Google Interested in Developing Computer-Generated Musical Pieces

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Google’s team Magenta would work to develop computer- generated video, art and music pieces

Google is interested in putting back art in artificial intelligence. In the recent session at a 4 day tech and music festival Moogfest, in North Carolina city of Durham, a researcher working in the American search engine developer’s AI research project Google Brain Douglas Eck, disclosed details regarding a new team that will going to concentrate on exploring if computers can really create. The team, known as Magneta, will more publicly release at the beginning of June, but participants in Moogfest were given an idea of what is happening to work on.

Magneta will use the machine-learning engine Tensor Flow that the search organization established and opened up for the public in late last year, to find out whether AI technologies can be taught to develop original video, music or art pieces. This is not an easy task, provided that even the highly advanced AI systems are troubled a lot while copying the styles adopted by existing musicians as well as artists, let alone bringing completely new ideas at their own.

During a panel discussion, Eck conceded this by stating AI technologies are “very far from long narrative arcs.” But Magneta will intend to develop tools to let other researchers and his team, explore the computers’ creative potential. In a quite similar manner, the organization opened up TensorFlow, Douglas stated the group will offer its tools to the masses.

It will initially launch a simple program, which will let researchers import music data into TensorFlow from MIDI music files, which will help train their technologies train on musical information.

Eck’s team member Adam Roberts spoke to Quartz that on 1st June the team will begin posting more details regarding the resources it will generate, making addition of new software on its page GitHub, and posting daily updates to a blog. Adam also demonstrated a simple digital synthesizer program he had been developing, where an artificial intelligence could hear notes that he played.

The objective of the venture, Eck suggested, could well be to develop a technology that could develop a technology that could give “musical chills” to a listener with completely new music pieces regularly, as they sit hearing computer-generated music from the couch at their house. But he conceded it is probably that innovative creation, at least for the upcoming future, will yet involve human beings to a certain degree, as it is difficult to do programming of robots to be completely creative independent.

Douglas stated Magneta had been inspired from the rest of Google Brain ventures, like Google Deep Dream, where AI technologies were taught to do imaging of databases to “fill in the gaps” in images, making efforts to find out structures in pictures that were not necessarily in the pictures themselves.

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Posted by on May 25, 2016 in Technology


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Tesla Not interested in Establishing its Factory in China

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The American electric car maker would be interested in establishing the factory when the EV demand in the country reaches a particular threshold


CTO of Tesla Motors J.B Straubel addressed the International Transport Forum in the German city of Lezpig by stating it will be logical for the American electric vehicle maker to establish a plant in China at a time when domestic demand reaches “critical mass,” reported China Daily. It is difficult to state which level of demand is the critical mass, but customers in the Chinese region gave the largest number of pre-orders amongst the extensive flood of demand for the forthcoming Model 3.

The comments by J.B, follow statements given by the company’s President of Global Sales John McNeil, who suggested that a factory in China could be built to boost the manufacturing capacity for Tesla Model 3. In 2015, CEO Elon Musk suggested that the automaker’s factory in the country could be established around 2019. And it was reported that the company has explored factory locations already in that region.

The EV maker hasn’t had a good experience in the country, though, failing to meet regional sales objectives as well as cutting down jobs in the last year. And growth would require various risks. China is boosting up its local electrically powered car manufacturing industry, backed by huge government subsidies targeted to solve the nation’s air pollution problem.

Next EV has turned into the most significant Chinese organization, but Tencent as well as Foxconn have also partnered to grab a share of the lucrative market. If the production of the mass-market EV continues to be centered in the organization’s factory in California, customers in China will probably have to wait for a longer time than buyers in the U.S.

That threatens, even with its new-aggressive manufacturing schedule; the company could find would-be Model 3 consumers in the country turn to its Chinese rivals instead. But establishing a facility in the country to counter that threat could prove to be quite problematic. Most global organizations interested in doing business in the country should work with Chinese partners, agreements that often require technology sharing.

That could turn into the most highly innovative organizations of the 21st century at a risk for destroying intellectual property theft, and even higher levels of Chinese rivalry. With Tesla’s intent to considerably heighten the production expectations for its EV fleet, the United Auto Workers’ motive to unionize the non-unionized Fremont facility has strengthened as USA Today has reported that on 19th May 2016, the president of UAW Dennis Williams stated the organization continued to be interested in unionizing employees.

