Recommended Reading: AI and the future of music

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Artificial intelligence is invading more of our lives by the day and it's going to work making music as well. FACT takes a look at the use of robots for creative exploits and if we as a collective audience are ready for AI to compose our tunes.

Beyond 'Hidden Figures': Nurturing New Black and Latino Math Whizzes
Amy Harmon, The New York Times

A look at BEAM 6, a math camp for New York City students from low-income areas. You can try your hand at a few of the problems to see how your skills stack up.

Why Some Apps Use Fake Progress Bars
Kaveh Waddell, The Atlantic

Tax season is as good a time as any to discuss whether those progress bars that a number of apps use are being truthful or just working to put your mind at ease.

MakerBot Is Trapped in the Nastiest Part of the Tech Hype Cycle
Victor Luckerson, The Ringer

MakerBot helped bring 3D printing to the masses a few years ago, but the company has struggled to find its place after discovering the quest to put one of the machines in every home was out of reach.

Don't Cry for the Laugh Track
Anthony Crupi, Advertising Age

A look at the history of TV's tool for comedy including if it was every really needed, its effectiveness and why some modern shows have such a faithful following genuine laughter is easy to produce.