What it's like when your car drives itself – and why we better get used to it

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Self-driving cars are on their way to our roads. And they're probably not going to arrive with a bang, but with a quiet little beeping. In one important way, they already have arrived. Tesla is gradually rolling out its Autopilot features – meant not as a fully self-driving car, but as a way of helping people out while they're driving themselves – and has recently announced that it will be moving towards fully autonomous vehicles over the coming years. In its facilities, JAXA develop satellites and analyse their observation data, train astronauts for utilization in the Japanese Experiment Module'Kibo' of the International Space Station (ISS) and develop launch vehicles 32/39 The robot developed by Seed Solutions sings and dances to the music during the Japan Robot Week 2016 at Tokyo Big Sight.


Investigatory Powers Bill officially passes into law, giving Britain the 'most extreme spying powers ever seen'

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Britain's intelligence services have officially been given the "most extreme spying powers ever seen". The Investigatory Powers Act has now been given royal assent, meaning that those surveillance rules will pass into law. The bill was officially unveiled a year ago and passed through the House of Lords earleir this month, but the act of being signed off means that those powers now go into effect. It adds new surveillance powers including rules that force internet providers to keep completely records of every website that all of their customers visit. Those will be available to a wide range of agencies, which includes the Department for Work and Pensions as well as the Food Standards Agency.


Amazon Go launches, letting people walk into shops and take things from the shelves

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Amazon has launched a real-life shop where people can just pick things up and leave. Amazon Go, as it is calling the shop, uses a range of technologies to watch over people and see what they take from the shop. When they leave – which is done simply by walking back out the door – they'll be charged through their Amazon account for everything that they've picked up. To shop at the store, people just sign in at the door with their Amazon app, by pressing their phone against a sensor. That signs them in – and then everything else is done automatically.


Amazon Prime Air will now deliver things to people on a drone, almost straight away

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Amazon will now fly things to people's houses to deliver them. The company has completed the first ever Prime Air delivery, dropping an order off at someone's house just 13 minutes after they'd ordered it. For now, the drone deliveries are in a private – and largely mysterious – testing process. It is trying a range of different drones, it has said, flying them around different environments in the UK as part of its secretive tests. But eventually the company intends to roll out drone deliveries to everyone across the world.


Google results claim that the Holocaust didn't happen, and company won't change it

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Google's search results currently tell people that the Holocaust didn't happen, and aren't going to be changed. Searching for "did the holocaust happen" on Google brings up a first result from Stormfront, the neo-Nazi website. The title of the piece is "Top 10 reasons why the holocaust didn't happen", and anyone clicking through sees a list of Those proclaimed reasons include a suggestion that since "there were survivors", nobody can have been killed in the supposedly fictional mass execution of Jews during the Second World War. In its facilities, JAXA develop satellites and analyse their observation data, train astronauts for utilization in the Japanese Experiment Module'Kibo' of the International Space Station (ISS) and develop launch vehicles 32/39 The robot developed by Seed Solutions sings and dances to the music during the Japan Robot Week 2016 at Tokyo Big Sight. At this biennial event, the participating companies exhibit their latest service robotic technologies and components 33/39 The robot developed by Seed Solutions sings and dances to music during the Japan Robot Week 2016 at Tokyo Big Sight 34/39 Government and industry are working together on a robot-like autopilot system that could eliminate the need for a second human pilot in the cockpit 35/39 Aurora Flight Sciences' technicians work on an Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automantion System (ALIAS) device in the firm's Centaur aircraft at Manassas Airport in Manassas, Va.