Bright Future

by Baba Brinkman

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Qubits
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It’s the ballad of a zombie… Like a slave to a parasite… I got a hatchet and I’m buryin’ it It’s the lament of a zombified marionette I feel my limbs moving, but I’m unaware of intent Like there’s somethin’ parasitic in them I can’t escape! Inexplicable forces got me sprinklin’ spores Just like a bullet ant infected with Ophiocordyceps Grippin’ a branch, fungus rippin’ my cortex Every leaf in the forest littered with corpses I can relate! Parasitic organisms promote their fitness At the expense of a host, and evolve to control them better And hosts evolve defenses, to protect their own interests And fall victim to novel stimuli, like scrollin’ Twitter Hijacked! Hi, Jack, you got me screenified Hits of dopamine arrive, extended phenotype Retweets and likes, keepin’ eyes locked Like a green-banded broodsac worm in a snail’s eyestalk So this goes out To all the profiles I stalk… It’s the Ballad of a Zombie I don’t know who’s in control But it’s not me Ballad of a Zombie I feel an urgent pull And it’s got me Feelin’ like a zombie Like a slave to a parasite (Gotta get it off me) Brains Got me actin’ wonky Ballad of a Zombie Zombified for the thrill of it, jacked on euphoria Cicadas high on psilocybin drippin’ Massospora Abdomen a mass of spores, junk completely gone And all they wanna do is get their freak on To the zombie theme song, a parasitic meme song Apparently we evolved to pass genes and these on Over eons, ideas, beliefs, thoughts, true or not You’re nothin’ to them but a cockroach to a jewel wasp And yeah, some of those memes do keep you alive Just long enough for their progeny to eat your insides Defend your beliefs ’til you die, despite the blunt trauma Like a caterpillar defending a pupating wasp larva Horrible, but part of our lives, unignorable Posting articles online ‘cause someone called you “deplorable” Curating your feed when you’re the feed, the product being sold Like a crab grooming a sack of Sacculina barnacles Shout out to everyone Who’s ever been part of a cult It’s the Ballad of a Zombie I don’t know who’s in control It’s not me, but it’s got me In it’s urgent pull Feelin’ like a slave, a parasite I’m feelin’ wonky tonight No I don’t feel quite right Zombie Okay, parasitic relationships aren’t all bad I have kids to answer to, I’m the one they call “dad” So I provide – takin’ out the garbage at night Fully aware that my relations are makin’ me zombified I love my wife, that’s exactly how I get manipulated Reciprocal altruism doesn’t begin to explain it Full cooperation even unenvenomated Domesticated, cheater-detection system disabled Like, “I get it, she’s got all types of cares to avoid” Like a Russian Doll, baby, hyperparasitoids With fleas biting fleas with smaller fleas to bite ‘em And even me biting scientists, ad infinitum So what are we? Nothin’ but lambs to the slaughter? Nothin’ but crickets led by Mermithid worms to the water? Nah, ‘cause we can skeptically see when we’re zombified And sometimes wake up when things are out of line So bring on the bite… Braaiiiins! It’s the Ballad of a Zombie I don’t know who’s in control But it’s not me Ballad of a Zombie I feel an urgent pull And it’s got me Feelin’ like a zombie Like a slave to a parasite (Gotta get it off me) Brains Got me actin’ wonky Ballad of a Zombie This is the Ballad Of a Zombie I don’t know Who it is in control But it ain’t me, oh no Just like a slave To a parasite, I Am feeling the urgent pull The Ballad of a Zombie
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Blackout, blackout, too late to back out From New York city to Krakow, no turnin’ back now We demand infinite power that never taps out And the shutting of all fossil fuel smoke stacks down Don’t forget to ask “how?” Use every single tool Got that solar bling on my roof, all of my neighbors are thinkin’ it’s cool Renewables are beautiful, get them connected to every cottage But the crucible is: can they get us city-level wattage? Ten percent, maybe twenty five, until the wind power dies No flow from a hydro reservoir that a drought has dried The sun sets under cloudy skies, out of sight Out of mind, old king coal comes out at night Sunrise capacity surges, crashin’ the circuits Batteries would be perfect, it’s too bad they don’t work yet Plus the cost of purchase, it straight up doubles the pesos So again with the fossil fuel steppin’ up to cover the base-load Commuter Sky polluter  Ride my scooter Climate movement Computer WiFi booster Fly juicer HiFi music Clean energy Means everything Everything Bright future Clean energy Means everything Bright future So here we go yo, whatsa whatsa whatsa scenario? The carbon footprint is low in France and Ontario The way they chose to carry the load is scary to folks But the resulting quality of life there is very dope Look at what they did in Sweden, low-emission Sweden Took the power grid and cleaned it safely, ask a physics teacher Fifty years of nuclear waste fits in a single arena And nature is more radioactive, check a dosimeter reader Carcinogenic coal ash kills half a million people Every single year, after leavin’ ‘em feelin’ a lil wheezy Replace particulate coal with fission and breathe easy Some people will get a little heated, but I don’t give a millisievert You want to fight climate change? Fight nuclear decommissions Replace fission with fossil fuel and you increase emissions Keep that clean efficient energy in the system How is that politically divisive? Commuter Sky polluter  Ride my scooter Climate movement Computer WiFi booster Fly juicer HiFi music Clean energy Means everything Everything