Sister City, In Partnership with Microsoft, Announces New Generative Music Lobby Score Created by Experimental Musician Julianna Barwick

Sister City, a new hotel in NYC that embraces technology to offer guests a modern respite, debuts a first-of-its-kind lobby music score. Sister City’s goal was to completely rethink how sound can be specifically designed for public spaces by responding directly to the environment it lives in. Instead of a set playlist, this idea expands the possibilities of audiospheres and conceived an idea borne from Sister City’s experiential design, use of technology and love of harmony and balance. Sister City looked to Brian Eno’s Music For Airports and John Cage’s concept for “4’33”” as touch points for these conversations.

The hotel worked with Microsoft to help with the project and together brought in indie electronic musician Julianna Barwick to collaborate on a generative music score that exists as an extension of the hotel instead of an added layer.

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Microsoft and Walmart Partner Up To Compete With Amazon

On the heels of Amazon’s Prime day, Microsoft and Walmart announced they will be joining forces under a five-year deal. Per Forbes Global 2000 list Microsoft ranks 20th and Walmart ranks 24th while Amazon ranks 53rd, clearly with this deal Microsoft and Walmart may be the top retailer globally. Continue Reading →

Cutting-Edge Technology by Microsoft That Will Change The Future of Fashion

Combining fashion and innovative technology the London College of Fashion and Microsoft unveiled the projects from their custom co-curriculum, Future of Fashion Incubator. A while back Microsoft partnered with London College of Fashion, UAL to find out what happens when the future leaders of the fashion industry get their hands on the innovative technology. Per Microsoft’s press release, the incubator was comprised of a short-term intensive program, where top students from LCF’s Fashion Business School, School of Design & Technology, and School of Media & Communication worked together in six multi-disciplinary groups. Below were the selected groups for the program: Continue Reading →

AI CES 2018 Recap with Google Assistant, Alexa, Cortana and Samsung

This year we attended CES 2018 for the 5th consecutive time and it was massive! We have never seen it busier and more packed prior to this year. CES 2018 had more than 3,900 exhibitors showcased innovative technologies that spanned more than 2.75 million net square feet of exhibit space across Las Vegas the largest show floor in CES’ 51 year history. There were 860,732 tweets about CES 2018 and 450,554 uses of the #CES2018 hashtag. Continue Reading →

Does Artificial Intelligence Technology Have a Racism Issue?

We came across this article published on the Innovation and Tech Today site written by Alex Moersen titled “Artificial Intelligence Has a Racism Issue.” It was an interesting read and did not realize how racially and gender bias the A.I. robot industry truly is. As a woman and a minority, I HAD to post this article for my readers to inform them of this issue in the A.I world.

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The Latest News of Amazon’s Collaboration with Microsoft and Acquisition of Whole Foods

Amazon and Microsoft announced yesterday that Alexa will be able to talk to Cortana, and Cortana will be able to talk to Alexa. You will be able to turn to your Echo device and say, “Alexa, open Cortana,” or turn to your Microsoft Windows 10 device and say, “Cortana, open Alexa.” As much as I love technology calibrating to make ease of use for technology better aren’t most people either Alexa users or Cortana but not both? Continue Reading →

Xbox One Special Edition Consoles Announced at Gamescom

This week was Gamescom in Germany and it was kicked off with a bang with the two new XBOX announcements from Microsoft. The two Xbox consoles announced were the Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition and the Xbox One S 1TB Console – Minecraft Limited Edition Bundle . Continue Reading →

CONNECTIONS™ Session on Voice Control in IoT Features Executives from Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Nuance, and Voicebox Technologies

DALLAS, May 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Parks Associates announced new numbers today showing adoption of smart speakers with personal assistants, including Amazon Echo, Dot, or Tap, or Google Home, is 10-11% of U.S. broadband households. The IoT research firm also estimates that in 2020, annual sales in this product category will exceed 50 million units. Parks Associates will examine voice control as part of the smart home and consumer-based IoT at CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference on May 23-25 in San Francisco. Continue Reading →