Technology

Deutsche Welle, EU media blockchain consortium plans IDEAthon 

European Union-funded consortium, Bloomen, is exploring blockchain for media such as photos, videos and music. German state-owned broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) is one of the founders of the alliance, which is leveraging blockchain for improving content flows and creator remuneration.

Source: Deutsche Welle, EU media blockchain consortium plans IDEAthon – Ledger Insights

Streaming wars spill into CES 2020 as media nabs the spotlight

The streaming wars are pitting a raft of new streaming services against each other, and they’re all launching within about seven months of each other. Apple and Disney were first to enter the fray in November, and three more companies are launching their competitors, backed by billions of dollars in investment, in the first few months of 2020.  And all three of them are presenting at CES this year.

Source: Streaming wars spill into CES 2020 as media nabs the spotlight

Ripple Exec’s Payment Platform, xSongs Gives 100% of Revenue to Artists

Ripple Director of Product, Craig DeWitt, is working on a new music-selling platform called xSongs. The platform will require artists to sell their music using the XRP cryptocurrency. DeWitt is ‘personally funding’ the project and says he’s not interested in monetizing. The personal project has been DeWitt’s focus for a few months now, and he believes it will help change the way digital content creators are paid.

Source: Ripple Exec’s Payment Platform, xSongs Gives 100% of Revenue to Artists

What if an AI algorithm wrote a bestseller? Who would own the copyright?

If a writer used AI to complete Cao Xueqin’s famous unfinished Chinese novel Dream of the Red Chamber, who should own the copyright? Cao Xueqin, the writer, or the AI algorithm? “So far, there is no law specifically addressing ownership of AI-created work [in China],” said Liu Wenjie, a law professor at the Communication University of China.

Source: What if an AI algorithm wrote a bestseller? Who would own the copyright?, – AsiaOne

Justice Department investigates Sci-Hub founder on suspicion of working for Russian intelligence

The Justice Department is investigating a woman who runs a major Internet piracy operation on suspicion that she may also be working with Russian intelligence to steal U.S. military secrets from defense contractors. Alexandra Elbakyan​, a computer programmer born in Kazakhstan, is the creator of Sci-Hub, a website that provides free access to academic papers that are usually available only through expensive subscriptions.

Source: Justice Department investigates Sci-Hub founder on suspicion of working for Russian intelligence

Tickets Industry Lines Up Around Blockchain

On Dec. 9, Ticketmaster’s vice president of blockchain products and Upgraded’s former CEO, Sandy Khaund, discussed how Ticketmaster is currently leveraging blockchain for use cases that are being piloted. “We are writing specific code for each ticket we sell and then running that on a private blockchain,” Khaund said.

Source: Tickets Industry Lines Up Around Blockchain

8 Tools: How To Think About Artificial Intelligence In The Music Industry 

When you think about the capacity of AI, the first question that comes to mind is if AI can play “real music.” With all the smart devices that we use, we already know the answer to this question. But even if these technologies can play music, does this mean that it can compose music too? If so, how will this affect the market of the music industry?

Source: 8 Tools: How To Think About Artificial Intelligence In The Music Industry – Hypebot

This new blockchain built on Cosmos is tailor-made for gamers 

Built on the Cosmos Network, Dawn will allow FirstBlood users—currently numbering more than 200,000, according to the company—to wager cryptocurrency during online battles. The DAWN token will debut alongside the blockchain itself, and will be used for both staking and governance.

Source: This new blockchain built on Cosmos is tailor-made for gamers – Decrypt

Artificial intelligence puts final notes on Beethoven’s ’10th Symphony’ 

A few notes scribbled in a notebook are all that German composer Ludwig van Beethoven left of his 10th Symphony before his death in 1827. Now, a team of musicologists and programmers is racing to complete a version of the piece using artificial intelligence, ahead of the 250th anniversary of his birth next year.

Source: Artificial intelligence puts final notes on Beethoven’s ’10th Symphony’ | The Japan Times

Will the next Mozart or Picasso come from artificial intelligence? 

It’s not that artificial intelligence will fundamentally replace human artists. It’s that AI will lower the barrier to entry in terms of skill, and give the world access to more creative minds because of what can be easily achievable using digital tools. Art will still require a human vision, however, the way that vision is executed will become easier, more convenient, less taxing, and so on.

Source: Will the next Mozart or Picasso come from artificial intelligence? No, but here’s what might happen instead

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