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Five Things in Five Minutes

Five Things in Five Minutes
Friday 16 November, 2018

This week we delve into the frightening reality of AI news anchors, how your morning caffeine hit could be delivered to your doorstep and how your home tech assistant just got a whole lot funnier. This and more in this week's Five Things in Five Minutes.

1. The future of news

China's state run news agency Xinhua has debuted their new talent - two AI anchors. These virtual news presenters use artificial intelligence to mimic voices and facial expressions, to 'work tirelessly to keep you informed.' Is this the future?

2. Talk about instant coffee

ScoMo won't need to leave the House to get his morning brew. A company in Canberra is trialling a new coffee delivery service - via drone. Travelling up to 125 km/h, Wing  plans to revolutionise e-commerce and the way we consume caffeine.

3. Comedy gets a tech shake-up

If you are in need of a laugh, we live in the age of just having to ask a tech assistant. In its latest partnership, Amazon Echo has announced a collaboration with Jimmy Fallon to deliver jokes on demand.

4. NASA's AI moon explorer

Using an AI design process, Autodesk engineers have come up with a new interplanetary lander concept that looks like a giant metal spider. NASA is hoping the lighter design will allow it to explore more distant moons.

5. Robot reporting for duty

Unmanned vehicles and surveillance drones are some of the futuristic technology being employed in the British Military. In the biggest military robot exercise in British history, the four week trial aims to reduce the danger that troops encounter during first response combat.

 
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