Streaming services have changed the way in which we experience content. While recommendation systems previously focused on presenting you with content you might want to purchase for later consumption, modern streaming platforms have to focus instead on recommending content you can, and will want to, enjoy in the moment. Since any piece of content is immediately accessible, the streaming model enables new methods of discovery in the form of personalized radios or recommendation playlists, in which the focus is now more on generating sequences of similar songs that go well together. With now over 700 million songs streamed every month, Anghami is the leading music streaming platform in the MENA region. What this also means, is that the amount of data generated by all those streams proves to be an invaluable training set that we can use to teach machine learning models to better understand user tastes, and improve our music recommendations.
LOS ANGELES - "With good data, everyone can know their audience," said Steven Wolfe Pereira, Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of Quantcast. "AR/VR helps build tools for the future," Google's Spotlight Stories Executive Producer, Karen Dufilho, told Xinhua, in the same meeting room. While Suzy Deering, CMO of eBay, retorted, "and the future is tomorrow." At the industry summit hosted by Variety in Los Angeles Thursday, industry leaders shared a comprehensive and exciting vision of how AI marketing analytics and AR/VR technologies are impacting on the entertainment industry. "The industry has changed more in the last 18 months than it had in the previous 18 years," keynote speaker, Les Moonves, Chairman and CEO of CBS, told attendees.
Humankind has done a great deal in terms of making exquisite art, whether through its paintings, songs, or performance art. Museums are packed with such work, and ordinary people have libraries full of fantastic literary achievements--both physical and digital. For the longest time, creativity seemed like an exclusively human forte. However, now many budding artists are learning to express their creativity in the realm of artificial intelligence. Recently, AIs have been trying to outperform their human counterparts in a number of endeavors, particularly when it comes to playing games.
From its first incarnation in 2000, to its online launch in 2005, up through today, Pandora [Music] set-out to differentiate itself -- a music discovery service hand-built on a scientific and proprietary matching engine. In 2000, 80% of the music industry's revenues came from less than 3% of the releases . Tim Westergren, a musician and composer, saw an untapped market opportunity to bridge this gap -- changing the music industry paradigm and dynamics between artists and consumers. Tim saw an opportunity to match undiscovered artists and their music to listeners who would enjoy their sound. Matching would create value for the artists, listeners and the intermediary facilitating this process.
In an effort to make its mountains of data available to musicians and their managers, Spotify just launched the Spotify for Artists app that provides mobile access to analytics--everything from which playlists are generating new fans to how many streams they are getting overall. Think Google Analytics for musicians. It was originally launched in a web version earlier this year, but the mobile app allows musicians to access the info from the tour bus and the geographic streaming data can be instrumental to musicians and their teams to plan tours more effectively. Artists also have more control over their presence on Spotify including selecting the "artist's pick," and they can update their bios and post playlists.
AI is the buzzword on everyone's lips these days. But how might musicians respond to themes of machine intelligence? That's our topic in Berlin, 2018. We're calling this year's theme "The Hacked Mind." Inspired by AI and machine learning, we're inviting artists to respond in the latest edition of our MusicMakers Hacklab hosted with CTM Festival in Berlin.
At 9 on a Friday night, I knocked on a door in a nondescript Los Angeles apartment building. The only distinguishing feature was a small label with red text that read "Lauren." Soon came a whirring sound and the click of the door unlocking. My night with Lauren had begun. Lauren is the creation of artist and UCLA professor Lauren McCarthy, whose weeklong interactive performance was part of the IDFA DocLab, an International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam showcase for new-media projects, and also part of "Vulnerability: The Space Between," an exhibition at Young Projects Gallery in West Hollywood.
Do you believe that artificial intelligence is poised to significantly improve our societies, or do you imagine extreme dangers resulting from this technology in the future? Tech moguls Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg have been publicly debating this issue recently, with Musk claiming that Zuckerberg's knowledge about AI is "limited". The Tesla CEO and outspoken innovator has been pushing for the proactive regulation of artificial intelligence based on his belief that the technology is a "fundamental existential risk for human civilization." On the other side, Zuckerberg has denounced Musk's warnings, calling his statements "pretty irresponsible." While many academics, such as Pedro Domingos, a professor who works on machine learning at the University of Michigan, believe that Musk's nightmare scenarios could eventually happen, but his perspective is entirely wrong.
The absence of Amazon's Alexa and Prime Music services in Canada has been a strange oversight, given that the nation's share a border and (one of two) common languages. That has now been corrected, as Amazon has finally launched the Echo family, Prime Music and Alexa Voice services and skills in the land of hockey and poutine. "We're excited to bring [Alexa] to Canada with an experienced designed from the ground up for our Canadian customers," said Amazon Senior VP Tom Taylor in a statement. Amazon has introduced a new English voice for Alexa with a Canadian accent, though even we Canadians aren't exactly sure what that is. However, Alexa doesn't seem to be available yet in French, which is bit surprising considering that it's one of Canada's two official languages (Engadget has reached out for more information).