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The 'R2D2' bot set to mine the moon to win $20M X-Prize

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At first glance, it looks like R2D2 haas finally been blasted in space. But in fact, the MX-1E from Moon Express could revolutionise space exploration - and pave the way to mine the moon. The privately owned, Cape Canaveral based Moon Express hopes to take America back to the moon 45 years after NASA's last lunar landing, and this week the rocket that could take it there began its final testing. The initial spacecraft, known as MX-1E,is a similar size and shape to the R2D2 droid from Star Wars, and is slated to fly before next year aboard a Rocket Lab Electron booster, which launches from New Zealand. Ultimately the company plans to establish a lunar outpost in 2020 and set up commercial operations on the Moon, mining material and returning it to Earth to sell.


UN panel agrees to move ahead with debate on killer robots

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A U.N. panel agreed Friday to move ahead with talks to define and possibly set limits on weapons that can kill without human involvement, as human rights groups said governments are moving too slowly to keep up with advances in artificial intelligence that could put computers in control one day. Advocacy groups warned about the threats posed by such'killer robots' and aired a chilling video illustrating their possible uses on the sidelines of the first formal U.N. meeting of government experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems this week. More than 80 countries took part. The meeting falls under the U.N.'s Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons - also known as the Inhumane Weapons Convention - a 37-year old agreement that has set limits on the use of arms and explosives like mines, blinding laser weapons and booby traps over the years. The meeting falls under the U.N.'s Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons - also known as the Inhumane Weapons Convention - a 37-year old agreement that has set limits on the use of arms and explosives like mines, blinding laser weapons and booby traps over the years.


Apple delays HomePod speaker until early next year

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Apple has delayed its $349 'HomePod' home speaker until early next year. The gadget will battle Amazon's Echo and Google Home for the lucrative smart speaker market, using Apple music and Siri to do everything from play music to give news and traffic updates. The firm today said it needed'a little more time before it's ready.' The new $349 smart'HomePod' home speaker will go on sale later this year, and use Siri to aplay music and answer questions. Apple also unveiled iOS 11 and new iPads at the event.


Jaguar Land Rover tests first driverless vehicle on public roads

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The race to conquer the driverless car market has stepped up a gear, with the first ever tests of an autonomous vehicle built in Britain on the country's public roads. Jaguar Land Rover is leading the pack with its'major landmark' trial, which aims to help vehicles react in a similar way to people. The pilot project is part of a government-backed bid to encourage more widespread use of automated cars by 2020. The race to conquer the driverless car market has stepped up a gear, with the first ever tests of an autonomous vehicle built in Britain on the country's public roads. The UK Autodrive project is the UK's largest trial of connected and autonomous vehicle technology.


Elon Musk unveils Tesla Semi electric big-rig truck

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Tesla Inc unveiled a prototype electric big-rig truck Thursday night, throwing itself into a new market even as it struggles to roll out an affordable sedan on which the company's future depends. Chief Executive Elon Musk unveiled the big rig, dubbed the Tesla Semi, by riding the truck into an airport hangar near Los Angeles in front of an invited crowd of what Tesla said were potential truck buyers and Tesla car owners. Musk has described electric trucks as Tesla's next effort to move the economy away from fossil fuels through projects including electric cars, solar roofs and power storage. Some analysts fear the truck will be an expensive distraction for Tesla, which is burning cash, has never posted an annual profit, and is in self-described'manufacturing hell' starting up production of the $35,000 Model 3 sedan. Tesla shares were roughly flat on Thursday.


Parrot orders Amazon Alexa to turn on lights

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Petra the parrot is no feather-brain. The chatty African Grey has apparently decided its does not need a human to complete simple tasks around the house. In a hilarious video clip posted online, the parrot is heard ordering its owner's voice-activated virtual assistant, Alexa, to flip on the living room lights - and the gadget complies. Petra says: 'Alexa, all lights on.' The successful bird then nods its head in apparent satisfaction before engaging in'small talk' with Alexa.


Boston Dynamics' robot Atlas can do backflips

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Standing 6 foot 9 and weighing in at 167 pounds, Atlas is a robot that you really don't want to argue with. Just months ago, Boston Dynamic's humanoid bot became an object of ridicule after a series of accidents at a government'robo olympics' saw if falling constantly, and needing a crane to get back on its feet. Now, 'the World's Most Dynamic Humanoid' is back - and you really don't want to mess with it. Boston Dynamics, the secretive firm behind the bot, posted this video to youTube with no explanation, and simply called it'What's new, Atlas?' Its makers have given the bot an overhaul, and it is now so stable it can even perform a perfect backflip. 'Atlas is the latest in a line of advanced humanoid robots we are developing, Boston Robotics said.


What your Tinder profile picture really reveals about you

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While dating and personal ads have been around for decades, the way we meet the people we date has changed dramatically in the last five years. Dating apps such as Tinder have captured a large portion of the online dating market. These apps, but especially Tinder, have transformed the way we represent ourselves online when we date. Men are likely to signal specific resources or potential for acquiring resources, while women are more likely to signal pro-social behaviours such as benevolence, charitable work or virtue, researchers found. While attractiveness is important, users are actually signalling much more than just stereotypical looks.


Unidentified aircraft seen flying across Oregon

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An unidentified aircraft was seen flying among other airliners in skies above Oregon - causing confusion among air traffic control and the Air Force, which sent F-15s to investigate. The aircraft flew over Oregon on October 25, with no flight plan, no active identification transponder or transmitting collision avoidance signals. While information about plane's pilot or intended destination remain unclear, some have suggested that the aircraft was trafficking drugs. Additionally, it is believed that the mysterious flight could be a potential breach of national security. An unidentified aircraft flew over Oregon on October 25, with no flight plan, no active identification transponder or transmitting collision avoidance signals.


Super computer programmed to think like the Zodiac killer

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A supercomputer programmed to think like the notorious Zodiac killer could help solve one of the most difficult cases in US law enforcement history. A new artificial intelligence software designed to understand human language may be able to decipher secret messages left by the notorious serial killer who has evaded justice for decades. The computer was commanded to think like the Zodiac and produced some creepy poetry when fed all the known writings of the elusive criminal, it was learned Thursday. A University of Southern California professor created an artificial intelligence software that was designed to help crack the code of the Z340, the Zodiac killer's famous cipher. The ciphers, which were sent with letters to the police and newspapers in Northern California during the 1960s and 70s, contain letters and symbols that may hide clues as to the killer's identity.