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Inspired by the Japanese art of origami, scientists in the US have developed an artificial muscle that can lift up to a thousand times its own weight. Report suggest the muscles could be used to provide extraordinary strength to robots, yet allowing them to operate with precision and dexterity. "Artificial muscles are flexible actuators with capabilities similar to, or even beyond, natural muscles. They have been widely used in many applications as alternatives to more traditional rigid electromagnetic motors," the scientists write in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. "Here we propose an architecture for fluid-driven origami-inspired artificial muscles.


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Amazon wants people to have much longer conversations with artificial intelligence (AI) systems in the future. Alexa is a smart voice assistant, which features on a wide range of products including speakers, phones, TV remotes and cars. However, it's currently suited to short interactions, such as straightforward questions and simple requests. Al Lindsay, the vice president of Amazon's Alexa Engine, wants the voice assistant to be capable of holding 20-minute conversations with people in the future, reports Yahoo Finance. "To truly realise that vision, you'll want a number of things," he said.


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Your phone can reveal all of your physical activities to Google and the apps you use. The sensors inside it can monitor, understand and disclose your real-world movements, based on what's happening to the phone itself. It can tell, for instance, if you're standing up, or if you've just lifted your phone off a desk, or if you've started walking. An Android permission called "Activity Recognition", which was discussed on Reddit and highlighted by DuckDuckGo last week, makes it much easier for developers to work out what you're doing at any one time. Shazam and SoundHound request the permission, but it isn't completely clear why.


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A serious issue with the voice assistant's touch panel meant a "small number" of them went rogue, and kept monitoring their users even when they weren't supposed to. The Google Home Mini had originally been programmed to record you when you either said "Okay Google" or "Hey Google", or tapped and held a touch panel on it. "We've decided to permanently remove all top touch functionality on Google Home Mini," said Google. The Home Mini, a miniature version of Google Home, the company's smart voice assistant, will come out on 19 October, costing £49.


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Apple showed off those features as the centrepiece of the introduction of the new watch, and charges people $70 extra for the feature as well as a charge that must be paid to phone networks. "It became apparent after my first full day using the Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE that something wasn't right," wrote Lauren Goode on the Verge. By 11:42 that morning, after 60 minutes of working out with LTE, multiple attempts to use Siri, and two seven-minute phone calls, the Watch's battery had drained to 27 percent." "We have discovered that when Apple Watch Series 3 joins unauthenticated Wi-Fi networks without connectivity, it may at times prevent the watch from using cellular," the company said in a statement provided to The Verge.


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Within 10 years a technological revolution will sweep aside old notions of education and change the world forever, Sir Anthony Sheldon, master of Wellington College believes. Sir Anthony, a historian and political commentator who has written biographies of ex-prime ministers David Cameron, Tony Blair, John Major and Gordon Brown, said: "It certainly will change human life as we know it. They will listen to the voices of the learners, read their faces and study them in the way gifted teachers study their students. "We're looking at screens which are listening to the voice of the student and reading the face of the student.


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It's like something from the Jetsons – a robot washing machine that'll fold your clean clothes into a pile ready for storage. After that, the machine gets to work – washing then drying the item – before robot arms pick up and fold the freshly cleaned item before placing it on top of the pile of finished clothes. Noemi Besedes, also from the firm, added: "It does everything automatically, from washing the clothes, to drying, to folding. "It saves you a lot of time, it also washes every item at its perfect optimal setting which makes your clothes last longer."


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The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar. Japan's On-Art Corp's CEO Kazuya Kanemaru poses with his company's eight metre tall dinosaur-shaped mechanical suit robot'TRX03' and other robots during a demonstration in Tokyo, Japan Japan's On-Art ...


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The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar. Japan's On-Art Corp's CEO Kazuya Kanemaru poses with his company's eight metre tall dinosaur-shaped mechanical suit robot'TRX03' and other robots during a demonstration in Tokyo, Japan Japan's On-Art ...


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All that's needed to break into a phone is for it to be near a corrupted WiFi network, experts have warned. The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar. Japan's On-Art Corp's CEO Kazuya Kanemaru poses with his company's eight metre tall ...