In the last year, the company only sold around 50,000 Model X and Model S vehicles combined, and its goal for 2016 is 80,000 units. Compare that to  the objective to sell a half a million units in 2018. For meeting that objective the facility will need to manufacture 10 times more than what was done by in 2015.

The company has more than 400,000 orders of Model 3, which it needs to meet, so it doesn’t surprise us that the organization is interested in boosting manufacturing.

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Posted by on May 24, 2016 in Technology


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Google To Give Tough Time to Facebook Through Social App

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The search engine developer has launched a social app to help its users find content without moving form one app to another


Despite of its failure with the social platform Google+, Google isn’t discontinuing working on its social ambitions , Recently the American search engine developer announced its new social application known as Spaces, which concentrates on group sharing. The application permits small user groups to explore a number of organization’s other facilities. These include Chrome, Youtube as well as Search to share content and post links without needing to move from one app to another.

They also can have conversations regarding that content in an interface, which is similar to a chat group. This turns Spaces more into a rival to anything such as Facebook’s WhatsApp  or Messenger, perhaps, due to its emphasis on its mobile-friendliness and chatting.( The application is offered on Android, Ios as well as mobile web, though it also will work on the desktop).

Today, most of the leading chat applications aren’t deeply integrated with web facilities- whereas posted links might provide rich media previews in a number of cases, users of Spaces can’t just share and find web content from YouTube as well as Search, that content also can be seen by others without  the need to move out of the application. Another decidedly advantage of Google is that the shared content in a dedicated space becomes search friendly.

Users can use keyword to search their spaces, which returns both pictures and links- the latter thanking to the organization’s image recognition technology is already live in the rest of  the products, such as Google Photos. The interface to the application is simply fair. It is only 1 tap to develop a new space, for instance. Then a user can send an invitation to everyone else through email, messaging or another social platform. Once within a Space, there is a box at the bottom of the device’s screen, where one can click on buttons to post pictures and links as well as the residual part of the content to his or her chat room.

A conversational perspective lets one find out what the group is easily talking about. The Mountain view based organization recommends the application could be used for various purposes, such as trip planning or study groups on fans of a specific subject such as tiny houses or comic books. This makes the newly rolled out app seem like Google+’s own “Communities” feature- in fact- it is quite odd to find such a  huge overlap between 2 products.

Nevertheless, the search organization is kick starting the rollout of Spaces for every session at its Google I/O developer conference very soon. That will permit everyone participating in sessions to chat with one another and other company’s workers, it states.

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Posted by on May 19, 2016 in Technology


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Tesla Working On a New Update to Help its Customers

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The American electric car maker is testing a new software update to address the range anxiety concerns of its electric vehicle users.

While power efficiency as well as range calculations are significant for every automobile regardless of the kind of fuel it consumes, it’s especially significant for electrically powered vehicles if just to help address the anxiety concerns regarding whether they’re acceptable or not. The American EV maker is making efforts to further enhance its own power consumption calculations as well as range to show more correct range estimates to owners of Tesla, which must be offered in a forthcoming over-the-air update, revealed sources aware of the matter.

The electric car maker is currently testing the upcoming iteration of its 7.1 software for Tesla Model S to comprise these enhanced calculations. In 2015, the automaker claimed it “eliminated range anxiety” through its software update 6.2 as well as the launch of many new features related to trip and range planning. Whereas the update was entirely welcomed, inefficiencies associated with the tour planner have been reported many times.

If one is interested in learning how factors such as climate control, temperature, speed affect the range he or she can play with the company’s online range calculator, which tells us nicely which different inputs the software of Model S takes into account to accurately demonstrate the possible range in real-time. As to end range anxiety, the low range stigma associated with electrically powered automobiles has prevailed to such a huge extent that it’s doubtful that the 6.2 launch was able to truly end it.

The reality is that range anxiety should not firstly be experienced with an efficient charging network combined with accessible and accurate range estimates. If one knows how far he or she can travel and access charging options without a hassle, he or she must not need to be concerned regarding range irrespective of the capability of one’s vehicle on a charge. The automaker’s extending Supercharger as well as Destination charger networks are slowly caring for the first part of the difficulty and the upcoming update of the automaker must further help resolve the second part by providing more correct range predictions.

