A New ‘How Bad Is Your Spotify’ A.I. App Will Troll Your Listening Habits

first_imgA new app developed by the digital media website The Pudding is here to judge—and possibly troll—your streaming habits on Spotify.The A.I. bot technology “Mercilessly judges your taste in music on Spotify,” according to the media outlet’s announcement on Wednesday. Users must allow the app (check it out here) to access their Spotify data, and it will then compare recently-streamed songs to the collection of data which they’re describing as “a corpus of over two million indicators of objectively good music, including Pitchfork reviews, record store recommendations, and subreddits you’ve never heard.”Related: L4LM Monthly Mix – November 2020 Listening Guide [Playlist]Branded like an alternative experience to those trendy 2020 Wrapped end-of-the-year presentations that Spotify rolled out recently, this time users will reportedly be given the task of choosing a “F–k, Marry, Kill” scenario with three of your favorite artists, and judged in other ways.Spotify was recently reported to be developing “Plagiarism Risk Detector And Interface” technology, patent-pending, which would both accurately and efficiently inform songwriters or labels with the approval, or rejection, of a new composition that may include plagiarized elements. The popular streaming platform for music and podcast content has also supposedly been working on a forthcoming in-app karaoke feature.last_img read more

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Separate brain circuits for taste and calories helps explain the power of sugar

first_imgShare on Facebook Sugar’s sweetness and calorie content combine to give it lethal power to destroy diets, many scientists have assumed. However, new study by Yale University researchers says the brain responds to taste and calorie counts in fundamentally different ways. And only one of these responses explains why most New Years’ resolutions have already disappeared under a deluge of Boston Crème Pies.It’s the brain’s desire for calories — not sweetness — that dominates our desire for sugars, according to the study appearing Jan. 25, 2016 in the journal Nature Neuroscience.“It turns out the brain actually has two segregated sets of neurons to process sweetness and energy signals,” said Ivan de Araujo of the John B. Pierce Laboratory and senior author of the study. “If the brain is given the choice between pleasant taste and no energy, or unpleasant taste and energy, the brain picks energy.” Share on Twitter Pinterest LinkedIncenter_img Share Email Both sweet taste and nutrient value register in the striatum, an ancient region of the brain involved in processing rewards. Humans have a sweet tooth as one way to ensure we eat enough to give our large brains enough calories to operate at peak efficiency. However, the Yale team studying the brains of mice showed that signals for taste and nutrients are processed in two separate areas of the striatum, the ventral and dorsal, respectively. Signals about the value of taste are processed in the ventral striatum while nutritional value was processed in the dorsal striatum. The dorsal striatum remained responsive to energy even when calories fed to mice were paired with a very aversive taste.The researchers then asked which signal had more control over eating behavior. Mice fed both sugar with sweet taste but no calories or sugar that contained calories but was altered to taste horribly preferred the sugar with energy. When neurons in dorsal striatum were activated by light a technique called optogenetics, mice also ate copious amounts of bad-tasting sugar.“The sugar-responsive circuitry in the brain is therefore hardwired to prioritize calorie seeking over taste quality,” de Iraujo said.The authors hope findings help spur new strategies aiming at curbing excess sugar intake.last_img read more

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Australia unlikely to rest Starc or Cummins against NZ – Finch

first_imgLONDON, (Reuters) – Australia have already secured a place in the semi-finals of the Cricket World Cup but skipper Aaron Finch has virtually ruled out resting frontline quicks Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins in today’s group match against New Zealand. Starc’s 19 wickets from seven matches, more than any bowler in the tournament, have been instrumental in Australia booking a place in the last four with two group matches to spare.The defending champions can afford to rest Starc or Cummins, who has 11 wickets, but Finch does not want to mess with a winning combination.“So if it was going to happen at all, yeah, slightly tempting, but at the same time, you don’t want to tempt fate,” Finch told reporters at the Lord’s. “You don’t want to upset the apple cart just for no reason, really. And that also comes down to how they are feeling, as well, and they are both feeling great at the moment.  “I know that they have got no interest whatsoever in being rested or anything like that… everyone’s really on the same page in that regard — to try and keep our winning momentum and making sure that we are never taking anything for granted in this tournament.”Australia finish their group campaign with a July 6 match against South Africa and Finch felt the gap between the games was enough for the quicks to recover.“We feel that week will be a really good opportunity for the bowlers to really freshen up and de-loading them three or four days after this match to manage them through the next part of the tournament, and obviously with a huge summer coming up here with the Ashes and all going forward.” Today’s contest will be a rematch of the 2015 World Cup final when New Zealand were shot out for 183 and Australia chased down the paltry target with nearly 17 overs to spare.Finch had no doubt, however, that their trans-Tasman rivals under Kane Williamson will fight tooth and nail.“I think the great thing with New Zealand is that they fight and scrap every single game, regardless of whether it’s a World Cup final or it’s a club game,” Finch said. “That’s a part of how they play their best cricket, and I know under Kane they certainly do fight and scrap for every run on the field.“They are a great fielding side. They put pressure on you. They have got world-class players. It’s going to be a good game tomorrow, no doubt.”last_img read more

