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Pauline Phillips, the original Dear Abby, passed away at age 94. In tribute, here are ten of her best columns from years past.
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Did you hear about The Guy Who Secretly Outsourced His Own Job To China So He Could Watch Cat Videos? It was a sweet gig while it lasted, but since he wasn't a CEO, it eventually caught up with him.
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Designer Matteo Civaschi of Studio H-57 made a series of movie pictograms that spell out the entire plot. But you've certainly seen these classic films, so enjoy the short graphic versions.
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Oh no! Wall Street banks and financial services are cutting back on bonuses this year. The average Goldman-Sachs employee has gone from $660,000 a year to a mere $400,000 in 2012.
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I'm sure you've played basketball by tossing laundry in a hamper. It's even more fun when you have a friend to make your bank shot into a layup.
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10 Feature Films You Didn’t Realize Started As Shorts. You can bet that soon all film pitches will be done this way.
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Canadian architect and artist Philip Beesley created an entire artificial forest from a variety of materials, from laboratory equipment to feathers. And some of it even moves, giving it the illusion of life.
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The Ultimate Loyalty of Grieving Dogs. Meet a dozen of them who stood firmly by even after their masters' death.

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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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