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10 or 15 years ago, I had a copy of a DOS program (poem.exe) that generated short poems. Some were good, most boring, some meaningless rubbish. (I think the @poem.exe Twitter account is using dear old poem.exe with a human deciding what to tweet.)

So as someone who’s better at writing lyrics for an existing melody than writing a melody for existing lyrics … interesting tool.

But I always remember that what sells the music industry giant’s idea of music isn’t the music. It’s sex. So when they feed specialist-AI-generated lyrics into specialist-AI-generated melody into specialist-AI-generated avatars – will the domination of musical sex machines like Beyoncé finally be broken?

Only when the avatar looks and acts like her.

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180112-is-this-the-worlds-first-good-robot-album

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KHNL: People keep leaving Hawaii in droves and this year was no exceptlon:

http://m.hawaiinewsnow.com/hawaiinewsnow/db/330510/content/L9UvhHGG

It isn’t because of Hawaii’s high cost of living. Other places are expensive to live in, too.

It’s because of the massive gap between our cost of living and the pathetic excuse for pay in Hawaii.

When I worked here as a technical writer, Hawaii pay for same experience/same work was half what it was on the mainland.

Also, our disgusting – and (in my opinion) criminal and blatently discriminatory – minimum (aka starvation) wage means people have to work two fulltime jobs if they want to eat regularly and live anywhere except on the streets.

(Our continued building of housing for billionaires and corporations instead of real people who live here just makes it worse.)

So, if you had a choice of slaving away for practically nothing, or moving elsewhere with decent pay – what would you do?