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Google's AI software used to create 'new' Nirvana song 'Drowned in the Sun'

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Fans of Nirvana may do a double-take when they hear'Drowned in the Sun,' a new song created by artificial intelligence that simulates the songwriting of late grunge legend Kurt Cobain. Engineers fed Nirvana's back catalog to Google's AI program, Magenta, which analyzed it for recurring components and then developed an entirely new track. The voice on'Drowned in the Sun,' is 100 percent human, though--provided by Eric Hogan, lead singer of the Atlanta Nirvana cover band Nevermind. The song is just one release from The Lost Tapes of the 27 Club, a project developed by the nonprofit Over the Bridge, which spotlights mental health issues in the music industry. Other AI-generated'lost' tracks have taken their cue from Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix and Amy Winehouse, who, like Cobain, died at age 27.


Language Models are Open Knowledge Graphs

arXiv.org Artificial Intelligence

This paper shows how to construct knowledge graphs (KGs) from pre-trained language models (e.g., BERT, GPT-2/3), without human supervision. Popular KGs (e.g, Wikidata, NELL) are built in either a supervised or semi-supervised manner, requiring humans to create knowledge. Recent deep language models automatically acquire knowledge from large-scale corpora via pre-training. The stored knowledge has enabled the language models to improve downstream NLP tasks, e.g., answering questions, and writing code and articles. In this paper, we propose an unsupervised method to cast the knowledge contained within language models into KGs. We show that KGs are constructed with a single forward pass of the pre-trained language models (without fine-tuning) over the corpora. We demonstrate the quality of the constructed KGs by comparing to two KGs (Wikidata, TAC KBP) created by humans. Our KGs also provide open factual knowledge that is new in the existing KGs. Our code and KGs will be made publicly available.


GPT-3 Creative Fiction

#artificialintelligence

What if I told a story here, how would that story start?" Thus, the summarization prompt: "My second grader asked me what this passage means: …" When a given prompt isn't working and GPT-3 keeps pivoting into other modes of completion, that may mean that one hasn't constrained it enough by imitating a correct output, and one needs to go further; writing the first few words or sentence of the target output may be necessary.


Aron Eisenberg, played 'Nog' on 'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine' spinoff series, dies at 50

FOX News

Fox News Flash top entertainment and celebrity headlines for Sept. 22 are here. Check out what's clicking today in entertainment. Aron Eisenberg, an actor whose most widely known role was "Nog" on the 1990s science-fiction adventure series "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," died Saturday at age 50. Eisenberg's death was announced in a Facebook post by his wife, Malissa Longo. "It is with extreme regret and sadness to announce that my love and best friend, Aron Eisenberg, passed away earlier today," Longo wrote.


Notable deaths of 2018

BBC News

The scientist, the singer, the comic book writer... and others who died in the past 12 months. Take a look at some of the famous faces no longer with us at the end of 2018. British theoretical physicist and author, who battled motor neurone disease to become one of the finest and most popular scientists of his generation. "One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don't throw it away." Known as the Queen of Soul, and an icon of the US civil rights movement, she possessed one of the most distinctive voices in popular music, embracing jazz, gospel, soul and rhythm and blues. "Being a singer is a natural gift. It means I'm using to the highest degree possible the gift that God gave me to use. American creator of comic book superheroes Spiderman, the Fantastic Four and the Hulk, who transformed comic book art into a multi-million dollar industry, spearheading what became known as the "Marvel age of comics". "Every time I go to a comic book convention, at least one fan will ask me: 'What is the greatest superpower of all?' I always say that luck is the greatest superpower, because if you have good luck then everything goes your way." Actor celebrated for her comic roles, June Whitfield was a regular fixture of British TV, radio and film. Often playing the female stooge to some of the UK's most famous entertainers, she called herself "a comic's tart". She starred in Hancock's Half Hour and Carry On films, but will perhaps be best remembered for the sitcoms Terry and June and Absolutely Fabulous. "Thank you #damejunewhitfield for teaching me my craft with such grace and dignity.


'Young Frankenstein' Star Cloris Leachman Responds To Gene Wilder's Death

International Business Times

Actress Cloris Leachman issued a statement about the death of "Young Frankenstein" co-star Gene Wilder, who died from Alzheimer's disease Sunday. He was 83 years old. Leachman, 90, fondly remembered the actor, who starred in classic films like "Blazing Saddles" and "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory." "Gene was in a class by himself," her exclusive statement to People Magazine read Monday. "I looked up to him yet on the set he was just one of us.