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Killer robots: Experts warn of 'third revolution in warfare'

Killer robots: Experts warn of 'third revolution in warfare'

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More than 100 leading robotics experts are urging the United Nations to take action in order to prevent the development of "killer robots". In a letter to the organisation, artificial intelligence (AI) leaders, including billionaire Elon Musk, warn of "a third revolution in warfare".The letter says "lethal autonomous" technology is a "Pandora's box", adding that time is of the essence.The 116 experts are calling for a ban on the use of AI in managing weaponry."Once developed, they will permit armed conflict to be fought at a scale greater than ever, and at timescales faster than humans can comprehend," the letter says. "These can be weapons of terror, weapons that despots and terrorists use against innocent populations, and weapons hacked to behave in undesirable ways," it adds.There is an...
Girl's sight loss inspires dad's video games

Girl's sight loss inspires dad's video games

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A developer whose daughter became blind set up his own games studio to specialise in titles that are more accessible for people with sight loss.Eighteen-year-old Daisy Lloyd lost her sight completely when she was four due to the eye cancer retinoblastoma, but thanks to her dad, she's able to play video games.Image:JumpInSauceRS is a tablet and smartphone-based space shooter for blind gamersSelwyn Lloyd set up Audazzle with the aim of making games more accessible for blind and visually impaired people."As an art school graduate and being obsessed with how things look, when Daisy became blind I had to rethink what inspired me," said Mr Selwyn."I shut my eyes and started to listen to the world."It was obviously very upsetting when Daisy became blind, but in that moment I realised there was mo...
Nokia 8 offers the 'bothie' to replace the selfie

Nokia 8 offers the 'bothie' to replace the selfie

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HMD Global is hoping a reinvention of the selfie will help the Nokia brand regain its place in the forefront of the mobile market.Its first flagship phone - the Nokia 8 - features the "bothie".Using both the forward and rear-facing cameras, photographers will be able to take a picture of themselves at the same time as whatever they are pointing their phones towards.The Dual-Sight technology allows for video to be live-streamed to friends and to social feeds including to Facebook and YouTube.The headline innovation of the Android-running device comes at the Finnish company, HMD Global, a private equity-backed firm led by former Nokia employees, attempts to reforge the brand's popularity.Image:The Dual-Sight function allows photographers to combine the images of the front and rear camerasA r...
Heading to the Sun: UK tourists flock to eclipse

Heading to the Sun: UK tourists flock to eclipse

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Around 7.4 million people could descend on the US to watch Monday's total solar eclipse, astronomers have predicted.The path of totality, the 60-70 mile wide line in which the total eclipse will be viewable, spans 14 US states: Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North and South Carolina.:: What to expect during Great American EclipseAuthorities have advised people wanting to watch to arrive two days in advance, predicting the highest number of visitors will be seen in states such as South Carolina and Missouri.Just over 12 million Americans live inside the path of totality, but millions more people will come from abroad, including from the UK.Image:Rural Oregon is hosting dozens of festivals to help manage the crow...