Information Systems Integration – Messina

Caroline Lykhokon

Can AI replace musicians?

Music was usually an emotional art that humans composed, but now AI has the ability to compose music that sounds just as good as a human production. Most of the AI music systems work by using deep learning networks. They are fed tons of data, from pop hits to disco classics. Then it picks up details such as chords, tempo, and length. The system learns from the data and creates its own tunes that is almost undistinguishable from human-composed music. I included an example of AI music, the instrumentation of the song Break Free by Taryn Southern was compose by AI. She used the platform, Amper where you input genre, instrumentation, key and beats per mute to generate your own unique song.  Personally for me, it is strange to have a connection with a song if a person didn’t create it because there was no emotion and thought behind the tune. On the other hand, it is an amazing tool for musicians who want to supplement their music, and create unique sounds such as Taryn Southern. Will we start seeing robot concerts in the future? Will AI composition be superior to humans?

Augmented Reality in Classrooms

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Augmented reality is beginning to enter classrooms with glasses, called Lumilo that are powered by an app that works with “cognitive tutor” programs. The glasses are to be worn by teachers which give them the ability to see student feedback (without actual communication) as they work on assignments. To illustrate how Lumilo works, students may be working on math problems, and through the glasses the teacher can see smiley faces, question marks, or Zzzzs floating above students’ heads. The icons above the heads may tell who is on track, confused, or not paying attention. The teacher can tap the air in front to pop open a view of a student’s computer or see the percentage of students who mastered the given topic giving the cue to move on to the next topic or help the students with the confused icons.

I defiantly see success with this innovative technology as you have analytics appear in the air in front of you.  It is interesting to see how well teachers will accept and use this new technology in the classrooms especially older teachers, and if students will see a boost to their grades.

How else do you see augmented reality integrated into the classroom, or other aspects of everyday life?


Thinking Beyond ERP

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It seems that in every one of my business and IT classes, the acronyms ERP and CRM are being talked about left and right. Yes, the organizational structures are essential for running an efficient, integrated organization, but what if we think beyond those systems or how we can make them better? ERP does not focus around business intelligence [BI], a delightful and meaningful user experience, or drive a connected communication platform. BI is the propeller behind strategic planning and enables for in-depth analyses with the purpose of generating innovative information. It makes organizations more agile and allows for forecasting. It could essentially be aligned with the data from ERP to drive the analyses. Additionally, ERP has difficulty creating a great, meaningful user experience and that creates obstacles and frustration for businesses. What is stopping them from a great UX?

As ERP is centered around operational processes, can ERP be built for high level analysis along with a great user experience?