Tesla has previously been successful as far its introducing new products is concerned as the Huffington Post has reported that  its recently introduced mass-market automobile Model 3 reached very high levels of popularity with 253,000 pre-orders. This helped Tesla secure a standing as the newest affordable electric car manufacturer. Those who have given the pre-orders have been told that the California based organization can take at least one and a half year to deliver.

CEO of Tesla Motors Elon Musk stated the average  Model 3 will be offered at a retail price of around $42000, which includes every option and feature ( certain additions can take the price up to $55,000 and greater). Given that figure, estimates take the pre-order value to somewhere at $10.6 billion. The result was that Tesla stock grew up by 3%, the stock has enhanced by over half since February.

To meet the demand for Model 3, the company is extending its California based production plant. The objective is to manufacture half a million automobiles on an yearly basis by 2020.

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Posted by on May 16, 2016 in Technology, Tesla Motors


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Alibaba Upsets Tiffany & Co

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Tiffany & Co has withdrawn its membership in IACC and left its board after Alibaba became its member.


Alibaba Group Holding Limited is not being trusted by many brands. Tiffany & Co is the recent well-known brand to leave the International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition after the group admitted the Chinese E-commerce company as its member in the last month. The US luxury jeweller emailed to IACCi it was quitting the board as well as withdrawing its membership from the Coalition.

The letter, reviewed by the American publication The Wall Street Journal, did not mention a reason behind the departure. In the previous 3 weeks,  Michael Kors as well as Gucci have also withdrew their membership from the famous group, with Michael Kors stating  the online retailer’s admission  “cover to our most dangerous and damaging adversary” in times when a large number of brands are thinking to file litigations regarding fakes on the sites of Alibaba.

Some brands have been angered by the admission of the Hangzhou based organization to the non-profit group, which consists of 250 members, stating they were doubtful that the company would pledge to battle with fakes on its well-known shopping websites. The web retailer refused to comment on the departure of Tiffany & Co, which did not immediately gave a response to requests for sharing views. The Coalition did not directly respond to the resignation by the jewelery company.

The group stated earlier its board members– including the New York based organization- unanimously voted to admit the online trading platform operator as one of the members and that it “stands by its decision” because the help of online marketplaces must be sought to fight against counterfeits online. The departure of the jewelery retailer on the same day IACC and Alibaba announced their plans to get rid of fakes more rapidly from the sites of the Hangzhou based organization.

Now, the anti-counterfeiting program will be open to every brand, free of charge. Ealier, the program was just open to the coalition members, and charged a lot of money on an annual basis. Alibaba stated only by collaborating with industry and brands market places can make “serious progress” on the international counterfeiting issue. Since it introduced its anti-counterfeiting program with the Coalition a couple of years ago, Jack Ma’s company has shut down over 180,000 breaching product listings, it stated.

Some huge brands have stated, though these figures pale compared to the number of shops and listings they removed on the sites of the organization during the same period of time.  Tiffany & Co has departed at a time when Dutch news has reported that Alibaba aims to establish its office in Amsterdam, Holland. The E-commerce platform operator has stated it wants to become the gateway to China for Holland, the AD reported.

It isn’t known up till now where the new office will be set up or how many persons it will hire the publication states. The company already has offices in Britain, France, Germany and Italy.

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Posted by on May 13, 2016 in Ali Baba, Technology


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Tesla’s Vision Might Trouble its Shareholders

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The vision of the American electric car maker can challenge the interests of its shareholders in the capital market

Dreams of having an electric future have  been historically significant much to Tesla shareholders than present business reality. But the huge amount of money spent by the American electric car maker  and growing rivalry could still flip that script. CEO of Tesla Elon Musk has stated he would be interested in retiring on Mars, isn’t certainly stranger to huge promises. In the recent times Mr Elon arguably made his audacious claim yet: the EV maker will sell half a million new vehicles in 2018, and one million by 2020, boosted by the upcoming mass-market EV Model 3.

