Google's Music AI: Better Than Human DJs?

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This week, we’re peeling back the layers on the latest digital sorcery, where AI isn’t just a tool but a playful provocateur reshaping everything from photo editing to music mixing. Ready to get your mind blown?

Adobe’s newest trick will have photographers tossing their magic wands – and Google’s AI DJ might just make your favorite vinyl collector a little nervous. But with every leap forward, there are quirks and questions worth pondering.

😇 What NOT to worry

  • Lightroom's AI is here to turn photo bombs into polished perfection. Forget tedious edits; just a swipe and unwanted objects vanish like they never existed.

  • Google’s AI DJ isn't about to replace your favorite mix-master. It’s more like a sidekick, adding some flair and fun to your playlists without the ego.

😢 What TO worry

  • The Senate’s $32 billion AI regulation roadmap aims to fuel innovation, but with no clear legislation, it risks giving too much power to big tech without proper safety checks. We could be looking at a future where the fox is guarding the henhouse.

AI

Lightroom Gets a Magic AI Eraser - And It Actually Works

Adobe Lightroom is leveling up its AI game with a new "Generative Remove" tool that can magically erase unwanted objects or people from your photos. Powered by Adobe's Firefly AI, you simply paint over the offending pixels and poof - they vanish.

But Lightroom doesn't just leave an empty void. It intelligently generates convincing background textures to seamlessly fill in the blanks. The results are pretty mind-blowing.

Adobe is also throwing in some nifty AI lens blur effects to instantly add DSLR-like depth to your snaps. While pros may scoff, these smart tools make advanced editing way less daunting for the rest of us.

Photoshop, who?

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Music & AI

Google's AI DJ Beats Human Tastemakers in the Creative Freedom Game

Google's MusicFX DJ Mode AI tool lets you mix and match musical elements to your heart's content, crafting endless DJ sets from simple text prompts. It's got more creative flexibility than competitors like Suno and Spotify's AI DJ.

While the AI sometimes struggles with interpreting genres, the ability to layer sounds and adjust their intensity on the fly makes for an entertaining music sandbox. From recreating your favorite artists to jumping between musical styles, MusicFX DJ Mode shows AI music tools can actually be... fun? 

While it won't replace human DJs just yet, Google's groovy invention suggests exciting potential for casual, creative AI music assistants.

Opinion

The Shameless Confidence of AI

As AI models like ChatGPT grow in capability, they're also revealing our flaws. They absorb human knowledge and reflect it back, warts and all - confident, eager to please, and totally shameless.

The author can't help but admire the way AI will boldly fill any prompt, reflecting humanity's bad qualities along with the good. It's a funhouse mirror of our arrogance and folly.

But as AI creators inevitably smooth over the edges and dial up the guilt, he'll miss this brazen version - the realest representation of who we are.

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Tech

Senate's $32 Billion Roadmap for AI Regulation Draws Mixed Reactions

The Senate AI Working Group unveiled their long-awaited roadmap for AI regulation, proposing at least $32 billion annually for non-defense AI innovation. The plan outlines key focus areas for Senate committees, including workforce training, content moderation, IP protection, and energy efficiency.

However, the roadmap stops short of proposing specific legislation or mandatory safety evaluations for AI systems. Critics argue the high price tag risks consolidating power with big tech and lacks strong enough guardrails.

With differing views on the right approach to AI regulation, the path forward remains unclear. But the roadmap marks a starting point for shaping the future of AI governance in the US.

Tech

The AI Assistant Era is Back... Again!

OpenAI and Google are betting big on AI assistants, hoping to revolutionize how we work and interact with technology. From writing emails to coding to cracking jokes, they envision AI handling all our digital tasks.

While the dream of helpful, chatty AI sidekicks isn't new, tech giants seem convinced that this time it's for real. But as AI gets more advanced (and flirtatious), it remains to be seen if virtual assistants will truly transform computing.

As the AI arms race heats up, one thing's certain: Silicon Valley is all-in on making AI your new best friend. Let's just hope it's not a clingy, jealous type.

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