18 November 2009The head of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) warned today that Africa must overcome the obstacles to boosting industrial production and gaining a larger share of world trade to benefit from the global economy. The head of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) warned today that Africa must overcome the obstacles to boosting industrial production and gaining a larger share of world trade to benefit from the global economy. Although UNIDO Director-General Kandeh K. Yumkella noted that the continent’s six per cent annual growth rates between 2003 and 2007 mark a slow but positive course, he said there are a number of barriers in its path to developing its manufacturing sector. “Africa’s pursuit of industrialization continues to be hindered by many challenges which must be addressed urgently,” said Mr. Yumkella, ahead of Africa Industrialization Day, observed annually on 20 November. “These challenges include limited industrial skills and technological capabilities, weak support from institutions, inadequate financing and underdeveloped internal and regional markets.” He stressed that the global financial and economic turmoil has also disrupted African efforts to industrialize. He added that for Africa to benefit from a predicted recovery and increase its share of world trade, it must “focus on industrialization as a critical engine of economic growth and development.” Pointing to the African Union Action Plan for the Accelerated Industrial Development of Africa, Mr. Yumkella said there are positive initiatives already underway aimed at transforming the continent’s economy to become more prosperous, competitive and sustainable. He also stressed that greater regional integration benefits production competitiveness through economies of scale and scope, increases trade opportunities through larger markets, provides more opportunities for large investments, and strengthens bargaining power. “Coupled with integration, industrial development will allow African nations to speak with one voice and accelerate the process of achieving stronger political and economic cooperation,” he added. On 20 November, UNIDO will organize a symposium in Vienna under the theme of “Industrialization for integration: A strategy for continental development and effective participation in the global economy.”
9 August 2010The head of the United Nations agency mandated with upholding press freedom today spoke out against the murder of the chairman of a community radio station in western Nepal, calling on the country’s authorities to bring the perpetrators of the attack to justice. Devi Prasad Dhital, who headed Tulsipur FM in the Dang district, was shot in the chest while riding his motorcycle on 22 July and died later that night in the hospital. The motive for the murder is not yet known.Known as Hemraj, the 45-year-old is the third media owner to be killed this year in Nepal, according to Reporters Without Borders, a non-governmental organization (NGO).“Acts of violence against journalists are attacks on freedom of expression, a fundamental human right,” said Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). “They cannot be tolerated in a democratic society.”
The SLFPU in Lebanon is responsible for security and VIP duties at the UNIFIL Force Headquarters – Naquoura and it’s under command to the Force Headquarters Support Unit (FHQSU) which is directly under the Force Commander.Since 2010 the Sri Lanka Army has to-date sent 9 such contingents to serve in Lebanon at the request of the UNIFIL. (Colombo Gazette) The 10th contingent of the SLFPU include troops from the Sri Lanka Engineers, Signal Corps , Gajaba Regiment , Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment , Mechanized Infantry Regiment , Commando Regiment , Special Forces , Corps of Engineer Services , Service Corps , Medical Corps , Ordnance Corps , Sri Lanka Engineers and Mechanical Engineers , Sri Lanka Corps of Military Police and General Service Corps. The Special Force segment accompanied 04 sniffing dogs for VIP duties in Lebanon. The formal passing out parade of the 10th contingent was also held at the Gajaba Regiment Headquarters at Saliyapura on 16th January. The 10th Sri Lanka Army contingent for the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNFIL) left the country today.The Sri Lanka Force Protection Unit (SLFPU) is comprised of 150 army personnel including 10 officers and 140 other ranks. The first advance 49 member party of the SLFPU left the country prior to this team on 16th February.