That timeframe is a lot more ambitious than what the organization had communicated in the past. Bulls holding the belief in the story of the automaker cashed in. The debt-adjusted market value of Tesla has exponentially surged since its IPO in 2010. According to the plan, cash from the sales of luxurious automobiles would finance automobiles for the car manufacturer, transforming the automobile sector on the way. The rise of the California based organization did not entirely occur as planned.

The profitability has not materialized up till now. Total operating cash flow minus capital expenditures is -$4.6 billion since the organization went public. And manufacturing snags have postponed the introduction of important products. Those difficulties did not prevent a huge rise in the share price, for 2 major reasons. Exciting initial products and a large number of customers, together with easy cash investing environment, which meant the automaker could easily explore the capital markets.

FactSet has revealed that the company has received funds through convertible debt or equity each year since 6 years ago, for  a sum of almost $5 billion. And since the automaker was the one and only significant player pioneering a luxurious electric vehicle manufacturing problems did not cost the organization market share. But the recent promises have significantly raised the level of expectations, and they warrant skepticism.

For putting the 2018 objective in context, the automaker forecasts 80,000 to 90,000 units in the next year. Even that could prove to be ambitious, Tesla anticipates to sell around 30,000 vehicles in the first six months of the year. 2 years ago, Elon stated the electric car maker would sell vehicles at an  yearly rate of over 100,000 units by late last year.

The new timeframe has significant knock-off effects. Elon stated the company would be interested to develop its own automobile parts provided that its vendors are not able to challenge. That could yet make the production of Tesla Model 3 more complex. And recently the automaker announced  that 2 leading production officials are aiming to quit the company.

In the meantime, the company scrapped its promise, made 3 months ago, to have a positive cash-flow in the next year. Significantly, it also stated its new manufacturing plans would “ likely” need yet more capital. It is probable that capital expenditures will be $2.25 billion in 2015, up from one and a half billion forecast in February.

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Posted by on May 12, 2016 in Technology, Tesla Motors


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Google To Come Up With Acceptable Ads Policy

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The search company is trying to find out means to ensure that ads don’t irritate visitors and look obtrusive to them

As per reports, Google is deeply jumping into the advertisement blocking matter by discovering an acceptable advertisements policy, industry as well as publisher sources state. The American search engine developer, together with the US social networking company Facebook, used to control 64% of the market for digital ads in 2015. With that dominance, the search organization could have a massive impact on the types of advertisement formats that turn into the industry standard.

Slow-loading as well as intrusive advertisements have been held culpable for the jump in readers choosing advertisement blocking software. The Mountain View based company is investing heavily to keep the internet secure for advertising; a large part of the organization’s business earns from advertising, and as per reports it pays huge money to ensure ads do not get blocked by ad blockers and could be witnessed on its websites.

A number of initiatives have been taken across the sector to enhance experience of users. The IAB has issued a collection of standards know as L.E.A.N. that is developed to deal with the factors leading to ad blocking by people. On an individualistic basis, publishers have been battling with the matter by streamlining ads as well as asking visitors to switch off their advertisement blockers or blocking them from reaching content outright.

Ad blocking service providers have so-called  “acceptable ad” programs, which let through advertisements they view to be not obtrusive. But the efforts by association such as that of IAB are not enforceable, and publishers individually acting can not change the fact that ad blockers treat every website alike, until customers opt to white-list those websites.

Google, with its technology experts and its control over digital advertisement delivery, is in a position to do what associations and individual publishers can not do alone, though, by asking that ads aren’t annoying or obstructive- a major reason people opted to block ads.

While it’s not clear how a Google’s scheme would work, a probable scenario is that the search engine operator would make sure that just advertisements that achieve its standards can be launched on its own website as well as Youtube, and also with the help of its DoubleClick advertisement exchange through which inventory can be sold by publishers.

Recently, publishers  are resisted by advertisers that aren’t pressurized to change their advertisements to ensure that they are loaded faster. With its huge size as well as power, the ad initiatives taken by Google have been scrutinized. Publishers aren’t interested in seeing the Alphabet’s organization take action by its own self about what must be acceptable and what must be not..A publishing official directly aware of the plans stated “They need to get input from publishers.”


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Posted by on May 11, 2016 in Technology


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