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Spotify just invented AI technology that will police songwriter plagiarism - Music Business Worldwide

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Songwriters of global hits getting sued for alleged plagiarism has become a recurrent story on MBW these past few years – and a recurrent source of misery for writers and their representatives in the industry. But what if a songwriter or composer were able to use AI technology to avoid litigation altogether, by finding out if their song copies elements of other compositions, potentially in real time? That could now be a reality, thanks to a Spotify invention revealed in a new European patent filing from the company obtained by MBW. According to a document published last week, Daniel Ek's company is seeking a patent for its "Plagiarism Risk Detector And Interface" technology, which pertains to "Methods, systems and computer program products..for testing a lead sheet for plagiarism". As explained in the filing – and as our songwriter/musician readers will already know – a'lead sheet' is a type of music score or musical notation for songs denoting their melody, chords and sometimes lyrics or additional notes.


'Immortals Fenyx Rising' is a monster-smashing deep dive into Greek mythology

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As far as pantheons go, the Greek gods were a total mess. They were petty, vindictive, horny, destructive, and all around trash fire deities whose myths are wildly entertaining to this day. The Greek pantheon has been explored in video games before, most notably with the original God of War series, Assassin's Creed Odyssey DLC, and Hades, but Immortals Fenyx Rising is the first to offer a fully open world immersed in the Kronos family bullshit from sky to seabed. In Immortals Fenyx Rising the player is Fenyx, a shield bearer and storyteller who washes up on a beach to find the rest of humanity has been turned to stone after the titan Typhon won an apocalyptic battle against the gods and heroes of legend. Fenyx's mission is to reassemble the gods for a second crack at Typhon, a task that takes them across the monster and puzzle-laden landscape of the Golden Isle.


'World of Warcraft: Shadowlands' makes the afterlife enticing

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Death does not lurk in the background in World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, lingering as a threatening aura, out of sight. Death is everywhere in Shadowlands. The entirety of World of Warcraft's eighth expansion takes place in the afterlife, sending players into the realms of the Shadowlands to shift the balance of power away from evil for the thousandth time. And yet, despite 16 years of World of Warcraft asking players to repeatedly head into the unknown to stomp out a new or reinvigorated evil threat, Blizzard managed to make Shadowlands feel new and exciting, if a bit heavy-handed on making each of the millions of players feel antithetically like the One True Hero yet again. For context: Shadowlands has been out for a bit longer than a week and I've put in something like two dozen hours.


Shrinking massive neural networks used to model language

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Jonathan Frankle is researching artificial intelligence -- not noshing pistachios -- but the same philosophy applies to his "lottery ticket hypothesis." It posits that, hidden within massive neural networks, leaner subnetworks can complete the same task more efficiently. The trick is finding those "lucky" subnetworks, dubbed winning lottery tickets. In a new paper, Frankle and colleagues discovered such subnetworks lurking within BERT, a state-of-the-art neural network approach to natural language processing (NLP). As a branch of artificial intelligence, NLP aims to decipher and analyze human language, with applications like predictive text generation or online chatbots.


Driving The Next Generation of AI

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This article is a response to an article arguing that an AI Winter maybe inevitable. However, I believe that there are fundamental differences between what happened in the 1970s (the fist AI winter) and late 1980s (the second AI winter with the fall of Expert Systems) with the arrival and growth of the internet, smart mobiles and social media resulting in the volume and velocity of data being generated constantly increasing and requiring Machine Learning and Deep Learning to make sense of the Big Data that we generate. For those wishing to see a details about what AI is then I suggest reading an Intro to AI, and for the purposes of this article I will assume Machine Learning and Deep Learning to be a subset of Artificial Intelligence (AI). AI deals with the area of developing computing systems that are capable of performing tasks that humans are very good at, for example recognising objects, recognising and making sense of speech, and decision making in a constrained environment. The rapid growth in Big Data has driven much of the growth in AI alongside reduced cost of data storage (Cloud Servers) and Graphical Processing Units (GPUs) making Deep Learning more scalable.


Artificial Intelligence Explained in Simple Terms

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There are many great articles about Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its benefits for business and society. However, many of these articles are too technical for the average reader. I love reading about AI, but I sometimes think to myself, 'Gee, I wish the author had explained this in simple English.' I will try and explain AI and its related technologies in simple terms, using real-life examples, as though I were talking to someone at a party. Your colleagues or your (close) friends may tolerate your endless and complex ramblings, but I guarantee you that people at parties are far less forgiving.


Bungie asks lapsed 'Destiny' players to 'come back home' after split from Activision

Washington Post - Technology News

The company seems to feel especially proud after relaunching "Destiny 2″ as a free-to-play game and rebooting the 3-year-old title with "Beyond Light" last month, essentially retooling the game as a sequel without needing to create and publish a new game. Bungie is now known as the creator of "Destiny," no small feat for the studio behind "Halo," the franchise that put Microsoft and Xbox on the gaming map. But Parsons seems eager now to talk about future projects, even if he won't reveal any detail about them yet.


New AI-Based Navigation Helps Loon's Balloons Hover in Place

WIRED

High-flying balloons are bringing broadband connectivity to remote nations and post-disaster zones where cell towers have been knocked out. These "super-pressure" helium-filled polyethylene bags float 65,000 feet up in the stratosphere, above commercial planes, hurricanes, and pretty much anything else. But keeping a fleet of tennis-court-sized, internet-blasting balloons hovering over one spot has been a tricky engineering problem, just like keeping a boat floating in one place on a fast-moving river. Now researchers at Google spinoff Loon have figured out how to use a form of artificial intelligence to allow the balloon's onboard controller to predict wind speed and direction at various heights, then use that information to raise and lower the balloon accordingly. The new AI-powered navigation system opens the possibility of using stationary balloons to monitor animal migrations, the effects of climate change, or illegal cross-border wildlife or human trafficking from a relatively inexpensive platform for months at a time.


'Twin Mirror' is a pale reflection of Dontnod's previous, story-rich games

Washington Post - Technology News

The Mind Palace is more than just part of the investigation process; it's also a place you frequent during key story beats, where you can witness Sam's fragmented memories and try to make sense of the present. Sometimes these appear in an abstract form, like puzzles or running away from an enemy. Unfortunately, poor controls make chase scenes more frustrating than fun. Yet, these moments are hamstrung by poor animations and unnatural dialogue, such as Sam saying, "You look like I just ran over your grandma" when his girlfriend rejects his marriage proposal.


Afros in Azeroth: the quest for diversity in World of Warcraft

The Guardian

Recently, I've spent quite a lot of time pondering what an orc would look like with an afro. This, naturally, led to contemplation of an axe-afro-comb combo, and whether such a contraption would fall under blacksmithing or engineering. That's because I've been playing Shadowlands, the eighth expansion to World of Warcraft. For Warcraft fans, there's a lot to be excited about: the new game allows players to explore the afterlife – reviving classic characters such as Kael'thas Sunstrider – and introduces a new style of play in Torghast, a deliciously punishing dungeon that changes each time you visit. There's also a clear recruiting drive for new players with a simplified introduction, more straightforward questing and reconfigured character growth, all aimed at making this venerable and complex game less daunting.