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This AI is creating some surprisingly good bops based on music by Katy Perry and Kanye West -- listen to some of the best

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Artists may need to start competing with -- or embracing -- computer-made songs and soundtracks in the near future, if a new AI music generator shows any indication of what could come next for the music industry. Researchers at artificial intelligence lab OpenAI have released Jukebox, an open-source algorithm that can generate music, complete with lyrics, vocals, and a soundtrack. All the algorithm needs is a genre, an artist, and a snippet of lyrics, and Jukebox can create song samples that can be realistic and quite catchy. OpenAI's music generator runs on the same sort of machine-learning technology used to create deepfakes and employed by the slew of sites that popped up in 2019 generating fake memes, fake Airbnb listings, and fake cats. Jukebox produces its AI creations using artificial neural networks that train a computer to learn from an influx of data.


This Software Can Make Kanye West Rap Eminem's 'Lose Yourself'

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We have taught computers to do some amazing and horrible things, as a species. But nothing summarizes both of these facets quite like a machine-learning-generated snippet of Kanye West rapping Eminem's "Lose Yourself" with what sounds like a mouthful of stockpiled quarantine Nutella. This is just one example of the thousands of cursed yet compelling song snippets generated by Jukebox, machine learning software developed by independent research organization Open AI and released to the world on Thursday. The fine details (which you can read in an accompanying paper) are complicated but the general idea is the researchers trained machine learning models capable of parsing music on audio from more than 1 million songs pulled from the web. From this fuzzy internal picture of what constitutes listenable music, Jukebox generates new songs in various genres and in the style of specific artists.


Andile Ngcaba's inq Wants to be Africa's Number one AI Service Provider.

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ICT industry veteran Andile Ngcaba's inq., a Pan-African digital service provider, wants to be Africa's number one artificial intelligence (AI) service provider. The company has points of contacts in 12 African cities, Johannesburg, Gaborone, Lusaka, Ndola, Blantyre, Lilongwe, Mzuzu, Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Kanu and Abidjan. It has concluded the 100% acquisition of Vodacom Business Africa's operations in Nigeria, Zambia and Cote d'Ivoire with a further planned acquisition in Cameroon pending regulatory approvals. At the time of the announcement of the transaction last June, inq. said this deals represents a significant milestone to its vision to be a leading provider of cloud and digitally based services in key markets across sub-Saharan Africa and provides additional vital assets in its build-out of a regional footprint. Today, inq. said this landmark transaction grows inq.'s regional footprint to 13 cities in 7 countries across Africa including its existing operations in Botswana, Malawi and Mozambique.


Christen Limbaugh Bloom: God using Kanye to inspire believers -- and even the skeptics

FOX News

Director of Ministry Intelligence at the American Bible Society Dr. John Farquhar Plake provides free bibles to Kanye fans. It's no secret Kanye West's "Jesus is King" album set the internet on fire over the past week. Fox News reported that Google searches for "Jesus" and "Christian beliefs" significantly spiked since the album's release on Oct. 25, and it has sparked both social media and real-life conversations among countless Christians and skeptics. After listening to the songs and watching several of West's interviews where he explains the reasoning behind his drastic change of behavior and newly professed "sonship" to the Kingdom of God, I'm convinced God is using him to inspire both believers and non-believers alike. In his appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" West was asked if he now considers himself a "Christian music artist."


How future tech is helping elephants

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These intelligent, complex and emotional beasts have come to symbolize wildlife conservation efforts around the globe. Across the African continent, they are under threat from encroaching human settlements and continued poaching -- in the summer of 2018, an aerial survey in Botswana found 87 elephants had been killed and their tusks cut off for their ivory, the biggest slaughter in recent years. But elephants are part of a complex ecosystem and scientists and conservationists know protecting them isn't just crucial to the species itself, but for other African animals, birds and plants. Elephants are a keystone species -- their presence and activities play a crucial role in maintaining the health of the savannah and forests they inhabit. For example, they use their tusks to dig for water, providing this scarce resource for other species as well.


