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All Great Artists Share This One Quality--Can AI Learn It Too?

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Luckily for us humans, though, McAfee offers a second, more profound definition of creativity: understanding the human condition, illuminating it, and reflecting it back to us in a way that we respond to. But besides wondering whether AI will ever be able to understand the human condition and reflect it back to us in a meaningful way, shouldn't we also be wondering why--or, better yet, whether--we want it to be able to? If this best-case scenario proves true and we end up with lots of time on our hands to create whatever our hearts desire, it seems like giving AI an understanding of the human condition would just be one more way to render ourselves obsolete--and in the process, relinquish the final quality that differentiates us from machines and makes us human. Instead of asking whether AI can learn the one quality that makes humans creative, then, the more pertinent question is: should we let it?


Artificial Musician Builds New Melodies without Music Theory - insideBIGDATA

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The "deep artificial composer", or "DAC" for short, generates brand-new melodies that imitate traditional folk music of Irish or Klezmer origin. EPFL's deep artificial composer avoids traditional music theory altogether. In fact, the EPFL algorithm determines its own composition rules by extracting probability distributions from existing melodies using neural networks, requiring only the computation power of graphic cards that can speed up calculations by a factor of ten compared to standard computers. The generated music is not limited to Irish or Klezmer traditional folk music: any style of music could be used.


After Mobile App Success, Rock My World Introduces Fitness Chatbot Xconomy

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Adam Riggs-Zeigen has come a long way since 2013, when he co-founded San Diego's Rock My World and introduced the mobile app RockMyRun to provide upbeat music playlists to motivate smartphone-equipped runners. Rock My World developed Jolt.ai for Slack, the software that enables corporate teams to share workplace messages, ideas, and other information through a variety of channels that can be customized for a variety of projects and purposes. The artificial intelligence-based system incorporates sensor data from fitness devices in its messages to Slack user groups, he said. For example, Jolt.ai may send some users a mid-afternoon message that they have not yet met their daily activity goal of walking 10,000 steps.


Apple Starts A Machine Learning Research Journal

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Seeing this move of the "very secretive" company, we can say that Apple has now started opening up with the world. This new move shows that the company is working on bridging the gap that it has created in these years. And, this not only helps researchers and engineers working in this domain but it will help the company as well because now, with direct interaction with scholars, they will get honest feedback and thousands of different kinds of queries, which eventually will need more brainstorming and lead towards a better outcome.


It's Time for Amazon to Make a Phone Again. Seriously

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Make a pretty good product at a compelling price, give it a marquee banner ad on the homepage, and watch the sales roll in. It doesn't take a Spielbergian imagination to picture it: A $99 AmazonBasics phone–the "Fire Phone" branding is still toxic at this point anyway–preferably running stock Android with a thick Alexa patina, but all Google services intact. Amazon has 80 million Prime subscribers, according to recent research from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners. Confidence that Prime members will spend more in the long run allows Amazon to offer Prime benefits on the cheap: Emmy-winning streaming video, two-day shipping, unlimited photo storage, and much more as part of the base package; a streaming music service that undercuts Spotify; steeply discounted diapers.


6 AI-enabled gadgets that are actually helpful

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You know about home robots that can help keep your floors tidy, but Kuri is more like a humanoid version of smart home devices like Amazon's Alexa. In addition, Kuri's "eyes" are a camera that takes photos or videos, recognizes faces, and serves as an alarm system when you're not home. That dream is realized with Dashbot, a talking AI dashboard robot that connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth. Dashbot supports a wide variety of platforms, including Amazon's Alexa, Spotify, SoundCloud, Apple Music, Google Play Music, and ESPN Radio.


Amazon Echo Tips and Tricks

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Change your default music service: Echo devices default to Amazon Music, which is a perfectly fine option and has a pretty robust offering of free tunes if you're a Prime member. You have literally thousands of options to choose from, which you can find in Settings Flash Briefing Get More Flash Briefing Content. Make a phone call: With a recent update, Alexa can make phone calls--sort of. For a bulk cleansing, head here and go to Your Devices Echo Dot Manage voice recordings.


Why Did Spotify Hire This Expert In Music-Making AI?

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Officially, Pachet will head up Spotify's new Creator Technology Research Lab in Paris. In that capacity, he worked on a range of music intelligence technologies, including a project called Flow Machines that aims to teach computers how to understand musical style and composition. Earlier this year, the Flow Machines team released "Daddy's Car," a Beatles-inspired song that it claimed was the "first structured A.I. The results don't quite stand alone as anything you'd want to listen to on your commute, but like Pachet's work, both companies say their efforts are less about replacing artists and more about supplementing the creative process with automation.


Magenta's AI Jam: Making Music with TensorFlow Models

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Find more information and to download links on the Magenta blog: https://goo.gl/yoXbgf Members of the Google Brain team have been exploring how machine learning can be used as a creative tool through a project called Magenta. In this video, members of the team give an overview of how they turned an interface that allows researchers to interactively evaluate their music generation models into a fun and powerful creative tool for musicians called "AI Jam". This interface won the Best Demo award at the 2017 Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) and is freely available on Magenta's GitHub site.


Google connects Home's voice commands to your uploaded music

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A new tweak for Google Home makes it easier to access music you've uploaded, even if you're not a Google Play Music subscriber. While Google Play Music customers could already listen to uploaded or purchased music by either selecting it on another device and using the Cast feature or putting it in a playlist, a new update rolling out means you can ask for your tracks directly by voice. If Google Play Music isn't your default music player, you need to say "Ok Google, play X on Google Play Music " to hear subscription/free radio/uploaded/purchased music. Only personal playlists will be prioritized above your default music player.