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A future where computers become directors? Find out what happened when AI directs a music video, Apple make big changes and Microsoft fight Zika!

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News from Apple this week will change the way users interact with two popular products. The first big change is the ever increasing likelihood of 3.5mm sockets being absent from the iPhone 7, due to be released later this year. This controversial development effectively renders thousands of third party products useless, as well as existing, expensive Apple accessories.

Some more welcome news from camp Apple is the discontinuation of the Thunderbolt display. Released five years ago, the display initially boasted top specifications, making it a covetable product but now, however, is eclipsed by increased standards. The absence will surely be making way for a new, updated model.

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Microsoft are turning their hand to helping to eradicate the Zika virus by funding research into mosquito traps. The traps are designed to only trap specific mosquitos that are relevant to medical and scientific studies plus, can also tell the researchers what time the mosquito became trapped and under what conditions (such as humidity and temperature).

Being able to target these precise mosquitos allow research to be undertaken in where to find dangerous strains, making them easier to eradicate.

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As the future of traditional jobs becomes more uncertain in the face of artificial intelligence, creative professionals might take comfort in assuming that computers can never produce art. They best look away now, as following computer generated books and paintings, AI is now proving able to direct music videos, down to very fine detail.

An unnamed French electro-pop band recently had a computer direct the video for a track using artificial intelligence. Analysing lyrics and musical beat to create emotional content the AI decided on details of the video down to the colour of the actors clothing. Sadly we won’t get to see the video as the band refuse to allow its general release – could this be because of dull production values or do they fear a computer take over?

What do you think of this week’s tech news?