Friday Five: Google’s AI tool to help identify skin conditions

1. Google AI tool to help identify skin conditions

Google has unveiled a tool that uses AI to help spot skin, hair and nail conditions based on images uploaded by patients. The AI can recognise 288 skin conditions but is not designed to be a substitute for medical diagnosis and treatment. As well as using images, the app also requires patients to answer a series of questions.

2. Microsoft finally kills off Internet Explorer

The long goodbye to Internet Explorer has begun. Microsoft has announced that, as of June 2022, Internet Explorer will be retired and no longer supported on most versions of Windows 10. However, it will live on in Microsoft Edge, which has Internet Explorer mode built in so people can access legacy IE-based sites and apps.

3. Parents’ evenings likely to remain virtual

Parents’ evenings at schools are likely to remain virtual beyond the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the government’s education catch-up tsar, Sir Kevan Collins. He told a committee: “Zoom for parents’ evenings is much better than trying to find a car-parking space on a wet Tuesday and waiting your turn.”

4. Google uses AI and 3D for realistic video chat

Video calls have become a big part of all our lives, but what if video chatting actually felt like sitting across from a real person and talking naturally? Well, Google has unveiled Project Starline, which uses advanced technology including AI and 3D imaging to make it seem like the other person is sitting across a table from you.

5. Biden interested in electrifying the Beast

The investment bank UBS recently predicted that 50% of global new cars will be electric by 2030 (and possibly 100% by 2040). And, according to the White House press secretary Jen Psaki, US president Joe Biden is apparently keen on joining the party by making the presidential limo (known as ‘the Beast’) electric.

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