Bright future Clean energy Means everything Bright future Abundance, that’s what happens when everything functions One billion people today still have nothin’ to plug in Every third of a second another one comes in, no judgement Just take the power production number today and double it Now every solar panel planned is just keepin’ up with new demand Burn baby burn, another natural gas plant The air is a trash can for fossil fuel when you’re burnin’ it But frack that, we have a zero carbon alternative That’s so radioactive, we can’t discuss it calmly A nuclear reaction to a sensible energy policy I’m afraid of a meltdown, but only psychologically In response to a technology that produces juice constantly Is it dangerous? Compared to what, fairy dust? It’s safer than other major energy production areas Climate change is scary enough, even with various Solutions at play, take one of the biggest away And it’s gonna bury us Commuter Sky polluter  Ride my scooter Climate movement Computer WiFi booster Fly juicer HiFi music Clean energy Means everything Everything Bright future Clean energy Means everything Bright future
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Cloud Feedback (feat. Skillz FJ)
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And ye though I walk Through the valley Of the shadow of death I will fear no evil For I know that coronavirus Is not evil It’s a mindless biological agent A tangle of RNA in a lipid sheath That evolved to replicate itself inside of cells Just as we evolved an immune system to repel it This I know because of science Folks in my section Like askin’ questions Takin’ measurements Testin’ hypotheses About how policy interventions Limit the spread of infection Natural selection Only game in town You can find it any place a replicator is found I’m DNA-based, and staycation-bound now ‘Cause there’s a new replicator in town Takin’ the crown RNA-based with a lipid shell Soap can rip it apart, so give it hell But just in case, update your living will Shelter in place, regardless if you’re ill Stay home! Reduce transmission rates When it’s too late to contain, mitigate When there’s no universal test you can get No contact tracing just community spread Stay home! Survival of the biggest introverts Bend the curve, end the surge, revenge of the nerds Who stay home! ‘Cause intuition is hollow “Y’all need to listen to the models” And stay home! It’s not a hoax, not a joke “This is their new hoax” In November gotta vote Stay home! Let the message go viral Instead of infection, it’s so vital To stay home! And watch Contagion Runnin’ from the viral invasion with Matt Damon Isolation, double-front campaign wagin’ Against the virus and misinformation Wrap it up in public, mask and glove it Ask the Czech Republic, you don’t have to love it When the floodgate’s open you just have to shut it The Wuhan plan ain’t nothin’ to muck with Now that’s government in control of its citizens No civil liberties, and no COVID-iots No Floridians open for business No governors who don’t know about symptomless Spread – now a doctor’s havin’ a talk with her kids About the plan in case she’s not gonna live Workin’ a shift with no personal protective equipment Which is somethin’ no president ever could’ve predicted Especially one who never paid attention, sleeping Through intelligence briefings, the seeds have been 
Sown for years, corona’s doing the reaping With grieving loved ones doing the weeping Stay home! Protected “respirator style” Or watch the curve rise up “escalator style” Stay home! Stop damaging MDs And EMTs – “oxygen, they can’t breathe” Stay home! It’s not a joke, not a hoax “Like a miracle” Register to vote! But for now, stay home! Let the message go viral Instead of infection, it’s so vital To stay home! Stay calm, stay sanguine We had some bad luck mutations in a pangolin But I don’t give a plasmid about who first brang it in I just wanna see how administrations handle it And buy time to develop a vaccine In a year, maybe two, optimistically COVID-19, nobody’s immune system works Anyone can get it from Prince to Prime Minister So, be careful where you get your info On Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome SARS Cov 2, this is just the intro You can reduce fatalities tenfold Stay home! This is triage, beyotch No need to see a concierge, use a kiosk Social distance is the best shot we got Don’t let the germ win by fiat Stay home! The next victim might be you Five percent are “guaranteed to be in ICU” Stay home! This is Russian Roulette “People jumpin’ over people just to rush to the set” Stay home! Antivax activists How about it, ready for shots after this? Stay home! Let the message go viral Instead of infection, it’s so vital To stay home!
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Data Science Statisticians (Repeat) Academic classical statistician, sit down and listen You’re about to witness the power of algorithms Linear regressions is suckin’ us into a recession Interpretability is dead, the gold standard is now prediction Please, you think ‘cause a method is new, it isn’t bad? Everything about your “big data” movement is a fad All you have is a glittering enigma wrapped in a complex riddle Nothing but a black box with lots of little knobs to twiddle I’ll take a black box that delivers accurate answers On any question you can ask it, from genetics to cancer Over a transparent box we understand that’s “interpretable” With tractable math… Yeah, too bad it doesn’t work so good though Algorithms are just another kind of statistical inference That’s fine. You’re advocating scientifical ignorance You’re like the Wizard of Oz in a balloon, floating over the earth "Come back!" “I can’t! I don’t