We asked a computational poet if machines will ever replace human writers

TNW Answers is a live Q&A platform where we invite interesting people in tech who are much smarter than us to answer questions from TNW readers and editors for an hour. Yesterday, Nick Montfort, a computational poet and an award-winning author of interactive fiction, hosted a TNW Answers session. During the AMA, Montfort spoke about what computer-generated literature does better than humans, the future of computer-assisted journalism, and how computer-generated novels help enlarge cultural imagination and explore new possibilities of language. At first thought, computer-generated poetry may seem like a new and unexplored area of literature. So, what exactly is…
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Spotify’s new Warner Music deal will bring tunes from Ed Sheeran, Coldplay, and Linkin Park to India soon

Since Spotify launched in India last year, one of the major gripes listeners had was the absence of major artists such as Coldplay, Linkin Park, Led Zeppelin, and Ed Sheeran. Now, the streaming service has signed a new global licensing deal with Warner Music Group (WMG) that allows users in India to access music from artists under this conglomerate’s labels, including the ones mentioned above. These songs aren’t available on Spotify India right now, but it shouldn’t be a long wait as they’re already available on the streaming service in some other countries. In a joint statement, WMG and Spotify said…
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Satoshi Nakaboto: ‘Bitcoin loses top position on CoinMarketCap index’

Our robot colleague Satoshi Nakaboto writes about Bitcoin every fucking day. Welcome to another edition of Bitcoin Today, where I, Satoshi Nakaboto, tell you what’s been going on with Bitcoin in the past 24 hours. As Hannah Arendt used to say: I got the horses in the back. Bitcoin price We closed the day, March 31 2020, at a price of $6,438. That’s a minor 0.12 percent increase in 24 hours, or $8. It was the highest closing price in three days. We’re still 67 percent below Bitcoin’s all-time high of $20,089 (December 17 2017). Bitcoin market cap Bitcoin’s market…
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Daily Distraction: The origin of Facebook’s ‘pandemic’

For the last couple of weeks, we’ve been seeing and hearing the word pandemic a lot. The word means that a disease has spread to multiple countries and continents, affecting a large percentage of the population. Do you know what else is a pandemic? Facebook ads. And I’m not saying that because they’re present everywhere and affect a large portion of the world. It was the codename the company used when it was planning to launch its ad platform back in 2007. Here’s an excerpt from Wired editor Steven Levy’s book Facebook: The Inside story: …That was the theme of…
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How to manage anxiety if you’re working from home due to coronavirus

We’re currently navigating unknown territory as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and for some — myself included — this can lead to a lot of anxiety, which can in turn affect your personal and professional life. I spoke to Dr Tania Abdulezer, a UKCP accredited NLP psychotherapist and certified reverse therapist at Mind Your Language, to find out how to manage anxiety as we get to grips with our new reality. “Anxiety occurs when we are in ‘survival mode,’ activating our emotional and reptilian brain centres,” Abdulezer explains. [Read: Feeling lonely working from home? This nifty noise generator will re-create…
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All the coronavirus antivirals and vaccine research projects being fast-tracked right now

Just three months after China first notified the World Health Organization about a deadly new coronavirus, studies of numerous antiviral treatments and potential vaccines are already underway. Never has science advanced so much in such a short period of time to combat an epidemic. Many of the proposals now under study come from research groups that have spent years working to combat similar coronaviruses, particularly SARS and MERS. All that accumulated knowledge has allowed scientists to advance at unprecedented speed. We know, for example, that the genome of the novel coronavirus, called SARS-CoV-2, is 79% like that of SARS. We…
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The challenges TikTok must overcome to stay on top in 2020

A ferret dancing with a small Pikachu. A strange banana cesarean. Kombucha girl. The top viewed videos of TikTok in 2019 give a small taste of the range of content available on the platform – and an insight into the quirky humor that has encouraged over 1.5 billion downloads and attracted over 1 billion monthly active users worldwide. This impressive user base is complemented by even more impressive results for the Chinese brand. Q4 of 2019 saw the short-video application’s in-app purchase revenue soar by 310% YoY – bringing its in-app revenue streams to over $50 million for the quarter.…
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15 Best Web Hosting WordPress Themes (With WHMCS Integration) for 2020

WordPress themes provide you with an efficient way to streamline the design and appearance of your website. There are thousands of themes out there to choose from and many with specific integrations such as WHM Complete Solution (WHMCS). So how do you know which theme is the best for you?
Wait, What is WHMCS?WHMCS stands for Web Host Manager Complete Solution. It’s a client management, billing, and support solution, originally started as a company in the UK, but then later acquired by cPanel.
Plugins like WHMCS Bridge allow WHMCS to be integrated with WordPress, so any WHMCS compatible theme is ideal for any hosting business website.
While it’s a simple integration for WordPress developers, Envato gives you access to WordPress web hosting templates that make the whole process even easier for you.
Not only do WordPress WHMCS templates save you time with your website, but we want to save you time when trying to choose one that works for you. Here are fifteen of the best hosting template..

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Coronavirus leads to global decrease in oil demand, air quality is on the up

With various lockdown and quarantine policies in place across the world to stem the spread of coronavirus, people are driving a lot less. This is having a positive effect on air quality in cities, but it’s cause for concern for petrol stations the world over. According to a report seen by Autoexpress magazine, the Petrol Retailers Association says that sales of petrol and diesel in the UK are down 75% and 71%, respectively. Filling stations in rural areas like North West Scotland and South West England are said to be hit hardest and could face closure. [Read: BMW readies for hydrogen-powered…
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