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Musicians ask Spotify to publicly abandon controversial speech recognition patent

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At the start of the year, Spotify secured a patent for a voice recognition system that could detect the "emotional state," age and gender of a person and use that information to make personalized listening recommendations. As you might imagine, the possibility that the company was working on a technology like that made a lot of people uncomfortable, including digital rights non-profit Access Now. At the start of April, the organization sent Spotify a letter calling on it to abandon the tech. After Spotify privately responded to those concerns, Access Now, along with several other groups and a collection of more than 180 musicians, are asking the company to publicly commit to never using, licensing, selling or monetizing the system it patented. Some of the individuals and bands to sign the letter include Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, rapper Talib Kweli and indie group DIIV.


Senior Data Engineer - Personalization (Remote Eligible - Americas)

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The Personalization team makes deciding what to play next easier and more enjoyable for every listener. We built them by understanding the world of music and podcasts better than anyone else. Join us and you'll keep millions of users listening by making great recommendations to each and every one of them. Spotify is looking for a Senior Data Engineer to join the team! You will build data driven solutions to bring music and digital media experiences to hundreds of millions of active users and millions of creators by matching fans with creators in a personal and relevant way.


Senior Machine Learning Engineer - Voice Personalization

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You have hands-on experience implementing scalable production machine learning systems at scale in Java, Scala, Python, or similar languages. Experience with TensorFlow, Kubeflow, PyTorch, Scikit-learn, XGBoost, etc. is a strong plus


'Hey Spotify, play Up First:' Two weeks with Car Thing

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After years of rumors, confirmation and vague descriptions, Spotify has finally made its first piece of hardware available to select users. Even though the company revealed the full details on Car Thing earlier this month, it's only a "limited release" right now. I've spent two weeks with Car Thing in my car (obviously), and can tell you one thing -- this dedicated Spotify player is really more of a controller for the app on your phone. Spotify first tipped its hand on an in-car music player in 2018. It offered a few Reddit users the opportunity to try a compact device that reportedly featured voice control and 4G connectivity.


A Brief Introduction to Recommendation Systems

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Have you ever wondered how apps like Netflix or Spotify decide which movie or songs you're likely to prefer watching or listening to? Seems like magic, doesn't it? For instance, a lot of data is being mined and multiple complicated algorithms are developed by data science professionals in an attempt to make predictions more accurate. It is not magic but "machine learning." Machine learning is what allows the system to determine the movies and songs most relevant to your liking.


What is Python Used For

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Python is one of the most popular programming languages in the world. There are a lot of reasons why big companies like Google, Instagram, Pinterest, Spotify use this awesome language. In this article, I am going to talk about Python and then the areas that Python programming language is used in. Python is an interpreted, object-oriented, high-level programming language. It was created by Guido van Rossum in the 1980s.


Facial recognition systems are deciding your gender for you. Activists say that needs to stop - Coda Story

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If you rode the metro in the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo in 2018, you might have come across a new kind of advertising. Glowing interactive doors featured content targeted at individuals, according to assumptions made by artificial intelligence based on their appearance. Fitted with facial recognition cameras, the screens made instantaneous decisions about passengers' gender, age and emotional state, then served them ads accordingly. Digital rights groups said the technology violated the rights of trans and non-binary people because it assigned gender to individuals based on the physical shape of their face, potentially making incorrect judgments as to their identity. It also maintained a strictly male-female model of gender, ignoring the existence of non-binary people.


Council Post: The Future Of Work Is Here -- We Need To Prepare The Workforce

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The pandemic forced much of normal life to move online. Digitization, the conversion of materials to digital format, gave way to digitALization, the transformation of whole processes to online formats. This evolution had been occurring for some time, and Covid-19 accelerated it. It also proved that many processes that were previously only on-ground could be delivered effectively and conveniently online. We saw the effect of digitalization and disruption with music (Spotify), streaming video (Netflix) and shopping (Amazon) prior to the pandemic.


Spotify's voice-controlled 'Car Thing' is available for some subscribers

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At this point, we've seen rumors, job listings, blog posts, FCC filings and more rumors about Spotify's in-car music player over the span of a few years. In fact, I was convinced it would never become a thing the public could actually use. When the company first revealed a piece of hardware called "Car Thing" in 2019, Spotify was clear the test was meant "to help us learn more about how people listen to music and podcasts." It also explained that there weren't "any current plans" to make that device available to consumers. Now Spotify is ready for select users to get their hands on a refined version of the voice-controlled in-car player.


Spotify rolls out its own hands-free voice assistant on iOS and Android

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Spotify users on iOS and Android have another way to quickly play something. The audio streaming service has an in-app voice assistant you can operate hands free, building on the existing voice search function. After saying the "Hey, Spotify" wake word, you can ask the app to fire up a song or playlist or play music from a certain artist. You'll need to grant Spotify permission to access your microphone if you want to use the feature, which you can switch on from the voice interactions section of the menu. As GSM Arena notes, Spotify's privacy policy states that the service only stores recordings and transcriptions of your searches after you say the wake word or tap the voice button.