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Favoriting October 8, 2018: AI-inspired music with Jamie Brew, Botnik cofounder

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This week: Jamie Brew, Botnik cofounder, on AI-inspired songs


Above: "Pitchfork-reviewed band names + a recurrent neural network," by Botnik

Botnik pointers:

Botnik homepage, Twitter account, and YouTube channel

Botnik's predictive keyboards (make your own!)

The Songularity: A Pop Album by Humans and Machines (Kickstarter campaign)

I Have To Get My Car, using a smartphone's built-in predictive text keyboard.

You Can't Take My Door, using the lyrics from country music's greatest hits

I Don't Want To Be There, a predictive text song made by rearranging lyrics from The Strokes

Bored With This Desire To Get Ripped = Morrissey lyrics + Amazon customer reviews of a home workout DVD system

Shenandoah is an Amphipod: "This aquatic folk song combines Bob Dylan lyrics with transcripts of Sir David Attenborough's 'The Blue Planet.'"

Soviet Nights: "We combined the Beach Boys with Ronald Reagan speeches to create the greatest Cold War pop song."

Negatively 4th Street = Bob Dylan lyrics + negative Yelp reviews of restaurants on 4th Street in Manhattan

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Recent Tech News

• News broke today (so strange, on a holiday!) about a new home-surveillance device, the Facebook Portal. Weird, since Facebook's most recent major headline was news of the latest hack (50 million accounts) announced on a Friday afternoon a little over a week ago.

Facebook to offer wide-angle videocall camera that tracks you as you move around your home (BoingBoing, Oct 8): "To celebrate the leaking of 50 million user accounts last week, Facebook is today launching two 'video call machines' that 'automatically zoom in on users and follow them as they move.'"

It’s the Wrong Time for a Facebook Surveillance Device (Oct 8, Bloomberg): "With the debut of the Portal device and its sibling, the Portal+, the company has apparently decided that now is the right time to persuade Americans to put Facebook microphones, data-harvesting technologies and video cameras inside their homes. To which I say — nope."

Scott Galloway: "'I'd like a camera in my home controlled by Facebook.' -Nobody, ever"

Christopher Mims on Facebook's launch (Oct 8, Twitter): "For those of you who never read it or forgot, the 1984 reference you're looking for when talking about Facebook Portal is the 'Telescreen.'"

......and big, big news from Bloomberg. Keep in mind that China makes 75% of mobile devices worldwide and 90% of PCs.

The Big Hack: How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies (Oct 4, Bloomberg BusinessWeek): "The attack by Chinese spies reached almost 30 U.S. companies, including Amazon and Apple, by compromising America’s technology supply chain. ... Nested on the servers’ motherboards, the testers found a tiny microchip, not much bigger than a grain of rice, that wasn’t part of the boards’ original design. ... investigators determined that the chips allowed the attackers to create a stealth doorway into any network that included the altered machines. ... investigators found that the chips had been inserted at factories run by manufacturing subcontractors in China."

Apple vigorously denied the claims, as did Amazon.

Mathew Ingram (past Techtonic guest), Oct 5: "It's possible those who are doing the denying at Apple and Amazon weren't even aware of the Chinese hacking investigation." (referring to a TechCrunch article)

....speaking of Amazon......

• Amazon raised its minimum wage for US employees to $15/hour. Guardian: Don't thank Bezos for giving Amazon workers a much-needed raise. "Amazon is a powerful monopoly that undermines small businesses, extracts tax concessions and suppresses producers. ... it is happening not because Amazon is the best player in the market, but because it is the market."

......and more on Google......

Google Exposed User Data, Feared Repercussions of Disclosing to Public (WSJ, Oct 8): again, so strange for this to break on a holiday weekend! "Google exposed the private data of hundreds of thousands of users of the Google+ social network and then opted not to disclose the issue this past spring, in part because of fears that doing so would draw regulatory scrutiny and cause reputational damage..."

...and finally...

Techtonic community news:

• Our friends at the Reanimation Library need a new home! Listen to the show with founder Andrew Beccone.

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Artist Track Album Images Approx. start time
  Jamie Brew, cofounder of Botnik, talks about AI-inspired pop songs. Then we listen to a few.
Tomaš Dvořák  Game Boy Tune   Favoriting Machinarium Soundtrack 
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  Mark's intro    
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  Interview with Jamie Brew, Botnik    
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Botnik  I Have to Get My Car   Favoriting     0:28:41 (Pop-up)
Botnik  You Can't Take My Door   Favoriting     0:32:00 (Pop-up)
Botnik  Bored With This Desire To Get Ripped   Favoriting     0:36:00 (Pop-up)
Botnik  Soviet Nights   Favoriting     0:45:30 (Pop-up)
  Your calls and comments 201-209-9368    
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Webhamster Henry  I Ain't the Dust   Favoriting     0:55:51 (Pop-up)


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Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:00pm
Webhamster Henry:

You can add to the Google Plus story that Big G is shutting down G+. This data beach was a kind of last straw for the under socialized social media platform that only Jeff Moore and I use.
I liked G+! I found it useful for posting ideas that I knew people wouldn't read.

qz.com...

