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this is bbc news. the headlines at 8pm. thousands attend vigils still leading the way in innovation. but, with the country's exclusive across new zealand to remember the victims of the mosque attacks — as the country's prime minister growth spurt in the past and an says her office received a message ageing population on the horizon, from the suspected killer minutes before the shootings. the story might not be so simple? the relatives of the alleged gunman have spoken out to share their disbelief at what has happened. it what he's done is just not right. it's unrepairable. as the world of the robots, but finds itself is just one of many the chancellor, philip hammond, countries exhibiting the technical says a significant number of conservative mps have changed their minds and are prepared to back theresa may's brexit deal error, and —— dear. and it is trying if it went back to the commons for another vote. ethiopia's transport minister says to predict traffic congestion by tracking phone users throughout the there are "clear similarities" between black box data from last week's crash, and that day. it knows the age, demographics and home address of each of its 76
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million subscribers and also knows pretty accurate weather phones are and time. it uses artificial intelligence to watch how and where they travelled throughout the day. and how they return home in the night. it cannot predict where traffic and gesture will occur —— now predict. and it is hoped that the ai will also be able to cope with the different traffic flows that will be associated with the olympics. now with so many visitors floating into japan, safety is paramount. the olympics will be using facial recognition to ensure speedy identification. paul has been to find out more. at next year's olympics, tokyo is expecting the millions of spectators to pack into the city for its festivals and sports. among that number will be
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300,000 accredited people, including athletes, volunteers, media and other staff. on any access to restricted areas. developed by japanese firm and based on their ai engine, they claim the system is 99% accurate. and almost immediate. but how well does it work in practise? i have come from a demo to find out. in orderfor it have come from a demo to find out. in order for it to work, he needs a record of your face, in order for it to work, he needs a record of yourface, so in order for it to work, he needs a record of your face, so fortunately for the system, is not window to get a record. the the system recognises your face and other features, using hundreds the system recognises your face and otherfeatures, using hundreds and hundreds of points and then matches that with the photos that are registered on the card.
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all i need is this card. i'll see if it works. swipe sound. good to go. but you can't talk facial recognition without concerns about privacy. i asked the spokesman for the organisers what they'll do with all those faces. the personal data collected through the application process will be securely guarded and will be destroyed in the most appropriate way, once the games is over. now, when anyone tells you things are going to be more efficient, and in this case near instantaneous, i'm always a little bit suspicious, but i have to say the thing that's most impressive about the system is that in the dozen or so times i've tried it, it's recognised me pretty much instantly every single time, and it's seen my face from a wide variety of angles and it still seems to work, so i think in this case, those claims actually hold up. but of course, controlled demos are very different from real—world applications. the proof will ultimately be in the queueing.
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one of the memories that will always stay with me is our visit to the fukushima daiichi nuclear plant that was devastated by the great 2011 tsunami. today i have come to waseda university to meet a machine that was inspired by the fukushima disaster. warec—i is a big beast weighing more than 150 kilograms. each of its limbs stretches to more than one metre in length. the need to move across uneven terrain has caused roboticists to investigate many kinds of designs. and although robots with wheels or with snakelike bodies can handle tricky terrain, they're not so good when you need to get hands—on. after we reach the destination, the robot has to do — perform tasks, like turning a valve or manipulation of switches or
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opening doors, something like this. it requires big power. in order to actually manipulate things, warec—i would need additional hands or fingers of some kind. for now, the team are just investigating the best way to move. crawling low and slow over the rubble. i notice that it's notjust using its four legs, it's also using its belly. yes. this is a new locomotion style proposed by us. it's quite difficult, even for a human to along this place. but if a robot moves with a crawling motion, that will be very stable because its belly is almost on the ground, so it has a very low centre of mass. spikes on the belly help to stop it slipping on the rubble and also help it grip onto corners as it hoists
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itself up and down. and although it's not strictly a self—balancing robot, it doesn't really matter if it takes a tumble because it's symmetrical. so it can still work back to front and upside down. japan is one of the few places where bots are starting to leave the laboratory and enter society more widely. where other places might have reservations about robots taking jobs, japan desperately wants this to happen. welcome. in the run—up to the 2020 olympics, japan is looking for more ways than ever to have bots do the hard work. here's kate russell. these self—driving electric wheelchairs made by panasonic have already been rolled out for testing at tokyo's haneda international airport. but what's new is my luggage buddy here. you can pop your suitcases in there and it's going to follow the wheelchair wherever it goes, slowing down and speeding up as necessary when it goes up and down sloping surfaces.
