Eurovision is annual event in Europe and had I not lived in Europe to experience it, I doubt I would be able to understand it.

Essentially, European countries compete in a Europop contest every year. The winner becomes a national hero and their song gets a lot of airplay.

Songs in the contest have a distinct tone and flavor. It’s hard for me to quantify, yet an AI pretty much nailed it.

The project team fed hundreds of Eurovision songs – melodies and lyrics – into a neuron network. Then, algorithms produced thousands of new tunes and lines of verse, from which a few musical units were carefully selected and “welded” into a song.

Lyrics below the video.

Lyrics:
I am lost when i’m with you
There’s no hesitation in your eyes
Baby bye bye bye
Oh bye bye bye
Baby by myself the stain
grows more obvious

In this pain of the bird who’s flying
Over roses of sadness
Baby bye bye bye
Oh bye bye bye
Baby summer’s gone
It’s gone for the both of us

And tears will always have wet eyes
I’ll cry but I’ll survive
On a mission
I will let you go forever

Blue jeans and bloody tears
Blue jeans and bloody tears
There’s no life without your life in misery
Blue jeans and bloody tears
Don’t give up on a precious summer
Rolling in the moonshine
Baby by bye-bye
Oh by bye-bye
Baby let me go
So close to the holy ground

Tears will always have wet eyes
I’ll cry but I’ll survive
On a mission
I will let you go forever

Blue jeans and bloody tears
Blue jeans and bloody tears
There’s no life without your life in misery
Blue jeans and bloody tears

Don’t break my heart – It’s powerless
This magic is in spite of me
Don’t keep me hanging on

Don’t break my heart – It’s powerless
This magic is in spite of me
Don’t keep me hanging on
keep me hanging on
keep me hanging on
I will let you go forever
Blue jeans and bloody tears

Blue jeans and bloody tears
Blue jeans and bloody tears
There’s no life without your life in misery
Blue jeans and bloody tears

Blue jeans and bloody tears
Blue jeans and bloody tears
There’s no life without your life in misery
Blue jeans and bloody tears

Over the last decade or so, open source has blossomed into a major movement and the backbone of the tech industry. For instance, check out this project that Uber, yes Uber, has open sourced.

Ludwig is a TensorFlow-based toolbox that allows you to train and test deep learning models without the need to write any of the code. Incubated at Uber for the last two years, Ludwig was finally open sourced this February to incorporate the contributions of the data science community. With Ludwig, a data scientist can train a deep learning model by simply providing a CSV file that contains the training data as well as the YAML file with the outputs and inputs of the model.

In an interesting behind the scenes look at Netflix’s engineering, Josh Evans talks about the chaotic and vibrant world of microservices. Starting with the basics- the anatomy of a microservice, the challenges around distributed systems, and the benefits,  he then builds on that foundation exploring the cultural, architectural, and operational methods that lead to microservice mastery.

Business Wars is a podcast that chronicles the fight for your business, taking a peek behind the shiny logos and press releases to uncover the gritty details behind the scenes.

Fascinating stories made better with amazing audio production values and killer narration.

Below is Episode 1 of an 8-part series on the brutal business battle between Netflix and Blockbuster, and later HBO.

It all started around 1997, with a guy named Marc Randolph and his mathematician friend Reed Hastings. Randolph and Hastings knew they’d have to take on Blockbuster, but what they didn’t anticipate was that their business model would take on network television and eventually change the entire movie industry.

This was an 8-year total war that left innumerable casualties in its wake: thousands of hollowed out buildings and economic losses in the billions.

Press the play button below to listen here