Prince Albert starts billing Husky for costs of oil pipeline spill in river by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 10, 2016 4:36 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 10, 2016 at 5:43 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PRINCE ALBERT, Alta. – The City of Prince Albert has starting billing Husky Energy for the cost of dealing with the effects of the company’s oil pipeline spill.The city says it has spent “millions of dollars” in the three weeks since the pipeline leaked up 250,000 litres of heavy oil and chemicals into the North Saskatchewan River.The spill forced the city to close its water treatment plant intake in the river and scramble to hook up new sources of water for thousands of people in the region.The city is seeking compensation for staff salaries, contractors and materials and for employees laid off due to the temporary closure of facilities such as the Kinsmen Water Park.Mayor Greg Dionne says many of these workers are students who need the cash for school.The city has hired the financial firm Deloitte to help its claims and Dionne says he is confident Husky will pay up.“We have no doubt that Husky will then reimburse us for the lost hours to our staff and facilities during the oil spill situation,” Dionne said Wednesday in a release.A city official said the bills keep coming and could continue to do so through the winter.There is no word on when the city will be able to resume using its North Saskatchewan River water intake valve.The cause of the oil spill is under investigation.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCPL 2018 takeaways: Associate stars shine bright; Smith and Warner, not quiteSeptember 18, 2018In “latest news”Power-packed GAW team named for CPL 2019May 23, 2019In “latest news”CPL 2018: Bigger, wider and oozing more star powerAugust 7, 2018In “Sports” Ali Khan bowls (Getty Images)On June 3, even as USA’s selection panel was focusing on regional trial matches in New York, there were a few who had their eye on the player draft of the Global T20 Canada. The interest stemmed from the rules – each team had to pick at least one Associate player outside the minimum four to be selected from within Canada.This elicited interest among USA cricket circles, for there was a chance a number of their players would be picked. Of special interest were those who were acquired at the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) draft in March. Ali Khan wasn’t one of them, after Guyana Amazon Warriors let him go in part due to persistent fitness issues. But Winnipeg Hawks felt otherwise by making him their ninth-round pick, unusually high for an Associate player.A number of USA players and officials present at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx were confused at the selection, unsure that it was “the same Ali Khan” who kept getting injured. Was this Ali Khan a domestic cricketer from Pakistan who just happens to share the same name?Over the next few hours, it was established it was the same Ali Khan, the injury-prone Ali Khan. There may have been doubters, but one man – Pubudu Dassanayake, the USA head coach – always had the belief. “His talent really came through in the Global T20 Canada,” he says.Ali Khan, the 27-year-old fast bowler who resides in Ohio, elicited further interest after his solid campaign with Hawks when he got called up for a CPL gig with Trinbago Knight Riders as a replacement player. As the tournament in the Caribbean reaches its business end, Ali Khan is now in the race to finish as the leading wicket-taker of the season.“When you get someone that comes in for their first big tournament so to speak, there’s always going to be a bit of pressure on them but he’s handled it really well and I think he’ll get better with the exposure,” Trinbago coach Simon Katich, who also serves as batting coach for Kolkata Knight Riders, told ESPNcricinfo. “There’s going be a lot of awareness [around Ali Khan] now and it wouldn’t surprise me if there’s a fair bit of awareness when it comes around next year to the IPL auction.