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The autonomous delivery bot that's designed to be 'nimble and fast enough' to ride in the bike lane

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Autonomous robots could soon be ferrying deliveries alongside human messengers in your city's bike lane. Refraction AI has unveiled a 5-foot-tall delivery robot dubbed REV-1 that can zip around at speeds of up to 15 miles per hour on its three wheels. It can carry the equivalent of about four or five grocery bags in its cabin, according to the firm. The company says its lightweight, nimble design will allow it to operate in both the bike lane and the roadway, making for more efficient last-mile delivery options. 'We have created the Goldilocks of autonomous vehicles in terms of size and shape,' Matthew Johnson-Roberson, cofounder and CEO at Refraction, said in a statement when the bot launched this month at TechCrunch Mobility.


Learning new skills could make older people's brains 30 years younger in six weeks, study claims

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Learning new skills can make older people's brains three decades younger in just six weeks, according to a new study. Taking up three new tasks at the same time boosts mental power and protects against Alzheimer's disease, scientists have found. These skills may range from language lessons to using an iPad, photography, writing music or painting. Taking up three new skills, such as language lessons or learning how to use an iPad, at the same time can make older people's brains three decades younger in just six weeks (file photo) The course workload would be similar to an undergraduate's and adds to growing evidence that dementia is avoidable through lifestyle changes. After less than two months, those in their 80s increased their cognitive abilities to levels similar to those seen in someone in their 50s.


Daredevil pilot is captured on camera flying the world's smallest twin-jet aircraft at 5,000ft

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A daredevil retired pilot has been captured on camera performing loops, rolls and a dramatic dive while flying the'world's smallest' twin-jet aircraft. Bob Grimstead, 70, flew at an altitude of 5,000ft (1,524m) in the diminutive plane which has been described as a'bubble car with wings'. At just 13ft (4m) long, 4ft (1.2m) wide and weighing a mere 180lbs, Mr Grimstead, from West Sussex, was able to reach speeds of 140mph (225kmh). The former British Airways airline pilot used to fly 400 tonne jumbo jets and said he had no fear taking to the skies in the micro plane and said it was'superb fun'. Bob Grimstead, 70, (pictured) flew the diminutive jet at 5,000ft (1,524m).


Alphabet's drone delivery project Wing launches air-traffic control app

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Drone delivery service Wing is launching its own air-traffic control app to keep its craft safe in the skies. The company, owned by Google-parent Alphabet, recently started making deliveries in parts of Australia and Finland. Wing's new iOS and Android app aims to'help users comply with rules and plan flights more safely and effectively,' providing a rundown of airspace restrictions and hazards as well as events nearby that could interfere. The new app, Open Sky, is being released to drone flyers in Australia this month according to Wing. 'The design of our software has required a detailed understanding of flight rules -- along with buildings, roads, trees, and other terrain -- that allow aircraft to navigate safely at low altitudes, and we've used it to complete tens of thousands of flights on three continents,' Wing said in a blog post.


AI teaches itself to complete the Rubik's cube in just 20 MOVES

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A deep-learning algorithm has been developed which can solve the Rubik's cube faster than any human can. It never fails to complete the puzzle, with a 100 per cent success rate and managing it in around 20 moves. Humans can beat the AI's mark of 18 seconds, the world record is around four seconds, but it is far more inefficient and people often require around 50 moves. It was created by University of California Irvine and can be tried out here. Given an unsolved cube, the machine must decide whether a specific move is an improvement on the existing configuration.


Artificial intelligence creates bizarre pie recipes such as Scotch egg and gluten-free curried veg

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An AI has been studying the cookbooks and has taught itself how to make intriguing new pie recipes -- including Scotch egg pies and one with a salad filling. Working with a Sussex-based pie makers, the algorithm has produced thousands of recipes, five of which have been selected for production and will be going on sale. The AI works by looking for patterns in existing recipes and then trying to make its own based on what it learnt. While some of the early recipes it proposed were perhaps less-than-mouth-watering, with a little guidance it soon got the hang of cooking up new pie concepts. The experiment illustrates how artificial intelligence can provide new insights for small businesses and help dream up novel products to take to market.


MRI scans reveal key differences in the gray matter of homicide offenders' brains

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A study mapping the brains of violent criminals is giving researchers new insight into the minds of murderers which experts say may help predict violent behavior. In a study published in Brain Imaging and Behavior, researchers say they have observed substantial differences in the physical characteristics of homicidal criminals versus their violent counterparts. According to research, which assessed the brains of 808 incarcerated males using MRI scans, two regions of the brain in particular showed the biggest difference. MRI scans of criminals reveal key difference in the brains of murders and their less violent counterparts. Homicide offenders' show reduced gray matter in brain areas critical for behavioral control and social cognition compared with other violent and non-violent offenders.


Secretive AI startup Neuralink backed by Elon Musk will make its first announcement TOMORROW

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An Elon Musk-backed startup looking to connect human brains to computers will make a major announcement on Tuesday, according to a recent tweet from the CEO. The mysterious announcement, which Musk chose not to elaborate on in his tweet, follows years of radio silence from the company and was foreshadowed by Musk -- the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX -- earlier this year. The event will take place in San Francisco and will presumably have something to with what the company's website calls an'ultra high bandwidth brain-machine interfaces to connect humans and computers.' Elon Musk said his mysterious Neuralink startup will make an announcement tomorrow for the first time in two years. While many tech leaders push that AI will become invaluable to humanity, others argue it poses a threat to our species.


Companies use OKCupid photos, social media to train face recognition

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With images aggregated from social media platforms, dating sites, or even CCTV footage of a trip to the local coffee shop, companies could be using your face to train a sophisticated facial recognition software. As reported by the New York Times, among the sometimes massive data sets that researchers use to teach artificially intelligent software to recognize faces is a database collected by Stanford researchers called Brainwash. More than 10,000 images of customers at a cafe in San Francisco were collected in 2014 without their knowledge. OKCupid and photo-sharing platforms like Flickr are among for researchers looking to load their databases up with images that help train facial recognition software. That same database was then made available to other academics, including some in China at the National University of Defense Technology.


Amazon is developing a home robot called Vesta that stands waist-high as well as new Echo next year

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Amazon is inching closer to making a wheeled robotic assistant that can be controlled via its Echo smart speakers. In a report from Bloomberg, sources from Amazon say the company has pulled engineers off of other projects to develop the bot -- a show of faith that indicates Amazon may soon look to bring the wheeled-assistant to market. The robot, called'Vesta', is controlled by Amazon's voice assistant, Alexa, and measures about waist-high according to Bloomberg. Amazon is inching closer to making a wheeled robotic assistant that can be controlled via its Echo smart speakers. It's unclear exactly what the intended purpose of the device would be, though speculation is that the bot would be a kind of mobile Echo, bringing the Alexa capabilities with users around their home.