Marko Ahtisaari on AI music party tricks, and how music could take the place of drugs

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Marko Ahtisaari is the CEO and co-founder of The Sync Project, a collaborative venture of scientists, musicians, technologists and patients, working towards developing functional music that responds to each individual body and serves as precision medicine. Marko is also a Director’s Fellow at the MIT Media Lab working on the Open Music Initiative to develop a new distributed-ledger system to identify and compensate music rights holders and creators. He was executive vice president of design at Nokia, and worked on award-winning N9 and Lumia products. His startup Dopplr was acquired by Nokia. In this episode Marko presents ideas and undergoing projects born out of the vision that in the near future people will use non-drug modalities to heal, enhance well-being, and assist in therapy. He guides us through the most recent experiment Unwind.ai, which uses your heart rate to select the tracks that will bring you a piece of mind - at least for 5 minutes. For further reading on the Sync Project and music in medicine please see: Understanding Music As Precision Medicine: http://syncproject.co/blog/markoahtisaari-qanda SYNC MUSIC BOT: Finding the best music for working to using cutting-edge music recommendation technology: https://medium.com/sync-project/sync-music-bot-for-slack-better-work-every-day-with-music-f58136378561 UNWIND.AI: Using biometric data to generate music for sleep algorithmically http://syncproject.co/blog/unwind-music-to-help-you-sleep Sync Project Science Advisor Dr Robert Zatorre on studies in neuroscience revealing music's effect on the reward system http://syncproject.co/blog/2015/sync-session-robert-zatorre Clinical evidence supporting uses of music to manage pain: http://syncproject.co/blog/2016/7/26/music-for-pain-management Using music to support KPIs for physical activity and sports training: http://syncproject.co/blog/2015/12/4/music-and-sports More on music recommendation/analysis technology in general: http://syncproject.co/blog/2016/10/12/a-quick-look-at-music-recommendation-technology

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