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CES 2018: A clunky chat with Sophia the robot

Media playback is unsupported on your device Sophia the robot is a celebrity in its own right. It has been on chat shows, given speeches and was even made a citizen of the UAE. Before I “met” Sophia, I was given a sheet of guidelines by the company behind it, Hanson Robotics. Don’t talk to the robot about sex, religion or politics, it said. Ask direct questions and remember it is not a fortune teller – it can’t tell you whether you’ll be rich or find love. I wondered how…

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CES 2018: LG robot Cloi repeatedly fails on stage at unveil

A robot created by LG to help users control their smart home repeatedly failed on stage at its CES debut. Cloi was meant to be the centrepiece of the South Korean firm’s presentation where it was supposed to show how new artificial intelligence tech could enhance use of kitchen appliances. Instead it gave no response to three consecutive commands beyond blinking. Experts say the demo represented a “disastrous” debut for the bot, which was mocked on social media. The event was the first press conference of the morning at the…

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Prince Harry and robot to edit Radio 4's Today Programme

Prince Harry and a robot have been announced as two guest editors on Radio 4’s Today Programme. Their fellow editors will be Baroness Trumpington, Tamara Rojo and Ben Okri. This is the 14th year control has been handed over to public figures between Christmas and New Year. Kensington Palace said Prince Harry would use the opportunity to “shine a spotlight on issues that are close to his heart”. The palace added: “He is working closely with Today’s team to produce segments on a range of topics, including youth violence, conservation…

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