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FREEDOM

How do we interact with a universe that might be absolutely random? How can we be more random? Is randomness the antidote to a more and more predictable world? For FREEDOM, I designed an experience that is using the exact opposite to pattern-reading in machine learning: A stone "talks" to humans when they are in tune with the language of the universe - true and infinite randomness.

Natural granite rock emits a small amount of radioactive particles, the moment of decay of each of them gets detected by a geiger-counter and is true random according to quantum-mechanics. 

Natural granite rock emits a small amount of radioactive particles, the moment of decay of each of them gets detected by a geiger-counter and is true random according to quantum-mechanics. 

When the user hammers at the rock and their pattern aligns with the random decay pattern, a solenoid underneath gets triggered and  the rock "hammers" back - each time a particle decays.

When the user hammers at the rock and their pattern aligns with the random decay pattern, a solenoid underneath gets triggered and the rock "hammers" back - each time a particle decays.

In effect, the user can establish a form of communication with the true random particle decay of the granite rock. If the user is random enough, both can talk.

In effect, the user can establish a form of communication with the true random particle decay of the granite rock. If the user is random enough, both can talk.

Get the full journey on my Project Development Studio blog.

tools/sources: arduino, solenoid, geiger counter, granite rock, brass hammer;