Guide – the Google Assistant for children

After buying my daughter a tablet with Google Assistant and watching how poor it was at giving her answers to her questions I thought I could do better. She’s 6 years old and asks 6 year old questions. “Why are firetrucks red?” to which it responds with some obscure mention of monty python and the queen. “What is a country?” which responds with jargon from wikipedia like “distinct geopolitical boundaries” which does not contain a single word she understands. I took a video of it because it was just so useless to a 6 year old that it was funny.

My solution: Take speech to text conversations from a huge range of 6 year olds. This becomes your corpus of knowable words for 6 year olds. Next, crawl the web and build your own index where you essentially penalise pages/text/sites that use words that are outside the corpus. What you end up with is the websites that are geared towards answering questions using wording that a 6 year old can understand. NOW if you ask google assistant as a 6 year old it’ll give you an answer that a 6 year old can understand.

The one caveat to this: I had not set my child’s age, so perhaps it is just that google didn’t know she was 6, and once I set that age it’ll give wildly different answers. I sort of hope it does.

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Conversational Accounting

A chat box for Xero that lets you:

  • Create invoices for customers
  • Submit receipts and other documentation
  • List out unpaid invoices
  • Query things

But more than this, it’ll tell you things you need to know. This contract will expire in 1 week.

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Lithiated Water

So I’ve just learned about the wonderful effects of low dose lithium and read that they used to make lithiated water, and in fact 7up was lithiated. I think given the supplements industry that lithiated water needs to make a come back. Maybe you sell bottles of lithiated + omega 3 water. Maybe you sell tabs berroca style that people can put in their water.

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Pneumatic anti-roadkill device

Sits at the front of your car, detects an impact and releases a jet of air to push the animal out of the way. Either that or an external air bag that detects an impact and inflates, hopefully sparing the animal and your car. Only needs to sit on the front of the car.

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VR Meditation Platform

After trying the new Occulus device I was impressed by just how immersive it was. Then whilst doing a guided meditation on InsightTimer I was finding it difficult to focus. Then it hit me: We should use a game dev platform like Unreal engine and/or 3d videos of natural surroundings to create a platform where practitioners can create interactive meditations. It’s not just sitting there, it’s doing things. For example, touching your hand to your head, and bringing out a thought, placing it on a leaf and watching it go down stream. Or taking a negative thought out as a piece of paper and crumpling it up. These are really powerful visualisations that the immersive world of VR can make real for people. Others might be to walk up to a closed door, picture the person inside, and say sorry through it. Or a bajillion others. The combination of environment & interactivity makes it much more powerful than a simple guided meditation in VR where you sit and do nothing.

The idea is that we would develop the platform ala Insight Timer for VR and publishers get free use of our APIs and tools to create content and revenue from our paid subscribers ala other social networks. VR content is free after an add ala youtube.

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This is a consultancy for longevity. You come and see us, and we use all the cutting edge research, blood work, physical exercise, mental exercise, eating plans for you. It’s a full blown intensive 12 week program.

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Imagine a VR experience where you walk out on stage to adoring fans. A full 3d video of someone big name lead singer walking out and hearing those cheers, for YOU. They’re cheering for you!

LiveInIt is a set of “experiences” that have been captured by some people who are lucky enough to experience some of these amazing things. LiveInIt allows you to don a VR headset and experience it 1.5st hand.

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Excel Lambda Library

Now that Excel has introduced lambdas, which means you can build fully fledged systems by defining your own functions, there is the opportunity for sharing and collaboration on them via an Excel plugin that enables you to search for, import, and submit lambdas.

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Repeat After Me Robots

A system where you wear some gloves and headgear and you do an operation a bunch of times and the system records it. A robot that can repeat the action (with some AI to make it not do dumb things).

For instance, you spread some fabric on a table and take a blade and cut out a pattern. You do it 50 times wearing this system. This trains the system to be able to do all those things. You press a button and come back later to your 300 fabric cut outs…

Might be firmly embedded in the realm of sci-fi…

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On Site Ammonia

Generate ammonia on a farm using solar power and water. New techniques for using low power plasmas for producing Ammonia are possible. This would allow a farmer to produce Ammonia at their farm instead of shipping it in. Ammonia can potentially be turned into Hydrogen to run their farm equipment (in some far off future) and potentially power the home too.

Totally not my idea, read about the possibility of it. Just writing it down because I can perhaps do it.

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