Best deals for Tuesday: Save on Hoover and Dyson vacuums, KitchenAid and Mr. Coffee coffeemakers, Echo Dot, and more

Mashable

We gathered the best deals on floor care products and kitchen gear from Amazon, Walmart, and Best Buy. We also have deals on adult learning courses from Udemy. If you ever wanted to learn web design and coding, we have deals that will suit your interests. SEE ALSO: Be better than Kanye: Use a password manager like this one that's on sale. There are a number of deals on vacuums, including Hoover's WindTunnel 3 High Performance Pet Bagless Upright Vacuum, which is on sale for $149.99, and Dyson's Ball Multi Floor Canister Vacuum, which is discounted to $240.53, or about $160 off its list price.


Robotics expert talks future of artificial intelligence

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"Mindy Project" actor Ike Barinholtz says President Trump's obsession with loyalty was one of inspirations behind the premise of his new film, "The Oath." Democratic columnist Jonathan Harris on Friday slammed what he called the hypocrisy in President Trump's Oval Office meeting with musician Kanye West. Canadian astronaut Col. Chris Hadfield (Ret.) on Friday described what happened in a rocket failure this year with a Russian cosmonaut and an American astronaut, and the safety protocol they followed during the malfunction. Canadian astronaut Col. Chris Hadfield (Ret.) said Friday that private companies such as Boeing and Tesla are in a prime position to take advantage of space travel. The contents of this site are 2018 Capitol Hill Publishing Corp., a subsidiary of News Communications, Inc.


Clinton, Holder under fire for political incivility comments

FOX News

This is a rush transcript from "The Five," October 11, 2018. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated. It's 5 o'clock in New York City, and this is "The Five." It's the event everybody is talking about, Kanye West's America first sit down with President Trump at the White House. KANYE WEST, ARTIST: You know they try to scare me to not wear this hat, my old friends. But this hat it gives me power, in a way. WATTERS: We're going to have more of Kanye in the West Wing ahead. But first, Democrats, Hillary Clinton, and Eric Holder are under fire for their recent comments attacking Republicans. HILLARY CLINTON, FORMER DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE: You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about. ERIC HOLDER, FORMER U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL: Michelle would say, you know, when they go low, we go high. When they go low, we kick them. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Better be careful what he's wishing for, that I can tell you. He better be careful what he's wishing for. UNINDENTIFIED MALE: What do you mean? TRUMP: That's a disgusting statement for him to make. For him to make a statement like that is a very dangerous statement. You know, they talk about us. WATTERS: And Congressman Steve Scalise, who was shot by a deranged left-wing gunman, is calling out the left's mob mentality. Writing, quote, if they want change, they need to convince people with their ideas and actually win elections rather than call for violent resistance, harassment, and mob rule. Meanwhile, Holder is predictably backtracking. Tweeting, quote, OK, stop the fake outrage. In fact, when I was A.G., violent crime in the U.S. was historically low. I'm saying Republicans are undermining our democracy and Democrats need to be tough, proud, and stand up for the values we believe in.


The Morning After: Hardcore parkour robots

Engadget

Major copyright reforms are coming to music.Donald Trump signs the Music Modernization Act into law Today, the president signed the Music Modernization Act into law with various celebrities, including Kid Rock, Mike Love and John Rich, present. It focuses on updating music copyright law to be current with the streaming era -- and hopefully, increase royalties for artists and songwriters. Officially named the Orrin G. Hatch Music Modernization Act, it was unanimously passed by both the House and the Senate, and streamlines the process for music licensing and updates rules about royalties for streaming music. That really happened.Kanye West wants Apple to build Trump an'iPlane' Nothing quite like pitching a hydrogen-powered plane, "made by Apple" to the President of the United States of America. Hardcore parkour.Boston Dynamics' Atlas robot shows upgraded agility in'Parkour' video This summer workout clip features a bipedal battery-powered robot that not only jogs, but hops over obstacles and up an uneven obstacle course with nary a bobble.


Kanye West said that Apple should build Trump an iPlane

Mashable

Immediately after Kanye West revealed his terrible iPhone passcode to the world, he said that Apple should build Trump the iPlane1. "I brought a GIF with me right here," West said in the Oval Office on Thursday during a meeting as he turned his phone over to the president. "This right here is the iPlane 1. It's a hydrogen-powered airplane, and this is what our president should be flying in. We're going to have Apple, an American company, work on this plane."