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Weekend Links: Why Smart People Can Be Stupid

The New Yorker had a great article out this week about bias studies, the results of which are pretty fascinating (and go against my natural Woody Allen-esque neurotic introspection). Or as they titled it, "why smart people are stupid."
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From the Department of Why Not: a Baby Hedgehog Running In The Sink.
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What are the real causes of dry skin, swollen gums, food cravings, and other minor bodily complaints? Real Simple breaks down how your body might be trying to communicate with you!
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I love the detail of this helmet from the mid 16th century - the amount of work and craft that went into it is so astounding.
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Though currently details are scant as to the origins of this old piano turned outdoor fountain, the results are pretty stunning.
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From Merinda, a seriously heartwarming story about one boy's final journey to his beloved Disney ride.
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For fellow TV fans, here's a great piece from the LA Times about how more series are upending television's brand of storytelling and becoming increasingly novelistic (a la "The Wire"). About time!
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From Mashable, turns out that that shark tank collapse picture is too, well, fishy to be real. There's also a link on the page to some other photoshop hoaxes (on the internet you can just never be too sure!)
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Finally, from the Annals of Too Much Time, co-sponsored with Fruits of the Interwebz: Nicolas Cage Cats.
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A big thanks to everyone who sent in links this week - keep it up! Send your finds to FlossyLinks@gmail.com

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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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