WHEN AN AI PROGRAM CREATES MUSIC, IT SOUNDS SOMETHING LIKE THIS

The tune was dreamed up by a musical AI program developed at Google. Teaching computers to be more musically inventive may point to ways that machines can help with other creative acts, from designing products to writing eloquent text. Source: MIT Technology Review Video: YouTube.com

JOKE: SMARTER THAN EINSTEIN

At the conclusion of the sermon, the worshippers filed out of the sanctuary to greet the minister. As one of them left, he shook the minister’s hand, thanked him for the sermon and said, “Thanks for the message, Reverend. You know, you must be smarter than Einstein.” Beaming with pride,...

SONIA’S FATHER WAS A SOVIET PRISONER OF WAR IN WWII

In his book Walking With Lions, former foreign affairs minister Natwar Singh reveals that during a 2005 visit to Russia, Sonia Gandhi visited a town called Vladimir, and read through the slips of paper attached to a wall in an octagonal room in the town’s museum, which had once been a church. Sonia told him that...

CORAL FISH HYBRIDS

Lisa Ericson is an artist, illustrator, and designer who paints hyperrealistic images that show intertwined species. Ericson’s newest series is about bright fish painted against matte black backgrounds. The works highlight a variety of coral integrated into the fins and tails of scaly animals, and also show groups of fish that have...

SNAPS OF SHANGHAI

These pictures are from the Shanghai series of Ekaterina Busygina. Her attention to to the architecture, lighting and reflection make for great images. Source: Abduzeedo

WHY WE CRY DIFFERENTLY: WOMEN HAVE PROLACTIN, MEN HAVE TESTOSTERONE

In one study, women reported shedding tears as much as eight times more often than men. And when women cried, they reported that the duration of crying was three times longer than reported by men. Explanations for these differences can be traced to evolved neuroendocrine distinctions. While women have higher...

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE’S FUNDAMENTAL PROBLEM — IT’S CREATED BY HUMANS

As we develop artificial intelligence for our use, here’s a problem that will crop up: The algorithms build to create the intelligence will likely fall prey to the biases of its creators and by extension, society. Thus, the intelligence needs to have some sort of ethical and moral grounding embedded...

PALTERING, AND HOW IT’S DONE

Paltering is a subtle form of lying where an almost true statement is used as an answer to a question you would rather avoid. Here is one example: Bill Clinton used the present tense to avoid answering about Monica Lewinsky (see video). Asked “You had no sexual relationship with this young...