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Machine Learning and MP3s 228

dan moore writes "Students at Caltech and Harvard have developed a system that analyzes playlists and learns people's listening patterns. It then channels its knowledge into generating streams of music that the people themselves would like to listen to. Intuitive, accurate, and finally someone has done it. Check out the website to get one of the available plugins. Another interesting approach to digital music."
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Machine Learning and MP3s

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  • Finally (Score:0, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 21, 2003 @08:02AM (#5772434)
    Show tunes, nothing but show tunes
  • by matt4077 ( 581118 ) on Monday April 21, 2003 @08:07AM (#5772457) Homepage
    from their download page:

    "Who wants Synapse?

    Listeners of the MP3. Students. Elevator operators. Makers of other media players. Programmers. Gangsters. Punks. Nerds. Really big nerds. Even ones from Yemen. Yeah, plenty of those. Competitors. Winners. People who exercise to Rocky music. Will Deringer. Audiophiles. Revolutionaries. Even Canadians. Quality people. Gastroenterologists. Bums. Lots of bums. Evil geniuses. Classics professors. Chinese people. Wine connoiseurs. Businessmen. Rabbis. Dew drinkers. Sherpas. Dictators. Professional servants. People with special powers. People who come through in the clutch. You. "

    I like them!
  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 21, 2003 @08:10AM (#5772466)
    I remember whenever that joyous time of the month would roll around, my ex-girlfriend would start listening to a lot more typically "chick" songs, right before she actually started menstruating.

    I started working on a similar Winamp plugin to kind of give me a heads up, but then I figured I'd just see the used tampons in the trash...

  • by KDan ( 90353 ) on Monday April 21, 2003 @08:28AM (#5772514) Homepage
    Hah, mate, you need to check out the "Why the Brain?" page:

    At some point in every man's life, he's bound to find himself in bed with a Chinese girl. It may happen suddenly, and you may not remember how it happened, but it will happen -- I guarantee that. When the time comes he needs to be ready. He needs his full arsenal at hand. And by this I mean music. Too many times has the playlist run short on soft acoustic guitar songs, quieting the room to an awkward silence and giving the Chinese girl a chance to reconsider what she's about to do. I've seen it happen, and it's not pretty.

    As a matter of fact, it's happened to me. And so we have spent the better part of the last six months of our lives making sure it doesn't happen to you. Because if it ever does, you won't be able to say "Why the hell doesn't my MP3 player just know what songs I want it to play?"

    We've got you covered. Use the Brain.

    Very "Dead Poet's society"-ish... "the ultimate purpose of all communication is... to seduce women!" :-)

  • hmm (Score:0, Funny)

    by Joe the Lesser ( 533425 ) on Monday April 21, 2003 @08:36AM (#5772550) Homepage Journal
    I wonder what they'll make of my Beethoven/Metallica mix...
  • Re:Synapse? (Score:3, Funny)

    by EpsCylonB ( 307640 ) <.eps. .at.> on Monday April 21, 2003 @08:47AM (#5772586) Homepage
    Has anybody seen Antitrust?

    yes, unfortunately.
  • by maxmg ( 555112 ) on Monday April 21, 2003 @09:08AM (#5772664)
    Do I understand this correctly:

    Geek is about to score, music runs out,
    girl reconsiders. Geek then starts programming
    project to make him COOLER???

    It's a sad sad world...
  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 21, 2003 @09:18AM (#5772706)
    Next time im in bed with a chinese woman i will remeber to hit the repeat button.

    Though given I have about 5 days worth of mp3's I think Ill consider it time for a break then.
  • You know... (Score:3, Funny)

    by MoeMoe ( 659154 ) on Monday April 21, 2003 @09:39AM (#5772796)
    You know you're too damn lazy when your computer has to decide what music you like and when to play it for you.
  • Re:Synapse? (Score:0, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 21, 2003 @09:43AM (#5772821)
    ahh, so you're the other guy who saw that movie. I've always wanted to meet you. so brave admitting that without the AC flag.
  • Fantastic! (Score:2, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 21, 2003 @09:54AM (#5772884)
    So now the RIAA can use this technology to say what you *would* have stolen, and add another fine with a lot of 0s =)
  • by iGN97 ( 83927 ) on Monday April 21, 2003 @10:00AM (#5772906) Homepage
    Analysis indicates that I am 99.9% likely to want to see ZhAng Ziyi in a plastic raincoat going down on Jennifer Lopez in ripped SCUBA gear (or the reverse, I'm not picky.) Now, if "the Brain" can FIND such porn for me instead of just making playlists, I might get some use out of it! Teach the damn thing to know when the women are fat and skanky so it won't download lousy porn, and I'll be sold.

    Let's call it "The other, only slightly smaller Brain".

  • ummm.. (Score:2, Funny)

    by No. 24601 ( 657888 ) on Monday April 21, 2003 @10:58AM (#5773242)
    The Brain knows what you want and how you want it. It knows when you want it and it's going to give it to you.

    I think i'll pass on this ;)

  • by VivianC ( 206472 ) <{internet_update} {at} {}> on Monday April 21, 2003 @11:57AM (#5773648) Homepage Journal
    I can go from Slayer to Yanni to Pink Floyd to Iron Maiden to Brian Eno to David Bowie in the span of about 15 minutes.

    I have a WinAmp plugin installed that detects if my mood ever moves to "Yanni". If it does, my computer then kicks me square in the nuts.
  • by chriso11 ( 254041 ) on Monday April 21, 2003 @01:07PM (#5774156) Journal
    Perhaps we could parcel out the grammer/spelling nazi functions into focused solutions.
    Somebody has obviously already taken then/than (which is a known high runner) as their special calling.

    So, if you always wanted to be a spelling/grammer nazi, but didn't have time to police ALL of Slashdot, get involved in the new paradigm: focused spelling/grammer nazi activism!

    Act fast before the cool ones are taken:

    * there/their
    * to/too/two
    * you/your/you're
    and the ever popular:
    * it/its/it's

    Hurry! Some other spelling/grammer nazi may take your choice!
  • by cgori ( 11130 ) on Monday April 21, 2003 @03:12PM (#5775096) Homepage Journal
    Something just inspired me to reserve grammer/grammar.

"For a male and female to live continuously together is... biologically speaking, an extremely unnatural condition." -- Robert Briffault