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Music services run by machines let Christmas carols be heard right after Gangnam Style.

Online radios run by humans don’t.

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Loud music isn’t music

Music disappears when loud sounds are rocking the walls. The composition, melody, and energy vanish. Only pounding remains.

Music should let itself be heard, but not yell.

What’s impossible today will be possible in the future

I accidentally took this photo when strolling by a London canal:

It is, as you can tell, pretty horrible. Instinctively I would delete it, but before I did, a thought flashed through my head: machine learning will be able to fix this photo in the future. I don’t know when, but I’m sure it will. Besides, I’m not running out of storage.

I had the same thought about a broken SD card of mine: it might be unfixable today, but only today.

There is no conclusion to this post, it’s just a thought experiment that I’m now running.

Why online public school won’t last

I’m entering week three of online school, the best school experience I’ve ever had.

But it will end once the quarantine ends. Online lessons cancel borders, therefore potentially reducing future tax revenue. It’s not worth it for a country to educate somebody without getting anything in return.

A short message for Bill Gates

Bill, please don’t let the tinfoil fringe elements take advantage of you. I perfectly understand your motives, but it would be much better if you didn’t laugh or smile in questionable circumstances.

The 19th COVID

Kellyanne Conway recently mentioned that COVID-19 was the 19th COVID. This gaffe has been caused by poor naming: the disease should have been called COVID-2019.

Organic: agribusiness is changing a word’s definition

Webster 1913:

Of or pertaining to an organ or its functions, or to objects composed of organs; consisting of organs, or containing them; as, the organic structure of animals and plants; exhibiting characters peculiar to living organisms; as, organic bodies, organic life, organic remains.

Yet today one of its definitions is:

Something produced by methods that comply with practices that cycle resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity.

Let’s analyse this by looking at a specific example: apples. Every person who follows elementary nutritional precautions understands that a non-organic apple is harmful—it’s basically playdough. Some dirty sect took advantage of this and created a technicality by changing the meaning of “being organic” so only apples made in a proprietary bombastic way are considered such. I say, cut the bullshit. Any apple is organic if it’s not made out of playdough.

Using the word organic in its “new” definition is unprofessional.

Physical distancing

The world doesn’t need any social distancing. In fact, we should narrow social gaps in a world that is being divided by cults pretending to be good causes.

Staying 4.5 metres from the next person in line should be called physical distancing.

Voice-controlled elevators

Elevators should support voice control. This way people will be able to select their floor without touching anything.

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