know how it works!” Here’s how it works: data goes in, predictions emerge Talk to Mark Zuckerberg if you really question its worth Forget it, stay bottled up in a college and data model I’ll solve problems, drive an Audi, and date a model Data science, we predict the outcome And if you see it's workin’, there’s no need to question “how come?” Statisticians, we want it precise How is it “science” if you can’t explain your model designs?!? Data science, we don’t want it basic Life is complicated, the original “black box” is nature Statisticians, reveal how nature functions All I need is a model with articulated assumptions Is that too much to ask from a data analyst? Show your work!? That’s basic practice, but they can't handle it Move fast, break things, it just isn't right Not at the expense of parsimony and scientific insight You got it backwards, pops, scientific progress Is a step-by-step process from simple to complex Quantum physics comes after Newtonian mechanics And classic statisticians never discovered exoplanets You’re the one with the model backwards, son, you got distracted We get results! Yeah, with no thought for the causal factors Tech investors keep earning, algorithms keep churning But it’s a shallow journey if only the machine’s learning We’re learning, never doubt that, data science is about facts And if it catches mice, that makes it a better mousetrap Statistics is either gonna get with artificial intelligence Or it’s gonna lose in the data battle for relevance Well if that’s your position, then I'm a converted mathematician First, check if it works, and then unpack the algorithm With statistical methods; that’s just more for us to perceive Just don’t lose sight of the random forest for the trees Data science, we predict the outcome First check if it's workin’, and then question “how come?” Statisticians, we want it precise How is it “science” if you can’t explain your model designs? Data science, we don’t want it basic Life is complicated, the original black box is nature Statisticians, reveal how nature functions All I need is a model with articulated assumptions Data Science Statisticians (Repeat)
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Green is Good
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Let’s take a minute to applaud the good actions On the planet’s behalf of Light Water Reactors If greenhouse gases are what you want to tackle Dismissing atomic is really not a good tactic Unlike fossil fuel, the carbon is absent And the fatalities per terawatt is a fraction So if you hate on it and you want to attack it Don't forget to factor in the cost of inaction Although, lookin’ back it could’ve been a bit foolish To go with a solid fuel in a water coolant That cracks when it fissions, so you gotta remove it With ninety-nine percent of the juices still useless And plus, it does take a lot of pressure To heat that water to three hundred degrees And trap it in a concrete containment vessel In case radioactive steam gets released I mean, Three Mile Island? Zero deaths Fukushima Daiichi? Zero deaths Is a nuclear technician a hero? Yes It’s not whether it’s safe, it’s where to go next Liquid Sodium Makin’ new fuel out of former junk A traveling wave comes Molten salt with Thorium No meltdowns anymore ‘Cause a plug drains out When you warm it up Fourth generation Molten salt with Thorium Or molten salt without it Uranium, Plutonium, you know we ‘bout it ‘bout it Decades of waste can now get routed Back to the reactor to tackle a power outage Salt, but not what's on a dinner table Lithium and Beryllium Fluoride moderate the flow Of neutrons – it’s hell-a chemically stable Fission products gotta bond with it, unbreakable So how can Cesium and Iodine hurt Your thyroid? They’re locked in salt binders Fissioning and circulating in a purifier And spinning a turbine, ask Alvin Weinberg Now the half-life of the waste is like Three centuries, and we can pay that price Like the preservation of an ancient relic, we can achieve it And use isotopes for cancer treatment No reason to fear radiation at all When elements dissolve in molten salt It can leak and a meltdown won’t result It just solidifies and the whole thing halts This warming rock Is gonna still get hot Until we clean our power Sources up Get it from the wind Offshore and the sun And the molten salt With Thorium Liquid Sodium Makin’ new fuel out of former junk A traveling wave comes Molten salt with Thorium No meltdowns anymore ‘Cause a plug drains out When you warm it up Fourth generation Molten salt with Thorium Come on, sing along, is it hard To build a modular reactor in a shipyard? And bring it on a truck to deliver the spark And tell the haters to sit in the dark ‘Cause it’s way way way way safer than climate change Don’t lose sight of the plot of the play It’s all about decarbonization all day And energy poverty is not gonna wait So no pressure, no more than a garden hose Temperature high, so the wattage flows Price low, hydrocarbons, synthesize those Desalinize, access to water grows Watch coal plants fall like dominoes This tech is so close, y’all, so vamanos Close all emissions that are poisonous And let economists calculate avoided deaths And let everyone, Nigerian to American Celebrate the Molten Salt Reactor Experiment Oak Ridge Lab, Tennessee Which invented cheap, safe, unlimited energy Liquid Sodium Makin’ new fuel out of former junk A traveling wave comes Molten salt with Thorium No meltdowns anymore ‘Cause a plug drains out When you warm it up Fourth generation Molten salt with Thorium
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Stirling Engine
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Counterfactual (feat. Aaron Ross) video

