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Social care: Teen twins search for personal assistant

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Many disabled people choose to employ their own personal assistants to help them with tasks such as getting out of bed in the morning and supporting them through the day so they can work. There are currently more than 100,0000 vacancies in the social care sector and with more competitive salaries being offered in other sectors this means that some disabled people are now struggling to get the support they need. The BBC's disability correspondent Nikki Fox met 16-year-old twins, Alex and Sam, who are on the search for a personal assistant.


'Pink-ball Tests favour England' - Johnson worry over possible Ashes schedule change

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Changing the Ashes schedule to include a second pink-ball Test would give England an advantage, says former Australia bowler Mitchell Johnson.


Facial recognition firm faces possible £17m privacy fine

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UK data protection legislation does not stop the effective use of technology to fight crime. But to enjoy public trust and confidence in their products, technology providers must ensure people's legal protections are respected and complied with.


The robots behind the bar that want to pull your next pint

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For people with a regular drinking establishment of choice, the person behind the bar can even become a friend and confidant. Or, as renowned Canadian economist, Harry Gordon Johnson once said: "The greatest accomplishment of a bartender lies in his ability to exactly suit his customer."


Facebook to end use of facial recognition software

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In a blog post, Jerome Pesenti, vice president of artificial intelligence at the firm said: "Amid this ongoing uncertainty, we believe that limiting the use of facial recognition to a narrow set of use cases is appropriate."


The Rolling Stones: Robot dog 'Spot' shares Mick Jagger's moves

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A unique robotic version of Start Me Up celebrates 40 years since the release of The Rolling Stones' Tattoo You album.


Start-up launches £495,000 hoverbike in Japan

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The Tokyo-based company hopes the vehicle will rival the popularity of supercars.


Contrails: How tweaking flight plans can help the climate

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Prof Marc Stettler, transport and environment lecturer at Imperial College London, says changing the altitude of fewer than 2% of flights could potentially reduce contrail-linked climate change by a staggering 59%. "Tweaking the flight elevation by just a thousand feet can stop some contrails from forming," he explains.


Robot artist Ai-Da released by Egyptian border guards

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He praised the work of the UK ambassador, who Mr Meller said had "been working through the night to get Ai-Da released," but pointed out that her late release meant it would be difficult to get her ready for the display on Thursday. "We're right up to the wire now," he said.


God and robots: Will AI transform religion?

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Artificial intelligence is changing how we interact with everything, from food to healthcare, travel and also religion. Experts say major global faiths are discussing their relationship with AI, and some are starting to incorporate this technology into their worship. Robot priests can recite prayers, perform funerals, and even comfort those experiencing a spiritual crisis. BBC Global Religion reporter Sofia Bettiza has taken a look at whether AI's relationship with religion is just a gimmick, or whether it can truly transform how people experience faith.