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perfect for the airport. if a roaming traveller walks in front of the chair, it'll stop, along with the luggage caddy. although in a crowded airport, i can see wandering people getting in between the luggage and its chair, which might lead to some frustration. panasonic hopes to have the chairs available in airports and public spaces across japan in time for 2020. in the past, japan hasn't had the greatest record for accessibility. with a0 million visitors expected to come for the olympics and paralympics, organisers have pledged to use this as an opportunity to fix these problems and make tokyo a more inclusive and accessible city. disabled passengers in need of assistance will be able to summon a wheelchair through an app. it'll then take them
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where they need to be, without stress or hassle. something i'm sure able—bodied travellers could appreciate after a long journey too. come on. good boy. there's a good boy. for many visitors coming to the olympics next year, the japanese languages will be challenging to say the least. now, we've looked at several translation tools on click before but the one that paul carter's found looks like it's straight out of a comic book. perhaps the olympics's and pa ralympics's greatest achievement is their ability to bring people from all over the world together. but as well as being a positive, it can also bring challenges, notably around language. one japanese graduate student, supported by an accelerator, alongside tech firm panasonic, has created a special project to try and get the world talking. fukidashi is the japanese word for speech bubble. it's a system with a screen on each side linked via bluetooth. words spoken by a person on one side will be translated on the opposite screen, and vice versa. we investigated whether people use, actually, a phone to communicate with foreigners,
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but nobody uses that. i think it is because a phone is more like, it's a way to ask some concrete specific issue, like "where is the station?" or something like that. the technology behind it is not necessarily anything new. however, it's the application of the technology that's really interesting. although only a prototype at this stage, it's hoped the system can be rolled out at points across the games. and beyond, the creator hopes to take the system much further. at the next stage, maybe people can have small devices like fukidashi to use everywhere, anywhere, any time. it would be great. at present, the system can work between four languages — japanese, english, chinese and korean, though there are plans to extend the language range much further. the prototype also currently requires access to a data signal to function. amazingly clear. i almost want to take this with me
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for the rest of my time injapan and carry it with me. can i keep this one? and that is it for the shortcut of our olympic special from the stadium, which next year with host the tokyo olympics. don't forget that we live on facebook and twitter. thank you very much for watching and we will see you soon. good evening. it's been an unsettled weekend which has rounded off a stormy week of weather. we've had gale force gusts of winds, some heavy snow over the hills, lots of heavy rain around which has caused some flooding. this picture was taken in herne bay in kent on sunday afternoon.
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some big shower clouds, there has been some hail and some thunder mixed in with the showers too. through this coming week, a real change in weather type. so much lighter winds, much drier weather on the cards and through the week it is going to be turning quite a bit milder too. there is the satellite image from earlier on. you can see we've got largely clear skies with patchy shower cloud here and there. a little bit more cloud working out towards the west and that will push into parts of northern ireland through the second half of tonight, splashing patchy rain across northern ireland and western parts of scotland through the early hours of monday. further east though, we keep those clear skies and its here we'll see the temperatures falling the lowest. so minus two degrees or so, even in some of our towns and cities. could be colder than that in the countryside. not quite as cold further west during the morning because we have that cloud moving in. so a few spots of rain for the south—west of england, wales, north—west england, scotland and northern ireland. further east across the uk you should keep the sunnier skies for a good part of the day. turning a little bit cloudier during the afternoon. now temperatures still not great for the time of year — between a round about eight to 12 degrees.
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certainly a touch warmer than it was during the weekend and we've lost that significant wind—chill we've seen over recent days. now here is the pressure set up as we look towards the first part of the week. we've got high pressure that's trying to push in from the south—west. weather fronts do try to move in from the north—west, so i think through tuesday with the influence of high pressure in the south, should stay dry with some sunny spells towards the south and the south—east. slightly breezy with a few spots of rain across parts of northern and western scotland for instance. temperature—wise though, it's starting to get a little bit milder by this stage in the week. up to around 13 or 14 degrees by the time we get to tuesday and that theme continues. this is the air mass, looking into the middle of the week and you can see the yellow colour is returning to the map. so that means temperatures are on the rise. slightly cooler conditions are working in from the north as we head through the day on thursday. a little bit breezy here too, but in general things are looking relatively dry and settled through wednesday and into thursday too. temperatures, particularly in the south up to 16 degrees. that will feel a lot nicer than it has done over recent days. but then it does look like things
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turn a little bit cooler with some rain in the north as we look towards the end of this week. bye— bye.
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