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AutoRate: Turn iTunes into Pandora

AutoRate: Turn iTunes into Pandora
AutoRate: Turn iTunes into Pandora

One of iTunes’ least used features must be the star ratings. I’ve never found the urge to pull up the player while listening to make sure I’ve rated what I like or not.

A more practical solution would be one that’s similar to internet radio programs like Pandora and Last.fm – and particularly useful because Pandora shut up shop for anyone outside the States.

AutoRate is a simple iTunes plugin for Mac that automatically rates each track based on how many times it is listened to or skipped.

Couple this with the Play higher rated songs more often option for Party Shuffle, and your iTunes will learn what you like out of the vast array of pirated music on your hard drive.

AutoRate – [MikeTyson]

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Last Updated on December 18, 2020

Can Technology have Biases Like Humans?

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Technology has taken a vantage leap in providing solutions for man. Before now, technology used to appear complex and would require a great deal of expertise to handle solutions available. Today, we have technology applicable in the simplest human activities as smart products with intelligent algorithms powering them as they make error-free judgments and provide intelligent and analytic solutions.

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Creating technological solutions transparently

This article suggests that the process of creating technological solutions be made transparent and subject to contribution from many people who would end up as users of the product – male, female, young, old, learned, unlearned and all other preferences as we have them. It also underscores the importance of having women on product development teams. This approach is not sure to eliminate all forms of bias, but it is a good way to start in order to appraise the full benefits of technology.

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“Recognizing the problem is a start…success will depend on inclusive technologies that meet this vast untapped market.” This cannot be more apt especially at a time when we look up to technology for solutions. We should not muzzle our progress with technology by battling algorithm bias. The first way to avoid this battle is by reading this article here.

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