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Current chart sensations Lizzo and Billie Ellish don't stand on stage with guitars around their neck like Eric Clapton, Slash from Guns N' Roses or Bruce Springsteen did (and still do.) So what are guitar makers to do to keep their factories humming? Turn to streaming, classic rock and YouTube to reach tomorrow's guitar player. The NAMM show, a collection of music store operators, music professionals and tens of thousands of fans is concluding this weekend here, where guitars of every color and imaginable shape were on display. The goal for many guitar makers: to either get older folks to spring out more money to add even more guitars to the collection, or better yet, get tomorrow's generation excited to start playing with new shapes.

Rachel Bovard: Congress has a role to play in regulating Google

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A new Google artificial intelligence model appears capable of more accurately spotting breast cancer in mammograms than radiologists; Fox News contributor Dr. Manny Alvarez reacts. The Silicon Valley libertarians at Google are spending a lot of money these days to keep the government out of the company's business. But their sudden aversion to government regulation is a newfound religion for Google: the company has been profiting for years off of a sweetheart deal with the government struck in 1996 -- a government subsidy which Google no longer deserves. Blockbuster reporting from the Wall Street Journal reveals that Google is no longer the neutral search platform they have long led consumers to believe they were. "It is not possible for an individual employee or a group of employees to manipulate our search results," Google CEO Sundar Pichai told Congress.

AI can diagnose breast cancer more accurately than a doctor can


Artificial intelligence can diagnose breast cancer more accurately than trained doctors, a study suggests. The research on almost 30,000 women who underwent screening found a computer programme could reduce the number of cases missed by more than two thirds. Researchers said the algorithmdeveloped by Imperial College London, Northwestern University in Chicago and Google Health was a "huge advance" in early detection of cancers. Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in the UK, affecting around one in eight women - with 55,000 diagnoses annually and 11,000 deaths. Experts said the breakthrough could save thousands of lives, by finding deadly tumours that would otherwise go undetected.

Bosch Drawing Lessons From Autonomous Car Pilot Program in San Jose Digital Trends


The companies racing to deploy autonomous cars on the world's roads took a reality check in the 2010s, but multimillion-dollar development efforts remain ongoing across the automotive and tech industries. German supplier Bosch is notably moving full speed ahead with its quest to make driverless cars a reality. Kay Stepper, Bosch's senior vice president of automated driving, sat down with Digital Trends to talk about the state of autonomous driving in 2020, and what's next for the artificial intelligence technology that powers the prototypes it's testing. Bosch has never made a car, so it brings its innovations to the market through partnerships with automakers. It chose Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler to test autonomous technology in real-world conditions via a ridesharing pilot program in San Jose, California, close to one of the company's research centers.

Nations dawdle on agreeing rules to control 'killer robots' in future wars - Reuters


NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Countries are rapidly developing "killer robots" - machines with artificial intelligence (AI) that independently kill - but are moving at a snail's pace on agreeing global rules over their use in future wars, warn technology and human rights experts. From drones and missiles to tanks and submarines, semi-autonomous weapons systems have been used for decades to eliminate targets in modern day warfare - but they all have human supervision. Nations such as the United States, Russia and Israel are now investing in developing lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS) which can identify, target, and kill a person all on their own - but to date there are no international laws governing their use. "Some kind of human control is necessary ... Only humans can make context-specific judgements of distinction, proportionality and precautions in combat," said Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

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Creating successful #AI tools and ensuring their adoption requires a diversity of skills and perspectives. Microsoft's Jo Amato-Tuck and Kate Rosenshine discuss some of the biggest factors.

Icelandic singer Björk uses AI to create music that changes with the sky


Icelandic artist Björk is using artificial intelligence (AI), created with Microsoft's help, to play a non-stop composition in the lobby of a New York hotel. The AI plays selections from Björk's choral music based on what it sees in the sky through a rooftop camera.

Adamson, Welch: Using artificial intelligence to diagnose cancer could mean unnecessary treatments


The new decade opened with some intriguing news: The journal Nature reported that artificial intelligence was better at identifying breast cancers on mammograms than radiologists. Researchers at Google Health teamed up with academic medical centers in the United States and Britain to train an AI system using tens of thousands of mammograms. But even the best artificial intelligence system can't fix the uncertainties of early cancer diagnosis. To understand why, it helps to have a sense of how AI systems learn. In this case, the system was trained with images labeled as either "cancer" or "not cancer."

AI metering and surveillance to dominate smart city market to 2026, boosted by new applications


Smart utility metering for power, gas and water, and video surveillance will remain by far the largest smart city segment, representing 87 per cent of the total number of smart city connections by 2026. This is according to new analysis by ABI Research. While metering is mainly focused on usage monitoring, savings and efficient operation of utility networks, video surveillance is no longer just about security and crime detection and prevention, ABI Research's Smart Cities market data report finds. Video surveillance is increasingly enabling new applications like urban tolling and the monitoring of low-emission zones to reduce air pollution, mainly in Europe. These systems use licence plate recognition to identify older vehicles banned from entering the zone.

Vermont calls for AI 'code of ethics' StateScoop


The report also identified several sectors that could benefit from increased AI adoption and development, including precision agriculture, public safety and public health. To avoid infringing on civil liberties and reductions in employment as the technology develops, however, the task force would need to be made permanent, the report says. Task force member Eugene Santos Jr., a Dartmouth College engineering professor, said the idea is to create an independent agency that government officials and the public could go to with ideas, questions and concerns about the technology.