Considering what happened to our beloved WhiskeyMedia 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?