Tidy Street.Jon Bird is a master of getting people to change their ways. A senior research associate at University College London who divides his time between the computer science and psychology departments, he recently designed a machine that helps beginners learn to play the violin by giving them the magic buzzer treatment whenever they make a mistake. "I had a vested interest," Bird says. "My son had just taken up the violin. It normally takes 700 hours to learn. I thought, 'If we could just cut back a little on that screeching ... '" Bird and his cronies also helped …
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