Jonathan Coulton Talks Music, Technology and

It's possible I went a little overboard in writing this week's Discovery News piece about, the Web site that lets musicians upload a track for quick evaluation by music-savvy algorithms. The whole thing deals with AI's designed to judge a song's hit potential, and it goes a little into algorithmic musical composition as well. So I thought, "Who better to give a musician's perspective on the whole deal than former programmer and overall Internet music sensation Jonathan Coulton?"

NASA on First Name Basis with Whale Sharks

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to tell one whale shark from another -- it takes a ridiculously complicated computer algorithm designed by NASA. Just look at that photo. The array of white spots on a whale shark's body is essentially a star scape -- and just who makes it their business to map and decipher the heavens?