Arriving a symbolic and symmetric 27 years after he died at the age of 27, a "new" Nirvana song has been released. What makes "Drowned In The Sun" very different to "'You Know You're Right" – the last track Nirvana recorded in 1994 but which was not released until 2002 – is that Kurt Cobain did not write it and no members of Nirvana played on it. The track in question was created using artificial intelligence (AI) software that analyzed a number of Nirvana tracks in order to mimic their writing, recording and lyrical styles – drawing on vocals by Eric Hogan, lead singer in Nevermind, a Nirvana tribute act. Such digital necromancy comes with a whole host of moral, ethical and musical concerns, but in this case it is part of the Lost Tapes Of The 27 Club project raising awareness of mental health issues in music. The 27 Club refers to that mythologized grouping of musicians who all died at the age of 27.
Root AI, a Somerville, Mass.-based startup developing the Virgo harvesting robot for indoor farms, was acquired by AppHarvest for $60 million. AppHarvest is investing approximately $10 million in cash and the remaining balance in AppHarvest common shares to acquire Root AI. Founded in 2018, Root AI's 19 full-time employees are expected to join AppHarvest's technology group. Root AI co-founder and CEO Josh Lessing will take on the role of CTO for AppHarvest. He will take the lead in continuing to develop the robots and AI capabilities for the network of indoor farms AppHarvest is building.
THE COFFEESHOP is an engine of social mobility. Barista jobs require soft skills and little experience, making them a first port of call for young people and immigrants looking for work. So it may be worrying that robotic baristas are spreading. RC Coffee, which bills itself "Canada's first robotic café", opened in Toronto last summer. "[T]he barista-to-customer interaction is somewhat risky despite people's best efforts to maintain a safe environment," the firm says.
AI in health care sector has evolved leaps and bounds. However, there are certain sensitive areas or domains within it, where the magic touch of AI is yet to be felt. Such a domain is that of emergency health care domains like trauma care centres. Apparently, trauma care centres are the most visited because of the rate of accidents that occur daily. May it be motorbike accidents or gunshot wounds, the victims are straight sent to trauma care hospitals every day.
With COVID-19 taking hold over the world, it compelled associations worldwide to reevaluate how they conduct business, train, and prepare their employees to address the disruption and business elements' difficulties. How are associations preparing for the coming year in reskilling and upskilling their employees? The pandemic has made unprecedented difficulties that have constrained organizations to search for alternative work types like work from home or remote working and carry virtual training to the front. Prior virtual training was utilized uniquely for the remote workforce or individuals spread across geographies. Working from home is the new normal at this point.
Yesterday (5th) marked the twenty-seventh anniversary of Nirvana frontman/guitarist Kurt Cobain's death. He was twenty-seven years old. A project called Lost Tapes of the 27 Club released the "new" Nirvana song titled "Drowned In The Sun." One could assume the song was released after discovering old recordings. However, the track was written by Artificial Intelligence and was released to raise awareness of mental health issues in the music industry.
Elon Musk's brain-implant lab, Neuralink, today released video appearing to show something the tech billionaire has been bragging about since 2019: a monkey playing a video game ... with its mind. In the video (and an accompanying one of the Neuralink signal readout, if you're into that), a rhesus macaque named Pager is shown playing simple games on a screen while sucking on a straw that's delivering a tasty banana smoothie as a reward. Pager, at first, uses a joystick to move a dot around a grid, placing it onto squares that light up one by one at random. In the next sequence, he's still using the joystick -- but as the gently British-accented narrator points out, the joystick apparatus is quite clearly unplugged. The implant, we're told, is transmitting data from the electrical signals his brain emits as he plays.
The rapidly growing fields of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) have become cornerstones of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's (LLNL) data science research activities. The Lab's scientific community regularly publishes advancements in both AI/ML applications and theory, contributing to international discourse on the possibilities of these compelling technologies. The large volume of AI/ML scientific literature can be overwhelming, so researchers sometimes organize reading groups where one person reads a paper and presents the methods and results to colleagues. For instance, the Lab has active reading groups studying ML and reinforcement learning. The Data-Driven Physical Simulation (DDPS) reading group has been meeting biweekly since October 2019.
While clinical labs' use of machine learning and artificial intelligence is perhaps most prominently associated with areas like pathology and microbiology testing, these tools are also seeing uptake for lab management applications like specimen routing and billing support. These kinds of logistical applications have proved particularly relevant during the COVID-19 pandemic, helping laboratories handle dramatic increases in testing demand, but investments in this technology has at some labs long pre-dated SARS-CoV-2.