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Video streaming device leader Roku debuts new soundbar, player and Roku Channel app

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

The newest Roku products include a streaming device promising improved video delivery throughout the home, a smaller soundbar that also streams, and an updated mobile app for viewing on the go. The nation's leading streaming platform, Roku said it had about 43 million monthly active accounts at the end of June 2020. Research firm eMarketer estimates Roku captures about 33% of U.S. internet users and 47% of connected TV users. Roku's lineup of devices includes the Roku Express ($29.99) and Roku Streaming Stick ($49.99). But its marquee standalone player – it also markets Roku TVs with built-in streaming capability – is the Roku Ultra ($99.99).


This interactive VR 'film' lets you play god to an evolving artificial intelligence

Mashable

If you could play god to an emerging artificial intelligence, would you? That's the moral dilemma at the heart of Agence, an interactive "dynamic film" that blends virtual reality, gaming, and cinematic storytelling to let audiences influence a handful of evolving, three-legged AI creatures, known as agents. The project, which recently debuted at the Venice International Film Festival, is a co-production between Toronto-based indie studio Transitional Forms and the National Film Board (NFB) of Canada. Think of it as Tamagotchi for the 2020s, but with real consequences on the development of digital life. "I think the core artistic vision of this is to cause people to question humans' role in artificial intelligence," says Pietro Gagliano, creator of Agence and founder of Transitional Forms, "both in its creation and interaction right now. These are virtually living creatures that are learning. This is a moment that I hope that we look back on in time as, you know, we made the right choices. And we decided to empathize with these creatures that didn't ask to be born."


How Data is Redefining A&R's Role In The Modern Music Industry - Hypebot

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Although A&Rs are still looking for the same qualities in an artist as they were fifty years ago, what they're looking for in that same artist's data – and they way they're looking for – it has changed dramatically. Editor's Note: Tommaso Rocchi is a 2020 Master of Arts graduate of The Global Entertainment and Music Business program at Berklee College of Music in Valencia, Spain. Data-driven A&R has been a buzzword for quite some time in the music industry, but also one of its most guarded secrets. Even before the acquisition of Sodatone by Warner Music Group, major and big indie record labels started to switch their mindsets and focus on the advantages of a data-driven approach. Compared to the classic "gut-feeling" expertise of a senior A&R, data analysis allows today's A&Rs to validate their intuition and justify talent acquisition with predictive modeling.


HR by Spreadsheet vs. HR by Algorithm

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"…In many organizations, the human resource department is responsible for many strategic tasks from managing the hiring to [the] termination of employee[s], for example monitoring of employees' at all the levels, handling payroll, managing employee[s'] benefits and so on. To make this work easier[,] organizations across the world are investing in HR automation [to] [carry] out the best human capital decision[s]…" I know what you're thinking: "…my company's board of directors is too visually impaired to consider what kind of impact these new-flanged capabilities will have on the company to actually consider them-- let alone implement them…" but you would be wrong to think this way; because the change is not only already happening, but it is accelerating. While it is true that some companies have not fully considered implementing a complete, top-to-bottom HR automation strategy -- largely because such a thing is still too abstract a problem and a not-so-clear-opportunity right now -- news like Amazon's drive to automate hiring and onboarding for its hourly warehouse workers will not stay secret for long. Do not kid yourselves, while corporate boards are not known for being bastions of innovation and forward-thinking, they know it's possible -- even if they are unable to see its affect on the corporation's current business -- at least, not yet, anyway.


Researchers reveal the perfect 'flirty' face for women: study

FOX News

Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. Sometimes, all it takes is a look. For some single people, it can be hard to tell when someone is actually flirting with you. Fortunately for them, new research suggests that there may be a specific facial expression that women use when they're flirting.


Texas man builds candy-shooting cannon and robot to keep trick-or-treating alive

FOX News

Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. As the holiday draws closer, people across the country are still asking what Halloween will look like this year. Some areas have discussed canceling events like trick-or-treating, while it appears that others are looking to invent new ways to keep the tradition alive. Luke Keyes still plans on giving out candy to trick-or-treaters this year, even if he has to go high-tech for his solutions, KVUE reports.


TCL 6-Series TV Review (2020): It's Our Favorite TV, Again

WIRED

Someday, there will be a reason to spend more than $1,000 on a TV. For now, save your money and buy the new TCL 6-Series. For the third year in a row, the $650, 55-inch model is our favorite TV--where beautiful picture quality and a usable Roku interface meet a reasonable price. It has better picture than TVs that cost hundreds of dollars more, Roku OS built in, and even Chromecast for showing slideshows on the big screen. You can spend double the money for a slightly better-looking OLED TV, but this quantum dot, Mini-LED TCL is nearly as good--and comes with a better interface.



Artificial Intelligence in Medicine Market to Witness Robust Expansion by 2026 with Top Key …

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Artificial Intelligence in Medicine Market research is an intelligence report with meticulous efforts undertaken to study the right and valuable …


Can this artificial intelligence program replace writers, journalists and poets?

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Seven years ago, my student and I at Penn State built a bot to write a Wikipedia article on Bengali Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore's play "Chitra." First, it culled information about "Chitra" from the internet. Then it looked at existing Wikipedia entries to learn the structure for a standard Wikipedia article. Finally, it summarised the information it had retrieved from the internet to write and publish the first version of the entry. However, our bot did not "know" anything about "Chitra" or Tagore. It did not generate fundamentally new ideas or sentences.