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Spotify introduces customized AI playlists that may be created via prompts

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Spotify has achieved success with its widely-used AI DJ tool, and it is now introducing artificial intelligence to the process of creating playlists on its streaming music platform. The firm just launched AI playlists in beta, which is a new feature that enables users to create playlists based on written suggestions.

The feature will be initially accessible to users on Android and iOS devices in the U.K. and Australia and will be further developed in the coming months.

Spotify’s utilization of AI allows users to request a broader range of customized playlists, such as “songs to serenade my cat” or “beats to battle a zombie apocalypse,” in addition to the more common playlist creation requests based on genre or time frame. Prompts have the ability to make reference to a wide range of things, such as locations, animals, actions, fictional film characters, colors, or emojis. The organization acknowledges that the most optimal playlists are created by utilizing prompts that encompass a blend of genres, moods, performers, and decades.

Spotify utilizes its comprehension of users’ preferences to personalize the playlists it creates using this function.

Once the playlist is created, users can utilize the AI to modify and enhance the final outcome by giving directions such as “reduce the level of liveliness” or “increase the amount of pop music,” for instance. Users have the option to swipe left on any songs in order to remove them from the playlist.

Spotify utilizes large language models (LLMs) to comprehend the user’s intention toward the technology. Spotify utilizes its personalization technology, which includes the listener’s history and tastes, to meet the request and provide a customized playlist using artificial intelligence.

The corporation utilizes a variety of external tools for its artificial intelligence and machine learning endeavors.

In October 2023, it was initially disclosed that Spotify was in the process of creating AI playlists. This information was revealed by pictures of code released by reverse engineers Chris Messina and Alessandro Paluzzi, which indicated that the playlists would be generated “based on your prompts.”

Spotify chose not to provide a comment on the discovery, stating that it would not make a statement regarding potential future features. In December 2023, the business verified that it was conducting trials on AI-powered playlist generation. This confirmation came after a TikTok video showcasing the capability, which the Spotify user referred to as “Spotify’s ChatGPT,” gained attention.

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To access the feature, go to the “Your Library” page in Spotify’s app and press on the plus button (+), located at the upper right corner of the screen. A pop-up menu emerges, displaying the AI Playlist as a fresh alternative in addition to the traditional “Playlist” and “Blend” options.

Spotify provides prompt suggestions to assist listeners who are struggling to come up with ideas. These suggestions include options such as “enhance concentration at work with instrumental electronica,” “create ambiance with background café music,” “boost energy with lively and optimistic songs,” or “discover a unique genre like Witch House,” among others.

To preserve an AI playlist, simply touch the “Create” button to include it in the library.

The business acknowledges that the AI is equipped with protective measures to prevent it from responding to offensive prompts or those related to current events or specific brands.

Spotify has been allocating resources towards the development and implementation of artificial intelligence technology in order to enhance the quality and functionality of its streaming service over an extended period of time. The business utilized a blend of Sonantic and OpenAI technology to develop an artificial rendition of the voice of Xavier “X” Jernigan, Spotify’s head of cultural collaborations. This artificial voice, known as AI DJ, was introduced globally last year and is responsible for presenting personalized song choices to users. Spotify announced its commitment to investing in internal research to enhance its understanding of the most recent advancements in artificial intelligence and large language models.

In addition, CEO Daniel Ek has hinted to investors about additional ways in which Spotify could utilize artificial intelligence (AI), such as condensing podcasts into summaries, generating audio advertisements using AI, and exploring other possibilities. The company has also explored the utilization of AI technology to replicate the voice of a podcast host for the purpose of delivering host-read advertisements.

Prior to the introduction of AI playlists, Spotify released a comparable tool called Niche Mixes, which let users generate customized playlists using prompts. However, this product did not utilize AI technology and had more restricted language comprehension capabilities.

 

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Android’s latest Theft Detection Lock feature serves as a deterrent against smartphone thefts and snatch-and-grab incidents

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Imagine yourself engaged in your own affairs, seated on a park bench, gazing at your mobile device. Explosion. An individual seizes your device and swiftly flees with it. While Android and iOS devices do have certain security measures, what about the brief period of time when the phone is still unlocked? Is there a method available to remotely erase its data?

Burglars can obtain a substantial amount of information within that brief duration. Each moment is significant. During the Google I/O 2024 developer conference, Google unveiled a new feature for Android called Theft Detection Lock. This feature is specifically designed to safeguard against the increasing risk of theft. Once activated, the AI-driven function will automatically secure the device.

