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Musicians ask Spotify to publicly abandon controversial speech recognition patent


At the start of the year, Spotify secured a patent for a voice recognition system that could detect the "emotional state," age and gender of a person and use that information to make personalized listening recommendations. As you might imagine, the possibility that the company was working on a technology like that made a lot of people uncomfortable, including digital rights non-profit Access Now. At the start of April, the organization sent Spotify a letter calling on it to abandon the tech. After Spotify privately responded to those concerns, Access Now, along with several other groups and a collection of more than 180 musicians, are asking the company to publicly commit to never using, licensing, selling or monetizing the system it patented. Some of the individuals and bands to sign the letter include Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, rapper Talib Kweli and indie group DIIV.

The useless robots on TikTok are hard not to love


From the robots that fail miserably at their jobs to the robots dealing with our literal crap, Mashable's Crappy Robots dives into the complex world of automation -- for better or worse or much, much worse. I have two favorite robot creators on TikTok. One creates art that isn't necessarily useful, but is artistic and fun to watch. And the other, who creates work that is entirely unusable and arguably absurd, does not appear to want to be found. The latter's username is @hmg....4, and they go, colloquially, by user9942938153949.

Evolution of IP protection for artificial intelligence in France


Artificial intelligence (AI) is set to transform many aspects of our lives, including our home and health. AI is already widely used in internet searches, and home devices with speech recognition, but in the near future we will see AI become even more widespread. This will have significant repercussions as AI performs many tasks that until now could only be undertaken by humans. AI will remove human intervention from much of the picture. This will particularly affect intellectual property law.

Is IP Law Ready for AI?


Speaking to established patent attorney Nick Transier, we explore why there has been a boom in AI and the special considerations behind AI patents.

The Next Digital Revolution in Industry: the FIWARE Perspective - FIWARE


Digitalization is not merely an evolutionary transformation, it will bring disruption to the very heart of established business models, changing the way goods are produced and how the value of services is perceived. New technology and information driven economic model will emerge, bringing as deep a change as did the advent of electrical power in the 19th century. Since the advent of the foundational technology driving forces of Social Media, Mobile Communications, Analytics and Cloud, it has taken less than 10 years for digitalization to become a worldwide, cross-generation, collaborative, contextual and data intensive phenomenon – And there is no sign of any slow-down in its reach or impact. We refer to this current wave of disruptive transformation as "The Third Digital Revolution" – Ascent Journey 2018: the 3rd digital revolution: Agility and Fragility- Report from Atos Scientific Community. January 2015 – although there are parallel revolutions both in the way that we represent / use information and in the computing technology that we use to process it.

Improving billing code accuracy with machine learning: non-technical


There are few decision yet which specifically address the question to what extent machine-learning aspects make a technical contribution. This decision explores whether using machine learning for improving the accuracy of medical billing codes makes a technical contribution. Here are the practical takeaways from the decision T 0755/18 (Semi-automatic answering/3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES) of 11.12.2020 of Technical Board of Appeal 3.5.07: Such billing codes may relate to a hospital stay of a patient based on a collection of the documents containing information about the medical procedures that were performed on the patient during the stay and other billable activities performed by hospital staff. This set of documents may be viewed as a corpus of evidence for the billing codes that need to be generated and provided to an insurer for reimbursement.

Awesome AI-Powered Machine Automatically Shouts Compliments to Dogs Passing By [VIDEO]


Ryder Calm Down created an amazing invention using AI. The device he made automatically detects dogs and compliments the owner. The piece of technology is built with Raspberry Pi, a camera, and a megaphone. With a bit of programming, he developed an exciting machine that took his neighborhood by surprise. It has been scientifically proven that just staring at these furry buddies can elevate a person's serotonin and dopamine, ultimately giving a booster shot of happiness.

AI-equipped backpack designed for the blind 'speaks' to provide users with directions

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Researchers at the University of Georgia have developed a wearable AI engine that can help visually impaired people navigate the world around them. Users receive audio directions and advisories from a Bluetooth-enabled earphone, while a battery in a fanny pack provides about eight hours of energy. Intel, which provided the processing power for the prototype device, says it's superior to other high-tech visual-assistance programs, which'lack the depth perception necessary to facilitate independent navigation.' Jagadish Mahendran, an AI developer at the University of Georgia's Institute for Artificial Intelligence, was inspired to create the system by a visually impaired friend. 'I was struck by the irony that, while I have been teaching robots to see, there are many people who cannot see and need help,' he said. Using OpenCV's Artificial Intelligence Kit, he developed a program that runs on a laptop small enough to stow in a backpack, linked to Luxonis OAK-D spatial AI cameras in a vest jacket that provide obstacle and depth information.

Dubai fashion designer uses Artificial Intelligence to showcase her creations


Millenials or the GenYs and the GenZs (1980s to the present) may no longer have an inkling about the dawn milkman on horse/water buffalo carriages/carts or motorised milk floats. Those from or who have been in the Philippines may no longer connect with the provincial folk travelling around neighbourhoods and even as far as cities selling nipa/bamboo day-to-day furniture, decor and ware on board "carabao/cow-powered" covered rickety wagons. These were well-remembered on Wednesday afternoon when Dubai-based fashion entrepreneur Fareda Ali spoke with Gulf Today about the "EOO8" concept-cum-invention among other Artificial Intelligence (AI)-driven creations introduced to the media and fashion aficionadoes at the D3 or Dubai Design District. Ali is a UAE-born Sudanese-Canadian fascinated since childhood by the feel, silhouette, and sight of all fabrics, colours and designs elegantly to outlandishly laced. The fascination and passion led her to earn a degree in Fashion Design and Marketing from the Esmod Institute in Dubai two years back.

5 Trends to Watch in 2021: Emerging Technologies


Digital Health – The convergence of digital and health care technologies has been accelerated due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With social distancing mandates, there has been an increased focus on telemedicine and mobile health, surgical robotics, smart devices, and health analytics. As a result, there is a rise in digital health innovations coming to market that will also need to comply with the evolving regulatory landscape while protecting patient data. Such technologies in the digital health industry will continue to develop to bring efficient and personalized treatments to a wider population, in some cases testing the limits of increasingly comprehensive U.S. and global privacy regulations. Agribusiness – Advancements in software and connected hardware technologies continue to have an impact on the agriculture industry.