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Instead of stealing instruments, musicians turn to Splice

“The percentage of Top 40 music made with our platform blows my mind,” says Splice co-founder Steve Martocci. He tells me about some bedroom music producers who were “working at Olive Garden until they put sounds on Splice .” Soon they quit their jobs because they were earning enough from artists …

Music Production

‘Weird Math’ aims to connect numbers and equations to the real world

The book Weird Math attempts to make chaos theory, higher dimensions and other concepts more relatable.

Mathematics

Artificial intelligence accelerates discovery of metallic glass

If you combine two or three metals together, you will get an alloy that usually looks and acts like a metal, with its atoms arranged in rigid …

Machine Learning

Under a millimeter wide and powered by light, these tiny cameras could hide almost anywhere

As if there weren’t already cameras enough in this world, researchers created a new type that is both microscopic and self-powered, making it possible to embed just about anywhere and have it work perpetually. It’s undoubtedly cool technology, but it’s probably also going to cause a spike in …

University of Michigan

Teaching machines to spot essential information in physical systems

Two physicists at ETH Zurich and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have developed a novel machine-learning algorithm that analyses large data sets …

Machine Learning

Prime numbers are still one of the most mysterious topics in math — here are the most confounding problems

Prime numbers are one of the most basic topics of study in the branch of mathematics called number theory.<p>Primes are numbers that can only be evenly divided by themselves and 1. For example, 7 is a prime number since I'm left with a remainder or a fractional component if I divide 7 by anything …

Mathematics

PyTorch – Internal Architecture Tour

• Introduction<br>• Short intro to Python extension objects in C/C++<br>• Zero-copy PyTorch Tensor to Numpy and vice-versa<br>• Tensor Storage<br>• Shared Memory<br>• DLPack: a hope …

Deep Learning

This Pocket-Sized Sensor Can Identify The Exact Color of Anything

Take the guesswork out of color-matching.<p>If you're upgrading your home and need to paint your walls to match a certain color, the human eyes has its limitations. That's where the Nix Mini Color Sensor comes in.<p>This pocket-sized spheroid capable of identifying colors instantaneously. Just place it …

Empathetic people are made, not born, new research suggests

Empathetic people are made, not born, new research suggests.<p>The largest ever study into the genetic basis of empathy, suggests that just 10 per cent of the variation between people’s compassion and understanding is down to genes.<p>It means, the vast majority of a person's ability to recognise and …

South Africa is giving back land to black people as a compromise for ignoring their growing anger

If you want economic change in South Africa, create a crisis—then stand by to negotiate a way out of it.<p>The country’s current debate over land expropriation without compensation, which has now been endorsed by Parliament, is important. Not because, as some fear, it will radically change the …

South Africa

Australian decryption legislation will not undermine 'legitimate encryption': Home Affairs

Calling government proposals to seek decryption of communications a "backdoor" is a cartoon-like assumption, according to Secretary of the Department …

A Brief Introduction to Machine Learning for Engineers. (arXiv:1709.02840v2 [cs.LG] UPDATED)

Authors: Osvaldo SimeoneThis monograph aims at providing an introduction to key concepts, algorithms, and theoretical results in machine learning. …

Machine Learning

Mark Felt-Tipped

Feb 25, 2018<p>On Saturday, the House Intelligence Committee released the Democratic (PDF) rebuttal to the <i>Nunes Memo</i>.<p>While the full release of Nune’s …

Stuck in Old Ways of Thinking? Try This Simple Innovation Technique

How to root out orthodoxies and generate breakthrough ideas for innovation (that no one else has thought of)<p>A great way to get unstuck and find breakthrough ideas is to Identify the orthodoxies and assumptions that rule your business. Assumptions are beliefs we take for granted and accept as true. …

Creativity

The latest brain hack to get ahead in Silicon Valley: flashcards

Eager to keep up with the pace of change, some Silicon Valley researchers are embracing a grade-school technique to enhance their cognition and memory.<p>Michael Nielsen, a research fellow at Y Combinator Research, a division of Silicon Valley’s top startup accelerator, took to Twitter last week to …

Learning

Mind-Bending New Paper Could Explain The Strange 'Patterns' Within Our Solar System

Meet pilot wave gravity.<p>There's a strange pattern in our Solar System – if you look at the orbits of the first seven planets, each one gets …

Russian nuclear scientists arrested for 'Bitcoin mining plot'

<b>Russian security officers have arrested several scientists working at a top-secret Russian nuclear warhead facility for allegedly mining crypto-currencies.</b><p>The suspects had tried to use one of Russia's most powerful supercomputers to mine Bitcoins, media reports say.<p>The Federal Nuclear Centre in …

Joseph Stalin

MIT Engineers Have Designed a Chip That Behaves Just Like Brain Cell Connections

The most promising artificial synapse to date.<p>For those working in the field of advanced artificial intelligence, getting a computer to simulate …

Why Are Some People More Creative Than Others?

Neuroscientists have started to identify thinking processes and brain regions involved with creativity

Creativity

Oct SN76489 MIDI Array

The SN76489 is the same sound chip as found in the SEGA Master System. This is an array of eight SN76489 sound chips playable via USB MIDI, for a …

Physicists Overturn a 100-Year-Old Assumption on How Brains Work

This is how neurons actually fire.<p>The human brain contains a little over 80-odd billion neurons, each joining with other cells to create trillions of …

Neuroscience

How I Take Notes

Last month I was on jury duty in Brooklyn for two weeks. I learned a lot. However, jury duty is not being offered for the truth of the matter …

Apple Approves Toast Wallet Supporting Ripple's XRP Currency

<b>Apple has been on quite a roll as of late. More specifically, the technology giant is slowly making it easier for cryptocurrency wallets to get</b> …

Cryptocurrency

‘Magic mushroom’ enzyme mystery solved | Chemical & Engineering News

Researchers deciphered the biosynthetic route in <i>Psilocybe cyanescens</i> “magic mushrooms” (shown) that makes the psychoactive natural product psilocybin …

Magic Mushrooms

If SoundCloud Disappears, What Happens to Its Music Culture?

This summer, an engineer named Matthew Healy moved to Berlin to work at SoundCloud, a popular music-streaming service. He started his job on a Monday. On Thursday, a companywide meeting was called. Healy and his new co-workers assumed it was about the acquisition rumors swirling around the company. …

Miley Cyrus

Why Algorithms Suck and Analog Computers are the Future

I know this article’s headline may sound slightly provocative, but it’s true: Algorithmic computing just doesn’t scale too well when it comes to …

Quantum Computing

CD and Vinyl Mastering Facility in Chicago, IL

Loudness<p>One of the most contentious issues in CD mastering these days is relative loudness. The tendency to try and make CDs as loud as possible in …

Music Production

The First Spacewalker Cheated Death And Crash-Landed In a Forest Full of Wolves

Humanity’s first spacewalk seems even crazier 52 years later.<p>March 18, 1965 was an ordinary Thursday for the majority of people located on planet Earth. But for 30-year-old cosmonaut Alexey Leonov, one of two people who happened to be off-world at the time, it was all about making history and …

Space Exploration

Physicists ‘squeeze’ light to cool microscopic drum below quantum limit

The new NIST theory and experiments, described in the Jan. 12, 2017, issue of <i>Nature</i>, showed that a microscopic mechanical drum — a vibrating aluminum …

Cash Starved at Home, Europe’s Biotech Firms Seek U.S. Funds

For a 28-year-old biotech entrepreneur, Frenchman Xavier Duportet has a standout resume: a PhD in biology and genome engineering from MIT and Inria, …

Venture Capital