Better Text To Speech For Word

The inbuilt Word TTS is ter­ri­ble. At least on Mac. It should be sim­ple to con­nect a Word Add-In to AWS Pol­ly and have it do the reading. 

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I hate the med­ical sys­tem. It’s trans­ac­tion­al. For $70 some­one will lis­ten and try and diag­nose your prob­lem in 15 min­utes. I have nev­er been to a doc­tor and come away with a response beyond “let’s get some basic blood tests done”. Which of course shows nothing.

Now con­trast it with the We Care Doc­tors Surgery. When you come in and sit down, our recep­tion­ist comes to you and asks you if you are com­fort­able and whether you want some tea or cof­fee. You sip your tea in this love­ly tran­quil envi­ron­ment until some­one calls you in. A nice lady sits you down for 30 min­utes and just has a chat to you. She’s not try­ing to diag­nose any­thing, she’s there to lis­ten to your woes. She’s actu­al­ly a trained met­al health work­er. She says things like “that must be tough” and “you must real­ly be suf­fer­ing”. You feel heard. She goes into the next room to have a word to the Doc­tor, giv­ing them a run down.

Final­ly, you are shown into the Doc­tor’s office where she already has had a bit of a think about what to do and what is real and what is not. She can get down to the nit­ty gritty.

There are sev­er­al advan­tages to this approach. Peo­ple come ear­ly so they can have a cup of tea and put their feet up in a beau­ti­ful relax­ing area. Peo­ple look for­ward to going to the doc­tor. They come out of the place feel­ing like they’ve been heard and some­body real­ly cares. And of course, it would get sim­i­lar med­ical results, if not better.

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Krilling It

Land based krill aqua­cul­ture as a food base for a civ­i­liza­tion that is destroy­ing itself via over con­sump­tion. The log­ic is: Grow some sim­ple, fast life cycle organ­isms that eat algae but con­tain enough nutri­ents to feed the biggest mam­mal on the plan­et. And you essen­tial­ly have giant vats of them fed by algae and saline water (farm­ing on an inland salt plain? Desali­nates and all!). You grow them, drain the water, recy­cle through the sys­tem like a giant aquapon­ics sys­tem (the efflu­ent of the krill is food for the algae), then dry or press the krill depend­ing on what you’re try­ing to do. 

Sell to the aqua­cul­ture indus­try as food, the vit­a­min sup­ple­ment indus­try (krill is high in omega 3), and start exper­i­ment­ing with cre­at­ing food sup­ple­ments for humans using it. They are, after all, like tiny crustaceans. 

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Face Masks for Facial Recognition

Phone does­n’t unlock because you’re wear­ing a mask? You need one of my masks that have your face print­ed on the out­side. Or a see through one. 

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Home Factories

These are garage/carport sized machines where you down­load a “pat­tern”, buy the raw mate­ri­als required and place QR stick­ers on them, and then the machine does the rest. Can build every­thing from fur­ni­ture to rock­et ships.

This works in 3 parts. There’s the pat­tern provider, sim­i­lar to 3d print­ing sites, there’s the raw mate­ri­als, which might work by sub­mit­ting your pat­tern to your local hard­ware store and hav­ing them deliv­er it, and the machine itself. 

If you can sell each machine for $20k there is prob­a­bly a pay­off with­in 10 years. You move into a house, install one of these things, and then any fur­ni­ture you want you can have it build. 

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Bottoms Up Honeycomb Blinds

If you get tilt & turn dou­ble glaz­ing your in-frame hon­ey­comb blinds no longer work because the head of the blinds get in the way of the tilt. So instead you have blinds which open top down, and close bot­tom up. It works by sim­ply hav­ing teeth at the siderails so that when you tilt the han­dle it clips it out of the side rails and you move it up or down and then it clips back in when you put it back to flat. 

I know there are topdown/bottomup hon­ey­comb blinds but they use a string and I imag­ine that would get in the way of it open­ing and closing.

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My Kindergarten Teacher VR

This is a VR sim­u­la­tion of you as a five year old. You look up and a love­ly warm moth­er­ly char­ac­ter says “Ooh poor thing, let’s get a bandaid on that. Here, have a hug,” and is gen­er­al­ly just a lov­ing warm char­ac­ter for that lit­ter hurt boy/girl. It’s deeply psy­cho­log­i­cal for those and would poten­tial­ly make peo­ple who feel unloved feel that lit­tle bit loved. Every­one’s been a child who wants to be loved.

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This is like a stepome­ter but for chil­dren, and lis­tens to how many times they say “Mum” in a day. “Muum, muu­um, where’s mum?”. They get a quote of 100 mum’s and it buzzes when they hit 50, 75, 80, 90, and shocks them if they hit 100. Trains them to go look for mum instead of just walk­ing around bellowing.

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This is a plat­form for law firms to have pre-agreed on for­mats and posi­tions for con­tracts. So you might have an Ashurst and Allen-Overy rep hash out a base­line con­tract for some­thing, includ­ing var­i­ous approved plays and adjust­ments, so that there is a com­mon­ly under­stood start­ing point for a nego­ti­a­tion. A client can then engage Ashurst to do a deal, who finds that A&O are on the oth­er side, and get a first draft done in record time — it costs the client less and there’s less “rounds” of nego­ti­a­tion because there’s a pre-nego­ti­at­ed start­ing point.

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Instead of spend­ing bajil­ions cre­at­ing fake meat, why not take a meat that’s con­sid­ered not very paletable e.g. kan­ga­roo, and use some food sci­ence to trans­form the taste to some­thing more like beef? 

This is based on a lit­tle arti­cle about how casein binds to things in fats that prob­a­bly give it that gamey flavour and smell. So if this start­up can use food sci­ence meth­ods to essen­tial­ly “trans­form” the taste you can end up with burg­ers that are eco­log­i­cal­ly sus­tain­able (kan­ga­roos are very green) but still mean based, but taste great. 

It’s actu­al­ly pret­ty crazy that we have to cull kan­ga­roo’s so they don’t over­pop­u­late. There’s no need to even farm them. They don’t emit methane. They’re ide­al if we can make it a pop­u­lar meat. But we haven’t been able to do that, so it’s time to trans­form kan­ga­roo meat into some­thing else.

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