The one thing we thought Machines will never have

Ears.
Or at least the knack and art of using them. But stop assuming that a machine, no matter how much of a smarty-pants it is, would never be able to suss out a musical genre. They can now get why Lata ji or Rihanna gets heads swooning . Coz some MIT researchers have brought out a radical model able to replicate human performance on auditory tasks too.
Yes, machines can now shine on sensory tasks as well the way Neuroscience Prof. Josh McDermott from the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT has spelt it out; and this is thanks to better theoretical foundations that were not available before.
Deep neural networks, inching closer to human-brain modeling – Behold those Grammy-s Darling (and of course, there is Google Duplex)

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