Hum Alonga Google
Written by David (Grouch) Conrad   
Sunday, 18 October 2020

In what I can't help thinking is an example of vicious misuse of AI, Google has come up with a new search option that lets you hum a tune to find out its name.

The idea is that when you're desperate to remember what tune it is that's driving you scatty, you can hum it, and Google will provide the answer. They claim it will work even when you can't remember the lyrics or who sang it, and even if you're not that good at holding a tune.

You can also whistle or sing the tune to Google. To use it you open the latest version of the Google app or find your Google Search widget, tap the mic icon and say “what's this song?” or click the “Search a song” button. Then start humming for 10-15 seconds.



You can also use Google Assistant, by saying “Hey Google, what’s this song?” and then humming the tune. The "feature" is currently available in English on iOS, and in more than 20 languages on Android. Google hopes to expand this to more languages in the future.

Under the covers, the search option uses a machine learning algorithm to identify potential song matches. The developers say you don’t need perfect pitch to use this feature, though I can think of a few friends who's tuneless singing suggests they've no hope.

Once the algorithm has winced its way through listening to your yodeling, it will show you the most likely options based on the tune. If it's succeeded. you can choose the one that matches your earworm and find out about the song and the artist, view any accompanying music videos or listen to the song on your favorite music app. You can also find the lyrics, read analysis and check out other recordings of the song when available.

Personally, I think this is just another form of cruel and unusual torture. Instead of ignoring your partner failing to find a tune, you're now going to have to listen to them discussing it with Google, and THEN they're bound to make you listen to half a dozen versions of it. Thanks a bunch, Google.


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