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Contributed: The power of AI in surgery


Artificial intelligence (AI) defined as algorithms that enable machines to perform cognitive functions (such as problem solving and decision-making) has changed for some time now the face of healthcare through Machine Learning (ML) and Natural Language Processing (NLP). Its use in surgery, however, took a longer time than in other medical specialties, mainly because of missing information regarding the possibilities of computational implementation in practical surgery. Thanks to fast developments registered, AI is currently perceived as a supplement and not a replacement for the skill of a human surgeon. And although the potential of the surgeon-patient-computer relationship is a long way from being fully explored, the use of AI in surgery is already driving significant changes for doctors and patients alike. For example, surgical planning and navigation have improved consistently through computed tomography (CT), ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), while minimally invasive surgery (MIS), combined with robotic assistance, resulted in decreased surgical trauma and improved patient recovery. Preoperative planning is the stage in which surgeons plan the surgical intervention based on the patient's medical records and imaging.

Social robots deserve our appreciation, bioethicist says


If you have sex with an android doll and then knock it around the room, are you being abusive? If you're in a foul mood and boot your robotic pet down the stairs, are you being a jerk? In either scenario, is the device's owner culpable of bad behavior? The questions may sound insincere, but a U.S. bioethicist submits that they raise concerns that societies should address as humans increasingly rely on social robots for companionship and emotional support. Nancy Jecker, a bioethicist at the University of Washington's School of Medicine, authored a paper newly published in the journal AI & Society.

5 Innovations That Boost Surgical Efficiency


As technology advances, more and more industries are able to benefit from it. Among those industries is health care, particularly the surgery department. As a branch of medicine that's highly dependent on a surgical team's skills and experience, surgery also relies heavily on innovations and new technologies that can help improve efficiency and safety. Suppose you're part of the team that performs surgical operations. In that case, it's worth knowing some of the latest trends and innovations that can make your work more efficient, more promising, and somewhat less tedious than it currently is.

How to Generate Music Using Artificial Intelligence


Growing up as a child, we all at some point in time must have wanted to learn to play musical instruments, be it piano, violin, guitar, ukelele, drums, or saxophone. However, I was not good at playing any of the instruments, and playing a musical instrument remained a dream for me until now. So I decided to make an Artificial Intelligence model which could generate unique and unlimited music for me. Yes! Now, I would never get tired of hearing the same songs again. The Artificial Intelligence model would generate each time a unique and melodious song that I can listen to.

What can AI do for the Music Industry?


Music artists, composers and producers today swim in massive amounts of musical notes to test the barriers of what melodies, harmonies and symphonies they can create and what works best with their songs. Although the advances in technology have significantly simplified and streamlined the process, it is still a long and challenging one for everyone involved in music creation. However, a technological revolution may be about to chance music creation as we know it. A team of computer scientists were able to use AI to complete the unfinished 10th symphony, originally created over 250 years ago by Ludwig Van Beethoven. This project has provoked interesting discussions, such as whether the now completed symphony is what Beethoven was originally trying to create, and also raised the important question -- what can Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine learning (ML) do for music production in the music entertainment industry? The team at Brainpool have been pondering on the answer to the latter, so we took the time to test a few of the various readily available AI music demos and reflected on how they could help transform the music industry.

Measuring Cognitive Status from Speech in a Smart Home Environment Artificial Intelligence

The population is aging, and becoming more tech-savvy. The United Nations predicts that by 2050, one in six people in the world will be over age 65 (up from one in 11 in 2019), and this increases to one in four in Europe and Northern America. Meanwhile, the proportion of American adults over 65 who own a smartphone has risen 24 percentage points from 2013-2017, and the majority have Internet in their homes. Smart devices and smart home technology have profound potential to transform how people age, their ability to live independently in later years, and their interactions with their circle of care. Cognitive health is a key component to independence and well-being in old age, and smart homes present many opportunities to measure cognitive status in a continuous, unobtrusive manner. In this article, we focus on speech as a measurement instrument for cognitive health. Existing methods of cognitive assessment suffer from a number of limitations that could be addressed through smart home speech sensing technologies. We begin with a brief tutorial on measuring cognitive status from speech, including some pointers to useful open-source software toolboxes for the interested reader. We then present an overview of the preliminary results from pilot studies on active and passive smart home speech sensing for the measurement of cognitive health, and conclude with some recommendations and challenge statements for the next wave of work in this area, to help overcome both technical and ethical barriers to success.

Assassin's Creed: Valhalla Needs More Epic Viking Tunes


The seas were blessedly calm as we sailed across the channel and straight up the Seine, into the heart of Francia. The skald led us in song, our voices booming across the placid waters, thundering in our veins. We leaped from our longboat onto the shores of Francia, shouting glory to the All-Father as we charged up the beaches. The sounds of glorious battle filled the air. Squelch, squelch, squish, grunt, clang, yell, grunt, clang, squish, squish, squidge.

8 Ways AI is Boosting Your Association Management Software (AMS)


Association management software (AMS) is a focal information base lodging the elements of an affiliation. It additionally has a contact data set, an interchanges framework, and numerous others. When running an affiliation, a ton of the managerial work manages by AMS. The day by day the executives of an affiliation can get debilitating. Utilizing AMS, the executives programming powers your relationship to give a valiant effort. This gives you an opportunity to zero in on different exercises.

Google adds a guitar tuner to Search


Smartphones have made it easier than ever to tune your guitar. All you have to do these days is find a decent tuning app or ask Google Assistant to tune your instrument. Now Google has made the process even more painless by launching a chromatic tuner right within Search. The tech giant has told Android Police that it has just rolled out the new Search feature, which can be accessed on pretty much any device. Unlike the Assistant function that needs, well, a device that can access the voice assistant, you can summon this tuner simply by doing a query in Search on mobile or desktop.

Arcade 2.0 has actual playable instruments and an AI-powered sample processor


Output first made a name for itself with meticulously sampled software instruments like Analog Brass & Winds and Exhale, that made use of Native Instruments' Kontakt Player. The company even got into the furniture game with what is possibly the sexiest studio desk for under $1,000. But its undeniable flagship is Arcade, a subscription-based sample mangler that's constantly serving up new sounds to mess with. Today the company is launching version 2.0 that includes a number of upgrades, but the biggest is the addition of "Note Kits" -- which are simply playable chromatic instruments. In the original version of Arcade you had what are now called Sampler Kits.