The Neural Auctioneer

A recurrent cattle auctioneer is calling bids. The auction chant presents an interesting subject for an RNN. The utterances are rapid, so the network learns the texture quite well, and its output sounds just linguistic enough to make pleasing gibberish.

The neural auctioneer toys somewhat with modern digital anxieties. Will cattle auctioneering become yet another casualty in the robot labor wars? Is this the abstract voice of the market we hear, overseeing the high frequency trades of the super rich? Or is this the voice of an online advertising exchange, crying the lots of banner ads that lubricate the wheels of AI research with eyeballs and clicks?
Jules LaPlace, 2018

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