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Sunday, July 12, 2020
Buy Your Kids a Bunch of Cardstock

Buy Your Kids a Bunch of Cardstock

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Photo: ShutterstockYou might be at the point in this stay-at-home pandemic where you need to switch up your kid’s art supplies a bit. Maybe they’ve already blown through every piece of construction paper in the house, or maybe you’re tired of Magic-Erasing surfaces where markers have bled through too-thin paper. If so, it’s time to…
This AI wrote such emo lyrics that humans thought it was My Chemical Romance

This AI wrote such emo lyrics that humans thought it was...

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If you think the songs in the charts sound like they were made by machines, you’re probably wrong — an AI’s lyrics would be better. That’s according to research by ticket site TickPick, which recently tested whether people prefer artificial or human songwriters. The company scraped thousands of lyrics from genius.com and grouped them into rock, rap, country, and pop songs.…
AI-penned manga Paidon to be published this week

AI-penned manga Paidon to be published this week

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A new manga designed by AI and drawn by a robotic hand will be published in this week’s edition of Japan‘s Morning magazine. The AI developed the characters and plot by studying the works of Osamu Tezuka, known as “the father of manga” and the “Walt Disney of Japan” for creating classics such as Astro Boy…
AI interviewer asks Billie Eilish the weirdest questions

AI interviewer asks Billie Eilish the weirdest questions

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Billie Eilish has fielded countless interview questions during her meteoric rise to fame, but this week was the first time that they’ve been asked by a bot. Fresh from sweeping the boards at the 2020 Grammy Awards , the 18-year-old songstress sat down with the AI interviewer in a video for Vogue — and the bot proved a…
’World’s strongest’ robotic hand can cut paper, hold eggs — and even play the piano

’World’s strongest’ robotic hand can cut paper, hold eggs — and...

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Researchers have unveiled a robotic hand that can serve drinks, pick up eggs, cut paper with scissors, and even play a few notes on the piano. The Korea Institute of Machinery & Materials (KIMM) claims that the device offers the world’s strongest grasping force measured against its own weight. The hand is comprised of four fingers and 16…
How deceptive UX patterns trick you into doing what companies want

How deceptive UX patterns trick you into doing what companies want

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A definition of dark patterns To put it plainly, dark pattern design is deception and dishonesty by design. Going a little deeper, a dark pattern is a term used in user experience that presents the user a user interface carefully crafted to trick users into doing things they might not otherwise do, such as buying insurance…
Loog Pro evaluation: You will not discover a much better guitar for kids, however the app may irritate you

Loog Pro evaluation: You will not discover a much better guitar...

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The best way to learn how to play a guitar is whichever method works for you. Anyone who tells you different is either selling something or justifying a purchase. That being said, in my experience the best guitar to teach your kids to play on – through whatever method you choose – is this Loog…
Let Your Kid Paint With These Homemade Paint Popsicles

Let Your Kid Paint With These Homemade Paint Popsicles

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Photo: Meghan Moravcik Walbert When my son was a preschooler, I was forever looking for new artsy activities to do with him. I especially loved activities where the set-up was part of the activity itself—you get more mileage out of those. We’d make homemade play dough together or mix together corn starch, water and food…
Develop Rainy Day Activity Bags for Your Kids

Develop Rainy Day Activity Bags for Your Kids

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Photo: Meghan Moravcik Walbert I’m all about letting kids be bored (it’s good for them) and responsible for their own entertainment (they have a ton of toys), but once in a while, it’s nice to provide them with a little inspiration. Especially when they’ve been stuck inside for the past few days because of bad…
I let Izotope’s AI manage the blending in my recording studio and now I’m on the devices’ side

I let Izotope’s AI manage the blending in my recording studio...

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Izotope’s Neutron 3 Advanced audio software is an AI-powered mixing assistant you inject into your favorite DAW. It uses machine learning to balance and EQ your audio tracks so you can spend more time getting your music right and less time fiddling with virtual knobs and sliders. It’s like having an assistant engineer sitting next…

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