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Oxford Dictionaries’ Word of the Year Is GIF. It was always a noun, but now it is also used as a verb.
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Here Are 40 Animals Who Are More Ready For Thanksgiving Than You Are. Of course, they don't have to cook or clean the house -they just wear funny hats and eat!
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In the wake of General Petraeus' resignation from the CIA, here's a gallery of Eight Famous Military Affairs. Famous, because nothing stays a secret forever.
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In 1985, a woman told the horrifying tale of her haunted toaster. It spoke with the devil's voice, which sounded like Eli Wallach.
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Helen Keller: Vaudeville Star. It wasn't your usual song and dance routine, but audiences loved it.
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Our collective attention span is growing shorter by the minute. Some folks lose patience and give up if they have to wait as little as two seconds for a video to load.
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A reader wrote to Cake Wrecks that the bakery at her local supermarket has a new policy prohibiting photography. She heard that it was because the management was afraid the cakes would show up on "that bad cake site."
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Meet the Girl Who Has to Drink Six Pints of Milk a Day Just to Survive. And if she'd been born in any other era, she wouldn't have lived to see a diagnosis.
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What if the Earth had rings like Saturn? Roy Prol shows us what that would look like (hint: beautiful).
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How Black Friday ate Thanksgiving: A brief history. But only for those who prefer shopping to turkey and family time.
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8 Unusual College Scholarships. Not that you care how odd they are as long as they pay at least a little tuition.

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New AI-Driven Music System Analyzes Tracks for Perfect Playlists
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Whether you're planning a bachelorette party or recovering from a breakup, a well-curated playlist makes all the difference. If you don't have time to pick the perfect songs manually, services that use the AI-driven system Sonic Style may be able to figure out exactly what you have in mind based on your request.

According to Fast Company, Sonic Style is the new music-categorizing service from the media and entertainment data provider Gracenote. There are plenty of music algorithms out there already, but Sonic Style works a little differently. Rather than listing the entire discography of a certain artist under a single genre, the AI analyzes individual tracks. It considers factors like the artist's typical genre and the era the song was recorded in, as well as qualities it can only learn through listening, like tempo and mood. Based on nearly 450 descriptors, it creates a super-accurate "style profile" of the track that makes it easier for listeners to find it when searching for the perfect song to fit an occasion.

Playlists that use data from Sonic Style feel like they were made by a person with a deep knowledge of music rather than a machine. That's thanks to the system's advanced neural network. It also recognizes artists that don't fit neatly into one genre, or that have evolved into a completely different music style over their careers. Any service—including music-streaming platforms and voice-activated assistants—that uses Gracenote's data will be able to take advantage of the new technology.

With AI at your disposal, all you have to do as the listener is decide on a style of music. Here are some ideas to get you started if you want a playlist for productivity.

[h/t Fast Company]

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