Do you like Gnoosic? - Learn about new bands thanks to AI!

Considering what happened to our beloved Whiskey Media not too long ago I can imagine that many of you would be a bit hesitant to trust an AI. I assure you though that Gnoosic is an interesting application that (for the moment at least) seems pretty harmless. However, it does learn more everyday so stay vigilant, as Sony would say, and watch out for what could be a burgeoning GLaDOS.


Simply put, gnod (as its referred to) is a website that asks its visitors what they like and don't like and is able to make suggestions based on those answers. The weblink provided leads to a music search engine which seems to be the most complete of the databases. From the website:

Gnod is a self-adapting system that learns about the outer world by asking its visitors what they like and what they don't like. In this instance of gnod all is about music. Gnod is kind of a search engine for music you don't know about. It will ask you what music you like and then think about what you might like too. 
 
The project was created by Marek Gibney of Hamburg, Germany and is actually pretty good. My own test with the music engine gave me a recommendation for the band Bit Shifter after I told it that I liked Anamanaguchi, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, and Jon Black and the Winter Hearts. Not bad Gnod...not bad. Still I find myself hesitant as Gibney further states "When I set gnod online its database was completely empty. Now it contains thousands of bands and quite some knowledge about who likes what. And gnod learns more every day."

Maybe I'm just being paranoid. What could possibly go wrong trusting an AI that learns based on our likes and dislikes? Its not like it will use its own programming and figure out that it doesn't like humans right?
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Posted by Burn1n9m4n

Considering what happened to our beloved Whiskey Media not too long ago I can imagine that many of you would be a bit hesitant to trust an AI. I assure you though that Gnoosic is an interesting application that (for the moment at least) seems pretty harmless. However, it does learn more everyday so stay vigilant, as Sony would say, and watch out for what could be a burgeoning GLaDOS.


Simply put, gnod (as its referred to) is a website that asks its visitors what they like and don't like and is able to make suggestions based on those answers. The weblink provided leads to a music search engine which seems to be the most complete of the databases. From the website:

Gnod is a self-adapting system that learns about the outer world by asking its visitors what they like and what they don't like. In this instance of gnod all is about music. Gnod is kind of a search engine for music you don't know about. It will ask you what music you like and then think about what you might like too. 
 
The project was created by Marek Gibney of Hamburg, Germany and is actually pretty good. My own test with the music engine gave me a recommendation for the band Bit Shifter after I told it that I liked Anamanaguchi, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, and Jon Black and the Winter Hearts. Not bad Gnod...not bad. Still I find myself hesitant as Gibney further states "When I set gnod online its database was completely empty. Now it contains thousands of bands and quite some knowledge about who likes what. And gnod learns more every day."

Maybe I'm just being paranoid. What could possibly go wrong trusting an AI that learns based on our likes and dislikes? Its not like it will use its own programming and figure out that it doesn't like humans right?
Posted by Akrid

I was trying to find this the other day!


I put in King Crimson, The Lounge Lizards, and Yeasayer and I got some band called Defunkt:
  
 
That's actually a pretty decent median!
Posted by Burn1n9m4n
@Akrid: Cool! Funk-ay!
Posted by McGhee
@Akrid: Wow, I'm constantly amazed at how many King Crimson fans there are on Giant Bomb.
Posted by Burn1n9m4n

I've never heard of 'em, to be honest.

Posted by TheDudeOfGaming
@Akrid:
Am i supposed to be surprised that they have 2770 views?
Posted by ryanwho

So its Pandora.

Posted by Akrid
@TheDudeOfGaming: I especially like how one (of the two) comments proclaims that it's "One of the most important bands ever!".
Edited by Beaudacious

I put in:
-Crystal Castles
-Lupe Fiasco
-Seasick Steve

And got:
-The Dodos

  

Edit: It seems my Seasick Steve Choice is overpowering everything else.
Posted by Burn1n9m4n
@ryanwho: Yeah...accept it only gives you one band name. And it doesn't let you listen to their music right there. At least I don't think so as you need to make an account to use it. To be honest I posted this to get my mind off of PSN, and because a friend of mine at MIT posted it on her Twitter feed. I think its neat.
Posted by Burn1n9m4n

Also if you press the 'on the map' button it shows you the band that the algorithm spits at you at the center and then similar bands are clustered around in this cloud diagram. Nice visual representation of how close something is to your choices.

Posted by beej
@Akrid: Man you ever yeasayer live? It was super disappointing.
Posted by Akrid
@beej: No, but I don't doubt it! Making a show around music with no intruments is a fine art.
Posted by Bloodgraiv3


Never really followed them, to be honest.

 

Posted by RudeJohn

Wow, I thought it said "Gnostic." Some play on words with Gnosticism+Moog+Music?

I'm feeling all mystical and stuff.  }:-)

Posted by Burn1n9m4n

I'm a fan of Moogs.