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How Spotify Uses Machine Learning Models to Recommend You The Music You Like


In the early 2000s, Songza implemented a manual music recommendation system for its listeners, where a team of music experts and curators would create playlists. But these recommendations were not objective, as they were dependent on the personal taste of the curators. It was an average experience for listeners, with a fair share of hits and misses, because it was impossible to make a playlist which catered to the varied tastes of a diverse set of people. The technology and the data did not exist back then to build a playlist that would be personalised to the taste of each individual listener. Along came Spotify a few years later, offering a highly personalised weekly playlist called Discover Weekly that quickly became one of their flagship offerings.

Add Alexa to your car for £39.99 with the Echo Auto at Amazon

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Hands-free news and entertainment has never been easier on-the-go thanks to the arrival of the first Amazon Echo device designed for use in the car. The Echo Auto launched back in June but if you've yet to trial it yourself, now might be the best time to invest as the device has gone into the Amazon End of Summer Sale, reduced from £49.99 down to £39.99. The Echo Auto allows drivers to play music, check the news and make calls without taking their hands off the wheel or eyes off the road. Add Alexa to your car with the new Echo Auto available on Amazon now for £39.99 Just like the rest of the Amazon Echo smart speaker range, the Echo Auto allows you to connect to Alexa. The device works through your phone's Alexa app and plays through your car's speakers via Bluetooth or an auxiliary input jack.

What Is The Artificial Intelligence Revolution And Why Does It Matter To Your Business?


As a species, humanity has witnessed three previous industrial revolutions: first came steam/water power, followed by electricity, then computing. Now, we're in the midst of a fourth industrial revolution, one driven by artificial intelligence and big data. What Is The Artificial Intelligence Revolution And Why Does It Matter To Your Business? I like to refer to this as the "Intelligence Revolution." But whatever we call it – the fourth industrial revolution, Industry 4.0 or the Intelligence Revolution – one thing is clear: this latest revolution is going to transform our world, just as the three previous industrial revolutions did.

Machine Learning Engineering Manager – Spotify Jobs


The Personalization team makes deciding what to play next easier and more enjoyable for every listener. We built them by understanding the world of music and podcasts better than anyone else. Join us and you'll keep millions of users listening by making great recommendations to each and every one of them. The Lifetime Value team within Personalization is looking for an experienced Engineering Manager in New York City. You will be contributing to a highly scaled ML platform that will be used to evaluate the ROI of critical company bets, drive value-based recommendations and decisions, and predict complex user behaviors in collaboration with business leads, product managers, and data scientists across many business units. The long term goal of the team is to apply best-in-class technology and research to drive value for both our users and our business.

Spotify Launches in Russia and 12 Additional European Markets


World's most popular audio streaming subscription service now available to 250 million more people in Europe as Spotify expands to 92 markets worldwide Spotify is available for free, offering unrivaled personalized music discovery Spotify launched its service in 13 new markets across Europe including Russia, one of the world's top 20 largest streaming markets. Already the world's most popular audio streaming subscription service, with today's expansion, Spotify now reaches a current total of 92 markets worldwide. Spotify's 13 new markets include: Albania, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Ukraine. As the leading platform driving music discovery on more types of devices than any other service, Spotify's expansion in Europe comes as consumers in the region embrace streaming. According to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), Russia is the 17th-biggest streaming market in the world and on pace to be the 10th-biggest streaming market by 2030.

Call For a Wake Standard for Artificial Intelligence

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Apple pioneered the voice revolution in 2011 with the introduction of Siri in its iPhone 4s. Today, you tell your iPhone 11, "Hey Siri, Play Bruce Springsteen by Spotify," and it responds, "I can't talk to Spotify, but you can use Apple music instead," politely displaying options on the screena as shown in the figure here. Or, you tell one of your five Amazon Echo devices at home, "Alexa, add pumpkin pie to my Target shopping list,"b then "order AA Duracell batteries," and it adds pumpkin pie and Amazon Basics batteries to your Amazon shopping cart, ignoring your request to shop at Target and be loyal to Duracell. You are the consumer, but your choices have been ignored. Or, consider you are a brand manager.

The 11 Best AI & Machine Learning Podcasts


Each week you'll find featured interviews from top AI and machine learning-focused executives and researchers in industries like Financial Services, Pharma, Retail, Defense, and more. Discover trends, learn about what's working in industry right now, and see how to adapt and thrive in an era of AI disruption. Artificial intelligence has been described as "Thor's Hammer" and "the new electricity." But it's also a bit of a mystery–even to those who know it best. On the AI Podcast, Noah Kravitz connects with some of the world's leading experts in AI, deep learning, and machine learning to explain how it works, how it's evolving, and how it intersects with every facet of human endeavor, from art to science.

The best Amazon device deals May 2020

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Are you searching for a little smart home inspiration? On Amazon, there are several deals that will satisfy your tech cravings. The mega retailer has cut prices on a variety of bestselling smart devices including the Fire TV Stick, Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet, Amazon Echo and more. But be quick, these low prices always prove popular so you don't want to wait around. Ahead are our top picks of the best smart device deals on Amazon.

You can listen to Spotify using Amazon Alexa--here's how

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Amazon Alexa can read you the latest headlines, give you the forecast, and help you manage your smart home, but can Alexa play Spotify? Whether you recently signed up for Spotify or have been using the music streaming service for a while, you'll be happy to know that yes, it's possible to connect Spotify to Alexa. Not sure how to go about setting it all up? Then these simple instructions of how to connect Alexa to Spotify will be music to your ears. It only takes a few taps to connect Spotify with Alexa.

Modern RecSys: How does a recommender work?


I have worked in the data industry for over seven years and had the privilege of designing, building, and deploying two recommender systems (RecSys) that went on to serve millions of customers. For each chapter, I will walk through case studies and share my experience designing RecSys. This is part of my Modern Visual RecSys series; feel free to check out the rest of the series at the end of the article. We begin with a case study of Spotify to understand how RecSys works and introduce several key concepts, including a modern approach called convolutional neural networks (CNN), applied to music. Let us take a look at my personalized music recommendations from Spotify.