The neuroscience of loving music – Big Think

The oldest record of notated music, the Hurrian Hymn to Nikkal, is more than 3,000 years old. But in a sense, our relationship with music is far more ancient than that.

As Michael Spitzer, a professor of music at the University of Liverpool, told Big Think, humans have been making and learning to recognize music from the moment our species learned to walk on two legs, creating a predictable beat.

Music affects the brain in profound ways. It eases stress by lowering cortisol. It floods the brain with pleasurable neurotransmitters like dopamine. And it serves as a conduit through which we can process emotions that otherwise might not be describable in…….

Google’s new AI turns text into music – The Verge

Google researchers have made an AI that can generate minutes-long musical pieces from text prompts, and can even transform a whistled or hummed melody into other instruments, similar to how systems like DALL-E generate images from written prompts (via TechCrunch). The model is called MusicLM, and while you can’t play around with it …….

Tineco CARPET ONE carpet cleaner series has smart technology and high-power suction – Gadget Flow

Keep your home spotless with the Tineco CARPET ONE carpet cleaner series. Choose from 2 models—Carpet One and Carpet One Pro—both of which offer high-power suction of 130 AW. Plus, they have a motor power of 1,300 watts. Moreover, they have PowerDry and HeatedWash technology, and they also boast a DrynessMeter and iLoop Smart Sensor. Additionally, each one has an all-in-one LED display as well as the ability to remove deep dirt and stains. Designed with a PTC heater and temperature controller on their brush head, they keep the water temperature at 104° F for an incredible clean. Using hot water and a cleaning solution mix, they effectively remove stains as well as odors you …….

3 security gadgets I never leave home without – ZDNet

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It only takes a second to be hacked or leak important data.

Drop an unencrypted flash drive (here’s an easy-to-use encrypted drive) or plug into the wrong outlet or click on a phishing link in a spam email and you could be in a world of trouble and not even know it.

Also: Flipper Zero: Geeky toy or serious security tool?

While security is important at home and in the office, it’s when you’re out and about that things can really get dangerous.

But fear not — here are three security gadgets that give you an advantage over the hackers out there.

USB data blocker

What does a USB data blocker do?

It protects against…….

Top 10 AI Technology to Watch Out For in 2023 – Analytics Insight

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Technology Makes Us More Human – The Atlantic

Updated on January 28, 2023, at 7:51 p.m. ET

ChatGPT, a new AI system that sounds so human in conversations that it could host its own podcast, is a test of temperament. Reading between its instantly generated, flawlessly grammatical lines, people see wildly different visions of the future.

For some, ChatGPT promises to revolutionize the way we search for information, draft articles, write software code, and create business plans. When they use ChatGPT, they see Star Trek: a future in which opportunities for personal fulfillment are as large as the universe itself.</p…….

The Golden Age of Multiplayer: How Online Gaming Conquered Video Games – The Ringer

Globally, there were more than 1 billion gamers playing online in 2022, emphasis on playing online. Gaming has its eras. We’re living in the golden age of online multiplayer.

This golden age began a few years ago. In May 2016, Blizzard Entertainment released Overwatch, a team-based hero shooter that pits players against each other in game modes like capture the flag. A year later, Epic Games released Fortnite Battle Royale, a cartoonish survival game in which up to 100 players duke it out to be the last person standing. Gamers suffered no shortage of online multiplayer titles in the late 2000s and throughout the 2010s, but these t…….

Phil Spencer says ‘2022 was too light on games’ – PC Gamer

In 2021, Microsoft’s gaming division published games like Forza Horizon 5, Halo Infinite, Age of Empires 4, and Psychonauts 2. It was declared Metacritic’s publisher of the year (opens in new tab) thanks to its games receiving an average metascore of 87.4, helped also to the Xbox Series X port of Microsoft Flight Simulator releasing that year. While in 2022 Microsoft backed some well-received smaller games—Grounded, Pentiment, and As Dusk Falls—its biggest releases, Starfield and Redfall, were delayed into this year.

Xbox stans weren’t happy about this, though I think maybe we could do with less rushed videogame releases and maybe less videogames overall. During a recent inter…….

This rocket engine could save fuel on the long trip to Mars –

This futuristic engine could save lots of propellant on interplanetary journeys, perhaps allowing NASA to explore the solar system more efficiently.

NASA completed a round of testing last year with the “rotating detonation rocket engine,” which generates thrust using fuel-saving supersonic combustion, agency officials wrote (opens in new tab) in an update on Wednesday (Jan. 25).

Those tests were very early-stage, but agency officials say that future iterations of the technology could be used on moon or Mars missions, for robotic probes or crewed landers.

Related: How long does it take to get to Mars?

A hot fire test of a “rotating d…….

Wild Downhill Streamliner Can Hit 101.98 MPH Without an Engine – The Drive

We’ve all heard of The Soap Box Derby. Gravity-powered racing has been a thing since before the derby, probably since prehistoric humans figured out that objects prefer to go down hills. This is another level of non-powered racing cars. Meet the Atomic Scalpel.

Doug Anderson is a retired Delta Airlines technician with a goal: to build the fastest downhill gravity racing machine ever. In an interview with Hagerty, Anderson outlines how he did just that, and went over 100 mph without the use of an engine. It’s an absurd story of dedication, precision, and home-built ingenuity.

The car itself is designed to be as small and streamlined as possible, though not necessarily light…….