I guess I'll have to post them on Orkut. No wait - iTunes Ping. Or Friendster.

Or my blogs. Or ECHO ECHOnyc.com
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:01pm
ultradamno:

Hello Mark, techigitators!
  6:01pm
average earbuds:

hello!
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:01pm
listener james from westwood:

Howdy, Mark and all! Sonic 'tonic tonight, I see!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:02pm
Webhamster Henry:

Greetings Techtones!
Avatar 6:03pm
Bas NL:

Hi Mark & Techtobillies!
Avatar 6:03pm
geezerette:

Hallo,Mark and Techies!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:04pm
chris:

hi there, Mark and folks.
  6:04pm
melinda:

@henry poor blogs, I keep mine going but all the action is at the social media platforms.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:05pm
Ken From Hyde Park:

Sounds like it's G- now, Henry. Good evening, Techtroids.
Avatar 6:05pm
herb.nyc:

Hi mark and all, wnyc 82am had a favorable facial recognition segment earlier, 5.25pm. I am now of "what, me worried?" about it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:06pm
Webhamster Henry:

@melinda I think there's a service that turns blogs into podcasts (read by robots)!
Avatar 6:07pm
northguineahills:

I call dibs on the Tristan Zara and Kurt Switters AI lyric generators!
Avatar 6:08pm
Bas NL:

Wow! Stealth motherboards!
Avatar 6:09pm
northguineahills:

@Henry, yeah, a shame, I keep in touch w/ a dozen or so friends w/ random stories and we opine via G+. It helps since I live far from all of my old friends.
Avatar 6:09pm
geezerette:

NGH, me too me too! :D
Avatar 6:10pm
geezerette:

...Zara & Schwitters...
Avatar 6:11pm
geezerette:

...Apple Sider...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:11pm
Webhamster Henry:

@NGH all you have to do is "clean up" the corpus before uploading it to the Botnik generator, and voila! By "clean up" I mean toss out any funny looking characters and non-relevant matter first.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:11pm
Michael 98145:

"with a name like Schwitters, it -has- to be good"

:), hey, gz'ette
Avatar 6:13pm
geezerette:

Howdy, Michael! :)
  6:13pm
melinda:

@Henry I could create a really boring podcast!
  6:13pm
spodiodi:

Great points, Mark Hurst
Avatar 6:14pm
Bas NL:

We know nothing and deny everything!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:14pm
queems:

my doctor's office made me scan my palm today for some administrative reason and i wish i hadn't let them do it
Avatar 6:14pm
geezerette:

no coll-ooze-shun...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:15pm
Webhamster Henry:

What do you mean that Apple/Amazon & Bloomberg can't both be right? Both Ford and Kavanaugh were right!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:16pm
Michael 98145:

The Fb monster just won't die; the video chat bot : www.nytimes.com...
Avatar 6:16pm
geezerette:

Wow, the generosity of Bezos knows no reasonable bounds!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:17pm
Ken From Hyde Park:

That was Jessica Bruder on IRL: www.wfmu.org...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:17pm
Michael 98145:

( of course, Techtonic beat me to it ... :)
Avatar 6:19pm
northguineahills:

@Henry: I allow my friend to do it, since it was his project to start w/. I'll run it by him.
  6:19pm
wolfman13:

amazon wage rise doesnt balance out at the end of the day, they took away VCP (monthly bonuses that can add up to 400-500 extra bucks on your check) and other bonuses too. id say its nuetral or bad
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:19pm
Webhamster Henry:

Bust The Trust! ©1890
  6:19pm
melinda:

@queems kinda creepy but hard to know what to do on the spot in a situation like that.
  6:20pm
wolfman13:

former amazon worker here
Avatar 6:21pm
northguineahills:

*bangs head on keyboard like Guy Smiley* Fümms bö wö tää zää Uu,
pögiff,
kwii Ee. 1
Oooooooooooooooooooooooo, 6
dll rrrrr beeeee bö
dll rrrrr beeeee bö fümms bö, (A)
rrrrr beeeee bö fümms bö wö,
beeeee bö fümms bö wö tää,
bö fümms bö wö tää zää,
fümms bö wö tää zää Uu:

Yes, I created Kurt Switters tone poetry (seriously, I love it, and used to have his poems up on my walls).
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:21pm
listener james from westwood:

