded.
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Make a bridge from 12 popsicle sticks without any glue or fasteners that spans 8 fingers and can hold 8 quarters... The da Vinci Bridge
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trying out Gear VR, head-mounted phone holder that turns phone into oculus
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Augmented Reality, iPhone, Android, Cloud & Mobile Technology, Electrical & Mechanical Design
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software / electrical engineer, video maker, occasional entrepreneur. Interested in Bitcoin, Augmented Reality & Startups. Past projects, resume & contact: ScottDriscoll.me I work at EquipCodes
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5M views on CuriousInventor YouTube channel
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  • Georgia Institute of Technology
    Music Technology, 2005 - 2007
    Music Cognition and Perception, Music Technology History
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
    Mechanical Engineering, 2003 - 2005
    Controls, Dynamics, Analysis (math),
  • Carnegie Mellon University
    Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, 1999 - 2003
    Computer Science, Robotics, lots of electrical class, and all the required mechanical ones :)
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