A Minister for Artificial Intelligence

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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is the first nation with a government minister dedicated to AI. As tech companies begin to center their business models around AI, the UAE want to be at the forefront of this development. Dubai, for example, plans to put robot cops on the streets by 2030 and they’ve been pushing to get autonomous vehicles on the city’s roads and in its skies. https://futurism.com/dubai-just-appointed-a-state-minister-for-artificial-intelligence/

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Goats restore park

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When trees fall, invasive weeds grow quickly and suffocate native flora, hindering restoration efforts. They also prevent migrant songbirds from nesting in the forest. Brooklyn’s Prospect Park was battered with tropical-storm-force winds in 2012 damaging or felling more than 500 trees. Five years later, that forest is fast on its way to recovery–and most of the credit goes to teams of goats who’ve been tasked with restoring the park’s fragile ecosystem. https://www.fastcompany.com/40468479/these-goats-arent-just-cute-theyre-also-helping-to-restore-brooklyns-last-natural-forest?

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World first- robot dentist fits implants

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A robot dentist in China has carried out the world’s first successful autonomous implant surgery by fitting two new teeth into a woman’s mouth. The implants were fitted to within a margin of error of 0.2-0.3mm, reaching the required standard for this kind of operation.The technology was designed to overcome mainland China’s shortage of qualified dentists and frequent surgical errors. The teeth were 3D printed. http://m.scmp.com/news/china/article/2112197/chinese-robot-dentist-first-fit-implants-patients-mouth-without-any-human

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A window that becomes a balcony

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Bloomframe is a new window that transforms into a balcony at the touch of a button. Designed by Amsterdam-based Hofman Dujardin Architects, the window system allows entire sections of an apartment’s wall to fold outwards to create a balcony extension. The first Bloomframe window was installed in the Amsterdam housing project in July this year. It’s planned for the new Broadway tower project in Brisbane. https://www.hofmandujardin.nl/bloomframe-window/

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Fix damaged organ tissue without surgery

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A team of engineers at the University of Toronto has created a way to fix damaged organ tissue without surgery. The method involves a needle and a patch the size of the postage stamp, which has shape-memory capabilities, meaning it will always return to its default state when introduced to the right temperature. Once inserted into the needle and injected into the body, the patch unfolds and expands before proceeding to repair and replace missing tissue. https://futurism.com/new-stamp-sized-tissue-patch-could-be-used-to-regenerate-damaged-organs/

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An army of robots to sort parcels

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Chinese delivery firm Shentong is leading in automation. Orange robots at the company’s sorting stations are able to identify the destination of a package through a code-scan, virtually eliminating sorting mistakes. They can sort up to 200,000 packages a day, and are self-charging, meaning they are operational 24/7. Shentong estimates its robotic sorting system is saving around 70-percent of the costs of a human-based sorting line. http://m.huffingtonpost.ca/2017/04/18/shentong-express_n_16087678.html

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Clean water and power for remote communities

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For a few cents a day, people in remote communities can access clean water and clean power at a conveniently located box unit. Inside the box is a five-stage micro-filtration tank that takes in dirty water and makes it drinkable. Each box has solar panels sufficient to allow 300 families battery packs that hold enough power to run three LED lights for four hours and to charge two mobile phones. Grid Box plans to install units in 18 villages in Rwanda. https://www.fastcompany.com/40449777/this-simple-box-serves-up-running-water-and-clean-electricity-in-remote-locations?

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A robot that can deal with lawn, leaves and snow

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The world’s first 3-in-1 autonomous robot can mow the lawn, clean up leaves, and remove snow. It cuts and mulches the lawn a fraction of an inch every time, picks up the leaves before they pile up, and removes snow a few inches at a time while it’s still falling. It has a rechargeable battery and will automatically dock itself in its charging station when it needs a power boost. www.thekobi.com

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