Facebook Portal: "The privacy is a lie."
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:22pm
listener james from westwood:

Alterna-headline: "Read the Room, Facebook! No, Not That Way!"
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:23pm
listener james from westwood:

What the hell does the Portal Plus do, prostate checks?!
Avatar 6:23pm
geezerette:

there are actually no nations now, just global corporations and the acronyms that love them. Oh no! I'm becoming cynical! Quick, quick, some birthday cake and balloons for an antidote!!!
Avatar 6:23pm
Megaroni:

Thanks for bringin us these truths on this powerful New Moon!
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:24pm
listener james from westwood:

@geezerette, you are edging toward the "Network" speech and I am HERE for it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:24pm
Webhamster Henry:

Facebook is just trying to remove impediments from sex cam streaming.
Avatar 6:24pm
geezerette:

L. James, HA!
Avatar 6:25pm
geezerette:

I want out!!! Forward!...into the past!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:27pm
Michael 98145:

@WH, that was my thought when i heard about the Portal. xxx.
Avatar 6:29pm
northguineahills:

@geezerette: Here you go!
  6:30pm
JakeGould:

Anyone remember back in 2011 or so when Google+ switched to a new design and people all over (as if they were paid shills) kept on saying how “beautiful” it was? I always remember that as being a creepy thing few talk about.
Avatar 6:30pm
geezerette:

Must...find...penpal...(koff!,koff ! drags self across desert toward mirage of stationary store).
Avatar 6:31pm
geezerette:

chill enough song to save a glacier.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:32pm
ultradamno:

I could hear this as a Daniel Johnston song.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:33pm
Webhamster Henry:

I've been drawing pictures on pre-stamped postcard and sending them to my kid at college.
Avatar 6:34pm
geezerette:

webhamster, brilliant! :D
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:37pm
Folsom:

since G+ is going away I'll have to go back to usenet groups
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:38pm
Bootsie:

I want Becky to play this! ;-)
  6:38pm
JakeGould:

If anyone wants to experience Usenet, just go to Union Square and start a casual conversation about politics… BOY HOWDY IS THAT REAL!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:39pm
melinda:

@ngh Guy Smiley! "I'll never get, never!"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:40pm
Michael 98145:

love this :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:40pm
Folsom:

A Devo cover would be cool
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:40pm
melinda:

Wait, that was Don Music!
Avatar 6:40pm
geezerette:

Botnik is brilliant !
Avatar 6:40pm
Jeff Moore:

Bwaa ha ha!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:40pm
Webhamster Henry:

alt.barney.kill.kill.kill
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:41pm
chris:

classic one, Henry! lol
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:41pm
Ken From Hyde Park:

I want Clay Pigeon to play this!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:41pm
Michael 98145:

robot meat is murder
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:43pm
Webhamster Henry:

Doing a Clay Pigeon song Botnik keyboard would be pretty good!
Avatar 6:44pm
northguineahills:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:50pm
Webhamster Henry:

BTW the videos for some of these tunes are really good!
Avatar 6:51pm
BigCat:

I have a poll on TWTR @realBenEmerson
"Is it DISHONESTY
when you don't know the truth
and you're just sharing what you've herd?
+ + +
[pun: herd]
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:52pm
ultradamno:

Went for the jackal and Micah's premium this time out.
Avatar 6:52pm
BigCat:

btw, hi Techtonoidz
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:53pm
Michael 98145:

woof wooo www.instagram.com...
Avatar 6:55pm
BigCat:

I'm f_cking joble$$ (and obviously self-pitying)
my support and word of mouth will hopefully have value for the pledge
  6:55pm
nat:

more botnik songs: thesongularity.com
Avatar 6:56pm
BigCat:

poll dancer:
twitter.com...
Avatar 6:57pm
northguineahills:

Don't worry, BigCat, When i was unemployed, others picked up the slack, now that I can, I'm doing the same.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:58pm
Webhamster Henry:

I hope you like Autoharps cuz you're gonna hear one!
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:58pm
listener james from westwood:

Thanks, Mark!
Avatar 6:59pm
northguineahills:

Squeee! Do I hear an autoharp!!!!!!!!!!!!
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northguineahills:

answer confirmed!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:00pm
Michael 98145:

just get out there and vote ...www.youtube.com...
Avatar 7:00pm
Bas NL:

Yeay! Good one Webhamster Henry!
Avatar 7:00pm
Bas NL:

Thanks Mark!
  7:01pm
nat:

that was good! henry, who are you? get at us
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:02pm
Webhamster Henry:

Thanks Mark ( & Jamie) .
@nat, click on my name here in the playlist to see a profile!
  7:06pm
nat:

Okay but how do we assimilate you?
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