Amazon's Alexa and Prime Music service arrive in Canada


The absence of Amazon's Alexa and Prime Music services in Canada has been a strange oversight, given that the nation's share a border and (one of two) common languages. That has now been corrected, as Amazon has finally launched the Echo family, Prime Music and Alexa Voice services and skills in the land of hockey and poutine. "We're excited to bring [Alexa] to Canada with an experienced designed from the ground up for our Canadian customers," said Amazon Senior VP Tom Taylor in a statement. Amazon has introduced a new English voice for Alexa with a Canadian accent, though even we Canadians aren't exactly sure what that is. However, Alexa doesn't seem to be available yet in French, which is bit surprising considering that it's one of Canada's two official languages (Engadget has reached out for more information).

The first AI pop album is on its way Toronto Star


If you've ever lamented that everything you hear on the radio today sounds like it was written by a machine, brace yourself for the future: The robots are coming. And they're bringin' the jams. But artificial intelligence is already being employed to write music, and Los Angeles-based musician and YouTube video star Taryn Southern is getting in on the ground floor by recording the first album composed entirely using AI, which should leave her well placed for sympathy when the robots eventually take over -- assuming, of course, that AI is by then sufficiently advanced that robots can actually feel sympathy. Southern hears jokes like that a lot, as you might imagine. But no, she's not worried that AI will eventually render human musicians and composers obsolete.

Spotify: Analyzing and Predicting Songs – ML Review – Medium


If there's one thing I can't live without, it's not my phone or my laptop or my car -- it's music. I love music and getting lost in it. My inspiration for this project is finding out what it is about a song that I enjoy so much. After using Python and some data wrangling techniques, the data frame below is what I use to do some exploratory data analysis (EDA). Again, using Python, I was able to create this visualization of distributions between my Liked (blue) and Disliked (red) songs.

Spotify Will Replace Artists And Labels With Artificial Intelligence [OP-ED]


François Pachet has the capacity to change the music industry as we know it. You probably don't know who he is. I don't expect you to. He's a French scientist and foremost expert on music composed by artificial intelligence. Yes, music composed by computers.

Now computers are writing pop songs


"Ugh," my dad used to grunt when I switched on Radio 1 . "This music sounds like it was written by a computer". It's a criticism that's been levelled at synthpop for years. But what if it was true? Taryn Southern, a YouTube star and content creator, has just released a song she wrote with the help of artificial intelligence.

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Spotify, the largest on-demand music service in the world, has a history of pushing technological boundaries and using big data, artificial intelligence and machine learning to drive success. The digital music company with more than 100 million users has been busy this year enhancing its service and tech capabilities through several acquisitions. Industry watch dogs predict the company will launch an IPO in 2018. When you have tens of millions of people listening to music every minute of the day, you have access to an extraordinary amount of intel that includes what songs get the most play time, to where listeners are tuning in from and even what device they are using to access the service. There's no doubt Spotify is a data-driven company and it uses the data in every part of the organization to drive decisions.

The Future Of Artificial Intelligence: From Minimizing Food Waste To Terrible Self-Creating Music


As an entrepreneur and AI guru, Trevor O'Brien is deeply engrained in the digital start-up community. He is founder at the innovative design and prototyping studio,, and has been crucial in a number of ground-breaking start-up initiatives, including Throughout his career, Trevor has lead sprawling multidisciplinary teams, created award-winning digital campaigns, and proven that technology paves endless paths for communicating and doing business, through the success of his clients. We caught up with our latest scholar to find out more about his thoughts on the role of AI in our future – from minimizing food-waste, to terrible self-creating music! Julie Hough: Contagious are global supporters of brave creative thinking and innovation, especially in the face of daunting new technologies.



Annoy (Approximate Nearest Neighbors Oh Yeah) is a C library with Python bindings to search for points in space that are close to a given query point. It also creates large read-only file-based data structures that are mmapped into memory so that many processes may share the same data. To install, simply do sudo pip install annoy to pull down the latest version from PyPI. There are some other libraries to do nearest neighbor search. Annoy is almost as fast as the fastest libraries, (see below), but there is actually another feature that really sets Annoy apart: it has the ability to use static files as indexes.

Kakao AI speaker begins official sales


Kakao has begun official sales of its Kakao Mini AI speaker, the company said. The speaker goes up for sale on Kakao's gift market, available on its chat app KakaoTalk. The speaker costs 119,000 won ($107), but subscribers to Kakao's music streaming service Melon can get it for 49,000 won ($44). Kakao said Kakao Mini will understand the context to answer queries and will sync with Melon's database to suggest music. The compnay will add other services to the speaker at a later date, including translations, ordering food, and calling cabs -- all of which are all services Kakao provides on mobile.

Interactive fiction for smart speakers is the BBC's latest experiment


Smart home speakers have quickly become the hot gadget people didn't know they wanted. They can answer your movie trivia questions, call a cab, turn your heating on and do your shopping for you. They're gaining new features every day, but are more than just a utility product. These speakers are a ripe platform for all kinds of screen-free entertainment, and I'm not just talking about streaming a Spotify playlist. Earplay is a popular Alexa skill that tells interactive stories, for example, and never one to be late to a fledgling medium, the BBC has taken note.