“If he continues this form throughout the tournament, I’m sure that he’s caught the eye of a number of franchises. Because he’s got a tough role bowling with the new ball in the Powerplay and then at the back end of the innings. He’s got raw ingredients there with pace, with good control, but he’s also been clever about how he’s bowled. In this format, if you’re not clever with how you bowl, you pay the price. He’s prepared to do the homework and he trains hard.”Ali Khan has been a model of consistency this CPL season. He has taken a wicket in seven out of eight matches for a total of 13 overall to put him just one behind joint-tournament leaders Andre Russell and Oshane Thomas of Jamaica Tallawahs. His economy rate of 8.09 in 28.4 overs is seventh best among fast bowlers in a list that has Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Irfan, Wahab Riaz, Obed McCoy, Carlos Brathwaite and Thomas. So what’s the secret to this success for someone who featured in just one CPL game in two seasons prior to this one?Ali Khan simply puts it down to the team environment. “From coach to the owner Shah Rukh Khan to [CEO] Venky [Mysore] sir, the manager, every team-mate has welcomed me,” he said. “I feel relaxed there, I feel at home. I’m just happy to be there and the results are coming out good because they make me so comfortable and they made me part of the family since day one.”It also helped that Dwayne Bravo, his captain at Trinbago, was also the leader at Hawks. “It was a great experience there playing with him. He gives me a lot of confidence when I go out there and bowl. I had a good outing in Canada and now I’m continuing that in CPL. Hopefully I can finish it all the way and win the title.”Bravo is one of Ali Khan’s biggest supporters within the set-up. The Trinbago captain first saw Ali Khan bowl at a T20 tournament called the US Open, at the Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill, Florida. Bravo is among many West Indians who have featured at the annual event involving US club sides, which has a USD 100,000 prize pool. Last year, Bravo was a guest player in Ali Khan’s team, and, before long, he was mighty impressed.“Ali is a world-class bowler to me,” Bravo said. “I remember playing last year in the US [Open] tournament. I stood at slips and watched the way he ran in, the way he bowled, the skills that he has especially with the old ball coming back and I said to my brother, ‘This guy is a very talented player.’“It’s sad that he’s in the US obviously where he doesn’t have much exposure. As soon as the opportunity came about to get him in our squad [as Ronsford Beaton’s replacement], straightaway I grabbed him. When there was the Canada tournament, I picked him in my team as well. So he’s somebody that I will take anywhere. If I have the opportunity, I would love to have him in my team.”Bravo aside, Ali Khan also found a strong endorsement from Chris Lynn, his closest ally during the 2016 CPL season at Amazon Warriors. Lynn could even be seen helping his American mate with some batting tips during a recent Knight Riders training session in Florida. Such support has helped him not just enjoy life when times are good but also get past some bumps in the road earlier this season. Despite taking three wickets against Jamaica Tallawahs in the second match of the season, Ali Khan wound up being the villain for dropping Andre Russell and then seeing him blast an unbeaten century in a record chase.He wasn’t hung up on the drop, though, returning strongly to finish with a three-for in his next outing, against St Kitts & Nevis Patriots. “It definitely hurt me a lot because I dropped him on zero but he played a very good innings after that,” Ali Khan said. “After the game, I was a little disappointed, but coach Simon Katich, bowling coach Carl Crowe and DJ Bravo, I spoke to them and they said whatever happened just put it behind you.”Aside from his skillset, which includes being able to bowl consistent yorkers at 145 kph, Katich says Ali Khan’s mental toughness in overcoming that incident has stood out. “You can do all the planning you want but if you don’t have the skills to back it up then it doesn’t matter on game day,” Katich said. “He’s got the pace, the swing with that new ball and the ability to hit the yorker when he needs to under pressure.“He’s had great learning so far in this tournament. Obviously he’s had a couple of tough games where we’ve had guys like Andre Russell or Kieron Pollard get away from us at the end. But that’s all part of his development as a player.”