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Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Computer intelligence in music
Scientists are teaching computers about the complex factors that make music expressive. Might computers outperform humans someday?The digital age has been a mixed blessing for musicians. Digital electronics can supplant live performers and illegal copying of recordings has decimated royalty payments. Soundtrack composers can now access vast archives of digitally sampled instruments and voices – such as the Vienna...
Pioneers Festival
“This is not a conference. This is a festival!” the main stage emcee Daniel Cronin, co-founder of AustrianStartups, told the packed “Arena” audience during the opening ceremony of the Pioneers Festival – one of Europe’s top expos for innovative technology. Throughout the two days of keynote speeches, workshops and discussions, Cronin implored the “boys and girls” in attendance to...
Medical Apps
Have you ever googled your symptoms? Everyone wants to avoid trips to the doctor. These apps may give patients insights and help doctors diagnose better and fasterIt can be hard to talk to a doctor. Those few minutes go by so fast. Even if you plan out what you want to say, critical information gets lost in the fray....
Crystalline Mirror Solutions
In the Austrian success story of gravitational waves, detecting something tiny can be a huge leap forwardOn February 11, 2016, the last of Albert Einstein’s scientific predictions was officially confirmed. Now, a hundred years after the physicist had predicted their existence in his theory of general relativity, researchers found evidence of “gravitational waves” – waves caused by massive cosmic cataclysms...
multilingual children
Do multilingual children have an advantage? Perhaps; but the ability to learn languages may be inborn. Either way, stakes are high and consensus is rareToday’s world has become “hyper-diverse,” with 244 million migrants worldwide in 2015 qualifying as the fifth largest “country” on earth.Through globalization and mobility, cultures mix, and not just in the neighborhood. Often it’s right at...
Austrian School of economic thought
The Austrian school of economic thought shapes financial policy the world over – but remains unpopular in its land of originIn dealing with the euro crisis, the European Union is following the playbook of Austrian economists. As is the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington, when designing harsh structural adjustment programs. So too are the angry Tea Party revolutionaries...
A new way of documenting species digitally – cybertaxonomy – allows more intricate research and the images can be shared all over the worldThe new guy, Ommatoiulus avatar (or O. avatar for short), is a tiny species of European millipede, just two to three centimeters in length, identified this summer by a team of Austrian and Danish scientists. The...
Open source genomics raise enormous challenges when protecting patient identityOver the past decade the genomic revolution has taken off in spectacular style ushering in the potential for truly personalized medicine. At the same time, genome sharing websites like openSNP now provide a platform for uploading -personal genomics. Companies including -- Ancestry.com and 23andMe are offering kinship and limited diagnostic services...
Helga Nowotny takes on institutional science in her new book: The Cunning of UncertaintyHelga Nowotny is fascinated with uncertainty. Not with its risks, but with its possibilities. As a scholar and former president of the European Research Council (ERC), this has been her life-blood.We have “entered a phase in which uncertainty ... is losing the allure of being a...
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