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The original's rattly, rear-mounted petrol engine and its charming back-to-basics features have been swapped for green electric motors and a host of hi-tech electronic gadgets. A Volkswagen spokesman said: 'While the driver relaxes, laser scanners, ultrasonic and radar sensors and cameras monitor other road users and the surroundings.' But in advance of changes to the law to allow self-driving cars, there's also an automatic'lounge mode' that kicks in when the operator decides to let the car drive itself in'autonomous pilot mode' (concept image) Range on a full charge is around 373 miles with 80 per cent of the battery replenished in just half an hour's charge, the company says (concept image) Acceleration from nought to 60mph takes just five seconds but top speed is restricted to 99mph. A Volkswagen spokesman said: 'While the driver relaxes, laser scanners, ultrasonic and radar sensors and cameras monitor other road users and the surroundings' (concept image)


Tech leaders warn against robotic weapons

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Killer robots should be urgently banned before a wave of weapons of mass destruction gets out of control, industry leaders say. Killer robots should be urgently banned before a wave of weapons of mass destruction gets out of control, industry leaders say. It warns the Fifth Review Conference of the UN Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons that automated warfare represents a'third revolution' in armed conflict, following on from the advent of gunpowder and nuclear arm. The letter is signed by influential figures from across 26 countries, who warn that automated warfare (pictured) represents a'third revolution' in armed conflict, following on from the advent of gunpowder and nuclear arm If a robot unlawfully kills someone in the heat of battle, who is liable for the death?


UK scientists shrink robots for keyhole operations

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A British company hopes to revolutionise keyhole surgery – with a robot a third the size of existing devices. Cambridge Medical Robotics claim that their robot arm, which is controlled by a surgeon, will be suitable for use in delicate keyhole surgical operations. Robot arms are considered an improvement on human surgeons because they can have a greater range of movement than a human arm. Robot arms are considered an improvement on human surgeons because they can have a greater range of movement than a human arm.


Microsoft's Cortana boosts speech recognition accuracy

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Some problems still to be addressed by the software include achieving human levels of recognition in noisy environments with distant microphones as well as recognising accented speech or speaking styles and languages for which only limited training data is available. Previous research has shown that humans achieve higher levels of agreement on the precise words spoken as they expend more care and effort, as in the case of professional transcribers. Previous research has shown that humans achieve higher levels of agreement on the precise words spoken as they expend more care and effort, as in the case of professional transcribers. This image shows the firm's voice translation service '[This includes] achieving human levels of recognition in noisy environments with distant microphones, in recognising accented speech, or speaking styles and languages for which only limited training data is available.


Self healing skin brings Terminator robots one step closer

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Now experts have created a synthetic skin that aims to mimic nature's self-repairing abilities, allowing robots to recover from'wounds' sustained while undertaking their duties. Now experts have created a synthetic skin (pictured on robotic hand) that aims to mimic nature's self-repairing abilities To create their synthetic flesh, the scientists used jelly-like polymers that melt into each together when heated and then cooled. Their flexibility allows them to be used for a wide variety of applications, from grabbing delicate and soft objects in the food industry to performing minimally invasive surgery. The flexibility of these soft robots allows them to be used for a wide variety of applications, from grabbing delicate and soft objects in the food industry (pictured) to performing minimally invasive surgery.


Are these Tinder's trashiest profiles?

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While not everyone you meet on a dating app is your soul mate you would at least hope they are capable of common decency. However, as these Tinder users prove, this is not always the case as singletons share the trashiest profiles they have found on the app. It might be referred to as the'hook-up' app but most Tinder users are subtle when it comes to their motives but the daters pictured here are not shy when it comes to revealing what they are looking for. Meanwhile other users have resorted to typically unattractive assets to bag themselves a date including sharing photos of them on the toilet to revealing that they are already married.


Google AI can easily erase watermarks from photos

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Google created an AI that can easily and automatically remove the types of digital watermarks photographers put on their images to prevent unauthorized use working with collections instead of single images. Basically, it performs a multi-image optimization problem called'multi-image matting,' in which the watermark (the foreground) is separated into its image and opacity components while reconstructing a subset of the clean photo (the background). A figure illustrating the before, removal and after of watermarked stock images, as performed by Google's new AI'While removing a watermark from a single image automatically is extremely challenging, watermarks are typically added in a consistent manner to many images,' reads the paper, which was presented at the 2017 Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Conference. This step involves a multi-image optimization problem called'multi-image matting,' in which the watermark (the foreground) is separated into its image and opacity components while reconstructing a subset of the clean photo (the background).


Dog Drone promises to walk your dog using GPS

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Drones Direct say that they have modified a popular automated aerial vehicle to allow owners to take their pet for a stroll completely hands free. Drones Direct say that they have modified a popular automated aerial vehicle to allow owners to take their pet for a stroll completely hands free (artist's impression) Drones Direct say that the gadget will allow owners to text or sit on a park bench whilst keeping an eye on their pets on their daily walk. The Dog Drone, widely reported in the media, is based on a DJI Phantom 4 and also includes a retractable lead. The Dog Drone, widely reported in the media, is based on a DJI Phantom 4 (pictured) and also includes a retractable lead.


Ford self-driving cars might have a removable parts

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On August 10, Ford was granted a patent for a system that would make an autonomous car include removable driving equipment. 'The lack of a steering wheel can handicap development by making it more difficult to place under driver control,' the patent reads, adding driver control is important for vehicle development purposes. The University of Michigan opened the $6.5m, 32 acres Mcity, the world's first controlled environment specifically designed to test the potential of connected and automated vehicle technologies that will lead the way to mass-market driverless cars Ford was the first major car maker test autonomous vehicles at Mcity – the full-scale simulated real-world urban environment at the University of Michigan. Occupying 32 acres at the University's North Campus Research Complex, M City includes approximately five lane-miles of roads with intersections, traffic signs and signals, sidewalks, benches, simulated buildings, street lights and obstacles Occupying 32 acres at the University's North Campus Research Complex, it includes approximately five lane-miles of roads with intersections, traffic signs and signals, sidewalks, benches, simulated buildings, street lights, and obstacles such as construction barriers Vehicle passenger would be able to control the drone using the car's'infotainment,' or navigation system.


Facebook launches its AI assistant 'M' in the UK

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The AI powered bot shares fun sticker suggestions for your daily life interactions like'Thank you' or'Bye-bye.' The AI powered bot shares fun sticker suggestions (right) for your daily life interactions like'Thank you' or'Bye-bye' M is capable of recognising intent in a conversation, which allows it to perform a range of different tasks. The AI powered bot shares fun sticker suggestions for your daily life interactions like'Thank you' or'Bye-bye.' M also also allows you to save content from chats (left), including URLs, videos, Facebook posts, events, and pages.