– The Beatles have released a new song titled “Now and Then,” their first since 1995.
– The song was originally a demo track by John Lennon from the 1970s and a guitar track from George Harrison in 1995.
– Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr finished the tune using machine learning technology.
– The song was supposed to be released in 1995 but technology limitations prevented it.
– The vocals and piano were separated using software, allowing the remaining Beatles to complete the song.
– The guitar solo is in George Harrison’s style but not played by him.
– NASA has announced a new streaming service called NASA+, which will be free and ad-free.
– HTC is sending Vive VR headsets to the International Space Station to improve astronauts’ mental health.
– Netflix’s ad-supported plan will soon allow downloads and reward binge-watching.
– Scarlett Johansson’s lawyers are taking legal action against an AI app developer for using her likeness without permission.
The Beatles have released another song, the first since 1995. “Now and Then” is being advertised as the final Beatles track, given that two of the members have passed and the other two are well over 80 years old. But then again, millionaires do love money.
The song grew from a John Lennon demo track dating back to the 1970s and a 1995 guitar track from George Harrison. The surviving Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, then finished the tune using machine learning technology. The song was meant to come out back in 1995, along with “Free as a Bird” and “Real Love,” two other tracks culled from old Lennon demos. However, the technology just wasn’t there to pull the vocals without degrading audio quality.
With the same software director Peter Jackson used for the Get Back documentary for Apple, the team split Lennon’s vocal from the piano without any audio bleed, allowing the remaining Beatles to turn it into a fleshed-out ballad. The guitar solo is in the Harrison style, but it’s not actually played by him — he does play some of the rhythm guitar in the background.
— Mat Smith
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They’re specially calibrated for zero gravity.
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And reward binge watching.
Netflix is celebrating one year of its ad-supported plan by giving users on that tier every fourth episode of a consecutive binge ad-free. That’s certainly not a bad way to entice you into staying on, especially if it’s, ugh, Ozark. (Don’t ‘at’ me.) Netflix is also rolling out downloads on its ad-supported tier, claiming to be the first streamer to make the option available for users who have ads included. Netflix’s ad-supported plan is by far the cheapest after the streamer cut its Basic tier in mid-2023. It’s $6.99 monthly, while the Standard plan is now $15.49.
It sounds like an action movie, but it’s not. It’s just legal action. Scarlett Johansson’s lawyers have approached an AI app developer for using her likeness in an ad without permission.
An ad spotted on X promoted an AI image editor called Lisa AI used an AI-generated version of Johansson’s voice and image, alongside actual footage of the actor in a Black Widow behind-the-scenes clip. Multiple Lisa AI apps remain on the App Store and Google Play, but the ad no longer appears on X. Yet, when Johansson gets to , that’s OK? Yes. Of course it is.
This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/the-morning-after-the-final-beatles-song-was-made-with-a-little-help-from-ai-111541406.html?src=rss
AI Eclipse TLDR:
The Beatles have released a new song titled “Now and Then,” marking their first release since 1995. The track is being promoted as the final Beatles song, considering that two members have passed away and the other two are now in their 80s. The song originated from a demo track by John Lennon from the 1970s and a guitar track by George Harrison from 1995. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, the surviving members of the band, finished the song using machine learning technology. The song was initially planned to be released in 1995 alongside two other tracks, “Free as a Bird” and “Real Love,” which were also based on old Lennon demos. However, at the time, the technology was not advanced enough to extract the vocals without degrading the audio quality. Using the same software used by director Peter Jackson for the Get Back documentary, the team was able to separate Lennon’s vocals from the piano without any audio bleed, allowing McCartney and Starr to complete the song. The guitar solo in the song is in Harrison’s style but is not actually played by him, although he does contribute to the rhythm guitar in the background.