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Oct 16, 2022

China’s Economy is in Bad Shape

Posted by in categories: business, economics, media & arts

In this episode we take a look at the many problems facing China’s economy. How did the country end up in this position and what does it mean for the rest of the world?

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Oct 14, 2022

Music Was Just Encoded on DNA and Retrieved for the First Time

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing, media & arts

Circa 2017 face_with_colon_three

To demonstrate this, researchers stored historic audio recordings on these molecules for the first time and then retrieved them with 100 percent accuracy. The experiment showed that DNA not only offers a place to save a dense package of information in a tiny space, but because it can last for hundreds of years, it reduces the risk that it will go out of date or degrade in the way that cassette tapes, compact discs, and even computer hard drives can.

“DNA is intrinsically and exquisitely a stable molecule,” Emily Leproust, CEO of the biotech firm Twist Bioscience, which works on DNA synthesis, told Seeker. Her company collaborated with Microsoft, the University of Washington, and the Montreux Jazz Digital Project on the DNA data feat.

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Oct 14, 2022

Robot says AI is ‘threat and opportunity’ to artists during Lords address — video

Posted by in categories: media & arts, robotics/AI

A robot has addressed the House of Lords for the first time, telling a committee that artificial intelligence can be a ‘threat and opportunity’ to artists.

The robot, named Ai-Da and devised in Oxford by Aidan Meller, gave evidence to the communications and digital committee as part of an inquiry into the future of the arts, design, fashion and music industries and how AI might affect them.

With rapidly developing AI, growing accessibility to super computers and machine learning on the ride, Ai-Da – named after the computing pioneer Ada Lovelace – was created as a ‘comment and critique’ on rapid technological change.

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Oct 12, 2022

Teleportation Is Here, But It’s Not What You Think

Posted by in categories: innovation, media & arts

Teleportation is already real, but it’s probably not exactly how you imagine it. With the Metaverse in play, entering a virtual room is already happening. The Metaverse is a virtual space where people can interact and socialize with each other through technology. Even though we are not yet there with physical teleportation, virtually, we can pin ourselves anywhere we want. Let’s learn about this and other cool inventions that seem like they come straight from the future!


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Oct 10, 2022

Hugo de Garis & Ben Goerzel on the Singularity

Posted by in categories: media & arts, nanotechnology, singularity, space

Experimental video mashup on the Singularity featuring Ben Goertzel & Hugo de Garis.
Music by Scott Hanson (Tycho) — the actual song is Melanine form the album Dive.

Hugo de Garis
Ben Goertzel

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Oct 9, 2022

Does the brain store information in discrete or analog form?

Posted by in categories: computing, media & arts, neuroscience

For engineers, the question of whether to store information in analog or discrete form is easy to answer. Discrete data storage has clear advantages, not least of which is that it is much more robust against degradation.

Engineers have exploited this property. Provided noise is below some threshold level, digital music can be copied endlessly. By contrast, music stored in analog form, such as on cassette or vinyl LP, can be copied only a few times before noise degrades the recording beyond recognition.

Oct 9, 2022

Art and music therapy seem to help with brain disorders. Scientists want to know why

Posted by in categories: computing, media & arts, military, neuroscience

When Michael Schneider’s anxiety and PTSD flare up, he reaches for the ukulele he keeps next to his computer.

“I can’t actually play a song,” says Schneider, who suffered two serious brain injuries during nearly 22 years in the Marines. “But I can play chords to take my stress level down.”

It’s a technique Schneider learned through Creative Forces, an arts therapy initiative sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, in partnership with the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs.

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Oct 8, 2022

Google’s new AI can hear a snippet of song—and then keep on playing

Posted by in categories: media & arts, robotics/AI, transportation

A new AI system can create natural-sounding speech and music after being prompted with a few seconds of audio.

AudioLM, developed by Google researchers, generates audio that fits the style of the prompt, including complex sounds like piano music, or people speaking, in a way that is almost indistinguishable from the original recording. The technique shows promise for speeding up the process of training AI to generate audio, and it could eventually be used to auto-generate music to accompany videos.

Oct 7, 2022

Could human civilization spread across the whole galaxy?

Posted by in categories: media & arts, space

Could human civilization eventually spread across the whole Milky Way galaxy? Could we move beyond our small, blue planet to establish colonies in the multitude of star systems out there? These questions are pretty daunting, but their (theoretical) answers were actually put forth decades ago. Roey Tzezana describes the conceptual von Neumann machine. [Directed by Eoin Duffy, narrated by Addison Anderson, music by Wesley Slover].

Oct 7, 2022

Hawking’s black hole paradox explained

Posted by in categories: cosmology, media & arts, particle physics, quantum physics

Today, one of the biggest paradoxes in the universe threatens to unravel modern science: the black hole information paradox. Every object in the universe is composed of particles with unique quantum properties and even if an object is destroyed, its quantum information is never permanently deleted. But what happens to that information when an object enters a black hole? Fabio Pacucci investigates. [Directed by Artrake Studio, narrated by Addison Anderson, music by WORKPLAYWORK / Cem Misirlioglu].

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