things that make you go, 'hmm'...
By David Ferguson Saturday, March 3, 2012 22:32 EDT Japanese researchers have created a “gun” that enables its user to silence the speech of other people . The device uses a unidirectional microphone to record the speaker’s voice, then play it back to them at a delay of hundredths of a millisecond. The wash of verbiage disrupts the concentration of the speaker and renders them incapable of speech.
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Pole has a master’s degree in statistics and another in economics, and has been obsessed with the intersection of data and human behavior most of his life. His parents were teachers in North Dakota, and while other kids were going to 4-H, Pole was doing algebra and writing computer programs. “The stereotype of a math nerd is true,” he told me when I spoke with him last year. “I kind of like going out and evangelizing analytics.” As the marketers explained to Pole — and as Pole later explained to me, back when we were still speaking and before Target told him to stop — new parents are a retailer’s holy grail. Most shoppers don’t buy everything they need at one store.