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Identifying a melody by studying a musician's body language


We listen to music with our ears, but also our eyes, watching with appreciation as the pianist's fingers fly over the keys and the violinist's bow rocks across the ridge of strings. When the ear fails to tell two instruments apart, the eye often pitches in by matching each musician's movements to the beat of each part. A new artificial intelligence tool developed by the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab leverages the virtual eyes and ears of a computer to separate similar sounds that are tricky even for humans to differentiate. The tool improves on earlier iterations by matching the movements of individual musicians, via their skeletal keypoints, to the tempo of individual parts, allowing listeners to isolate a single flute or violin among multiple flutes or violins. Potential applications for the work range from sound mixing, and turning up the volume of an instrument in a recording, to reducing the confusion that leads people to talk over one another on a video-conference calls.

Amazon Echo vs. Echo Dot--what's the difference?

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Alexa is the world's most popular smart assistant and the driving force behind Amazon's beloved Echo smart speaker lineup. These voice-controlled, Alexa-enabled smart speakers can be used to manage your smart home, give you the forecasts for the day ahead, and much more. If you're thinking about inviting Alexa into your home via one of Amazon's Echo speakers, you may be wondering which one to buy. We took a look at two of Amazon's most popular smart speakers, the Echo (third-generation) and the Echo Dot (third-generation) to help you decide which of these handy smart speakers is best for you. The Echo Dot (third-generation) is one of the smallest Amazon Echo smart speakers. The most obvious visual difference between the Echo Dot and the Echo is the size.

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Artificial intelligence is an increasingly contemporary topic. Whether it is scientific, medical, industrial, or even artistic, it poses humanity to ethical and moral questions of enormous proportions. Going through the classic science fiction canonisms with the contemporary scientific chronicle suggests a story that raises questions about the value of emotions, feelings, and the possible coexistence of the human being with the car. At the heart of the story is a young pair of researchers who get the job of testing an evolved artificial intelligence model. The android should be subjected to field testing by inviting an unknown host to interact by simulating human attitudes.

JBL Link Music Smart speaker review: Pretty good things in a pretty small package


The JBL Link Music is a smart speaker in both design and market positioning. It's a great value for the person who doesn't want to pay a lot for a good-sounding smart speaker. Be forewarned, however; JBL's app is clunky and startup can be sluggish. Hey: you give, you get. The Link Music is the entry-level model in JBL's smart speaker line, but it doesn't compromise much in terms of sonic performance.

Generating compositions in the style of Bach using the AR-CNN algorithm in AWS DeepComposer


AWS DeepComposer gives you a creative way to get started with machine learning (ML) and generative AI techniques. AWS DeepComposer recently launched a new generative AI algorithm called autoregressive convolutional neural network (AR-CNN), which allows you to generate music in the style of Bach. In this blog post, we show a few examples of how you can use the AR-CNN algorithm to generate interesting compositions in the style of Bach and explain how the algorithm's parameters impact the characteristics of the generated composition. The AR-CNN algorithm provided in the AWS DeepComposer console offers a variety of parameters to generate unique compositions, such as the number of iterations and the maximum number of notes to add to or remove from the input melody to generate unique compositions. The parameter values will directly impact the extent to which you modify the input melody.

On to the Next One: Jay-Z Beefs with A.I....Are Other Artists Next?


When we're first learning to make music, most of us don't worry about an A.I. stealing our flow. They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. But when Jay-Z heard himself on the internet spitting iambic pentameter -- Hamlet's "To Be, or Not to Be" soliloquy, to be exact -- "flattered" is hardly the word for how he responded. It was produced by a well-trained computer speech synthesis program using artificial intelligence. An anonymous YouTube artist named Vocal Synthesis has created a library of popular voices mismatched with unexpected famous texts, including George Bush reading "In Da Club" by 50 Cent, Barack Obama reading "Juicy" by Notorious B.I.G, and, yes, Jay-Z reading Hamlet (and Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire").

Artificial Intelligence vs. Machine Learning vs. Deep Learning: What's the Difference


In 2020, people benefit from artificial intelligence every day: music recommender systems, Google maps, Uber, and many more applications are powered with AI. One of popular Google search requests goes as follows: "are artificial intelligence and machine learning the same thing?". Let's clear things up: artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and deep learning (DL) are three different things. The term artificial intelligence was first used in 1956, at a computer science conference in Dartmouth. AI described an attempt to model how the human brain works and, based on this knowledge, create more advanced computers. The scientists expected that to understand how the human mind works and digitalize it shouldn't take too long.

Call For a Wake Standard for Artificial Intelligence

Communications of the ACM

Apple pioneered the voice revolution in 2011 with the introduction of Siri in its iPhone 4s. Today, you tell your iPhone 11, "Hey Siri, Play Bruce Springsteen by Spotify," and it responds, "I can't talk to Spotify, but you can use Apple music instead," politely displaying options on the screena as shown in the figure here. Or, you tell one of your five Amazon Echo devices at home, "Alexa, add pumpkin pie to my Target shopping list,"b then "order AA Duracell batteries," and it adds pumpkin pie and Amazon Basics batteries to your Amazon shopping cart, ignoring your request to shop at Target and be loyal to Duracell. You are the consumer, but your choices have been ignored. Or, consider you are a brand manager.

PicsArt's New Feature Uses AI Music to Score Video Clips


The feature, rolled out in partnership with AI music startup Mubert, will generate an instrumental track in any of more than two dozen musical styles designed to match the mood of a given clip. Trained on a library of over 1 million beats, samples and patterns, the system also has the benefit of being completely royalty-free, since each snippet it generates is a wholly original composition. "AI, of course, cannot replace human imagination, but it will become the new virtual creative assistant that will expand and fine-tune one's overall skills," PicsArt CEO Hovhannes Avoyan said. "In time, we'll begin to see more novice users being able to produce vastly superior content than they ever thought possible because of AI." Among the genres of music offered by the feature are "techno," "lofi" and "dub" as well as mood-based styles including"happy" or "romantic" and activity-based ones such as "study" or "yoga."

Apple: EU opens major investigation into App Store and Apple Pay

The Independent - Tech

The EU has opened a major investigation into Apple over concerns that it uses its platforms unfairly. The EU commission will pursue antitrust investigations against the company over its App Store and Apple Pay products, which critics argue have stifled competition. The Commission said it was investigating Apple Pay over allegations the tech giant wields its control over the Pay platform to force developers into using it over others. It said a preliminary investigation had raised concerns that "Apple's terms, conditions, and other measures related to the integration of Apple Pay" may "distort competition and reduce choice and innovation". In addition, the EU Commission announced it had opened a second investigation into concerns that the firm's App Store restricts developers from informing iPhone and iPad users of alternative purchasing possibilities, instead pushing "mandatory use of Apple's own proprietary in-app purchase system".