Netflix wants to kill buffering dead

.@Netflix wants to kill buffering dead  #MWC17

  • Netflix has spent the last year expanding to virtually the entire world and has transformed itself from a DVD-by-mail service into a video streaming juggernaut with 94 million subscribers.
  • A lot of those customers watch its library of videos on their phones, which is largely why Hastings was at the conference.
  • On data caps: Hastings complimented some of the new unlimited data plans that offer limits on speed as a way to contain the strain on the network.
  • Netflix has invested in getting quality video delivered to a phone with just 500 kilobits per second of data speed, Hastings said.
  • On the future: Netflix attempts to learn about new trends and adapt to them rather than to commit to one vision of the future, Hastings said.

CEO Reed Hastings thinks it’ll go the way of the old dial tone noise for internet access. He also weighs in on piracy, artificial intelligence and more.
Continue reading “Netflix wants to kill buffering dead”

Play a piano duet with Google’s AI partner

Play a piano duet with Google's #AI partner

  • Musician Yotam Mann first debuted the app at an event back in November after staying at Google Creative Lab in New York, then open-sourced the code for it.
  • On desktop, your home keys activate a slice of the piano’s middle notes, while mobile users can tap directly on the screen.
  • It’s playful and easy to use, if not totally intuitive about when your AI partner will jump in already.VIDEOThe app runs off Tone.js, an audio library that Mann built himself, but its accompaniment logic is built off Magenta, Google’s TensorFlow framework for deep learning.
  • But as Mann tells in the video above, it’s not just the AI that’s adjusting to humans: As their digital partner riffed new tones off their original notes, folks kept playing to build a simultaneous harmony, creating a continual play loop.

When Google tries to educate public about its AI research, it often releases tools that playfully explain the grittier, technical corners of artificial intellig…
Continue reading “Play a piano duet with Google’s AI partner”