Monday, June 13, 2016

[qzjqopja] Autonomous DJ

The advantage of listening to music at a music venue, e.g., dance venue, is that someone else, a DJ or music director, picks the music for you.  A sophisticated DJ could program on the fly, adjusting the playlist by observing the audience.  A less sophisticated DJ could incorporate feedback offline for the next iteration of the event.

The task of observing and incorporating feedback into music selection seems like a very human task; I don't see machines (e.g., machine learning) ever doing a good job at it.  People rarely give obvious and useful feedback about how they feel about the overall music selection, unless it is really bad.  There are even sociological and political decisions to be made: some people may be happy about the music, some people may be sad: which group is more important?

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