Robot uses deep learning and big data to write and play its own music

A marimba-playing robot with four arms and eight sticks is writing and playing its own compositions in a lab. The pieces are generated using artificial intelligence and deep learning.

Researchers fed the robot nearly 5,000 complete songs -- from Beethoven to the Beatles to Lady Gaga to Miles Davis -- and more than 2 million motifs, riffs and licks of music. Aside from giving the machine a seed, or the first four measures to use as a starting point, no humans are involved in either the composition or the performance of the music.

Friendships Are More Important Than Family

The bonds between friends get much stronger with age, and eventually, they can even outweigh the benefits of family relationships, according to a new study.

Friendships play a key role in health and happiness – especially as we get older, revealed dual studies involving thousands of participants around the world.

These relationships can ‘make a world of difference,’ researchers say, and even affect how we respond to illness.

Spider Has a Yellow Acid House-Style 'Smiley Face' on Its Head

A colorful spider was spotted with an Acid House-style 'smiley face' on its head.

The garden spider was spotted with unique markings on its body, similar to the symbols on t-shirts. 

Biomedical scientist Heidi Barnes, from Welling, said: 'I spotted it because it was such a bright yellow colour against the bin. I thought 'oh my God look at that. When I saw the smiley face on its head I laughed a lot.'

What's YOUR go-to emoji? Experts reveal what they say about you

Researchers have found that many different factors determine our choice of emojis, the symbols that help us express ourselves digitally. According to Daily mail

An emojis popularity, perceived meaning and even location on a smartphone’s keyboard all play a role in emoji choice.

The researchers found that people are more likely to use emojis with meanings close to popular words, with clear and less ambiguous meanings.

The researchers, based the use of emojis by one million users through more than 1.2 billion messages.

PhD student Wei Ai and colleagues analyzed the relationship of the emojis to words, to measure emoji semantics - their linguistic meaning - and to determine what makes some symbols more popular than others.

They found that more than 9 per cent of the messages contained at least one emoji.

Robots that think and feel like humans will live among us in 10 years

Robots that can think and feel like people could soon be living among us, according to one expert.

An AI engineer,  who has invented a 'virtual nervous system', believes it is only a matter of time before robotics hardware catches up to his software.

He says responsive robots could be a common sight in businesses and homes around the world within the next ten years.

But behind this attractive exterior is advanced software, a type of virtual nervous system, that can learn and even mimic human emotions.