“We have our bowlers meeting the day of the game and one thing that he’s done religiously every game is his homework. He’s looked at the footage with us the coaches and our analyst and planned really well. One thing that he said recently after one of the games is that he feels he’s done well because he’s done the work off the field and in his thought process and planning. That doesn’t guarantee success but what it does do is it probably means you go in fully prepared mentally.”As the CPL playoffs approach with defending champions Trinbago in pole position, the interest around Ali Khan will continue to grow. Dassanayake believes his significance in franchise leagues can have a ripple effect in USA, much like how it has been in Afghanistan after Rashid Khan’s rise. Now, they have a number of other next-gen spinners picked up by T20 franchises in Mujeeb-ur-Rahman, Qais Ahmad and Zahir Khan.“This tournament is just the start of his career and he can be playing in every premier league in the world now,” Dassanayake said. “He’s good enough and it’s just about performing in every tournament and growing from there. They’re playing with top players and when they perform at that level, definitely the same top players playing in the other leagues will recommend them, they’ll support them to be in the other leagues.“Ali is already on that route. That gives a picture of USA cricket to the world, the talent that we have. Definitely we have a good pipeline. We are not short of any talent, it’s just about grooming them properly here and if they have an opportunity to play in top leagues I think it’ll be fantastic for USA cricket.” (ESPNCricinfo)
Former Assistant Treasurer Arthur Sinodinos told Neos Kosmos that the overwhelming backing of the Tsipras government’s stance against Greece’s creditors is “an emphatic result”, and one that means the EU, ECB and IMF “must sit down and start treating more seriously potential debt relief in return for ongoing reforms”.“We don’t want backtracking on previous commitments but we do need to recognise that the Greek people need to see some results from the years of austerity and depression”, said the senator.“This vote needs to be treated as a circuit breaker and that it opens the way to a new accommodation”.Last week Mr Sinodinos warned of the devastating cost to Greece if it was forced to leave the eurozone if the event of a ‘No’ vote. Speaking yesterday, the senator said the referendum result was “the end of the beginning. We’re in unchartered waters”.“With the Greek people having survived two or three thousand years, it suggests there’s something in their DNA which means they fight on for what they believe…” Federal politicians on both sides of the political divide made their feelings known, with Maria Vamvakinou MP, who had predicted a ‘Yes’ vote to win, said her overwhelming reaction was one of concern. “It’s now down to what Europe will decide,” said the Labor Member for Calwell. “The stakes are very high.”Liberal Member for Barton, Nickolas Varvaris, said the result would give Greece extra leverage in future negotiations with its creditors.“The purpose of this unexpectedly strong result is not to get out of the European alliance, but to achieve a better deal within the eurozone, a deal that will enable Greece to have a better chance of coping with the staggering debt whilst inflicting minimal damage to the Greek social structure”.Meanwhile in Victoria, Bill Papastergiadis, president of the Greek Community of Melbourne, appealed for supporters of both sides in the referendum debate to unite.“Now is the time for solidarity, to achieve the best possible out come for Greece in the negotiations.”“We’re hopeful this result will both energise the Greek government to get a fairer outcome for the Greek people, and ensure the creditors now come to the party to seek a just and sustainable solution – and help Greece stay in the eurozone and the EU.”In Sydney, Harry Danalis, president of GOCNSW, said though he welcomed the result, which “was an expression of the Greek people’s will and sovereignty”, he was not optimistic that the international creditors would change their positions.“It didn’t take long for Angela Merkel and the rest of the German leaders to go on the airwaves and instead of showing some charity and understanding of what the Greek people are going through, we heard the same stagnant criticism of this government,” said Mr Danalis.