AI Startup Backed By Quincy Jones Gets Acquired ‘To Continue Changing The Way We Consume Music’

(Article by Samanta Dorisca published on afrotech.com; Photo Credit: Kevork Djansezian)

“A music mogul like Quincy Jones backing an “emotional” artificial technology (AI) music startup sounds like a match made in heaven.

The startup — Musimap — is on a mission to develop effective music roadmaps for its users through AI. The automated engine leverages automated engines and metadata enhancement to generate a playlist that has a familiar music palette to correspond with the personality profile.”

Source: https://bit.ly/3lFLe2B

The music industry has always pushed the boundaries of technology innovation. No surprise that an innovator like Quincy Jones is right in there making things happen.

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The Danger of Facial Recognition Tech

(This article by Manny Otiko was published on OneZero.)

Photo: Delta News Hub (Flickr)

“According to a New York Times article, at least three African-Americans have been falsely accused because of incorrect facial recognition matches. A false accusation cost Nijeer Park 10 days in jail and $5,000 in legal fees.

These “false positives” happen because the people who design these programs are predominately white. Silicon Valley is dominated by white (and some Asian) programmers. And some of them, who subscribe to the far-right/libertarian ideology, the new reactionary movement (NRx,) believe that’s because of racial superiority.”

Source: onezero.medium.com/i-didnt-realize-the-danger-of-facial-recognition-tech-until-i-used-it-a6686442b346

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The Coming Blockchain Revolution in Consumption of Digital Art and Music: The Thinking Lawyer’s Guide to Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs)

“First there were CryptoKitties. Then came digital art, CryptoPunks and NBA Top Shot. But when Beeple’s digital art piece ‘Everydays: The First 5000 Days’ sold at Christie’s for US$69 million, the NFT mania truly began. And as with any wave of media mania, there also came the groundswell of negative media and hand-wringing about NFTs. We believe it is time to address the pros and cons of NFTs from a thoughtful, legal perspective. NFTs are not all evil nor are they a panacea for artists and musicians. Here are our thoughts on the most common questions we have received from our clients about NFTs.”

Source: https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/the-coming-blockchain-revolution-in-6446244/

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How Blockchain Will Personalize Healthcare

“Modern healthcare data systems are contained in disparate and disconnected information silos in doctors offices, hospitals, pharmacies, laboratories, and mobile devices. The information is so segregated that it often prevents healthcare providers from providing fast and efficient care to patients. Blockchain technology can be a solution to keeping all patient data in a single, secure location. “

Source: https://innovationatwork.ieee.org/how-blockchain-will-personalize-healthcare/

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How blockchain is shaking up commercial real estate

by David Israelson

“It’s not as complicated as it seems, Mr. Koparde says. ‘Technology addresses a few challenges that exist in real estate,’ he explains. ‘One is [that it] provides a digital platform that can let people invest in property in the same way as they do in stocks and funds.’

A new way of raising commercial property finance, investors will, for example, be able to click “buy” on their smartphones to purchase a percentage of a planned new office complex without having to sign a stack of contracts and real estate documents.”

Source: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/business/industry-news/property-report/article-how-blockchain-is-affecting-the-commercial-real-estate-sector/

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Panel Mania: Infinitum: An Afrofuturist Tale by Tim Fielder

Compiled by Calvin Reid

“Tim Fielder’s new graphic novel Infinitum: An Afrofuturist Tale is ambitious in the extreme. It is an epic adventure and a meta-fictional tale of survival that celebrates the presence of the Black man and Black woman in genre storytelling from the beginning of time until the end of the universe. It’s the story of Aja Oba, an ancient African warlord, who is cursed with immortality after he betrays a vengeful lover who is also a powerful witch. Oba comes to realize he has been transformed into an undying Black storytelling presence and as the millennia accumulate he inserts himself into every great historical narrative from the ancient barbarian wars to the slave trade and Civil Rights Movement to new technological advances, space travel, and the colonization of planets far from earth. In this five-page excerpt, the reader is introduced to Aja Oba and to the beginning of his endless journey through time and storytelling. Infinitum: An Afrofuturist Tale by Tim Fielder will be published by Amistad this month.”

Source: https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/comics/article/85352-panel-mania-infinitum-an-afrofuturist-tale-by-tim-fielder.html

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How Facial Recognition Technology Is Different In Africa

There’s a reason many Africans are wary of the identification technology: It doesn’t work as well for people with dark skin. That’s where Charlette N’Guessan, a young Ivorian researcher, comes in...

She’s not ashamed to say it: The coronavirus pandemic has been “a very good thing” for Charlette N’Guessan. The same goes for Africa’s forward-looking tech entrepreneurs in general. “With the challenges posed by COVID-19, the continent is waking up,” the young Ivorian says. “People are thinking innovation, ideas, change. This crisis gives credibility to what we are doing.” It must be said that N’Guessan’s chosen field — facial recognition — is largely unexplored in Africa. It also arouses a fair amount of suspicion, and for good reason: Existing algorithms, including the best out there, are less accurate at identifying individuals of color, as tests conducted in the United States have revealed an error rate five to 10 times higher for these populations.

Article by Marie de Vergès

Source: https://worldcrunch.com/tech-science/how-facial-recognition-technology-is-different-in-africa#

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Africa’s Fourth Industrial Revolution Must be STEAM-Driven

“It is widely agreed that science, technology, and innovation are indispensable for African development. Universities are generally expected to play a critical role in the development of national and regional STI capabilities. The challenge is in the meaning of these axiomatic assumptions and aspirations, the modalities of synergising them into a virtuous cycle of continuous reinforcement to create knowledge, capacities, opportunities, and mentalities for innovative, integrated, inclusive and sustainable economies, societies, and polities.”

Source: https://www.theelephant.info/long-reads/2020/12/18/africas-fourth-industrial-revolution-must-be-steam-driven/

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Sun Ra’s Chicago: Afrofuturism and the City

“In Sun Ra’s Chicago, [author] William Sites brings this visionary musician back to earth—specifically to Chicago’s South Side, where from 1946 to 1961 Ra lived and relaunched his career from a leader of big-bands to a leader of the avant-garde. Sites, an Associate Professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, recognized the importance of Ra’s early cities, Birmingham and Chicago, on his development and thinking. By exploring Ra’s urban sphere, Sites explains, ‘I hoped I might reveal things about those cities, about Black urban experience more generally, and about the deep and complex urban roots of Afrofuturism.'”

Source: https://ssa.uchicago.edu/ssa_magazine/sun-ras-chicago-afrofuturism-and-city

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A Guide to Sun Ra on Film

“You could devote your entire life to exploring Sun Ra’s galaxy of music, art, and writing and never reach an end. During his 79 years on this particular planet, the interstellar bandleader was a perpetual motion machine of creativity, releasing countless records, touring constantly, and penning works of Afrofuturist poetry and philosophy. Ra’s universe is still expanding, more than a quarter-century after he left this earthly plane; there’s a seemingly never-ending flow of releases and rediscoveries, and the Sun Ra Arkestra, still an ongoing concern under the direction of saxophonist Marshall Allen, will release its first album since 1999 this month.”

Source: https://pitchfork.com/thepitch/a-guide-to-sun-ra-on-film/

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