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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.

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