“This vote had to happen [but] I doubt it will change anything but express Greece’s democratic rule. The issue has always been one of sovereignty and the plight of the Greek people.”With pro-Greece demonstrations in Australian capitals in the days running up to the referendum, the Australia – Greece Solidarity Campaign said it welcomed “the resounding decision of the Greek people to say ‘No” to further austerity”. A spokesperson for the Campaign said the vote underlined “the abject failure of the austerity agenda and the Euro power brokers that have been prosecuting it. “The great hope now is that sanity will prevail and that debt relief and pro-growth policies replace the Troika’s strategy of asphyxiation.”Following the referendum result the Campaign has asked the the Australian Government to “play its part to ensure the IMF gets back onto a sensible path of pro-growth policies”.*For more reactions and analysis from the Greek Australian community on the referendum result and its implications – check out Neos Kosmos Weekend Edition this Saturday. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Mars : ses volcans témoignent de son refroidissementChaque milliard d’années, la température de la planète rouge diminuerait de 30 à 40°C. C’est ce que révèle une étude menée par des chercheurs du CNRS et de l’Université Paul Sabatier de Toulouse. Une découverte permise par l’étude de l’activité volcanique de Mars.Une équipe de chercheurs a réussi à reconstituer l’évolution thermique de Mars, et ce sur quatre milliards d’années. Une grande première réalisée grâce à l’observation de la composition des roches volcaniques sur des images satellite. Leurs travaux ont permis d’estimer que le manteau de planète rouge refroidit de 30 à 40°C par milliard d’années, révèle le CNRS dans un communiqué. “L’évolution d’une planète doit être envisagée dans sa globalité. Cela nécessite de comprendre l’évolution thermique et dynamique de l’intérieur planétaire en relation avec l’activité volcanique ou tectonique”, souligne le communiqué.À lire aussiLe Kilimandjaro, un volcan dormant caché dans la plus haute montagne d’AfriqueUn volcan se forme en effet suite à la fusion partielle des roches du manteau et de la montée des liquides magmatiques jusqu’à leur éruption en surface. Or la composition de ces liquides dépend de la profondeur et de la température à laquelle se produit la fusion. Les chercheurs se sont concentrés sur certains éléments, le silicium, le fer et le thorium, très sensibles aux conditions de fusion, explique le CNRS. Trois éléments qui se trouvent en abondance sur plusieurs régions volcaniques de la planète rouge, et qui ont permis de reconstituer les processus de fusion dans les profondeurs du manteau martien.Ce sont ces observations qui ont permis aux chercheurs de mettre en lumière un refroidissement de la planète au fil du temps. Un phénomène thermique plus lent que celui qui affecte la Terre. Notre planète se refroidit en effet de 70 à 100°C par milliard d’années. “Ces résultats offrent un cadre nouveau pour aborder de nombreuses questions telles que les causes de l’arrêt du champ magnétique interne de Mars il y a 4 milliards d’années, l’origine de la croûte antérieure à 4 milliards d’années, ou encore les relations entre le volcanisme et l’évolution des paramètres physico-chimiques de l’atmosphère martienne”, souligne le CNRS.Le 9 avril 2011 à 15:14 • Emmanuel Perrin
Lucknow, Aug 15: Seventy-three prisoners will walk free on Independence Day on Thursday from various jails in Uttar Pradesh. The prisoners are those who have served their sentences but continued to remain in jail for not paying their fine amount. Principal Secretary (Home) Avanish Kumar Awasthi said that necessary directives have been sent to the concerned jails for their release. Also Read – Fresh restrictions imposed in Kashmir Valley Advertise With Us The 73 prisoners are presently lodged in jails in Meerut, Kanpur, Moradabad, Aligarh, Bareilly, Hamirpur, Chitrakoot, Sultanpur, Mirzapur, Varanasi, Mathura, Ayodhya, Agra, Orai, Unnao, Hardoi, Fatehgarh, Lucknow, Kannauj, Sitapur, Gonda, Sonebhadra, Jhansi, Ghaziabad and Rae Bareli. The state government, as a routine, releases such prisoners on occasions like Independence Day, Gandhi Jayanti and Republic Day.