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Rangers Seek To Complete “Unfinished Business” As Ogunbote Declares Team Under Pressure To Win…

first_imgEnugu Rangers head coach Gbenga Ogunbote says the Flying Antelopes will “tidy up” their “unfinished business” against Algerian side USM Bel Abbes when both teams face off in the 2nd leg of the second-tier continental club competition, the Total/CAF Confederation Cup (CCC) First Round knock out at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium Enugu on Sunday.Rangers would be looking tosecure progress to the play-off round of the CCC with victory over theAlgerians after securing a highly creditable goalless draw away at Stade 24Fevrier 1956 in Algiers in the first leg and Ogunbote says Sunday’s match isall about completing the task left over from the first leg.“It’s an unfinished business andby God’s grace we should be able to tidy it up and finish it off [today],” hetold busybuddiesng.com.While Rangers will be counting onthe support of the home crowd and the familiar surroundings of the NnamdiAzikiwe Stadium to provide them with an edge in the encounter, Ogunbote,famously nicknamed the Oracle for his ability to change games from the dugoutbelieves the inability of his side to register a goal away at USM Bel Abbes inthe 1st leg, means his side go into Sunday’s encounter under a bitof pressure and are therefore “condemned to win at all costs” in order not to fallprey to the away goals rule.“There’s a lot of pressure,” the former Enyimba head coach tells busybuddiesng.com, “I’m not new to coaching, when you go out to play a barren draw there’s pressure on you because you must make sure that you are condemned to win at all costs. “It was a decent result [in the 1st leg] but all the same, our target is to scale the hurdle and we are working on it and all we need [on Sunday] is to win and by God’s grace I’m sure we will go through.”Rangers have had to start their continental campaign without a proper preseason and indeed following a miraculous come from behind victory against Kano Pillars in the final of the Aiteo Cup on October 24, the Flying Antelopes have not really rested having started camping for the new season two weeks after the final. With the Nigerian Professional Football League yet to kick off for the 2018/2019 season, Rangers have also lacked regular league games to help them build any sort of momentum to aid their continental campaign. Even in the face of these challenges, Ogunbote says “[Rangers] won’t want to see it as any excuse” when they tackle a USM Bel Abbes side that accounted for Liberia’s LISCR in the last round and have had 15 league matches and have lost just once in their last four matches.   “The truth of the matter is that I would say we would have done better if we had had enough competitive games and actually rested before we commenced the campaign. It is a simple and straightforward logic,” he says.“But be it as it may, we have hadone game home and away [againstDefence Force FC of Ethiopia in the preliminary round which Rangers won 5 -1 onaggregate], we are playing the second leg, we have played away, we areplaying home so we won’t to see it as any excuse the only thing I know is thatwe may [have] enhanced our chances of doing better but be it as it may all weneed is to win.”With Nigeria’s otherrepresentatives on the continent Lobi Stars makingit through to the group stage of the CAF Champions League (CCL) for the firsttime in 18 years after beating Gor Mahia of Kenya on Saturday, there arehigh hopes that Rangers would also progress to the next phase of the CCC andOgunbote believes that fan support will be vital in helping them scale thehurdle of USM Bel Abbes on Sunday.  “My message is that I want toenjoin [the fans], those that would be in the environs of the game should comeout to cheer us to victory and those outside should pray for us we need theirprayers so that we can do very well and then we pray that by God’s grace wewill not equally disappoint them.” Rangers take on USM Bel Abbes of Algeria in the 2nd leg of the CCC first round knock out at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium Enugu by 4 pm on Sunday with the winners progressing to the play-off stage of the competition. The tie is finely poised at 0 – 0 on aggregate and USM Bel Abbes will progress with a score draw.The winners of the Confederation Cup first round are drawn against thelosers of the Champions League first round in the Play-off round of the CAFConfederation Cup (CCC), with the teams from the Confederation Cup hosting thesecond leg.The 16 winners of the play-off round advance to the group stage.Rangers last made the play-off round of the CCC in 2017 after droppingdown to the competition following their elimination in the first round of theCAF Champions League.RelatedBright Silas Strikes Twice To Send Rangers To Playoff Round of CAF Confederation CupDecember 24, 2018In “CAF”Rangers Confident of Victory against USMBA in AlgeriaDecember 12, 2018In “CAF”AUDIO: Victory Against USM Bel Abbes “Done” – ItoyaDecember 23, 2018In “CAF”last_img read more

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