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The first-ever Custom Science Rap Album, all ten of the songs on Bright Future were commissioned by an individual or an organization to tell a story of scientific discovery.

Bright Future is Canadian rapper Baba Brinkman's 15th full-length solo album and also marks the launch of his new company, Event Rap Inc, a booking app for original custom rap songs and performances.

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releases May 28, 2021

1. Qubits
(D. Brinkman, J. Simmonds)
Produced and Mixed by Mr. Simmonds
Additional Vocals by Jessie Davis

Made with support from Google Quantum AI
quantumai.google

2. Ballad of a Zombie
(D. Brinkman, A. Ross, J. Simmonds)
Produced and Mixed by Mr. Simmonds
Chorus Vocals by Aaron Ross
Made with support from the Zombified Podcast
www.zombified.org

3. Bright Future
(D. Brinkman, A. Ross, J. Simmonds)
Produced and Mixed by Mr. Simmonds
Chorus Vocals by Eric Meyer
Made with support from Generation Atomic
www.generationatomic.org

4. Cloud Feedback (feat. Skillz FJ)
(D. Brinkman, T. Caruana, S. Taukave)
Produced and Mixed by Tom Caruana
Guitar and Additional Percussion by Skillz FJ
Keys by Simon Kendall
Made with Support from U of Hamburg Meteorological Institute
www.mi.uni-hamburg.de/en.html

5. Stay Home
(D. Brinkman, J. Simmonds)
Produced and Mixed by Mr. Simmonds
Scientific Consultation by Carl Bergstrom
twitter.com/CT_Bergstrom

6. Data Science
(D. Brinkman, J. Simmonds)
Produced and Mixed by Mr. Simmonds
Made with support from alteryx
www.alteryx.com

7. Green is Good
(D. Brinkman, A. Ross, J. Simmonds)
Produced and Mixed by Mr. Simmonds
Chorus Vocals by Aaron Ross
Made with support from Forests Ontario
forestsontario.ca

8. Molten Salt
(D. Brinkman, A. Ross, J. Simmonds)
Produced and Mixed by Mr. Simmonds
Chorus Vocals by Aaron Ross
Bridge Guitar and Vocals by Aaron Ross
Made with support from Generation Atomic
www.generationatomic.org

9. Stirling Engine
(D. Brinkman, J. Simmonds)
Produced and Mixed by Mr. Simmonds
Made with support from Qnergy
www.qnergy.com

10. Counterfactual (feat. Aaron Ross)
(D. Brinkman, A. Ross, R. Sticklor)
Produced by DJ Plain View
Additional Production and Mix by Lin Gardiner
Clav and Additional Organ by Clef Seeley
Scientific Consultation by Gary Yohe
gyohe.faculty.wesleyan.edu

Album Mastered by Mr. Simmonds

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