According to Google, if your phone detects a typical movement related to theft, it will rapidly lock the screen to prevent thieves from easily accessing your data. An instance of such a stimulus is a mechanism that abruptly initiates rapid motion in the opposite direction.

Google is implementing an offline device lock feature, specifically designed to safeguard the device in the event of intentional disconnection from the network. Occurrences such as consistently failing to authenticate the phone will activate that functionality.

The forthcoming update will also introduce functionality that enhances the level of difficulty for malefactors attempting to perform a remote factory reset on your device. According to Google, this upgrade prevents thieves from setting up a stolen device again without having knowledge of your device or Google account credentials, even if they force a reset. By rendering a stolen device unsellable, it diminishes the motivation for individuals to engage in phone theft.

Biometric authentication will be mandatory for modifying sensitive information while the device is connected from an unsecured location.

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As AI comes out, Google adds a “Web” search filter that shows old-school text links

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Google is undergoing a transformation to adapt to the AI era. As part of this, the company is now providing AI summaries directly in its search results. Additionally, Google is introducing a new feature that allows users to filter their search results to only display text-based links. The addition of the new “Web” filter at the top of the results page will allow users to specifically filter for text links, similar to how they can currently filter for images, video, news, or shopping.

The announcement was made on Tuesday through a post on X during Google I/O, the company’s developer conference. During the conference, Google introduced significant changes to its search engine, including AI-organized search results and AI overviews in search.

Google states that the new “Web” filter will be visible either at the top of the results page or within the “More” option, depending on the specific search query.

The launch acknowledges that there are instances when individuals simply desire to display text-based links to web pages, which are typically considered less significant nowadays as Google either provides answers directly in its informational Knowledge Panels or, more recently, through AI experiments.

The Google SearchLiaison X account is noted. The post stated that this addition was made in response to feedback from users who expressed a preference for seeing only web page links in their search results. This preference may arise when users are searching for longer-form text documents, using devices with limited internet access, or simply preferring text-based results to be displayed separately from search features. “If you belong to that particular group, I hope you have a pleasant experience!”

Google has specified that on mobile devices, the new “Web” filter will be displayed by default, along with the other filters, without necessitating users to access the “More” menu. On desktop, Google will display the filters that appear to be the most pertinent to the search results.

Google announced that the feature will be gradually released to users worldwide over the course of today and tomorrow.

The announcement of a “Web” filter is bound to spark some controversy, especially among the SEO community. These experts have always strived to enhance their links in order to secure a spot on the first page of Google search results for specific keywords. However, this type of SEO manipulation has potentially diminished the usefulness of Google compared to its early days. At that time, search experts weren’t manipulating the PageRank algorithm.

The move is a significant gamble that suggests the future of search may not revolve around presenting website links. Instead, users may find the answers they are looking for in alternative forms of content or even AI responses that provide sources for those who want to explore the topic in more depth. It is yet to be determined how these changes will impact industries that heavily depend on clicks and visitors.

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New 3D displays are coming out from Looking Glass

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Looking Glass produces immersive mixed-reality displays that create a three-dimensional visual experience without the requirement of specialized eyewear. Today, it introduces two new displays, one of which is a 16-inch model priced at $4,000. Additionally, there is a 32-inch screen available, which comes with a price tag that is intentionally kept high to deter those who cannot afford it from inquiring about its cost. The displays are offered in both landscape and portrait orientations, allowing for increased versatility to accommodate various content formats and applications.

The price of the previous 15-inch model was $6,000, thus indicating a slight decrease in prices. Additionally, a few years ago, the company unveiled a $350 holographic digital photo frame along with software that enables the enhancement of your vacation photos to produce a three-dimensional effect.

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The new displays offer stunning group 3D visualization without the need for headsets. This means that professionals working with 3D content can get things done without having to deal with the hassle and fatigue of wearing extra hardware. The company says that its products are made for professionals in design, engineering, education, research, and healthcare who need cutting-edge visualization tools.

The new displays, along with the recently announced Looking Glass Go, complete the company’s range of space-related products. Looking Glass Go turns 2D photos into 3D memories, but the bigger formats are better for XR developers and professionals.

Groups can view the content, which is another advantage of these displays. This is especially useful when working together. The business says that up to 100 different people can use the content at the same time.

The screens can show a lot of different types of media, like holographic images, high-quality videos, and real-time apps. They also have gesture-based controls that make the experience even more immersive without having to touch the computer screen.

Looking Glass has many ways to make content, such as plugins for Unity, Unreal, Blender, and WebXR. It also comes with a software development kit and a 3D model importer for making your own holographic content.

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