Dylan and the computer discuss a possible collaboration

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Bob Dylan has appeared in a new advert for tech company IBM, in which he shares a conversation with a computer.

The advert is to promote the company’s new question-answering system, IBM Watson.

In the clip – which you can watch below – the computer tells Dylan what he knows about the musician’s lyrics: “I know that your major themes are that time passes and love fades”, to which Dylan replies: “That sounds about right… Maybe we should write a song together.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwh1INne97Q

Dylan is no stranger to commercials, having previously appeared in ads for Apple, Pepsi, Victoria’s Secret and Chrysler.

Meanwhile, Columbia Records have announced details of Bob Dylan‘s The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series Nov. 12.

The deluxe six-CD anthology will be released on November 6, and features previously unheard songs, outtakes, rehearsal tracks and alternate versions from the sessions for Bringing It all Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde On Blonde. All the recordings have been mixed from the original studio tracking tapes. The set includes an annotated book featuring rare and previously unseen photographs, memorabilia and new essays written by Bill Flanagan and Sean Wilentz.

An “ultra deluxe” 18-CD edition (available exclusively through BobDylan.com) includes every note recorded in the studio during the sessions. It will be limited to 5,000 copies worldwide, and has been mixed from the original studio tracking tapes, eliminating vestiges of the 1960s studio processing. Dylan’s original nine mono 45 RPM singles from the period are also included, packaged in newly created picture sleeves, along with rare hotel room recordings from London’s Savoy Hotel (May 4, 1965), the North British Station Hotel in Glasgow (May 13, 1966) and a Denver, Colorado hotel (March 12, 1966) as well as a strip of original film cels from Don’t Look Back.

A condensed version of the set will be released as The Best Of The Cutting Edge 1965-1966, in 2-CD and 3-LP sets.

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Meanwhile, the November 2015 issue of Uncut is now on sale in the UK – featuring Rod Stewart, Joanna Newsom, Julian Cope, Otis Redding, John Grant, The Doors, Harmonia, Linda Ronstadt, Dave Gahan, John Cooper Clarke and more.

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