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iPhone 8: Facial recognition unlocking will be the main feature of new, premium Apple phone, report claims

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The phone will be able to use facial recognition technology to see its owner in just a few hundred miliseconds, according to new leaks from both The Korea Herald and Bloomberg. Rumours about Apple's facial recognition have swirled for months, and seemed to be confirmed by leaked iPhone code that made its way onto the internet. Together, the improvements to those facial recognition features mean they will probably be among the top ways of selling the phones at their launch next month. Other companies including Samsung have brought face and eye recognition to their phones in the past.


Tesla's Elon Musk leads tech experts in demanding end to 'killer robots arms race'

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Over a hundred experts in robotics and artificial intelligence are calling on the UN to ban the development and use of killer robots and add them to a list of'morally wrong' weapons including blinding lasers and chemical weapons. Google's Mustafa Suleyman and Tesla's Elon Musk are among the most prominent names on a list of 116 tech experts who have signed an open letter asking the UN to ban autonomous weapons in a bid to prevent an arms race. So far, 19 out of 123 member states have called for an outright ban on lethal autonomous weapons. The letter says: "Lethal autonomous weapons threaten to become the third revolution in warfare.


'We've got to start calling Elon Musk on his s***': Uber CEO urged to tackle rival over self-driving car claims

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The former engineer at the centre of Uber's self-driving car legal troubles has urged ex-Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick to criticise Tesla's Elon Musk and several of his claims about autonomous vehicles. "We've got to start calling Elon on his shit," Levandowski wrote in the texts, which were turned over by lawyers for Kalanick. Weeks before the text messages, Tesla unveiled an update to its Autopilot driver-assistance system that uses radar and a GPS database to guide its vehicles. In another text sent days earlier, Levandowski sent Kalanick a link to a video on Sina.com showing a fatal accident that the Chinese news outlet said involved Autopilot.


Google wants to make more people shout at their phone rather than type on it

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Google is trying to get more people to dictate messages and searches, instead of typing them out. The company says has now opened up voice typing to 119 language varieties and over a billion people around the world, and says switching from typing to talking will help users save time. However, many phone users still feel embarrassed trying to use voice search on their phone in public.


People are far more likely to be killed by artificial intelligence than nuclear war with North Korea, warns Elon Musk

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"Biggest impediment to recognizing AI danger are those so convinced of their own intelligence they can't imagine anyone doing what they can't." Mr Musk has spoken out about the potential dangers of AI on numerous occasions, and recently engaged in a war of words with Mark Zuckerberg, who has a very different outlook to him. After Mr Musk called AI "a fundamental existential risk for human civilisation", the Facebook founder branded his views as "negative" and "pretty irresponsible". "Because I think by the time we are reactive in AI regulation, it's too late."


Amazon Echo Show: The future of Alexa should be worth the wait

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Some people find ebook readers useful, others say they can't compare to a regular, paper book. And the reason behind that business model is we don't want to make profits when customers just buy the devices and put them in a drawer. At about the same time, Amazon launched its Fire Phone, which did not do well. The latest Echo gadget, the Echo Show, which has a display on it, hasn't yet gone on sale in the UK.


'Racist' FaceApp photo filters encouraged users to black up

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FaceApp has removed a number of racially themed photo filters after being accused of racism. The app, which uses artificial intelligence to edit pictures, this week launched a number of "ethnicity change filters". FaceApp has attracted fierce criticism for launching the filters, with some users claiming they were racist, and encouraged users to "black up" digitally. Responding to the backlash, FaceApp founder and CEO, Yaroslav Goncharov, said, "The ethnicity change filters have been designed to be equal in all aspects.


Battery life: How to make your iPhone or Android last longer

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Not all consumers share the enthusiasm of Google and Apple though, and rarely - if ever - use Google Assistant and Siri. On Android, you can switch this off by going to Settings, Google, Search, Voice and "Ok Google" detection. Not all consumers share the enthusiasm of Google and Apple though, and rarely - if ever - use Google Assistant and Siri. On Android, you can switch this off by going to Settings, Google, Search, Voice and "Ok Google" detection.


'Self-driving' car in Virginia is actually just a man dressed up as a drivers' seat

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The modern day equivalent of the Middle Age myth of the headless horseman -- the demonic fairy who rode around carrying his own head -- may just be some guy in a drivers' seat costume. Motorists in Arlington, Virginia, this week were shocked by an eery sight when their curious gaze landed in the drivers' seat of a grey van sharing the roadways with them. Instead, he was a part of a study being conducted on driverless cars by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. Arlington was chosen as a testing ground because the city and area has been identified as a potential test ground for real driverless cars, which are currently being developed and tested in the United States.


Google engineer sparks backlash after suggesting women unsuited to tech sector jobs

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In a screed that rocketed around Silicon Valley this weekend, a software engineer at Google blasted the company's efforts to increase the number of minorities and women in its ranks and leadership positions. 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 Corp's eight metre tall dinosaur-shaped mechanical suit robot'TRX03' performs during its unveiling in Tokyo, Japan Singulato Motors co-founder and CEO Shen Haiyin poses in his company's concept car Tigercar P0 at a workshop in Beijing, China A picture shows Singulato Motors' concept car Tigercar P0 at a workshop in Beijing, China Connected company president Shigeki Tomoyama addresses a press briefing as he elaborates on Toyota's "connected strategy" in Tokyo. A Toyota Motors employee demonstrates a smartphone app with the company's pocket plug-in hybrid (PHV) service on the cockpit of the latest Prius hybrid vehicle during Toyota's "connected strategy" press briefing in Tokyo An employee shows a Samsung Electronics' Gear S3 Classic during Korea Electronics Show 2016 in Seoul, South Korea Visitors experience Samsung Electronics' Gear VR during the Korea Electronics Grand Fair at an exhibition hall in Seoul, South Korea Amy Rimmer, Research Engineer at Jaguar Land Rover, demonstrates the car manufacturer's Advanced Highway Assist in a Range Rover, which drives the vehicle, overtakes and can detect vehicles in the blind spot, during the first demonstrations of the UK Autodrive Project at HORIBA MIRA Proving Ground in Nuneaton, Warwickshire Chris Burbridge, Autonomous Driving Software Engineer for Tata Motors European Technical Centre, demonstrates the car manufacturer's GLOSA V2X functionality, which is connected to the traffic lights and shares information with the driver, during the first demonstrations of the UK Autodrive Project at HORIBA MIRA Proving Ground in Nuneaton, Warwickshire