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Technobyte: First computer generated pop song

Computer generated pop song

You probably knew this day was coming: A computer has made a pop song.

No, Katy Perry and Justin Bieber (or the people who secretly write much of the stars' music) shouldn't fear for their jobs just yet. But in a world in which Rebecca Black's "Friday" can rack up 100 million plays on YouTube, the artificial-intelligence-composed track weighs in somewhere between "not terrible" and "surprisingly decent."

The song is the product of Flow Machines, a project from Sony's Paris-based Computer Science Laboratory to create music using artificial intelligence.

According to Flow Machines' website, its AI analyzes a large database of 13,000 music samples, then is programmed to compose a song in a certain style.

In the case of the first track released, "Daddy's Car," the system was told to create music in the style of the Beatles. The result does have a soothing, poppy Beatles quality. It's also very human, and very much a product of 2016.

Several commentators on the song's YouTube page have compared the sound to modern day (human) electro-indie group Tame Impala.

www.inc.com

Save the rhino

As Cites wraps up in Sandton, an exciting innovation was launched on Thursday morning which will also help the Rage organisation, founded by Lead SA to help fight rhino poaching.

Sony Pictures Television launched their ‘Picture This’ campaign at the Sandton Gautrain station. By downloading an app called SafarEye you can have your picture taken with a rhino – a virtual one of course highlighting the fact that if we don’t start protecting this precious species, the only way we will be able to see them is in a virtual space.

So, get down to the Sandton Gautrain station, download the app, take your picture with the rhino and, if you are able, donate to Rage.

New iPhone

iStore will offer iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, purported to be the best, most advanced iPhone ever on 14 October 2016 with starting price of only R12 999.

Featuring an all-new advanced camera system, dust and water resistant design, stereo speaker system and the A10 Fusion chip - the most powerful chip on any smartphone while delivering the best battery life ever in an iPhone.

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are powered by iOS 10, the biggest release of the world’s most advanced mobile operating system.

www.myistore.co.za


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