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Turn On, Tune In, Transcribe: U.N. Develops Radio-Listening Tool

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Many rural Ugandans don't have Internet access, and the radio is a central source of news -- and platform for citizens' opinions. Many rural Ugandans don't have Internet access, and the radio is a central source of news -- and platform for citizens' opinions. The inspiration for the tool came from projects that use social media to identify citizens' concerns -- for instance, what concerns people have about an immunization drive, or how often they suffer power outages. But at the Global Pulse lab in Kampala, Uganda, social media analysis wouldn't work, says lab manager Paula Hidalgo-Sanchis -- especially if the U.N. wanted to listen to rural voices.


Computers are becoming more creative – and we're not ready

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Early this year AI system AlphaGo cracked the ancient Chinese game Go, one of the most complex that ever existed. If there is one thing that fuels the speed of AI development, it's data. In 2011, Benjamin Grosser launched his Interactive Robotic Painting Machine, which paints abstract pictures with oil on canvas and responds to the sounds in its environment. That way Google's AI will be able to learn how creative people work, making itself more creative in the process.