Courts use algorithms to help determine sentencing, but random people get the same results

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There's are plenty of things you shouldn't leave up to random people on the internet: boat names (see: Boaty McBoatface), medical diagnoses (see: everyone on Twitter who thought your cold was pneumonia), and predicting whether convicted criminals are likely to reoffend based on demographic data (see: this story). But according to a new study in Science Advances, we may as well be doing just that. Though most of us live in blissful ignorance, algorithms run quite a few aspects of our existence. Bank loans, music recommendations, and the ads we're served are often determined not by human judgment, but by a mathematical equation. This is not inherently problematic.

Amazon Echo goes on sale in Australia and New Zealand next month


At the tail end of 2017, Amazon announced that both its unlimited music service and Echo speaker would head to 28 more countries. This packaged expansion seems to be their theme in 2018, as the company stated both would be coming to Australia and New Zealand early in the new year. Today, it confirmed that Amazon Music Unlimited would launch in those countries on February 1st with Echoes on sale at select retailers early that month. While the rollout might be good for Australians and New Zealanders who want Echoes for themselves, it'll be harder for Amazon to wean them off other music streaming services, like Spotify, which has been available in Australia since 2012. At the least, Amazon Music Unlimited is priced competitively.

Is Art Created by AI Really Art?


You've probably heard that automation is becoming commonplace in more fields of human endeavor. Or, in headline-speak: "Are Robots Coming for Your Job?" You may also have heard that the last bastions of human exclusivity will probably be creativity and artistic judgment. Robots will be washing our windows long before they start creating masterpieces. In reporting a story for CBS Sunday Morning, for example, I recently visited Rutgers University's Art and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, where Ahmed Elgammal's team has created artificial-intelligence software that generates beautiful, original paintings.

Is this the world's first good robot album?


Benoît Carré has written songs for some of France's biggest stars: from Johnny Halliday – the French Elvis, who died last year – to chanteuse Françoise Hardy. But this month, the 47-year-old is releasing an album with a collaborator he could never have dreamt of working with. It's not a singer, or rapper. It's not even really a musician. It's called Flow Machines, and it is, arguably, the world's most advanced artificially intelligent music program.

AI Series - Part Two - Programming Emotions


Well done in kickstarting Azure Cognitive Services Emotions API. Remember that Emotions API(Project Oxford) is still in "Preview Stage" so not all your images are meant to work (Tried like 10 happiness emotion images and only 1 got processed). Emotion analysis is essential for all industries. We live in a world where emotions are changed instantly so if we analyze and take precautions before bad things happen, we can avoid dramas or even deaths. There used to be emotion reading in police departments.

'Earworm melodies with strange aspects' – what happens when AI makes music


The first full-length mainstream music album co-written with the help of artificial intelligence (AI) was released on 12 January and experts believe that the science behind it could lead to a whole new style of music composition. Popular music has always been fertile ground for technological innovation. From the electric guitar to the studio desk, laptops and the wah-wah pedal, music has the ability to absorb new inventions with ease. Now, the release of Hello World, the first entire studio album co-created by artists and AI could mark a watershed in music composition. Stemming from the FlowMachines project, funded by the EU's European Research Council, the album is the fruits of the labour of 15 artists, music producer Benoit Carré, aka Skygge, and creative software designed by computer scientist and AI expert François Pachet.

Is AIVA's "Genesis" Genius? Evolution News


Yesterday, I listened to an hour's worth of music written by artificial intelligence. Take a listen to this clip from AIVA (Artificial Intelligence Virtual Artist), "Genesis" Symphonic Fantasy in A minor: Regarding AIVA, a headline at the website Futurism asserts, "A New AI Can Write Music as Well as a Human Composer." "Genesis" is impressive, even beautiful. But I think something that makes compositions great is the fact that abstract musical notation can somehow express a personality with its idiosyncrasies, what that person uniquely wishes to communicate from the depths of his soul. In this way, somehow, one soul can reach out to and touch other souls.

Intel AI helped create a music video


AI is increasingly finding its way into music videos, and not necessarily in obvious ways. Intel has revealed that the promo clip for Chinese pop star Chris Lee's "Rainy Day, But We Are Together" is the first music video to lean on its AI technology. Director Timothy Saccenti and Intel's producers created dramatic special effects on the songstress' face (such as trickles of water and twinkling stars) by training a machine learning system to instantly reconstruct a face in 3D and track its movements in real time, including facial expressions. Instead of asking Lee (aka Li Yuchun) to wear tracking markers or the camera crew to shoot a specific way, the creative team could focus on capturing scenes that lined up with their artistic goals.

CES: iHeartRadio announces new offerings for Samsung Bixby, Garmin, Facebook Messenger, and more


CES showcases the tech trends that will shape the year ahead. See the most important products that will impact businesses and professionals. Today, iHeartRadio announced it will be available through Facebook Messenger, for Roku users, through Samsung Bixby, on the Jibo social robot, on the new Garmin Forerunner 645 Music GPS sports watch, and in General Motors and Ford vehicles. The bot for Facebook Messenger will let you ask it to hear music based on a specific genre or geographic location. Bixby users, including Note 8, Galaxy S8, and Galaxy S8 Plus users, can ask Bixby to play specific Live and iHeartRadio Original radio stations, create a custom artist station, set a sleep timer, and ask Bixby to like the song that is playing or skip a song.

iHome just launched a new Google Assistant-enabled clock radio


Smart speakers are groundbreaking and all, but let's be honest: They all kind of look like trash cans. Enter iHome, a company that primarily makes speakers and clock radios for Apple products. At CES today, the company announced the all newiGV1, an alarm clock radio that integrates Google Assistant, and a smart device that you might actually want to display in your home for once. It's a sleek, clean white shell, with a futuristic clock and alarm display, and it has an integrated snooze button in case you fancy a lie-in. To start your day, you can ask Google Assistant to turn on your lights or TV, adjust the thermostat, start the coffee maker, play music, or provide a news briefing, without leaving your bed.