In this photo taken on January 10, 2017, start-up companies work out of Nasscom’s Startup Warehouse facility, which incubates start-up tech companies, in Bangalore.MANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP/Getty ImagesCampus recruitment in engineering colleges in India is likely to gather momentum this year as startups across sectors are all set to hire techies for various roles that demand technical skills.Roles such as data analyst, artificial intelligence engineer, user-experience engineer, mobile software developer and augmented reality engineer are high on demand and startups are ready to pick up potential candidates for these roles. They are also ready to give them a package of Rs 9 lakh-16 lakh per annum, Economic Times reported. Companies like Paytm, Exotel, Pepperfry, Voonik, Go-Jek and Razorpay are seeking to hire potential graduates from more than 10,000 students set to graduate in 2018. Candidates from Indian Institute of Technology will still remain the key focus for the recruiters.”In the last year, the 21companies in our portfolio hired more than 200 in technology roles and this year we’re expecting at least a 30 percent increase over that. Across the startup ecosystem, technology hiring may grow by at least 15 percent,” said Rohit Chokhani, founder of investment firm White Unicorn Ventures.He also said that the new-age companies are shifting their attention to expand their technology teams and open doors for more data scientists. Such roles also command premium salaries.However, it is difficult to assess if graduates from top engineering colleges are ready to join startups. The startup sector in the country is still in its nascent phase, which is already seeing cautious investors and a large number of them not maturing beyond an idea.According to reports, the IIT placement committee, for the first time, had barred 31 startups including Grofers, Zomato, Portea Medical and Babajobs from participating in the campus recruitment drive. These startups were mainly blacklisted for a year for allegedly playing with the careers of students either by delaying or revoking offer letters or making last minute changes.After this, stable jobs with established companies were back in demand.However, last month, IITs announced that they had lifted the ban on startups for campus placements as some students wanted to work for them and as new IITs can benefit from having more companies in the mix. IIT KharagpurWikimedia Commons”The IITs have a long history of being home to great engineering talent, and we’re grateful that the hiring ban has been withdrawn. We look forward to a long and fruitful association with the IITs,” said a Zomato spokesperson.In addition, Indian Institute of Technology till mid-August has observed budding engineers have received more job offers than their immediate seniors and final placements haven’t even started.Pre-placement offers at leading IITs including Roorkee, Kharagpur, Guwahati and Hyderabad till August have shot up by 33 percent to 85 percent from a year earlier indicating more students will have jobs in hand before the final placements kick off in December.
Technology | December 16, 2009 Fuji – DR for Mammography News | Mammography | July 10, 2019 SimonMed Imaging Implements ProFound AI for 3-D Tomosynthesis Arizona-based SimonMed Imaging announced their implementation of the first U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-… read more Related Content Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. 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Fujifilm Medical Systems debuted at RSNA 20009 the Aspire HD* FFDM system for the first time in the U.S. The Aspire HD combines the use of advanced dual-layer amorphous selenium (a-Se) next generation detector technology and a small pixel size to deliver lower noise and higher spatial resolution at a reduced dose for the patient. The flexible Aspire HD system is poised to deliver next generation imaging performance and a platform for advanced three dimensional (3D) applications.Coupled with a recent strategic licensing agreement with Raytheon BBN Technologies, an advanced technology solutions firm in Cambridge, Mass., who will provide Fujifilm with its patented Stereo Digital Mammography (SDM) technology, the detector development will not only offer 2D full-field digital mammography (FFDM) images but serve as the foundation for future 3D applications. Already used in countries throughout the world as AMULET, the Aspire HD is a FFDM system that uses dual layers of amorphous selenium (a-Se) in its detector. Combined with direct optical switching (DOS) and legacy 50-micron resolution, the system delivers image quality.The DOS technology eliminates the use of Thin Film Transistors (TFTs), which are currently used in other FFDM systems. By eliminating the TFTs, this new technology enables the 50-micron resolution and high efficiency image capture. The result is that the Aspire HD is said to produce images with less noise and reduced dose, while delivering the performance and reliability digital mammography users have come to expect from Fujifilm. Other benefits of the system include its unique ergonomic design for comfort and to enable maximum access to the chest wall.* The Aspire HD is known as the AMULET outside the U.S. The Aspire HD requires FDA approval and are not yet available for sale in the U.S. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more
