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Tech Talk, 8th August, 2018

• A facial recognition system will be used across an Olympics for the first time as Tokyo organisers work to keep security tight and efficient at dozens of venues during the 2020 Games.

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One professor working to make robots more social

Heather Knight wants to make robots more charismatic.

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Navajo robotics team heads to international competition

A team of Navajo high school students from a remote town in southern Utah is building a robot to represent North America in an international robotics competition.

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High-altitude balloons to deliver internet access in Kenya by Loon

A Google-affiliated company has chosen Kenya as the home of its first announced commercial deal for delivering internet access to hard-to-reach areas using high-altitude balloons.

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• The surveillance system that has kept watch on students entering Lockport schools for over a decade is getting a novel upgrade. Facial recognition technology soon will check each face against a database of expelled students, sex offenders and other possible troublemakers.

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For latest in orderliness, prisons look to computer tablets solution

Allowing inmates to stare at computer tablet screens for hours each day may be just the ticket for creating calm, orderly cellblocks, prison officials say.

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Kroger to test grocery deliveries with driverless cars

Kroger Co is about to test whether it can steer supermarket customers away from crowded grocery aisles with a fleet of diminutive driverless cars designed to lower delivery costs.The test programme announced last week could make Kroger the first US g

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SpaceX delivers AI robot, ice cream, mice to space station

The International Space Station got its first robot with artificial intelligence Monday, along with some berries, ice cream and identical brown mice.SpaceX’s capsule reached the station three days after launching from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Station

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• IN ONE of the world’s more unusual diplomatic encounters, Ethiopia’s new prime minister has met with a humanoid robot. The chief of staff for Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has shared online a photo of Monday’s meeting with Sophia, who has gained globa

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IBM project pits computer against human debaters

IBM pitted a computer against two human debaters in the first public demonstration of artificial intelligence technology it’s been working on for more than five years.The company unveiled its Project Debater in San Francisco on Monday, asking it to m

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• Apple is trying to drag the US’s antiquated system for handling 911 calls into the 21st century. If it lives up to Apple’s promise, the iPhone’s next operating system will automatically deliver quicker and more reliable information pinpointing the

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Japan banks on 3D mapping deemed crucial for driverless cars

Technology companies are racing to develop ultra-precise digital maps that can guide self-driving cars within inches of where they should be — a hurdle the industry needs to clear if it hopes to deliver on its promise of widespread use of driverless

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Boston Dynamics’ scary robot videos: Are they for real?

If you’ve ever watched a YouTube video of a Boston Dynamics robot, you probably remember it. But you may not know what the videos leave out.

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• Georg von Tiesenhausen, the last of the German rocket team that launched the US space programme, has died at his Alabama home. He was 104.

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Apple dangling more goodies, while adding tech diet options

Apple will offer more ways for people to limit the time they spend on iPhones while introducing features designed to make its products even more indispensable.

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