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Warner Bros. To Start Using AI Analysis Tool To Assist In Greenlighting Movies

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Hollywood has been embracing digital technology and computational algorithms in order to movies for a while now, using CGI to de-age actors and enhance shots in other ways. Just recently, one Hollywood company announced its intention to use AI to analyze movie data and assist in making a decision regarding greenlighting projects. As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, the AI firm will be providing Warner Bros. a program intended to simplify aspects of distribution and give projections regarding pricing and possible profit. The system developed for Warner Bros. will utilize big data to guide decision-making during the greenlight phase of a project. The system can reportedly return analyses regarding star power for a given region and even predict how much money a film is likely to make in theaters and through other distribution methods.


CES 2020: Biggest tech trends spotted for business pros

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At CES 2020 in Las Vegas, TechRepublic's Bill Detwiler spoke with CNET and CBS News' Dan Patterson about the various technologies featured at the electronics show. The following is an edited transcript of the interview. Now with CNET and CBS News, to talk a little bit about the tech we've seen this week. Dan, you cover a lot of privacy and security, and it's always an important issue, especially at CES, as we talk about technology blending into everyday objects. What have you seen here at the show that brings to light those issues of data privacy, data security?


Strum these: A $500K diamond-studded Fender Strat and an axe filled with water

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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.


Deep Learning in Brain-Computer Interface

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A Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) is a system that extracts and translates the brain activity patterns of a subject (humans or animals) into messages or commands for an interactive application. The brain activity patterns are signals obtained with Electroencephalography (EEG). The concept of controlling devices solely with our minds is nothing new. Science fiction and Hollywood movies have been known to depict this. Several studies and experiments have been conducted, such as monkeys controlling robotic arms to feed itself, controlling a wheelchair and controlling cursors to type about eight words per minute.


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

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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.


Warner Bros to start using artificial intelligence to help with movie releases

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Warner Bros has signed a deal with an artificial intelligence company to help it with movie releases. The studio has confirmed it will be using a'revolutionary new AI-driven project management system', launched last year by Cynelytic, a Los Angeles-based AI and cloud tech company. The platform provides forecasting and financial modelling information, predicting box office revenues of potential movie projects. It also has the potential to assist in working out the value of certain stars, and also in scheduling when a movie should be released. According to Business Wire, 'the platform reduces executives' time spent on low-value, repetitive tasks and instead focuses on generating actionable insights for packaging, green-lighting, marketing and distribution decisions in real time'.