The strange mixture of panic and excitement around artificial intelligence only appears to grow as the world uncovers new and more novel ways of using it. These waves of innovation then only feed into continuing cycles of stories that have a habit of perpetuating misleading ideas about both the threats and opportunities it presents. It shouldn’t be surprising, then, that there’s a serious misunderstanding of what artificial intelligence really is and how it works – as Rowel Atienza told us last month, “we’re still very far from robots taking over society.” However, artist Holly Herndon (who, incidentally, is a researcher at Stanford) is getting listeners to think differently about artificial intelligence. On her latest album PROTO, which was released today, she’s using it to augment and complement her music. Holly Herndon’s AI agent, Spawn The special guest that makes PROTO remarkable is Spawn, an AI agent created by Herndon, her husband, and a software engineer. What makes Spawn particularly significant is that Herndon doesn’t use it to replace or recreate something but instead as something that exists alongside human activity and creativity. How does Spawn work? Spawn was ‘trained’ on the music that Herndon and her band were writing for the album. In essence, then, this makes it quite different from the way in which AI is typically used, in that it was developed around a new dataset, not an existing one. When we use existing data sets – and especially when we use them uncritically, without any awareness of how they reproduce or hide certain biases – the AI develops around those very biases. However, when learning from the new ‘data’, which bears all the marks of Herndon’s creative decision making, Spawn almost becomes a ‘creative’ AI agent. If you listen to the album, it’s not always that easy to spot which parts are created by the artificial intelligence and which are made by human musicians. This combination of creative ‘sources’ means Herndon’s album forces us to ask questions about how we use AI and how it interacts with our lives. It quite deliberately engages with the conversation around ethics in AI that has been taking place across the tech industry over the last year or so. “The advent of sampling raised many questions about the ethical use of material created by others,” Herndon wrote in a statement published on Twitter at the end of 2018, “but the era of machine legible culture accelerates and abstracts that conversation.” What does Holly Herndon’s album tell us about artificial intelligence? PROTO raises a number of really important questions about artificial intelligence. First and foremost, it suggests that artificial intelligence isn’t a replacement for human intelligence. Spawn isn’t used to take the jobs from any musicians, but rather extends what’s sonically possible. It adds to their capabilities, giving it a new dimension. Furthermore, just as Herndon refuses to see artificial intelligence as something which can replicate human labor – or creativity – it also points out some of the very problems with this kind of understanding: the idea that AI can ‘replicate’ human intelligence at all. Instead, the album’s merging of the human and the artificial is a way of exploring the weaknesses of artificial intelligence. This is a way of making AI more transparent. It opens up something that so seems seamless, and highlights the ways it doesn’t quite work. It almost refracts rather than mimics the sound the human musicians make. As Herndon said in an interview with Jezebel publication The Muse, “the technology is impressive and it’s cool but it’s really early still. We really wanted to be honest about that and show its mistakes and show how kind of rough the technology is still because… it’s more honest and more interesting, to allow it to have its own aesthetic.” Read next: Why an algorithm will never win a Pulitzer The human side of AI technology But the album does more than just present AI as a flawed tool that can complement human ingenuity. It also asks us about ownership and creativity. It uses the technology as a way of tackling human questions like “what does it mean to create something?” and “who’s even allowed to create things?” This is important when we consider the fact that not only does someone control and own a given algorithm – as in literally owning the intellectual property – but also that someone owns and controls the swathes of data that are, at a really fundamental level, crucial to artificial intelligence being possible at all. “The history of music and our shared, human, intellectual project that leads up to today, is a shared resource that we all tap into and we all learn from,” Herndon also said in the interview with Jezebel. “So if an individual can just scrape that and then claim so much of that as their own because they hold the keys to this AI, and then they can recreate it, of course it’s going to give people anxiety because there’s an ethical issue with that.” Read next: Sex robots, artificial intelligence, and ethics: How desire shapes and is shaped by algorithms Instrumental and aesthetic artificial intelligence One of the main reasons artificial intelligence has become a buzzword is because it’s a tool for industry. It has a commercial value; it can improve efficiency by allowing us to do more with less. The value of an album like PROTO – even if it’s not the sort of thing you’d usually listen to – is that it removes artificial intelligence from a context in which it is instrumentalized, and puts it into one that’s purely aesthetic. To make that clearer, it changes something we’d typically think about in a functional manner – is it working? is it doing what it’s supposed to do? – to something in which it’s very function is open to question. If Herndon’s album is able to do that in even the smallest way, then that can only be a good thing, right? And even if it doesn’t – at least it sounds good…
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